9 Songs, 29 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Two lyrical heavyweights representing the Bay Area, Andre Nickatina and The Jacka have both built up bulletproof reputations thanks to many years of hustling and a prodigious work ethic. Nickatina entered the game as Dre Dog back in the early '90s, and has released an insane amount of quality material since then, while Jack got his start as a member of the C-BO affiliated crew Mob Figaz in the late '90s, before going the solo route and dropping a gang of collabo projects. They are both amongst the most respected and influential Northern Cali rappers, and bounce off each other perfectly throughout My Middle Name Is Crime. The production ranges from lush and cinematic ("Money Shark") to upbeat and club-ready ("Square Crows") setting the tone for eight tracks about life, death, loyalty, and payback. Standouts include the epic lead single/title track, laser-beam-laced Husalah feature "Goin' to Court," and the touching Mac Dre tribute "We Miss You Furl."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Two lyrical heavyweights representing the Bay Area, Andre Nickatina and The Jacka have both built up bulletproof reputations thanks to many years of hustling and a prodigious work ethic. Nickatina entered the game as Dre Dog back in the early '90s, and has released an insane amount of quality material since then, while Jack got his start as a member of the C-BO affiliated crew Mob Figaz in the late '90s, before going the solo route and dropping a gang of collabo projects. They are both amongst the most respected and influential Northern Cali rappers, and bounce off each other perfectly throughout My Middle Name Is Crime. The production ranges from lush and cinematic ("Money Shark") to upbeat and club-ready ("Square Crows") setting the tone for eight tracks about life, death, loyalty, and payback. Standouts include the epic lead single/title track, laser-beam-laced Husalah feature "Goin' to Court," and the touching Mac Dre tribute "We Miss You Furl."

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About Andre Nickatina

With a penchant for old-school rhymes and lo-fi beats, Andre Nickatina hails from the West Coast. He released Cocaine Raps and Raven in My Eyes simultaneously on the Dogday imprint, but it was the trilogy of 1999's Tears of a Clown and 2000's These R the Tales and Daiquiri Factory Cocaine Raps that put Nickatina on the West Coast circuit. After these releases emerged during what was highly regarded as his golden period, Nickatina followed up in 2003 with the highly ambitious CD/movie project Conversation With a Devil. ~ Rob Theakston

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