Eazy-E's Final Album Straight off tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin’ Compton | Review
Classic Rating: 4 / 6
Released: January 30, 1996
1 Final album. 14 new songs. This was the tagline when Eazy-E's second and final album, Straight off tha streetz of Muthaphukkin’ Compton, was released posthumously on January 30, 1996. It dropped some 10 months after Eazy’s passed away from AIDS in March 1995. Originally the album was intended for a 1993 release under the title of Temporary Insanity, but was shelved in favor of the It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa EP. This allowed Eazy to capitalize on the brewing beef with Death Row Records. That EP also gave Eazy the chance to get back at Death Row and co. for the heavy dissing (towards Eazy-E and Ruthless) going on in the intro to Dr. Dre’s The Chronic album.
Straight off Tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin Compton begins with a spoken intro “First Power” which has religious overtones despite Eazy’s proclamation that he is not religious. So it’s safe to say that the intro is tongue-in-cheek. Next up is the mid tempo “Ole School Shit” which features many other rappers such as Gangsta Dresta, B.G. Knocc Out, Sylk-E. Fyne who show up on three tracks. DJ Yella (from N.W.A.) produces this track and 8 tracks in total. The next track, “Sorry Louie”, begins with a movie snippet featuring a murderous psychopath talking about killing his "friend" before the ominous Bobcat beat kicks in. The track features a lot of instrumentation such as horns, walking bass, and various sound effects.
Now we get to the highlight of the album, “Just Tah Let U Know” produced by Stone Tha Lunatic. This track has a smooth gangsta groove with wicked vocal chants and a dope chorus. It’s also one of the last tracks Eazy ever recorded before his death. A music video was made featuring cameo appearances by MC Ren, DJ Yella, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Too Short, Above The Law, BG Knocc Out, Gangsta Dresta, The Pharcyde, Rudy Ray Moore and many more.
“Sippin on a 40” is a funkafied song about drinking 40 ounces of beer which were popular for their large size and cheap price. The beat has a strong 70s vibe and has a live instrument feel to it. On the next track, “Nutz on Ya Chin”, Eazy gets some production help from Naughty By Nature who were a very hot east coast group at the time. While on “Tha Muthaphukkin Real” Eazy gets a visit from his old N.W.A. partner MC Ren who drops a verse on this slow track.
“Lickin, Suckin, Phukkin” is pornographic spoken word track featuring Eazy talking dirty over female vocals and moaning. Next is the violently titled “Hit The Hooker” which features a melodic, uptempo, keyboard-infused beat produced by Naughty By Nature. On this track Eazy really shows an improved vocal ability, even rapping quick and snappy like Treach (from Naughty By Nature). On “My Baby’z Mama” Eazy addresses his frustrations in dealing with his baby momma. The track itself is very repetitive while the chorus is uncreative and sounds aggressive. “Creep n Crawl” is very slow as the title implies, unfortunately, it “creeps and crawls” in a boring manner with a beat that is too uneventful.
On “Wut Would You Do”, Eazy once again takes aim at Death Row Records, even addressing each member individually during a spoken word part
Never broke a law in his life
Besides beatin' up Ricky Harris' wife
From a high top fade to sportin' braids
Now he's laid
Fame no fortune
And gettin' played, not payed, played
Treated like a prostitute
And we all know who's doin' the pimpin'
Daz, don't be a follower, be a leader
And stay off the next man's nuts
Kurupt, the Kingpin, sticks with the 6-0's
Cause you don't need those other hoes
Cause they're about to go up in you
But only if you let 'em
At the end of this scathing diss track there is a skit where Eazy-E approaches a house-party and shoots whoever his target is. The next track, “Gangsta Beat 4tha Street” is the total opposite as it is a laid back track with a fun vibe.
The last track, “Eternal E”, is a farewell track produced by DJ Yella which he completed after Eazy’s death. It’s a ultra funky beat featuring the legendary Roger Troutman (founder of the Zapp Band). The track sees Eazy-E address a few issues in a spoken word format. One topic being police brutality in Los Angeles in the wake of the Rodney King beating and the other being the controversial subject matter of gang activity.
All-in-all this album has good/solid beats, and Eazy’s vocals are at times impressive, showing dramatic improvements since he started in ‘85. Although the way the album is mixed prevents Eazy’s vocals from standing out on many tracks. Overall this album is a great listen for fans of Eazy-E and it went platinum upon release.