The Source - 12/98, p.2063.5 Mics (out of 5)
- "...Once plagued by a tendency to rely on their signature sound a little too heavily...the group does dabble in different directions this time..."
Crucial Conflict: Coldhard, Kilo, Never, Wildstyle (rap vocals).
Additional personnel: Clyde, T-Babe, PMP, BHlunt, R. Kelly (vocals); Do Or Die, Three 6 Mafia (rap vocals); Frankie (guitar); Q-Ball (scratches).
Engineers include: Chris Steinmetz, Tom Carlisle, Jeff Lang.
Recorded at The Barn, Neighborhood Watch Studios & Chicago Recording, Chicago, Illinois.
Combining street-credible lyrics, Midwestern hip-hop funk and the Rodeo (Rhymes of Dirty English Organization) flow, Crucial Conflict return with their sophomore album, GOOD SIDE, BAD SIDE. Produced mostly by Wildstyle, the album bounces with energy, due not only to the expected head-nodding tracks, but also the hypnotizing vocal delivery from this crew of MC's.
Hailing from Chicago, Coldhard, Kilo, Never and Wildstyle are hellbent on bringing their style of hip-hop to the world. "On this album, we explore both sides of life. The good side and the bad side," said Never. Check for appearances from R. Kelly ("Ghetto Queen"), Do Or Die ("Airplane") and Three 6 Mafia ("2 Bogish"). Other tracks that stand out are "The Bidness", "Young Guns" and "Raw Dope Anthem."