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?
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
ABN – Three Sixteens feat Bulletproof
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