- Released: January 23, 2001
- Label: The Right Stuff
Alternative Press - 5/01, p.96
"...reveals these laid-back, dirt-minded hip-hoppers as a less over-the-top N.W.A..."
- 1.One Time Gaffled 'Em Up
- 2.Duck Sick
- 3.Late Night Hype
- 4.Whose Is It? (Give It Up, Pt. 2) - (Very Street mix)
- 5.Growin' Up in the Hood - (from "Boyz In The Hood")
- 6.I'm Wit Dat
- 7.N 2 Deep - (featuring Mr. Scarface)
- 8.Def Wish II - (DJ Premier Remix, DJ Premier remix)
- 9.All for the Money
- 10.1990-Sick (Kill 'Em All) - (featuring Spice 1)
- 11.Streiht Up Menace - (from "Menace II Society")
- 13.Days of '89
Compton's Most Wanted includes: MC Eiht, The Chill MC, DJ Slip (rap vocals); DJ Michael T (vinyl scratches).
Additional personnel: Foxy Fox, Broadway The MC, Mr. Scarface, Spice 1.
Producers: DJ Slip, Unknown, MC Eiht, Blackjack, Fredwreck.
Recorded between 1989 and 1999. Includes liner notes by Phyllis Pollack.
Personnel: MC Eiht, Spice 1, Chill MC (vocals); DJ Mike T (scratches).
Liner Note Author: Phyllis Pollack.
Photographer: Peter Dokus.
The 1989-1999 time span cited in the subtitle of When We Wuz Bangin' is a little misleading. Compton's Most Wanted did in fact span a decade, forming in 1989 and debuting a year later, but the group spend most of the ensuing decade inactive, releasing only three albums during a three-year span (1990-1992). Throughout most of the '90s, group leader MC Eiht trudged on with his up-and-down solo career and took producer DJ Slip along for part of the ride. The remaining members of CMW meanwhile remained mostly confined to old-school obscurity. As short-lived as the talented group had been, though, they did release a wealth of blueprint West Coast gangsta rap during their three-album span, each album -- It's a Compton Thang (1990), Music to Driveby (1991), and Straight Checkn 'Em (1992) -- offering a few standout singles. Many of those singles are compiled here ("One Time Gaffled 'Em Up," "Late Night Hype," "Growin' Up in the Hood") as are several of Eiht's bigger solo hits ("All for the Money," "Streiht Up Menace," "Days of '89") and even some rare recordings (DJ Premier's remix of "Def Wish II"). The inclusion of Eiht's solo work is key, since he did have a few great gangsta ballads, but you could argue that those songs had little to do with Compton's Most Wanted and occupy precious disc space that could have instead featured gang-bangin' songs like "Hood Took Me Under" or "Straight Checkn' Em." ~ Jason Birchmeier