Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Revisiting Fiend's "There's One In Every Family"


Release date- May 5, 1998



1. Take My Pain (Featuring Master P, Silkk The Shocker and Sons of Funk)
Produced By: KLC and Mo B. Dick

This appropriately titled song would've been much better if it was only Fiend and Sons Of Funk. Very good way to start the album.


2. Going Out With A Blast
Produced By: Carlos Stephens

I LIKE this one right one here. If Fiend is going out, he's going out with a blast, nothing more or less.
*Excellent*

3. Do You Know (Featuring Mystikal)
Produced By: KLC

This was one rowdy cut right here. You can argue that Mystikal stole the show, but Fiend's verse was just as dope.
*No Limit classic*

4. Big Timer (Featuring Mia X)
Produced By: KLC

Fiend always had very good chemistry with Mia X and that comes across well on this one.
*Excellent*

5. Who Got That Fire (Featuring Snoop Dogg)
Produced By: Craig B

This is one of those songs for the smokers. Back then, I never cared too much for this song, but after a while it grew on me a little bit, even though I'm not a smoker, lol. This also marked Snoop's No Limit debut.
*Very good*

6. All I Know
Produced By: Mo B. Dick

I used to skip this one a lot, but it's decent when you listen to it, even though Fiend can't sing well, lol. He talks about going by what he knows best.
*Good*

7. I Swore
Produced By: Carlos Stephens

This was sequenced well, coming right after "All I Know".
*Excellent*

8. Only A Few (Featuring Master P, Silkk The Shocker and Big Ed)
Produced By: O'Dell

"I only fuck wit the few, you neva know what these niggas will do/You betta choose careful who you call your crew/And do a review on these bitches before you call em your boo"


That hook tells the story on this song, another good one. Fiend carries it well along with Big Ed, P and Silkk. The latter two surprisingly don't interrupt the flow here.
*Very good*

9. The Baddest 
Produced By: Craig B

Let me tell you something, this was quite the underrated remake of LL Cool J's classic "I'm Bad". Fiend does a tight job here and he was the only one of the label who could've pulled this off.
*No Limit classic*



10. The Streets Ain't Safe
Produced By: Craig B

Apply titled to be sure, but Fiend does a great job with his take on the very subject of the streets, as well as talking about doing what it takes to survive.
*Excellent*

  
11. All In A Week (Featuring O'Dell)
Produced By: O'Dell

"My girl Chrissy said Fiend, why you wear a vest/Besides the life I liver girl, the streets is a mess"


Always value life, because no matter what takes place, it could all go down inside of a week. Good stuff.
*Excellent*

12. I.C.U.

13. On A Mission (Featuring C-Murder and Steady Mobbin)
Produced By: Mo B. Dick

Equipped with southern style organs and a thumpin, bass driven track, these guys were definitely on some type of mission. Fiend brings his usual, Steady Mobbin comes with their West Coast vibes, but C's verse (based on his delivery) was the show stealer here, even though I couldn't make out some of what he was saying, even back in the day.
*Very good*

14. Slangin (Featuring UGK)
Produced By: O'Dell

UGK's good relationship with No Limit around this time continued with this dope song.
*Excellent*

15. At All Times
Produced By: Mo B. Dick

Listen to Fiend give his take on why he stayed strapped. At all times.
*Good*

16. Walk Like A G (Featuring Soulja Slim)
Produced By: KLC

Cool song. It's all about the strut, the walk, as only G's can do it.
*Excellent*

17. We Survivors (Featuring Full Blooded)
Produced By: KLC

I remember liking Full Blooded's verse a lot at one time, but today I'm not quite sure why, lol, considering he said nothing of note. Fiend's verse and KLC's beat save this one.
*Good*

18. What Cha Mean (Featuring Soulja Slim, Kane & Abel and Mac)
Produced By: KLC

This beat was so dope that my friend Shaun, who was never a No Limit fan, still liked it a lot. All involved brought their A game, including a standout verse from Mac.
*No Limit classic*



19. Do You Wanna Be A Rider (Featuring Magic, Prime Suspects and Gambino Family)
Produced By: KLC
  
This would've been a lot better with just Fiend and Magic. Prime Suspects and Gambino Family bring nothing with their verses.
*Good*

20. For The N.O.
Produced By: KLC
  
This was just a fun track for the hometown. The drums here were off the chain.
*Very good*

21. Live Me Long
Produced By: KLC and Mo B. Dick

In a fitting closer, Fiend comes to terms with himself, even if he's misunderstood by others, including his family. He also comes off as confessing to God.
*Excellent*



Of all the albums No Limit released in 1998, this was certainly the best one. Fiend was one of the more underrated artists on the tank at the time. Lyrically he was very good, backed by equally good production, mostly by KLC, whom he had strong chemistry with, which is why they worked together quite often. The songs were timed and sequenced well, the guests were on the right songs. All of this adds up to a 4.5 star album. 
 
 

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