23 Songs, 1 Hour 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After selling more than 100,000 copies of his independently released debut, The Leprechaun, Lil’ Flip was quickly signed by a division of Columbia Records and released his first major-label album in 2002. Undaground Legend was boosted by the hit single “The Way We Ball,” a song that epitomizes Flip’s ability to blend the catchiness of nursery rhymes with the attitude of gangsta rap. The other choruses on the album leave a lot to Flip’s magnetic flow and his vivid vignettes of ghetto culture. Some of his best writing can be heard on “8 Rulez,” which is propelled by a burping brass band–inspired beat—a hint of Flip’s love for the culture of New Orleans. As a lyricist, Flip could always come up with a new twist on an old idea—hear him boast of “sleeping on an iceberg bed” in “U See It”—but fans respected him because he could tell a story straight from the heart. The album’s centerpiece is “RIP Screw,” which in two short verses (and a chorus from the incomparable Bizzy Bone) tells the entire story of Flip and his mentor, DJ Screw.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After selling more than 100,000 copies of his independently released debut, The Leprechaun, Lil’ Flip was quickly signed by a division of Columbia Records and released his first major-label album in 2002. Undaground Legend was boosted by the hit single “The Way We Ball,” a song that epitomizes Flip’s ability to blend the catchiness of nursery rhymes with the attitude of gangsta rap. The other choruses on the album leave a lot to Flip’s magnetic flow and his vivid vignettes of ghetto culture. Some of his best writing can be heard on “8 Rulez,” which is propelled by a burping brass band–inspired beat—a hint of Flip’s love for the culture of New Orleans. As a lyricist, Flip could always come up with a new twist on an old idea—hear him boast of “sleeping on an iceberg bed” in “U See It”—but fans respected him because he could tell a story straight from the heart. The album’s centerpiece is “RIP Screw,” which in two short verses (and a chorus from the incomparable Bizzy Bone) tells the entire story of Flip and his mentor, DJ Screw.

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