Episodes Of A Hustla CD (2011)

Artist: Big Noyd

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Product Overview


Label Traffic Entertainment/tvt
SKU 223425048
UPC 829357552228
UPC 14 00829357552228
Format CD
Release Date 9/13/2011
Author Big Noyd
Associated Artist/Work Kool G. Rap
Technical Info
CatalogID TEG 75522CD
Lable Name Traffic Entertainment Group
Released 09/13/2011
Original Release 1996
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 38m : 27s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00829357552228
Musical Guests
Mobb Deep
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Big Noyd, Prodigy, Havoc, Ty Nitty, Twin (rap vocals); Se'kou (vocals); Scott Cannizzaro (piano).
Producers: Havoc, Charlemagne.
Engineers: Carlos Bess, Ben Arrindell, Mario Rodriguez.
Recording information: Axis Recording Studios; Battery Recording Studio; Soundtracks Recording Studios.
Photographer: Mai Lucas.
At the dawn of the 1990s, most New York rappers weren't nearly as threatening as the gangsta rappers who were coming from the West Coast. But Queens took a more threatening turn later in the decade, when the borough gave us such hardcore rappers as Capone-N-Noreaga and Mobb Deep. These guys were all of the things that California's gangsta rappers had been criticized for being -- violent, profane, crude and menacing. Another MC who came out of that scene was Big Noyd, who was featured on some of Mobb Deep's albums before recording his first solo project, Episodes of a Hustla. Most of the CD was produced by Mobb Deep's Havoc, whose partner Prodigy is featured on some of the material. As hardcore as this decent, though uneven, effort is, tunes like "Infamous Mobb," "It's On You" and "Recognize and Realize" really aren't gangsta rap (even though some consider Noyd a gangsta rapper). While Ice-T, the Geto Boys and N.W.A offered first-person narratives about crime in the ghetto, Noyd's approach is more rhetorical than anything. Noyd uses violent, disturbing imagery to create an atmosphere, but unlike Ice-T or Ice Cube, he's more interested in showing off his rhyming skills than making an overall statement about inner-city life. The end result is an album that, unlike N.W.A's Straight Outta Compton or Ice Cube's Death Certificate, isn't saying very much, but isn't without entertainment value. ~ Alex Henderson
Professional Reviews
Vibe (3/97, p.138) - "...Noyd's debut is rounded out with police station skits and rhymes that reflect his troubled life..."
Option (5-6/97, p.94) - "...Big Noyd delivers the ruff, rugged and raw linguistics over solid, darkly lit New York-styled beats on his debut..."
Disc 1
1 It's On You
2 Precinct, The
3 Recognize & Realize, Pt. 1
4 All Pro
5 Infamous Mobb
6 Interrogation
7 Usual Suspect
8 Episodes Of A Hustla
9 Recognize & Realize, Pt. 2
10 I Don't Wanna Love Again
11 Usual Suspect [Stretch Armstrong Remix]
Product Attributes
Artist Big Noyd
Music Format Compact Disc
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