Album Info

RELEASE
January 23, 2001
LABEL
Bump Johnson
GENRES
Rap, Gangsta Rap, G-Funk, West Coast Rap

Album Review

The 1989-1999 time span cited in the subtitle of When We Wuz Bangin' is a little misleading. Compton's Most Wanted did in fact span a decade, forming in 1989 and debuting a year later, but the group spend most of the ensuing decade inactive, releasing only three albums during a three-year span (1990-1992). Throughout most of the '90s, group leader MC Eiht trudged on with his up-and-down solo career and took producer DJ Slip along for part of the ride. The remaining members of CMW meanwhile remained mostly confined to old-school obscurity. As short-lived as the talented group had been, though, they did release a wealth of blueprint West Coast gangsta rap during their three-album span, each album -- It's a Compton Thang (1990), Music to Driveby (1991), and Straight Checkn 'Em (1992) -- offering a few standout singles. Many of those singles are compiled here ("One Time Gaffled 'Em Up," "Late Night Hype," "Growin' Up in the Hood") as are several of Eiht's bigger solo hits ("All for the Money," "Streiht Up Menace," "Days of '89") and even some rare recordings (DJ Premier's remix of "Def Wish II"). The inclusion of Eiht's solo work is key, since he did have a few great gangsta ballads, but you could argue that those songs had little to do with Compton's Most Wanted and occupy precious disc space that could have instead featured gang-bangin' songs like "Hood Took Me Under" or "Straight Checkn' Em."
Jason Birchmeier, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. One Time Gaffled 'Em Uphttp://itunes.apple.com/album/when-we-wuz-bangin/id277622801?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Duck Sickhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277622880&id=277622801&at=11l9vR
  3. Late Night Hypehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/when-we-wuz-bangin/id277622801?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Whose Is It? (Give It Up, Pt. 2) [Very Street mix]http://itunes.apple.com/album/when-we-wuz-bangin/id277622801?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Growin' Up in the Hoodhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/when-we-wuz-bangin/id277622801?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. I'm Wit Dathttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277622919&id=277622801&at=11l9vR
  7. N 2 Deephttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277622972&id=277622801&at=11l9vR
  8. Def Wish II [DJ Premier Remix]http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277622976&id=277622801&at=11l9vR
  9. All for the Moneyhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277622995&id=277622801&at=11l9vR
  10. 1990-Sick (Kill 'Em All)http://itunes.apple.com/album/when-we-wuz-bangin/id277622801?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Streiht Up Menacehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277623028&id=277622801&at=11l9vR
  12. Automatichttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=277623031&id=277622801&at=11l9vR
  13. Days of '89http://itunes.apple.com/album/when-we-wuz-bangin/id277622801?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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