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Editors’ Notes

Compton’s Most Wanted released a series of exceptional and distinctive albums in the early and mid ‘90s that are easily as compelling as the work of their more famous contemporaries. The group’s leader MC Eiht, may not have possessed the palpable charisma of Snoop Dogg, the simmering rage of Ice Cube, or the icy professionalism of the D.O.C., but he was gifted with an authoritative baritone and a talent for writing threatening punch lines that were as clever as they were malevolent. And though MC Eiht’s rhymes are strong, it’s the immaculate, trunk rattling production, courtesy of veteran studio rats DJ Slip and Mike T that makes CMW’s third full length, Music To Drive By a bona fide west coast classic. Compton’s Most Wanted hewed out a distinctive sonic aesthetic that drew as much from Los Angeles’ mid ‘80s electro scene as it did from Dre’s sample heavy aesthetic. “Jack Mode”, which borrows elements from Cybotron’s early techno classic “Clear” is an outstanding example of DJ Slip and Mike T’s tireless pursuit of stylistic diversity. Thanks to its highly original sound Music To Drive By is one of the finest hardcore hip-hop records to emerge from early ‘90s Los Angeles.

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i like it

i like it i dont kno if u ppl like it but i do

Fairly good

I'd say overall this is pretty raw and good. I'd definately say "Hood Took Me Under" is the best song on here. Good album, worth buying if you really want to say you're anything close to a real G or if you want to even say you can appreciate old skool stuff.

This is the SH******T

This is some real west coast ganster rap. MC Eiht & CMW real gees. This albums is PERFECT...

Biography

Formed: 1989 in Compton, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Though N.W.A got most of the recognition, Compton's Most Wanted also did much to popularize and proliferate early-'90s West Coast gangsta rap. Led by future solo artist MC Eiht and legendary West Coast electro producer the Unknown DJ, this Compton, CA, group (also known as CMW) reveled in themes involving primarily guns, women, gangs, and drugs, setting the precedent for what would eventually become cliché. More importantly, the group possessed a knack for writing laid-back gangsta ballads characterized...
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