Street Lights(Explicit Version) CD (2010)

Artist: Kurupt

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Product Overview


Label Penagon Records/fontana
SKU 215089298
UPC 705105680071
UPC 14 00705105680071
Format CD
Release Date 4/20/2010
Author Kurupt
Associated Artist/Work , Nate Dogg
Associated Artist/Work Dillinger, Daz
Associated Artist/Work DJ Quik
Associated Artist/Work N.O.R.E.
Associated Artist/Work Roscoe
Associated Artist/Work Typhoon
Technical Info
Engineer Terrace Martin
Producer Terrace Martin
CatalogID 001
Lable Name Penagon Entertainment
Released 04/20/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 51m : 50s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00705105680071
Musical Guests
Terrace Martin
Uncle Chucc
Snoop Dogg
Virginya Slim
Big Tri
Jah Free
DJ Quik
DJ Drama
Album Notes and Credits
Recording information: Can-Am Studios, Tarzana, CA; Chung King Studios, New York, NY; Dirty South Studios, Atlanta, GA; Organic Grease Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Pacifique Studios, North Hollywood, CA; Record Plant, Hollywood, CA.
Photographers: Devin DeHaven; Ace of LA.
Nearly two decades after contributing to Dr. Dre's monumental Chronic album, the Dogg Pound founder whose name has graced a number of greatest-MCs-of-all-time lists (Kool Moe Dee, for instance, ranked him above Slick Rick in his book There's a God on the Mic) might be considered washed up by many fans who once lauded him. Combining with L.A. beatsmith Terrace Martin, Kurupt makes a commendable effort to prove his detractors wrong on the impressive Streetlights, defiantly proclaiming "I don't sell a lot of records 'cause people ain't like me" on the intro as if to say that he's an artist for whom street cred matters most. From there, Kurupt and Problem launch into "I'm Burnt" -- a devil-may-care weed anthem whose bouncy, hyphy-tinged beat will likely garner the most radio-play out of any of the songs on Streetlights. He then runs down a list of queries that he probably gets a lot from rap fans (i.e. "I'm glad you got back with Daz/But was Suge really whoopin' all them niggas ass?" and "New York really love you right?/So tell me, what really happened in ninety-five?") without responding to any of them on "Questions." Terrace Martin, who provides the beats for all but two cuts, does well in constructing a distinctively West Coast record, and his neo-G-Funk arrangements on tracks like "In Gotti We Trust," "Face Down," and "All That I Want" echo Dr. Dre's lasting stylistic influence. But there are at least two tracks which sound hand-delivered from the good doctor -- which is certainly not a bad thing. The sleazy, party-hopping banger "I'm Drunk" comes off like a reimagining of "Let's Get High" from Dre's second album, and the new-millennium electro-funk beat creeping behind Kurupt's low-brow sexist rants on "Scrape" is equal parts Afrika Bambaataa and Chronic 2001. Still, it's an East Coast vet -- Pete Rock -- who comes up biggest with what is the record's high point, the infectious "Yessirm," which sees Kurupt adopting a subdued, whispery flow over an interplay of delicate keys and piercing horns. Later on, Terrace Martin's mournful, violin-driven track makes the Dogg Pound Gangsta's tight, braggadocio-fueled verses sound almost poignant on the triumphant "I'm the Man." Still, Streetlights is not without its clunkers. Lil Jon's generic crunk beat behind "Riot in the Club" does little to fire up Kurupt's listless vocals and the anguished shouted rhymes on the hard rock-themed title track sound like a bad Eminem impersonation. But in the end, Kurupt turns in strong performances on much of Streetlights, delivering furious free association freak-outs and ultimately some of his nastiest verses in years. ~ Matt Rinaldi
Professional Reviews
Billboard (p.28) - "Kurupt's distinct slurred-barking cadence lends itself well to the anthems on STREETLIGHTS..."
Disc 1
1 Intro - (featuring Terrace Martin)
2 I'm Burnt
3 Questions - (featuring Uncle Chucc)
4 In Gotti We Trust
5 Face Down - (featuring Terrace Martin)
6 Yessir
7 All That I Want - (featuring Snoop Dogg)
8 I'm Drunk
9 Scrape - (featuring Terrace Martin/Virginya Slim/Big Tri)
10 Riot In the Club
11 I'm the Man - (featuring Jah Free)
12 I'm Burnt - (remix, featuring Snoop Dogg)
13 Streetlights - (remix, featuring Snoop Dogg)
14 Bounce, Rock, Skate - (featuring DJ Quik/DJ Drama/Terrace Martin/Snoop Dogg)
Product Attributes
Artist Kurupt
Music Format Compact Disc
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