Friday, 18 March 2011
ALBUM SELECT OF THE WEEK-213: THE HARD WAY
It took generations, more then 10 years of patience and who knows what else what, but childhood friends, Nate Dogg, Warren G and Snoop Dogg who impressed Dr. Dre back in the early '93 days as 213 finally got together and released their first group project. The three, G-Funk pioneers, West Coast legends and hip-hop icons didn't disappoint either. This album was underrated and a little undersold but that didn't stop it from being appreciated or herald as classic by those in the know. With Warren's signature drawl, Snoops trademark, laid-back flow and Nate Dogg's hallmark easy listening croons the three combined their unique, incredible talents for 'The Hard Way'. From making the most of a hit Monica beat on 'So Fly' to the cool, cruising rhythms of 'Another Summer', 'Appreciation' and 'Lonely Girl' this album was blazing from start to finish. Every track showed the three thirty-somethings could bring G-Funk to the modern day, making it sound fresh and relevant. Music to some people is like a drug, an this was the chronic. The only bad thing it's just a shame the trio can't smoke together once again for a sophomore hit, but still check their many outside collaborations, it's always been 213. Regulate in peace Nate, your music lives on. TIM DAVID HARVEY.