Niggaz4life [CD/DVD] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Like 100 Miles and Runnin' 1990, the five-track EP that preceded it, N.W.A's third full-length album, Niggaz4life, courts controversy in every imaginable way, from its title printed backward on the cover, as a mirror image down to its mercilessly misogynistic second half, and it remains shocking years later, no matter how many times the controversial aspects of the album have been exploited again and again by others. Unfortunately, the shocking rhetoric -- which, to a degree unprecedented at the time of the album's release, revels in relentless obscenity, graphic sex, and extreme violence -- tends to overshadow the remarkable production work of Dr. Dre here. Similar in...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Like 100 Miles and Runnin' 1990, the five-track EP that preceded it, N.W.A's third full-length album, Niggaz4life, courts controversy in every imaginable way, from its title printed backward on the cover, as a mirror image down to its mercilessly misogynistic second half, and it remains shocking years later, no matter how many times the controversial aspects of the album have been exploited again and again by others. Unfortunately, the shocking rhetoric -- which, to a degree unprecedented at the time of the album's release, revels in relentless obscenity, graphic sex, and extreme violence -- tends to overshadow the remarkable production work of Dr. Dre here. Similar in practice to the concurrent production work of the Bomb Squad, Dr. Dre and co-producer DJ Yella densely layer soul-funk samples from the 1970s over hard-hitting beats. As he had on his previous productions, Dr. Dre mines the Parliament-Funkadelic back catalog in particular for sample material: for instance, two Eazy-E solo showcases, "Automobile" and "I'd Rather Fuck You," are satirical interpolations of Parliament's "My Automobile" and Bootsy Collins' "I'd Rather Be with You," respectively, while the skits "Don't Drink That Wine" and "1-900-2-Compton" are likewise homage to George Clinton and company -- and, if you're keeping tabs, "Niggaz 4 Life" borrows an elastic bassline from Parliament's "Sir Nose d'Voidoffunk." The album-opening "Real Niggaz Don't Die" is one of the most remarkable productions, comprised of multiple samples, most evidently Rare Earth's "I Just Want to Celebrate," a joyous song whose sampled hook is in great juxtaposition to the overriding dire tone of the production, best characterized by one of the other songs sampled on the track, the Last Poets' "Die Nigger!!!" In terms of rapping, Niggaz4life suffers for the absence of Ice Cube, even as the D.O.C. assumes his position as the in-house ghostwriter. There's a lot of Eazy-E to be heard throughout the album, for better and for worse, as his sense of humorous menace is amusing as well as unsettling. In the end, it's easy to understand why N.W.A unraveled shortly after Niggaz4life: on the one hand, the group had become a vehicle for exploiting the taboos of gangsta rap, to significant commercial success this was a chart-topping album, after all, while on the other hand, it had become less about the production talent of Dr. Dre, whose work was being sorely overshadowed by all the controversy. [This reissue features a four-track bonus DVD.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2003
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724359043500
  • Catalog Number: 90435

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prelude (2:27)
  2. 2 Real Niggaz Don't Die (3:40)
  3. 3 Niggaz 4 Life (4:58)
  4. 4 Protest (0:53)
  5. 5 Appetite for Destruction (3:22)
  6. 6 Don't Drink That Wine (1:07)
  7. 7 Alwayz into Somethin' (4:24)
  8. 8 Message to B.A. (0:48)
  9. 9 Real Niggaz (4:27)
  10. 10 To Kill a Hooker (0:50)
  11. 11 One Less Bitch (4:47)
  12. 12 Findum, Fuckum & Flee (3:54)
  13. 13 Automobile (3:15)
  14. 14 She Swallowed It (4:13)
  15. 15 I'd Rather Fuck You (3:57)
  16. 16 Approach to Danger (2:45)
  17. 17 1-900-2-Compton (1:27)
  18. 18 The Dayz of Wayback (4:19)
  19. 19 100 Miles and Runnin' (4:32)
  20. 20 Just Don't Bite It (5:28)
  21. 21 Sa Prize (Pt. 2) (5:58)
  22. 22 Kamurshol (1:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Appetite for Destruction [Multimedia
  2. 2 Alwayz into Somethin'
  3. 3 Approach to Danger
  4. 4 [DVD]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
N.W.A Primary Artist
Mike Sims Bass, Guitar
Colin Wolfe Bass
Technical Credits
Eazy-E Composer, Executive Producer, Concept
Herbie Hancock Composer
MC Ren Composer, Concept
Dr. Dre Producer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Dino Fekaris Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Gregory Hutchinson Composer
Donovan Sound Engineer
Glenn Tipton Composer
Eric Wright Composer
Yella Director, Producer, Score, Sound Design
Nick Zesses Composer
Kokane Composer
Monica Gerard Director
Steve Huston Illustrations
Kevin Hosmann Art Direction
Big Bass Brian Mastering
Kris Solem Remastering
Andre Young Composer
Mark Copeland Executive Producer
Bryan Kelley Producer
Maggie Magarian Schmidt Art Direction
A. Young Composer
Lamont Patterson Composer
L.T. Patterson Composer
Barrie Smithers Producer
Shannon Ward Producer
Phyllis Pollack Liner Notes
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