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    Veterans Day

    MC Eiht - Veterans Day

    2004

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    Veterans Day Review

    The title of Veterans Day means that, after eight albums in ten years, MC Eiht now reserves the right to rhyme nonstop about his exploits, recalling a menacing world that his generation - the Greatest Generation, the Compton O.G. Class of 1989 - has created. In true military style, the beats all march by in stately fashion –augmented on occasion by the nostalgic keening of Bernie Worrell-style keybs. Eiht's flow is slow and deliberate, rumbling with gunfire and drive-by nostalgia, but the resulting emptiness can be a tad boring. At one point he even pauses to ask, "Is there any motherfuckers on the West Coast left?"

    The best bits are when Eiht quits flashing his battle scars and lets that proud weariness take him over, as on "We Made It '04" and "Streets Don't Love You." The worst moments are when he decides to drop verses around a metronome ("Gangsta Smash"), or scribble some High Times rhymes ("Back in Town").

    Call it a dose of 1989 nostalgia: just retrofit the subwoofers, check your shocks, and hit the road with this CD in the player. Shorties might look at you cross-eyed, and Mrs. Mimbock will shake her rolling pin out the window, but remember wherever Veterans Day be at, Eiht be kickin' the dough. - Mark Desrosiers

    All Music Guide Review

    Fifteen years deep in the game, MC Eiht soldiered on like the gangsta veteran that he is, releasing Veterans Day six weeks short of Veterans Day 2004. Seemingly unstoppable, the former Compton's Most Wanted rapper teamed up with fellow CMW compadre Tha Chill (aka Chill MC), who produces every track here and is featured on a few. The two survivors are skilled craftsmen at this point in their careers; neither is especially original or groundbreaking here, but they both stick to their guns and continue doing what they've done so well for years, namely street-corner gangsta rap. The result is another solid if unremarkable album courtesy of Eiht, not necessarily his best but definitely one of his best. The long-disillusioned onetime superstar just doesn't give any ground. There aren't any concessions to the crossover market -- no pop-rap interpolations, no R&B duets, no love for women, no mercy for biters, no club tracks, and no brand-name collaborations. No, this is pure, undistilled gangsta rap bearing the stamp of Compton authenticity and released independently (through Native Records). If you're familiar with Eiht's music -- whether his early-'90s work with CMW, his mid-'90s breakthrough albums for Epic Street, his late-'90s efforts for Priority, or his latter-day independent releases -- you'll know what to expect here: for 15 years the guy has rapped in his own trademark fashion, and Veterans Day is no exception. Like most of his albums, this one includes a few great tracks ("U Know Why," "Livin Like G'staz") and a dozen or so good ones. All of them are gangsta to the core, and they all get streetlight-dark, bass-heavy, slow-grooving G-funk productions from Tha Chill. The MC-turned-producer puts in an impressive showing here, and since he's the only featured guest on any of the 16 songs on this 53-minute album, you really should consider this a two-man effort: Eiht on the mic, Chill with the beats. As such, Veterans Day feels relatively intimate, like you're stepping into the world of these two O.G.s for a while. And as such, the album also feels seamless -- not like the hodgepodge of outsourced productions and overdubbed guest raps that most rap albums have become. Rather, this is a good old-fashioned underground rap album -- done independently on a tight budget, with little pop-crossover pizzazz. Veterans Day is therefore a refreshing alternative to its overblown era of G-Units and Nellys, and more importantly, it's yet another solid release by the ever-enduring Eiht. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi

    Credits of Veterans Day

    • Prodeje
    • Producer, Audio Production
    • MC Eiht
    • Composer, Executive Producer, Rap, Producer


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