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C-Bo continues to smooth out the darker elements of his music on Life As a Rider. He's still one of the most hardcore rappers on the West Coast, but the death obsessions that characterized his early albums for Awol — The Autopsy (1994) and Tales From the Crypt (1995) — have been displaced by more of a big-baller mentality. C-Bo's "rider" persona is much more accessible than his former "American nightmare" persona, and it also helps that he works primarily with producer Mike Mosley on Life As a Rider, who lays down beats that sound obviously influenced by Dr. Dre's early-2000s sound. You could argue that C-Bo is compromising his former hardcore-as-hardcore-gets approach for a more commercially viable gangsta approach that's not too far removed from what you'd expect from latter-day 2Pac or Snoop Dogg and his Eastsidaz posse; however, the change is actually quite welcome. C-Bo had exhausted his "American nightmare" style by the end of the '90s. So, even if he's merely following the trends in West Coast gangsta rap, it's a new direction for him to head in, something that longtime C-Bo fans will either complain about or, more likely, accept as part of the rapper's growth — artistically as well as commercially.

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This GO!!

I used to slap this in my car, like everyday! Reminding me of my goon days!


Born: January 14, 1974 in Sacramento, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

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

Beginning with his 1993 debut, Gas Chamber, C-BO made it clear that he planned on surprising rap listeners with his controversial lyrics, which would eventually land him in jail. Of course, the hardcore Californian's steady rise towards continued popularity increased year by year, with an album being released nearly every year following his jaw-dropping debut. With album titles such as Autopsy and Tales From the Crypt, C-BO quickly attained a cult following, similar to the small legions of listeners...
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