Today in Hip-Hop: Outlawz Drop ‘Ride Wit Us or Collide Wit Us’
On this day, Nov. 7, in hip-hop history...
2000: Due to label discrepancies, the Outlawz weren't able to release an official album until five years after being signed by the late Tupac Shakur. Still I Rise served as the group's first project, but it wasn't until their 2000 debut, Ride Wit Us or Collide Wit Us, that rap fans were able to witness their full potential.
Outlawz continued Pac's legacy as E.D.I. Mean (who handled a majority of the production), Napoleon, Kastro and Young Noble provided conscious, gangsta music for the masses, continuing where their mentor and friend left off. The 19-track project told stories of their upbringing while advising those who may have been following in their hustler footsteps, specifically on tracks such as "Soldier to a General" and "Good Bye." Other standouts include "Black Rain," "Outlaw 2000," and "Life Is What You Make It." On November 25, 2000, the album peaked at No. 95 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Ride Wit Us or Collide Wit Us included a bevy of features from the Outlawz's associated acts, with none from the group's other original six members. Bad Azz, Low Lives and Spice 1 brought the heat on "Smash," while Val Young, Hellraza, Ya Yo and Supreme C make multiple appearances. Coolio also stepped up to the mic on "Black Rain."
Though the project was not widely successful, Ride Wit Us or Collide Wit Us proved the group can hold their own, delivering a message while remaining true to their gangster ways.
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