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MC Eiht

Veteran West Coast gangsta rapper MC Eiht dedicated much of his life to rap, beginning his seminal career with Compton's Most Wanted (CMW) while only a teenager. Despite his youth, Eiht's contributions helped catapult CMW to national fame in 1990 with It's a Compton Thang. The group followed the lead of fellow Compton gangsta rappers N.W.A, but were a bit less controversial and, in turn, much less popular. CMW released two more albums -- Straight Checkn 'Em (1991) and Music to Driveby (1992) -- before Eiht began his solo career in 1993 with the group's producer, DJ Slip, in tow and "Steiht Up Menace" as his solo debut single. His debut solo album, We Come Strapped, topped Billboard's R&B album chart a year later. Eiht's sales numbers unfortunately went downhill from there, though he retained a cult audience over the years and remained loyal to longtime affiliates Slip and Mack 10.

Born Aaron Tyler in Los Angeles, Eiht began his career as part of CMW while still a teenager. After the song "Rhymes Too Funky" became a local hit, the group signed to Orpheus, who released three albums by the group: It's a Compton Thang (1990), Straight Checkn 'Em (1991), and Music to Driveby (1992). These albums offered several singles for the group, but none measured up to Eiht's solo debut, "Streiht Up Menace," in 1993. The Slip-produced ballad came from the Menace II Society soundtrack, a popular film Eiht had acted in. Following the success of this single, Eiht signed to Sony's Epic Street division and entered the studio with Slip to record his full-length solo debut, We Come Strapped. Billed as "MC Eiht Featuring CMW," the album didn't really feature anyone from CMW except the rapper and producer. Nonetheless, the album debuted atop Billboard's R&B album chart despite lacking an omnipresent lead single and reached the Top Five of the pop album chart. The album also garnered headlines for featuring not one, but two parental advisory stickers (Sony claimed no responsibility for the lyrical content).

None of Eiht's successive albums were as successful as We Come Strapped, though some were arguably better. Following his initial success in 1994, the rapper returned in 1996 with Death Threatz and 1997 with Last Man Standing. Both albums featured production by Slip and were arguably better albums than Eiht's chart-topping debut, yet Epic remained unimpressed and parted ways with the Compton gangsta rapper. It didn't take long for Eiht to return, though. He signed to Mack 10's Priority-distributed Hoo Bangin' label and recorded Section 8 (1999), his most diverse album to date, if not his best. In successive years, Eiht recorded albums on an annual basis: "N" My Neighborhood (2000), Tha8t'z Gangsta (2001), and Underground Hero (2002), all but Tha8t'z Gangsta for Hoo Bangin'. None of these albums topped the charts, but Eiht continued to move his career forward. For instance, he appeared alongside Ice Cube and Mack 10 in the 1999 film Thicker Than Water and even reunited with Compton's Most Wanted in 2000 for Represent. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi
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BIG HARBOR CITY 255st GANG FROM L.A
Jeah!!
and u can get the duck sick
Eiht luv cuz music.
Thats my n**ga?
Thats right cpt gangsta love Chicano ganga the double "s" craft man
Dionemory123 I totally agree. Underrated, Love his music, wish he would've been able to achieve more mainstream hits.
Mc eith the most underrated rapper in hip hop history flat the f**k out
dope s**t aka m**rda chingona
SANTA ANA 714
ORANGE COUNTY
Real s**t right here....Cuzz o keeps it CraCCin... MuCh love to da hoMie!!!
Realtalk I don't know how this new generation going to survive because when they all talk they all sound the same like lil b**ch a**
HUB @WATTS 159TH W/S TO E/S 103RD CRIP3×UPTOP
W3stup Mc 3iht smoke loc aka s Mac /yay yay slauson SIX-0we nd fuk anything else 1500 or nothing
Mc eIHT r3al ni66a had a chanc3 to link up wit him w3n I was ah littl3 kid l3avin in cpkt got fam fr6om tragn3wt cripk gang original Compkton cripk geeyea
Gangsta ishnit
Gyeahh
thumbs up
R.I.P 2pac soulja slim Lil phat nussie bad azz
Louisiana n**gas fuc wit eiht n spice 1 da whole west coast
This is real music right here!!
infinititomb o m b
G
walks like a g , talks like a g
seatonmarcus
Classic
Had The Chance To Kick It With The Homie Eiht While He Was In My City.. (Detroit). He's A Cool Cat
COMPTONS MOST WANTED N**GA
GEEYA....... . P-TOWN 909 $.G.V
BELLIGERENT BUSINESS!
Now this is gangbanging s**t to listen to ain't nothing like the good old days ★amor amor corona★
My s**t......
PIRU WILMINGTON BBLODD BOMPTONN B
Hub city geee'z...... . 4 showwww
Pittsburgh crippn. . Aint nobody or nothing like Eiht...we needed him and I still do..
Foe ever ya ryder..Pitts b u r g h loves you Eiht.
Compton cyco dope!
Keep it Gangsta at all times. West Coast Locsta. NTGC 702 style
Mc eiht...the greatest.... a l l for the money ....WILMAS WEST ...HARBOR AREA ....13 ..KILLA CALI
TRU wESt COAST OG
1 time STILL GAFFLIN!
Straight up Funky
Straight Gangsta
Pomona to the CPT. Cz up. Follow a loc
Yea this was the s**t even though we bloods up in sactown but much love he was one of the ones for the west.
santiago3187
Why can't rap be like this today? Peace Eiht!
kaliabriggs2 0 1 2
Grew up on this 405 all day
This is a banger!
This was real rap s**t..
If it crip I'm down sur bangin in buster lands 916 sacra we takin over f**k snortholes
Whoo bang
Long Beach city Norf Side when i always heard this song
This my s**t.....
nafasi38
Irr 159 da stime
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