The Lady Of Rage Roughs Up A Tough DJ Premier Track With MC Eiht (Video)
MC Eiht’s recently released Which Way Iz West features a number of illustrious rhyme guests. The DJ Premier-executive produced LP includes Kurupt, B-Real, Bumpy Knuckles, and Xzibit just for starters. One of the best appearances comes from none other than The Lady Of Rage. It has now been 20 years since the Virginia-born MC released an album, but she’s as commanding as ever.
Rage gets necessarily rough with the feature work though and does just that in honor of fellow MC-turned-actor MC Eiht. “Heart Cold” illustrates that quite well, and it’s produced by DJ Premier, an advocate for Rage, even before her Death Row days. Rage, Preemo, and Compton’s most wanted MC appear where else, but a freezer-locker. There, Rage spits icy bars about why she remains at the pinnacle of female MCs. She treats this track just like she has in the past, bodying the beat.
Eiht follows, in stride with one of the best albums in his 25-year-solo career. He raps about Hip-Hop and the streets, and why he’s stayed true to both, while others did not.
Preemo, who mixed much of Necessary Roughness, also put Rage and Kurupt on Gang Starr’s “You Know My Steez (Three Men & A Lady Remix),” and laced the brilliant early 2000s solo cut, “Unf*cwithable.” Like those two specific examples, he hits Eiht and “Rockin’ Robin” off with crisp scratches that make their words sound laser-sharp. He also has fun with Eiht’s trademark ad-lib, Geah!
Which Way Iz West released on Year Round/Blue Stamp Music.
#BonusBeat: This recent TBD episode looks at the incredible 2017 that female MCs are having, and why that term may need reconsideration: