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Almost Famous

8 Ball

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iTunes Editors’ Notes

The second solo effort from 8 Ball shows that the Southern rap veteran’s artistic conviction runs deep. “The studio is where we meet up like a holy church,” he says in “Stripes.” The album marks the beginning of 8 Ball & MJG’s association with P. Diddy, who would go onto executive produce Living Legends and Ridin’ High, and appears here on “Stop Playin’ Games.” Bad Boy R&B artist Carl Thomas also guests, providing accompaniment for one of 8 Ball’s patented pimp raps on “Holla Back.” The theme of Almost Famous is the need for growth without alienating the fanbase. Eight Ball emphasizes that he is not content to simply rehash past triumphs, but on “Spit” he accepts full responsibility for the underwhelming response to the innovations of Space Age 4 Eva: “My love for change, got me stuck in the game / Got me goin’ insane, who the f*** can I blame? / Not you but me, not him but I / Is the one to blame for anything I try.” Almost Famous doesn’t take as many risks as Space Age, but it has some daring moments, particularly “Daddy,” a parenthood blues that features a bizarre-but-catchy chorus of children on the hook.

Customer Reviews

The Artist Always Pays The Price

This is not Ball's best album by any stretch of the imagination, He comes from Memphis, Tennessee, home to a Pimp, where the Blues paved the whole street.Ball keeps it real with his fans, and that is what I respect the most about the first Southern Funkadelic Preacher.

Contrary to previously written (It is a CLASSIC)

I believe that this was a well produced album (His Best Yet). The first track was well written with emotion be hide it and it displayed 8-Ball’s ability to write something that anyone should be able to relate too, also the solo by the guitarist at the end of the song was crunk. Key tracks are those with featured artist such as Luda, Carl Thomas, and P Diddy. Each and every track is worth an open minded listen. This Album grows as on you listen.....

Live For THE TruTh

8-Ball kill's it on this one.A Deep Lyricist!!!!The Cd Starts Out Magnificent!!!!Check out track one To start out with.8-Ball's lyric's Are Deep.I Love the whole cd.Go F-u-c-k-your-self.With that one star reveiw.You probley never even heard this.Hater.GrafixxxlifeRecords414

Biography

Born: Memphis, TN

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

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

8Ball, half of the pioneering Southern rap duo 8Ball & MJG, branched out occasionally for solo albums, beginning with the double-disc Lost in 1998, and was an active collaborator, appearing as a featured guest on countless rap songs over the years. Born Premro Smith, 8Ball grew up in the Orange Mound area of Memphis, TN, where he met MJG at Ridgeway Junior High School in 1984. The two shared a passion for hip-hop, which hadn't yet made a strong impact in the South, and formed their own rap duo,...
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