Mac’s one of those rare rappers from the south, with a complete East Coast delivery. The clarity in his voice, and his concepts alone, make him appealing to backpackers and MC’s alike. Starting his career off with 1998’s “Shell Shocked”, Mac returned with the completely opposite “World War III” in 1999. Even through the backlash of No Limit Records at the time, this album stands as a landmark in No Limit history, and unfortunatley the last album from Mac.
1.) Intro: Nothing more then a woman talking about Mac’s future plans to help the community, and declaring that it’s World War.
2.) War Party feat. D.I.G., Magic: The only single from the album is unfortunatley nothing more then a typical No Limit track. Soulja stories are traded here, over a subpar beat. Average at best.
3.) Best Friends: Classic track about friends turned enemies. The melodic beat ensensuates the storytelling ability of Mac, as he shares his depression on losing a friend. Excellent track.
4.) Like Before: A typical track directed toward the ladies, Mac smoothly spits 2 verses explaining the need to make it right with his girl. Good track, although a little boring after a couple listens.
5.) We Deadly feat. Master P, Silkk The Shocker: Mac spits one of his most aggressive verses, along with Master P, who does surprisingly decent on this track. Silkk just talks at the end, and somewhat ruins the credibility of the track. Good song.
6.) Bloody feat. Magic: This is one of the better tracks on the album. Sticking to the soulja formula No Limit is known for, Magic and Mac spit two very fast paced verses, with a perfectly laced hook. Some notable lines from Mac include “You might be the next to rip, get shot get stab you get cut up strip/ You boxed up in a ship, thinking niggas on some retaliation tip”.
7.) You Never Know feat. Mia X: A pounding beat is used to describe another tale of friends turned enemies. Both MC’s give arguably their best performance together, as Mac and Mia trade verses about the situation of friend turned foe. Excellent track.
8.) Just Another Thug feat. C-Murder, Ms. Peaches: Finally another C-Murder/Mac collaboration, leaving us to wonder how classic the anticipated “Tank Doggs” album could’ve been. This track, although short, is laced with a very smooth beat, explaining how Mac & C are “just another thug nigga”.
9.) Battle Cry (Tomorrow): One of the deepest songs on the entire album, Mac describes the pain of growing up, and the hope for a better tomorrow. Great song with memorable lines (“But never no love, i witnessed the sickness of unprotected lust/So many children born just because the rubbers bust”). Classic track.
10.) If It’s Cool feat. Ms. Peaches: A lighter song on an album filled with aggressive stories, this track cleverly samples Tupac’s “How Do You Want It” and makes for a smooth tale on Mac trying to game a *****, while stating “I don’t wanna be ya man/I wanna tap something if it’s cool (it’s cool)/But if you not ask your girl what i asked you”. Great song, and completely unexpected.
11.) Cops & Robbers: Re-spitting the classic first verse from “Niggaz N Trouble”, this sympathetic beat, helps Mac describe how life is nothing more then a deadly game of cops and robbers. Above average track.
12.) Lockdown (Remix): Quite possibly the best track on the album, this ended up describing Mac’s life. Detailing an accusation of murder that ends him up in prison, Mac contemplates on the thought of 25-Life, and sadly ends up living it. Classic track.
13.) Paradise feat. Popeye, Samm: Great song, featuring No Limit newcomers Popeye and Samm. Mac’s verse is saved for last, and rightfully so, as he steals the entire song. Great job by Popeye on the hook.
14.) That’s Hip Hop: One of the purest tracks on the album, Mac states the problems of this generations rappers. The bling, the cars, and the “*****es jumpin in the pool”, over a classic hip hop sample. Great song.
15.) Can You Love Me? (Eyes Of A Killer): Classic track. In every sense of the word, this song is nothing less then classic. Another deep song, Mac explains the troubles of a mother loving her son, who has the eyes of a killer. Great beat, and great verses from a great MC.
16.) Genocide Skit: Skit leading into the next song, with children being asked what genocide is.
17.) Genocide feat. Ms. Peaches: Another deep song (which is the perfect way to end an album), Mac details more stories of his past, by stating “if you ride on me, ima ride on you (it’s genocide)”.
18.) Father’s Day: A perfect Tupac-esque track, about lacking any real male influence growing up. Smooth beat, with a great hook, make for another classic track.
19.) Still Callin Me feat. Ms. Peaches, Sons Of Funk: The sequal to “Callin Me” off Shell Shocked, is just an extention of the need to get that girl. Good song, but not on the level of the others.
20.) Assassin Nation feat. Storm: Perfect haunting beat, make for a more aggressive track to end the album on. Good war song.
21.) Outro: Nothing more then that; an outro.
So while the album could’ve used a little less skits, take them out, and you have nothing less then a perfect album. Mac’s growth is shown here, and is sad considering what could’ve been, if he hadn’t have caught that murder case only months after this album’s release. While not denting the Soundscan Charts (The album only sold around 230K), it’s heralded as a classic to many hip hop fans, not just from the south. Free Mac.
Overall Rating: 5/5