Westside Connection – Terrorist Threats

Westside Connection - Terrorist Threats01.) “A Threat To The World” (Intro) 

02.) “Call 911” (4.5 out of 5)
Produced by Young Tre
This is an excellent way to kick-off the album. Ice Cube drops one of his hottest verses in quite sometime (which includes 2003’s best punch-line, “On 9-11 (September 11th) niggas got patriotic/On 9-12 I’m like *****-it nigga blaze the chronic!”). Mack 10 and WC also do justice to Young Tre’s epic production.

03.) “Potential Victims” (4 out of 5) 
Produced by Young Tre
Ice Cube, Mack 10 and WC once again spit fire over a simple (yet-effective) Young Tre production.

04.) “Gangsta Nation” (feat. Nate Dogg) (4.5 out of 5)
Produced by Fredwreck
Fredwreck continues his hot-streak by LACING Ice Cube, Mack 10 and WC with this organ-driven production. The only thing wrong with this track is that Ice Cube lacks his typical lyrical presence displayed on the two previous tracks. To say the least, Nate Dogg does what he does best.

05.) “Get Ignit” (3.5 out of 5) 
Produced by Ron Feemster
I wanted to give this track a rating of 4 due-to Ron Feemster’s outstanding production; which rivals the likes of Dr. Dre. But it’s difficult to overlook the below average lyrical performances by Ice Cube and WC (more-so WC). The somewhat annyoing hook also taints Feemster’s all-star production.

06.) “Pimp The System” (feat. Butch Cassidy) (4 out of 5) 
Produced by Pockets and Rashad Coes
The Gangsta, The Killa and The Dope Dealer all regain their lyrical swagger on this track. The average production of Pockets and Rashad Coes is easily overlooked thanks to Butch Cassidy’s catchy chorus.

07.) “Don’t Get Outta Pocket” (feat. K-Mac) (3.5 out of 5)
Produced by Young Tre
This track seems to be the opposite of “Get Ignit”. Ice Cube, K-Mac, Mack 10 and WC all deliver excellent verses, but the average production of Young Tre along with the below average hook are difficult to overlook.

08.) “Izm” (3 out of 5) 
Produced by Bruce Waynne and Dirty Swift There’s nothing special about this track other than Ice Cube’s somewhat above-average lyrical performance. In the end, the track is doomed due-to the average production and the GOD-AWFUL hook.

09.) “So Many Rappers In Love” (4.5 out of 5) 
Produced by Pockets and Rashad Coes
Back in 1998 the Westside Connection stood-up for the West Coast on “All The Critics In New York”. Well, they’ve done it once again with “So Many Rappers In Love”. All three MC’s spit-fire over the outstanding piano-driven production of Pockets and Rashad Coes.

10.) “Lights Out” (feat. Knoc-Turn’al) (5 out of 5) 
Produced by Damizza
You’ve all heard it, there’s no denying that one of the biggest hits to come out of the West Coast in 2003 is indeed, a classic. Ice Cube, Mack 10 and WC all flawlessly flow over Damizza’s HYPNOTIC production.

11.) “Bangin’ At The Party” (feat. The Hood) (2 out of 5) 
Produced by Sir Jinx and DJ Jamal
This is without a doubt the “skipper track” of the album. There aren’t any remotely decent verses on this mess of a production. The hook is also absolutly horrible. Do your sense of sound a favor and just skip this track.

12.) “You Gotta Have Heart” (3.5 out of 5) 
Produced by Bruce Waynne and Dirty Swift
Ice Cube drops a gem of a verse (although his flow seems a bit off on his first verse). Mack 10 and WC also drop nice verses. I think that if possibly Butch Cassidy or Nate Dogg had performed the hook it could have taken the track to that next level.

13.) “Terrorist Threats” (4 out of 5) 
Produced by Big Tank
WC drops what is arguably the hottest verse on the entire album. Ice Cube and Mack 10 also spit FIRE over the average production of Big Tank. This is quite possibly the hottest group lyrical performance on the album.

14.) “Superstar” (4.5 out of 5) 
Produced by Megahertz
Ice Cube drops another gem (“You number one with a bullet and you took it in the back/God Damn that nigga can rap!”). Mack 10 and WC also drop outstanding verses over the excellent production of Megahertz. The track’s only flaw is it’s slightly-annoying (yet catchy) hook.

 

In my opinion, “Terrorist Threats” is the Pride of the West Coast for the year 2003 (followed by albums from Yukmouth, Boo Yaa TRIBE and Roscoe). It’s solid production and (for-the-most-part) outstanding lyrics make it a MUST HAVE for ALL fans of Hip-Hop. Although the album may not measure up-to 1996’s undeniable classic “Bow Down”, it’s WITHOUT A DOUBT in your best interest to give it a listen. Make sure you get off your ass and go support the West Coast by purchasing “Terrorist Threats”! FINAL RATING: 4 out of 5

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