No Limit Week Day 1
Don’t You Know That THE TANK Can’t Be Dented?
Back up in this bitch like…
So after a much needed break from, I’m returning by finally getting No Limit series, which has existed as just bunch of scraps on my hard drive for the past two months, off the ground. Let me just preface this entire thing by saying that I am in no way a No Limit expert. Far from it. They put out a few tapes I love, some that I like, A LOT that I’ve never heard and some absolute trash (unfortunately, more often than not, people unfairly judge their legacy by the trash). In any label with a catalog that’s damn near in triple digits, that’s the best you can hope for. Frankly, I’d be a little frightened by anybody who’s completely in love with every single release from the label.
This is an attempt to wade through that catalog for some of the dopeness. It is not intended as a comprehensive overview. If you think I missed out on something, feel free to mention it mention it, but don’t get all aggy about it. I’m only one man knee deep in NL tapes and about 8,000 pages of fold out “GAMBINO FAMILY COMING SOON” inserts. If you think somethings missing go to the board and request it or up it your self. Or start your own damn blog.
And seriously, folks, no haters allowed. Last time I posted some P, i was met with some resistance. I know that he’s not the most well loved cat in certain circles, but trust that I’m only gonna put up some dope shit. If you’re still on that 12th Grade “i only listen to what stretch & bob say is good” follower just stop checking this site already. shit you might as well just stop listening to rap altogether. Anyway, on to the music-
Because he’s so often identified as the man who brought the south to the mainstream, a lot of people fail to even realize that not only did P actually get his start in Richmond, California, but that No Limit spent the first several years of it’s existence as a primarily bay label. Before P’s jump to the NO, they were distributed by bay powerhouses In-A-Minute and Solar Music Group, respectively. P even ran his own No Limit store front at the time.
Get Away Clean is (I believe) the labels first release and finds a very immature sound Percy over an uncharacteristically traditional selection of sampled loops and hard ass gangsta beats (self produced, or at least that’s what the credits say). Despite the fact that homie sounds like a damn 12 year old, it’s pretty dope. He even delves into sociopolitical commentary territory on the albums closer, “You Only Live Once”. The full length is definitely worth copping.
NL was also the first of four labels to not release an album from the now legendary EA-Ski (and CMT). They did manage to drop two EPs, this, their eponymous debut and, One Step Ahead Of Y’all. The duo also laced a bunch of other shit for the labels releases (including much of P’s second joint Mama’s Bad Boy)
Also worth checking out from this era: TRU’s Understanding The Criminal Mind. And P’s wife Sonya C put out a tape, which I’ve never heard, but imagine is far from essential (and the amazon audio clips don’t disprove that theory, even though the production seems kinda noice).