When Tupac Shakur died in 1996, There were many rappers that were trying to fulfill that void. Pac’s death took a huge chunk out of the heart of the rap game and this is when hip hop started becoming caught in a whirlwind.
Even though Bad Boy was dominating the charts and ruled the pop world throughout 97,The Streets were looking for another Death Row to emerge in the scene. Master P and No Limit with their Southern Fried gangsta sound built heavy momentum going into 1997 as what P would call “The World Number One Independent Rap label” and P’s 5th album titled Ghetto D would be the album to captivate P into superstar status.
Master P as a rapper isn’t the best to grab a mic. He basically sticks to the recipe of what many would call gangsta rap. But what people need to realize is that P isn’t trying to be the best emcee in the world. He’s a self-made hustler and as what Baby would call himself “Game Spitter”. You also have to keep in mind that The Production No Limit’s homegrown production team Beats By The Pound was at it best at the time and that helped the Tank reach next level success.
Just like many albums during that period. It was full of mostly guest appearances from other artists but that doesn’t mean Ghetto D is a wack album. If anything P used Ghetto D as a platform to introduce the artists on his roster into the mainstream because Ghetto D was P’s most mainstream album. P’s only solo song titled Pass Me Da Green has P professing his love for the green. With the dark hypnotic beat backed by the Chris Tucker Friday sample and P’s catchy hook. Pass Me Da Green should be alongside some of the best hip hop weed anthems.
There are songs that stuck to the script of P’s gangsta theme and you can feel the Pac influence throughout them. Songs such as We Riders, Weed and Money, and Throw em Up were clearly either influenced by Pac’s style but they don’t come across as complete jacks. But it seems as if Ghetto D were aiming to do what Puffy did with No Way Out by relying on clear heavy samples. Half of the beats on Ghetto D were pretty much jacked: Ghetto D(Rakim and Eric B), Captain Kirk(E-40), Gangsta Need Love(B.I.G.s Missin U), Tryin 2 Do somethin(The Isley Brothers) and even his first single I Miss My homies were jacked from the OJays.
But the song that would break Master P out into the mainstream would be Make Em Say Ugh!, This was the party/crunk anthem that set the clubs on fire throughout the country. It also gave Mia X, Mystikal, and Fiend their shine in the mainstream light:
But overall You should know what to expect from No Limit and Ghetto D was the album that gave P and No Limit that heavy push to dominate 1998. Fans of Southern gangsta music and true No Limit fans should definitely add this to their collection.
Vic Rating: 8.5 outta 10