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Kurupt, Streetlights

Kurupt
Streetlights
Fontana

Beats: L
Lyrics: XL
Originality: L

Just because his best days might be behind him, that doesn’t mean Kurupt is ready to hang up the microphone just yet. Less than a year after teaming up with DJ Quik to release the stellar collaboration album, BlaQKout, the Cali rapper (by way of Philly) is back with his sixth solo effort, Streetlights, a project that showcases his strengths as a lyricist and gives a glimpse of his past success.

Though it’s billed as a solo album, Streetlights finds Kurupt partnered with West Coast producer Terrace Martin on all but two of the album’s 15 tracks, which provides a cohesive sound and keeps Young Gotti in his comfort zone. The pair start the party on the intoxicating “I’m Burnt,” where Kurupt and Compton rapper Problem swap stories about getting faded over Martin’s bouncy beat. They get serious on the hard-edged “Questions” as a frustrated Kurupt runs through a series of questions about West Coast artists that people continue to ask him. And their chemistry peaks on the aggressive “In Gotti We Trust,” where Kurupt proves he’s hungrier as ever: “I’m smashin’ on niggas/Castrate, eliminate, obliviate, interrogate, assassinate, .38 blastin’ on niggas!”

Despite these bright spots, Kurupt’s energy doesn’t carry over to every song on Streetlights. Specifically, the Lil Jon-produced “Riot In The Club” never manages to get as crunk as the title suggests. The slow-paced “Face Down” also causes Kurupt’s murderous lyrics to sound forced over Martin’s synthy production. But thanks to a soulful Pete Rock production, he manages to regain his composure on “Yessir,” where he confidently raps about the longevity he’s enjoyed during his career.

Now with Cali’s next generation looking to step up, it may seem like the right time for the West Coast’s old guard to step aside, or at least play along. But on Streetlights, it’s clear Kurupt is going to keep playing until the street lights go out. —Chris Yuscavage

  • mac

    ima keep the lights goin

  • TheRefriedMexican

    WHAT’S UP WITH XXLMAG STATING BLUNTLY “JUST BECAUSE HIS BEST DAYS MIGHT BE BEHIND HIM”? SAYS WHO? WOULD THEY EVER THINK OF MAKING SUCH STATEMENTS OF AN EAST COAST ARTIST? WOULD THEY DARE SAY THAT ABOUT NAS? DESPITE NAS PUTTING OUT WACK MATERIAL? WOULD THEY EVER CALL REDMAN OVER THE HILL? ANYBODY FROM THE WU? COME ON XXL STOP THE BIAS!
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    • Enlightened

      Hmmm….good ass point homie

    • juarez cartel middle man

      very true..thats exactly what im saying..you see the reviewer mentioned “blaqkout” which is one of 2009′s best albums period!!..he called it “stellar”..i would agree with that..but its funny that when the album came out XXL didnt even review it..XXL has a reputation for not reviewing west cost music.albums and mixtapes..the reviewer is a east coast cat..and he knows it would be blasphemy to even suggest that a eastcoast rap legend is over the hill..but yet a west coast rap legend can be..XXL hates westcoast rap..period

      • the13thangle

        I agree, I got the blaqkout album, shit is poppin but you got to remember XXL is about selling covers not staying true to what readers/real music afficianados want thats why I dont waste my money anymore I can get all the shit they print online for free and, most critics have no musical talent so I wouldn’t take it to heart cause the artists dont (at least the smart one’s) I stick to the artist’s that have proven themselves reliable sources for music over the last 20 years I been listening to hip-hop. All these magazines need to just give it up soon no one who really matter will buy their shit cause at some point even the dumbasses will wake up.

    • the13thangle

      Nas putting out wack material ?? you burnt homie!

  • JohnYakerton

    XXL always hating on West Coast artists. If this was Busta Rhymes it would be a guaranteed XL. When rappers from the East put out shitty albums they get bumped up at least 1 grade from XXL. Kurupt is the shit and can still tear rappers apart.

  • Garc916

    I have listened to this album a few times already and although there are a couple of fillers in this album I think this is Kurupt’s better album since the Streetz iz a Mutha. Should have gotten a XL at least.

