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Light Up the Bomb

8Ball

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Album Review

If the title wasn't obvious enough, the cover photo of 8Ball lost in a haze of blunt smoke should clue the listener in to the general vibe of Light Up the Bomb. Straight up Dirty South party rap, this album makes few claims to cultural significance: the solid single "Time2hitdaclub," which makes odd use of a sample of the Windows "blue screen of death" noise as its main hook, is the closest 8Ball comes to a manifesto here, and the skit "Barney Phife," with 8Ball's interactions with a stereotypical Southern cop, is the most obvious social commentary. Light Up the Bomb does the job as background entertainment, with its heavy synthed-out beats and electronic hooks, but it's a relatively uninspired outing from a rapper who has done better work in the past. In keeping with current hip-hop fashion, Light Up the Bomb is also available in the modern-day equivalent of dub, a chopped and screwed edition that slows the tracks down by about 25 percent to mimic the effect of a cough syrup high. [A "clean" version of the album was released in 2006 as well.]

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pretty good album, could be better say yes

Biography

Born: Memphis, TN

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

8Ball, half of the pioneering Southern rap duo 8Ball & MJG, branched out occasionally for solo albums, beginning with the double-disc Lost in 1998, and was an active collaborator, appearing as a featured guest on countless rap songs over the years. Born Premro Smith, 8Ball grew up in the Orange Mound area of Memphis, TN, where he met MJG at Ridgeway Junior High School in 1984. The two shared a passion for hip-hop, which hadn't yet made a strong impact in the South, and formed their own rap duo,...
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