Criminaz – Criminal Activity

Criminaz - Criminal Activity1. Lockdown(Intro)


2. Criminal Activity(Celly Cel)

This is a Celly Cel solo track here and he uses some really dope voice effects for the track, the effects sound like the chorus to Funk Season mixed together. G-Man Stan produces the track and the beat sounds like “187 proof”. Short but good song that shows Celly’s ability. Good

3. Ridaz(Spice 1, Celly Cel, & Jayo Felony)

G-Man Stan produces the beat and he uses 2 Pac’s “Ambitionz Az A Ridah” voice samples, pretty dope stuff with some nice guitar & violin riffs added in. Spice 1 starts it off and his verse is easily the weakest, I’m not a fan of post 1998 Spice 1, he lost his dope flow and just rattles off nonsense. Celly Cel with the next verse and it’s really good. Jayo with the best verse on the track and one of his best verses ever, man he rips it here. Great track. Good

4. Puttin In Work(Celly Cel, Spice 1, & Jayo Felony)

Nice hard hitting beat by Doyle. Jayo starts it off with a dope verse, Jayo is really underrated. Speaking of underrated, Celly Cel does a great chorus and second verse, man he shows some anger here, really dope stuff. Spice 1 with a good verse, it’s a lot better than the last track. Great track. Good

5. N***az Like Us(Celly Cel, Spice 1, & Bun B)

Nice Chi Town style beat here, fast paced. Celly Cel starts it off and he raps fast(!) he does a good job rapid spitting. Terrible chorus here as it’s the title said really slow. Spice 1 with the next verse and he does a great job here, man he goes off here rapid spitting. Bun B is next and he takes his time here, he doesn’t rap fast but he does a good job. Good track. Good

6. My Life(Jayo Felony, Celly Cel, & Spice 1)

Slow paced beat here, a little boring if you ask me and way too sappy. Jayo with the first verse and he ignores the beat and just rips it with a dope verse. Silly chorus here with some girl singing, not very good. Spice 1 also ignores the beat as he does a good job with his verse(Man Spice 1 is motivated on this album!). Celly Cel with the last verse and it’s pretty good(Of course because it’s Celly Cel). Beat and chorus suck but the Criminalz did a pretty good job carrying the track. Average

7. Boss Up(Spice 1, Tray Deee, Yukmouth, & Jayo Felony)

Wow and now we have a recycled song. Beat is not good on this song, in fact it sucks and it was produced by Spice 1 but everyone does a good job with their verses. Tray Deee outshines everyone. Decent track. Average(I cannot stand the sloppy beat)

8. Doin It Big(Celly Cel, Spice 1, & Silk-E)

Good beat here, it’s got some bounce to it, yet has some eerie sounds added. Celly Cel with the first verse and I’ll admit this is a terrible Celly verse. Chorus is terrible, with some guy who has no business singing…….well singing. Silk-E with the next verse and it’s pretty good. Spice 1 with the next verse and it’s decent. Beat was good but everything else was painful to listen to. Wack

9. The Real World(Celly Cel, Jayo Felony, & Spice 1)

Ok now we get back on track. Good beat, it’s got a mobbish sound to it. Celly Cel starts it off with a dope verse. Great chorus here, it’s simple but it gets the job done. Spice 1 with a good verse. Jayo with a decent verse. Good track. Good

10. Reminisce(Celly Cel, Spice 1, & Jayo Felony)

Slower paced beat here, it’s good though. They all rap about their homies they miss and do good jobs doing it. Chorus is decent. Good enough. Good

11. What They Hittin Fo?(Celly Cel, Spice 1, & Jayo Felony)

Really good beat here, it has a laid back feel to it. Spice 1 starts it off with a pretty good verse. Celly Cel with the next verse and he outshines Spice 1, man Celly is overlooked. Speaking of overlooked, Jayo has the last verse and it’s pretty good. Good

12. Rollin Wit My Folks(Celly Cel & Spice 1)

DOPE! The best track on the album! Great beat here, it’s a little odd sounding but it’s good stuff. Spice 1 starts it off with a great verse. Celly Cel & Spice 1 do the chorus and it’s really dope, it has that Ice T “Money Power Women” feel to it. Celly Cel with the last verse and it’s really good. DOPE!


All in all this gets a Good rating. This album was overlooked and should atleast be heard. Most def cop it if you’re a fan of Westcoast music……ah hell cop it if you’re a fan of music PERIOD!