  • b-dogg

    give us another DPG album… Dogg Food and Dogg Chit were str8 gangsta… he’s not the same w/o Daz Dilli

  • http://www.xxlmag.com jdm

    who the fuc r u , what a shitty review. Talkin bout step aside for other artist, u a bitch ass nigga who dont know shit apparantly, this is at least XL n my book.STOP THA HATE U BITCH U

  • The Decatur Dictator

    Do Yall think that XXL will give anyone but those Wack NY rappers a fair shake? No!!!!!!

  • fuckxxl

    THIS ALBUM IS FUCKIN HOT!!!

    these fuckin dumb xxlstaff idiots are stupid ass fuck shittin on the west coast!!!!

    kurupt dropped heat the album is straight gully
    better then the shit they mark as xxl on this web!!!!

    and im not even a bigg kurupt fan yo word is bond

  • kushsmoker

    Chris Yuscavage U FUCKIN SACK OF SHIT!!!!
    “Now with Cali’s next generation looking to step up, it may seem like the right time for the West Coast’s old guard to step aside, or at least play along. But on Streetlights, it’s clear Kurupt is going to keep playing until the street lights go out”

    i’ve bet you wouldnt dared to say that to the old heads in the east coast right???
    U FUCKIN MARK!!!!

    WEST WEST YA!!!!!

  • kedordu

    DONT PLAY YOURSELVES . SOMETHING IS DEFINATELY WRONG WITH DOGG POUND . ITS NOT JUST HIM . ITS THE WHOLE CREW . I DUNNO IF THEY DONT HAVE THE MAGIC OR THEY NEED A SUGE TO REALLY FILTER THRU THE GARBAGE THEY PUT OUT . BUT THERES NO WAY U CAN COMPARE DPG 1992-2002 TO ANYTHING THEY PUTTING OUT NOW .THEY ARE SO HIT AND MISS ITS JUST PISSING OFF TO WATCH . AND THIS IS KURUPTS WORST ALBUM OF THE 4 . THERE WERE 5 CUTS THAT COULDA REPLACED ANY 5 FILLERS ON THE ALBUM .AND WHY NOT HOOK UP WITH BINK ,ALCHEMIST , HI TEK , DENUAN PORTER , BATTLECAT , NEEDLEZ, NOTTZ. TERRACE MARTIN CANT CARRY AN ALBUM YET

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    • http://xlmag treesweetu@yahoo.com

      I love all my west coast an east coast rappers.. I’ve never been a quiter coming from the heart of da Bay Area(NORTH RICHMOND,CA) Imma Ride or Die Chic, so im goin to roll wit My West Coast Rappes No Matter What!! WEST SIDEEEE!!!! Til I Die…

  • Kangokid

    Wow what is this album missing its not perfect but it should have gotten a better review. With all the bs thats getting put out this kurupt effort was a breath of fresh air. XXL step your game up listen to the album before you write a review

  • eskoe13

    man fuck xxl cant even subscribe to the bitch ass east coast faggs, sleepin on kurrupt and the rest of the up and coming rappers. come out here with that shit and get jacked fuck xxl.

  • Belize

    Damn…niggas is really sleeping on this album. That Streetlights self-titled track stays on repeat

  • bullets

    Yo idk about this album but if you never heard kurupt go on youtube and look up streetz iz a mutha and “Trylogy”

  • Anonymous

    I would have to agree with everyone, this album was a classic! I bought it without even knowing XXL reviewed it, if I would’ve read the review first I probably would’nt have bought it. He didn’t even mention one of my favorite tracks, “I’m the man”, that song stays on repeat while I’m lifting weights, I love screaming that shit in the gym, “I’m the muthafuckin’ man!”, also “All that I want” is smooth, my fiancee’ is from Texas, but I sent her that song via email while I’m stationed in Iraq, She loves it! Kurupt aint never left so who is he past his prime?!??!!? Great album!

  • Marv

    Kurupt has never lost the plot so XXl this time u guy got it wrong thats one gooooood album!!!!!!!

  • http://xxl.com vision

    foxy can out rap yo ass sign with dre and thank suge for givng yo bum ass a carrer what ever money took from you he deserv it pay me to buy this bullshit bitch if i ever see you i wiil slap you like the bitch you are

  • fk xxl

    Fuck xxl, how the fuck are they going to say kurupt’s best days are behind him. Actually, xxl best days were way past their bed time.

  • Anonymous

    this nigga cant rap

    fuck teh west its ny all day niggerz

  • james

    im confused, u gave this album an L, L for beats XL for lyrics and a L for orig, but u ave the same ratings for bad meets evil and yet overall u gave it an XL??? whers ther difference?