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Album Review

Just as fantastical and less forced than plenty of other gangsta rap records released in 1992, Boss' Born Gangstaz is a remarkable album that has gone underappreciated in the hip-hop world. Abetted by a laundry list of reputable producers — Jam Master Jay, T Ray, MC Serch, Def Jef, AMG, Erick Sermon — MC Lichelle Laws and DJ Irene Moore shrug at a cruel world, claim to not care, drink like fishes, smoke like Cypress Hill, live like thieves, and accord the opposite sex no respect whatsoever. In fact, no one and no thing is given any degree of respect, and it's clear that they've got a death wish. All of this would be met with a shrug if Laws had less-than-remarkable vocal and lyrical skills, but she's just as adept at painting vivid scenarios while riding the rhythms as any of her producers. She doesn't simply flip the gender roles of the average gangsta record; "tricks" expecting to get some end up getting some in the form of bullets. Her delivery consistently sounds collected but set to blast, and the productions almost always complement her detached, matter-of-fact viewpoint. Too bad the answering-machine messages left by Laws' parents soften the blunt impact of this cold, cold record.

Customer Reviews

One of the best!

I love this CD, Deeper is one of the best Gangsta songs of all time. Unfortunately Boss fell off the map but this album is a great reminder of what a very good female rapper is suppose to be. This album is essential to all who claim they only listen to real hip-hop.

Remember the old days

This album was one of the best female album when i was in high school, i loved the boss when she firts came out. Even till this day i still rememeber seeing and hearing the song deeper and recipe of a hoe, were gangsta classics in the days when being gangsta was good this is one of the best albums

YES!!! When it's gotta be real.

I remember this from back in the day when rap was about lyrics & beats, not just shakin, showin or givin up what you got. BOSS is the ORIGINAL hardcore female rapper.


Born: Detroit, MI

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s

Born Lichelle Laws, Boss is a female gangster rapper who, along with her partner Dee, became the first female rap act to be signed to Russell Simmons' Def Jam West label. Originally the two hailed from Detroit, but after a brief stint in New York, the pair headed west to L.A. where they lived in near poverty for three years before gaining...
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