Today in Hip-Hop: Kurupt Drops ‘Tha Streetz Iz A Mutha’ Album
On this day, Nov. 16, in hip-hop history...
1999: Kurupt's sophomore album, Tha Streetz Iz a Mutha, highlighted the Philly native's gangster ways and fierce lyrical delivery, making it a fan-favorite of many who consider it his best solo work of all time.
Tha Streetz Iz a Mutha opens up with beastly bars from Young Gotti and his biological brother, rapper Roscoe, on "I Call Shots," with a West Coast welcome from none other than Snoop D-O-double-G. The track delivers impressive verses from both of the siblings, and undoubtedly helped boost Scoe's career.
The rest of Tha Streetz Iz a Mutha contains multiples features from Dogg Pound Gangsta Clique members Daz Dillinger, Snoop, Soopafly and Warren G, with additional verses and hooks from Nivea, Tray Deee and KRS-One. Standout tracks include the title track with Daz, the KRS-assisted "Live On The Mic," and "Neva Gonna Give It Up" with Tha Pound.
"Callin' Out Names" is arguably the most shocking track on Tha Streetz Iz a Mutha. The hidden diss record was created after news broke that DMX allegedly had an affair with Foxy Brown, Kurupt's ex-fiancée. On "Callin' Out Names," the vicious lyricist refused to hold back, calling out his newfound enemies and nearly everyone associated with them.
"I'm the milli-mac and the strong-end and nigga to blame/And I'ma start callin' y'all bitch niggas by name: Muthafuck D, muthafuck M, only X I know is Xzibit or RBX, extraordinary," he spit before threatening the Yonkers, N.Y. rapper. He then turned his aim towards 50 Cent, who mentioned him and Foxy on his infamous track "How to Rob." "Now it's 50 MC's that ain't worth shit/Get ya ass kicked 50 times, beat to 10 cent/I love New York, but the niggas that represent ya'll ain't shit New York/They actin' like a bitch New York," Kurupt continued.
The Streetz Iz a Mutha went on to peak at No. 31 on the Billboard 200, and remains one of the more memorable Kurupt albums in his catalog 18 years later.
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