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In Our Lifetime

8Ball & MJG

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Album Review

Aging does not become most hip-hop artists, nor do reunions. However, there are always exceptions that prove the rule and, apparently, In Our Lifetime, Vol. 1 is one of those cases. Eightball & MJG went on hiatus in 1998, and they both released solo albums that weren't bad but weren't particularly noteworthy, either. Their reunion on In Our Lifetime, Vol. 1 is another story altogether. Working with producers Organized Noize, T-Mix, and Black, the duo has found an appealing variation on the Dirty South sound — a smooth groove that recalls classic late-'70s/early-'80s funk, while taking chances with its drum machine rhythms and the overall sonic texture. Even the hardest-hitting cuts, "Get It Crunk" and "We Started This," have a spacy feel to their production. It all holds together, and none of the guest artists — including Cee-Lo, Big Duke, Nina Creque, and OutKast — detracts from Eightball & MJG, who have written some of their finest lyrics yet. The entire album is designed as an oral history of their past, and since they have a loose narrative to follow, they've wound up creating their most coherent — and arguably best — album yet. Very few rappers could claim to get better with age, but it seems like Eightball & MJG may be doing just that.

Customer Reviews

Hope you didn't sleep on this!

Many people slept on this album, listen to the lyrics and you'll see why they, UGK, and Outkast are living legends for the South! If you are a real fan get this album!

Great album

Two of the best out of the south they put it down on this one

classic

PAID DUES is a classic
LOVE HURTS is a classic
DAYLIGHT
NOBODY BUT ME
DO IT HOW IT GO

Biography

Formed: Memphis, TN

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

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

One of the pioneers of Southern rap, 8Ball and MJG, emerged from Memphis, Tennessee in the early '90s and, aligned with the Houston, Texas-based independent label Suave Records, quickly garnering a tremendous regional following while proving highly influential to a generation of aspiring, independent-minded rap artists and entrepreneurs. The pioneering duo enjoyed increasing recognition as the years passed, releasing a couple albums, namely Comin' Out Hard (1994) and In Our Lifetime, Vol. 1 (1999),...
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