Thursday, March 6, 2014

Revisiting Fiend's "Street Life"

Before I begin talking about Fiend's second album, I want to mention a nice personal fact. On it's release date, July 6, 1999, along with Ruff Ryders' "Ryde Or Die Vol. 1", I bought two copies of the album, one CD for myself and the other for my cousin Andre.




1. Street Life
Produced By: Carlos Stephens
This spoken intro leads us into.....

2. The Rock Show
Produced By: KLC

This was a tight, hype, bass driven song. Fiend comes right out the gate as energetic as ever.
*No Limit classic*

3. Talk It Like I Bring It
Produced By: KLC

Fiend does just that, talks it like he brings it on this apply titled song. Dope stuff right here.
*No Limit classic*

4. War 4 Reason
Produced By: KLC

"This song is to inspire anybody havin to war for a right cause."


That line from KLC sets the tone for this one. In a tale of survival, Fiend talks about "warring" from a street perspective.
*Excellent*

5. Get In 2 It (Featuring Mia X)
Produced By: Craig B

We get more of the very good chemistry between Fiend and Mia on this appropriately titled collabo.
*Excellent*

6. Ak'n Bad (Featuring Mystikal)
Produced By: Craig B

[Note: I know that Skull Duggery was featured on this song, however, this guy was tried and convicted on child porn charges. Anyone who is involved in such a thing gets NO comments or attention from me, for clearly obvious reasons.]


Fiend and Mystikal lyrically "ak bad" throughout this one.
*Good*

7. Heart Of A Ghetto Boy
Produced By: Craig B

Ruggedly smooth song right here, and with Fiend behind it, it didn't sound out of place on a No Limit album. He does an excellent job with this song, and the instrumentation with the beat is a nice touch.
*Excellent*

8. Trip To London (Featuring Kage and O'Dell)
Produced By: KLC

A fast paced, small story being told , in that a situation would've turned out differently in London.
*Good*

9. The Truth Is 
Produced By: Carlos Stephens

Fiend didn't do many joints for the ladies, but he did here. The truth indeed.
*Very good*

10. Been Thru It All (Featuring Magic)
Produced By: KLC

THIS was more of a "rock show" than song #2, lol. Fiend and Magic bring it on this KLC produced banger. And yes, they been thru it all! Awesome.
*No Limit classic*

11. Mr. Whomp Whomp
Produced By: KLC

Another banger, fast paced too. This joint KNOCKS in the ride, arguably the best song on the album. My cousins Andre and Aaron, and myself went crazy when we saw this video for the first time.
*No Limit classic*

12. I Was Placed Here (Featuring Holloway)
Produced By: Carlos Stephens

Fiend and the Ghetto Commission's Holloway give their views on why they were put on this earth for a reason.
*Good*

13. I'm Losing My Mind
Produced By: Craig B

I didn't get the impression that he was "losing his mind" on this one, but it's still a decent song
*Good*

14. They Don't Hear Me
Produced By: KLC

If you didn't hear Fiend after this energetic cut, you were listening to the wrong song, lol.
*Excellent*

15. If They Don't Know
Produced By: KLC
This 50 second verse leads us into.....


16. Walk That Line
Produced By: KLC

Remember "From The N.O." from Fiend's debut? This was more or less an unofficial sequel, which finds him and KLC just having fun.
*Very good*

17. Waiting On God
Produced By: KLC and Carlos Stephens

A GREAT closer for the album. I feel Fiend recorded this strictly for God to hear, which explains why there were no cuss words to be found.
*Excellent*




Well, let's get the "finals" out the way. This was Fiend's final album on No Limit, as well as the final album produced by Beats By The Pound (with the exception of Carlos Stephens). Coincidentally or not, they (and others) left the label, as it was on a SHARP decline in 1999. Simply put, this and Snoop Dogg's "No Limit Top Dogg" were THE two best No Limit albums that year and basically were the last two great albums released bearing the gold tank. Much like his debut, Fiend did exceptionally well, no doubt. Lyrically he was still tight, and with KLC overseeing the majority of the production, how could this not be a winner? 4.5 stars for this one and essentially the swan song as far as No Limit being a force in hip hop.



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