Bigga Black

Wanted Dead: Thee Album (Gift of Gab Records)

Bigga Black
It's not too late for one more summer jam, so let Bigga Black's "Reminiscin' (While I'm Spliffin')" ease your transition into fall. The track bounces with a low-budget beat that works better than most expensive ones. The sticky track tells the rhymer's story, from his days as a wasted youth on Cleveland streets to his return as a positive-minded street entrepreneur who still samples simple pleasures from time to time. After all, what's a hip-hop album without women and weed?

A true old-school soldier, Black skipped town for the '90s. He returned to Cleveland in 2002, releasing the first in the series of his Wanted Dead EPs, which sold by the trunkful. Wanted Dead: Thee Album collects the best of the four discs, 11 blunted cuts about looking for love, finding sex, loving God, and getting blazed. Infused with an insistent live funk guitar, "Listen P.M. (Premeditated Murder)" proves that Black can keep his head through some moderate indulgences.

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