Personnel: Mack 10, Snoop Doggy Dogg, AllFrumtha I, The Comrads, E-40, Ice Cube (rap vocals); James "Tre" Raab (guitar).
Producers: Tray, Binky, Bob Cat, Ant banks, Mack 10, Soopafly, Ice Cube.
Personnel: James "Tre" Raab (guitar).
Audio Mixer: Carlos Warlick.
Unknown Contributor Roles: D. Thomas; Too $hort; E-40 ; T. Horn; G. Brown; R. Bell; Anne Dudley; Richard Westfield; Robert "Spike" Mickens; Snoop Dogg; C. Smith.
BASED ON A TRUE STORY is full of straight-up gangsta rap and tales of guns and drugs and gang bangin', west coast style. Mack 10 teams up with some high-powered company on this one, as Ice Cube lends a hand on two of the tracks. The themes are predictable enough; ghetto life, revenge and retribution, drug dealing and the consequences of crossing the wrong man. But musically, Mack 10 does has some intriguing ideas. "Chicken Hawk 2" uses some interesting samples, including bird calls, staccato horns, and synthetic strings. "Inglewood Swingin'" is a tribute to Mack 10's home turf, while "Mack 10, Mack 10" makes sure that 1) we spell the man's name right and 2) we know who, in fact, "the man" is. Another attractive feature of this disc is the beats, which are well-matched to the raps, and all achieve a certain degree of funkiness.
During the mid-'90s, when West Coast rap reigned supreme, Mack 10 emerged as a close associate of Ice Cube and enjoyed several years of considerable commercial success with his reverent hard-cool rhymes. The Los Angeles-area rapper's greatest success came early in his career, on the albums MACK 10, BOW DOWN, BASED ON A TRUE STORY, and THE RECIPE. While his star dimmed somewhat in the following decade, Mack continued to command a fanbase by staying true to the originoo gangsta rap game even as the times changed.
The Source (10/97, p.174) - 4 Mics (out of 5) - "...Mack 10 covers much of the same territory rap fans have come to expect....Mack Manson spits his game at a level higher than most of his contemporaries, on top of some of the most head-nodding beats from the West..."
Rap Pages (10/97, p.94) - "...Mack explains in a nutshell the real and unreal sides of gangsta rap and its need for existence....BASED ON A TRUE STORY is incredible, packed full of beats and lyrics..."
Mack Mansion (Intro)
Chicken Hawk 2
Mack 10, Mack 10 - (featuring AllFrumThal & The Comrads)
Bangin' Gears - (insert)
Can't Stop - (featuring E-40)
Tonight's The Night
Aqua Boogie - (insert)
Guppies, The - (featuring Ice Cube)
What You Need? (Dopeman '97)
Only In California - (featuring Ice Cube/Snoop Doggy Dogg)