Lil Scrappy - Bred 2 Live, Born 2 Die
Lil Scrappy's name has become synonymous with crunk. After all, the man crowned himself The Prince of Crunk. But to dismiss his latest album as simply another generic crunk-influenced album would be a mistake.
Lil Scrappy's name
has become synonymous with crunk. After all, the man crowned himself The Prince of Crunk. But to dismiss his
latest album as simply another generic crunk-influenced album would be a mistake.
As a matter of fact, the album surprisingly has two very distinct sides.
Sure, Lil Jon's
fingerprints are present. Crunk fans can breathe a sigh of relief. But, where Ying Yang Twinz, Eastside Boys and
other acts simply make club songs to these instrumentals, Scrap actually takes time to speak on meaningful topics from time
to time, using the high energy of crunk with a purpose. "Police" is a perfect
example of this. After being harassed at his own concert last year, Scrap takes verbal shots at the boys in
blue, with an intense beat pulsating through the speakers. It's perfect for the
anger in his voice, and is used a vehicle for the fury in his rhymes. "Money In
The Bank RMX" with Young Buck
doesn't fall into that category, but damn that shit bangs!
Variety in production is also a breath of fresh air. Now
that he's linked up with The Unit,
his beat selection has become more diverse. "Baby Daddy" and "Livin' In the
Projects" exemplify this change. The latter of the two adds a deeper layer to
the album, where he openly speaks on poverty in his younger years. 2pac's sample is perfect for the track.
"Like Me" and "Lord Have Mercy"