11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

From his early days as one of the main post-Dre artists on Death Row through his yearlong Hip Hop Weekly series (with a new song released via MySpace every week between 2003 and 2004) and his career rebirth as a charter member of the Slaughterhouse crew, Long Beach emcee Crooked I has been putting in work for almost two decades now. More popular than ever, he still has a relentless work ethic and extensive discography that includes countless high-prolife collaborations, mixtapes, EPs, and group albums. Hot on the heels of self-released joints like On the House and Psalm 82:V6, he's finally dropping his official full-length studio debut. Set to futuristic-thug production from the likes of Snaz, Mr. Porter, Tabu, and Jonathan Elkaer, he serves up 11 tracks speaking on the corniness of Internet gangsters ("Yodo"), being a rap king ("Crowns"), and the ups and downs of various relationships ("A Lady Fell in Love"). A solid effort from an LBC vet.

EDITORS’ NOTES

From his early days as one of the main post-Dre artists on Death Row through his yearlong Hip Hop Weekly series (with a new song released via MySpace every week between 2003 and 2004) and his career rebirth as a charter member of the Slaughterhouse crew, Long Beach emcee Crooked I has been putting in work for almost two decades now. More popular than ever, he still has a relentless work ethic and extensive discography that includes countless high-prolife collaborations, mixtapes, EPs, and group albums. Hot on the heels of self-released joints like On the House and Psalm 82:V6, he's finally dropping his official full-length studio debut. Set to futuristic-thug production from the likes of Snaz, Mr. Porter, Tabu, and Jonathan Elkaer, he serves up 11 tracks speaking on the corniness of Internet gangsters ("Yodo"), being a rap king ("Crowns"), and the ups and downs of various relationships ("A Lady Fell in Love"). A solid effort from an LBC vet.

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About Crooked I

For a brief spell during the late '90s, Crooked I was signed to Virgin. The Long Beach MC appeared on Virgin and Virgin-affiliated compilations like the Caught Up soundtrack ("Girl," with Luniz) and C-Style's 19th Street LBC Compilation ("Gangsta Gangsta," "Bounce to This"). Not a free agent for long, Crooked subsequently fell in with Suge Knight and signed to Death Row, appearing on the Too Gangsta for Radio compilation ("Death Rizzo" and "Gangsta Rap," which also featured Treach and Scarface) and the Dysfunktional Family soundtrack (contributing to nearly a third of its tracks). Though at least one Crooked I mixtape surfaced during the MC's time on the label, a pair of albums -- including Say Hi to the Bad Guy, slated for a 2002 release -- did not. Departed from Death Row by early 2004, Crooked went independent, launching his Dynasty Entertainment label, but legal obstacles prevented him from releasing yet another title of his own. Mixtapes, DVDs, and features continued to pile up, with B.O.S.S. (Beginning of Something Serious) -- at long last, his first official album -- prepared for a 2008 release date. ~ Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    Long Beach, CA
  • BORN
    September 23, 1978

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