Spice 1 – Spiceberg Slim

Spice 1 - Spiceberg SlimOakland rapper Spice 1 has been in this game for a long time, working with a lot of people. Among those: 2pac, Celly Cell, UGK, C-Bo and Jayo Felony. I’m expecting this album to be a solid release.


1. Spiceberg Slim

The album starts off with the title track. It’s a funky but still hard hitting track with Spice 1 spitting some hard shit, and the chorus is catchy as *****. “Spiceberg Slim” is a perfect way to start off this album. If I was at the store listening to the cd, I’d buy it right after hearing the first track.

2. Welcome back to the ghetto

“Welcome back to the ghetto” sounded like a Bone Thugz song when I first put it on. But don’t worry, Spice 1 ain’t on the biting trip, it’s just the chorus kicking in at the beginning of the track… And it’s actually tight. Spice 1 is spitting some hard shit as usual and ya’ll know he can do that in a really tight way. Production’s some tight west coast shit.

3. If it ain’t rough, it ain’t me

If you ever doubted Spice 1’s lyrical skills, listen to this track. Spice 1 is flowing wild as ***** over this west coast beat. I was listening to this when I was kind of drunk once, and I’d repeat it like 10 times cuz the bassline amazed me so…

4. It’s nothing

Everything about this track is catchy, from chorus and lyrics to the beat. Spice 1 is doing some Ja Rule or Nelly shit when he’s combining his rapping with singing. It’s all good tho, I know Spice 1 wouldn’t go pop on me.

5. Thuggin (Feat. Tray Dee & Kokane)

The production on “Thuggin” sounds like something you’d be able to hear on an 80’s party. It sounds kind of funny but maybe that’s what they meant for it to do… Tray Dee’s dropping some tight shit and Kokane’s doing a catchy hook.

6. You got me *****ed up

The Black Bossaline has done it again! The beat on this cut is BLAZING!!! And Spice 1 sounds perfect to it too! Don’t sleep on this one!

7. Turn da heat down (Feat. Outlawz)

Spice 1 worked with Pac in the past, Outlawz was Pac’s group… So for this album they teamed up to turn that heat up with “Turn da heat down”. Spice 1 and the Outlawz are saying how hell’s coming to earth, or atleast that that’s how they feel when all these bad things happened to them. You know… the usual…. Pac and Yak…

8. Haters come out and play (Feat. Spade)

The first time I heard this track, I thought it was wack. I’ve heard it 3-4 times now, and I think it’s really tight. The chorus is still kind of wack and Spade isn’t the world’s greatest rapper, but it’s a tight track with some very nice production.

9. Niggaz I roll with

Nice production. Nice rhymes. Put together, and you get a weak song. Skipper.

10. Lucky I’m rappin (Feat. Jayo Felony)

Jayo Felony is one of the rappers I think should get more props. On “Lucky I’m rappin” is no exception. If ya’ll go out to buy this album, you should get a Jayo Felony album to go with it… Production on here is tight, but it don’t have the same edge as a few of the previous tracks had.

11. Azz hole naked

There is no doubt that this album had its highlights in the beginning of it, but you’re still able to find a few really tight tracks back here, too. Production is weird but tight on “Azz hole naked”, and Spiceberg’s flowing as if he was borned with a mic in front of him.

12. Das O.K (Feat. Rappin 4-tay)

Right when I thought I’d find a few fillers, I found this track! “Das O.K” has got a funky beat that could be taken off of a N.E.R.D album. The difference is that this track’s got better rappers on it. Rappin 4-Tay, the underrated Bay Area rapper, is rhyming with a raw calm, and Spice 1’s flowing wildly as usual.

13. Pistols, Power, Paper

I guess I won’t find any fillers on this album. I’m at the last track and it’s as tight as most other tracks on this album. “Pistols, Power, Paper” has got a heavy beat with some trumpet shit to it to complete the production, and Spice 1’s flowing about how he’s a gangsta. Tight.


It’s hard to grade this album.

Highlights were: “Spiceberg Slim”, “Welcome back to the ghetto”, “If it ain’t rough, it ain’t me”, “It’s nothin”, “Turn da heat down”, “Lucky I’m rappin”…. Hell just listen to the entire album!

While most tracks were really tight, the album only had 13 tracks. I guess Spiceberg could’ve filled it with 4-5 fillers, but that woulda made me like this album less.

On the other hand; If this album had 4-5 more tight tracks, I would have graded it atleast 4 out of 5. Instead, I’ll grade it 3.5 out of 5.