Assholes By Nature ‘It Is What It Is’ Album Review

We’ve been steady bumpin’ ‘Who’s Tha Man?’ for months now and patiently waiting on the new A.B.N. album ‘It Is What It Is’ which finally leaked this weekend. It’s yet another solid slice of modern Rap-A-Lot/Screwed Up Click Texan gangsta rap full of double-time flows, barritone harmonising, paranoia, drug abuse, dirty pistols and clean cars.

ABN – Who’s The Man?

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As solid as it is, it’s a genuine surprise considering both Z-Ro and Trae have been beefing for a year or two now (we heard Trae got pissed off that Z-Ro kept beating him at Yahoo Scrabble) and didn’t spend a single second in the studio together. So props go to J. Prince, Mike Dean and Rap-A-Lot’s in-house team for piecing together an album which retains that classic Z-Ro & Trae chemistry and actually feels like a real project as opposed to a bunch of random acapellas they cobbled together.

ABN – Ummm Hmmm

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ABN – Three Sixteens feat Bulletproof

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It’s not just Ghostface and Noo Yawk rappers who get butchered by sample clearance as we’ve seen in the past with Trae & Hawk’s classic Swang suffering a clunky replaying due to Michael Jackson not clearing the sample and it’s no different here as the original Lonnie Liston Smith sampling version of Miss My Dawgs has mutated into an inferior keyboard beat but overall this is yet another strong effort in the ever-expanding Z-Ro and Trae catalogue.

ABN – Miss My Dawgs

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9 Responses to "Assholes By Nature ‘It Is What It Is’ Album Review"
  1. Reply Give Thizz To Yo Kidz July 14, 2008 10:17 am

    Yeah the original version of the second version of Miss My Dawgs was way better. And they should have included Trae’s Watch Ova Momma and maybe tagged on a Z-Ro verse.. but nitpicking aside this is quality stuff that will no doubt be slept on.

    I don’t think the beef was all that long-lived, but then again there’s very little written about that or Z-Ro’s jail time,,,

  2. Reply salvador darlo July 14, 2008 11:30 am

    Dope album -one of the most solid of the year.

  3. Reply brian beck from wisconsin July 14, 2008 12:01 pm

    Another great thing about this is that we (sorta) finally get to hear Z-Ro rap over Get Throwed instead of him just doin’ the hook.

  4. Reply salvador darlo July 14, 2008 12:06 pm

    For real. I really like ‘Still Throwed’ – nice flip on the original. They’re the remake kings on this album with that, ’3 16s’ and ‘Picture This’.

    I love ‘Down In Texas’ and ‘Turnin Heads’

  5. Reply salvador darlo July 14, 2008 12:07 pm

    ‘Picture Me’ I meant

  6. Reply twixamillion July 14, 2008 19:47 pm

    great album, steady review – more of this plz…

  7. Reply FredM July 15, 2008 11:56 am

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  8. Reply Ante July 19, 2008 06:22 am

    ” Z-Ro and Trae have been beefing for a year or two now , and didn’t spend a single second in the studio together. So props go to J. Prince, Mike Dean and Rap-A-Lot’s in-house team for piecing together an album which retains that classic Z-Ro & Trae chemistry and actually feels like a real project as opposed to a bunch of random acapellas they cobbled together”

    Can you actually confirm any of this ? Did someone a Rap-A-Lot tell you this or is it guesswork ?

  9. Reply Mrs. McVEY July 29, 2008 15:18 pm

    I’VE BEEN LISTENING TO Z-RO SINCE THE FIRST ABN ALBUM AND THAN WHEN LIFE OF JOSEPH W. McVEY CAME OUT. AND EVER SINCE THAN I’VE BOUGHT ALL HIS OLD STUFF TOO. HE STAYS IN MY C.D PLAYER. I’VE HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING HIM AND HANGING OUT WITH HIM. HE IS A REAL ASS NIGGA AND I’M NOT JUST SAYIN THAT SHIT. HE’S REAL HUMBLE AND APPRECIATIVE OF WHERE HE IS IN HIS CAREER. BUT I’VE SEEN THAT NIGGA SNAP ON A COUPLE FANS AND THAT SHIT WAS FUNNY ASS HELL. WHAT HE SAY IN HIS SONGS IS WHAT HE MEAN. HA-HA LEAVE ME THE FUCK ALONE, I AIN’T FRIENDLY BITCH!!!!

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