Music Review

We Come Strapped (1994)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Lead Performances: Comptons Most Wanted and MC Eiht; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

If you thought the gangsta rap genre was finally about to peter out, well, you'd be right. But, with his fourth album, We Come Strapped, MC Eiht proves that gang-related rhymes with plenty of guns and titles like ''Compton Cyco'' don't have to be stale. That is, if they are accompanied by the laid-back, deliberate beats and haunting strings that are Eiht's specialty. At times, Strapped sacrifices thump for atmosphere, but he's playing for people chilling in their rides rather than those dancing at the clubs. A-

Originally posted Aug 12, 1994 Published in issue #235 Aug 12, 1994 Order article reprints