Retro Review: Creepin On Ah Come Up

Retro Review: Creepin On Ah Come Up

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Creepin On Ah Come Up, by Bone thugs-n-harmony

This is the album that started it all for me. After hearing Creepin On Ah Come Up, I was hooked. In 1994, I’d already been hearing and enjoying Hip-Hop music, but Bone managed to captivate my attention in a way that no other group has, before or since. I’ve been accused, and am probably guilty of, looking back at Bone thugs with rose-tinted glasses, and being a little too nostalgic. I’ll try my best to be objective, but I make zero promises.

  • Lyrics
  • Instrumentation
  • Production
  • Features
  • Longevity
  • Impact
  • Personal Preference
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Lyrics
Don’t expect any profound lyrics in this title. While the delivery can be hit or miss, depending on taste (I love it), it’s a street album. It discusses street things if the “thugs” didn’t give it away.
Instrumentation
DJ U-Neek, DJ Yella (of N.W.A. Yeah, THAT N.W.A.), and Rhythm D brought a nice mixture of the G-Funk era beats together with a more sinister vibe that meshed well with the delivery of the lyrics.
Production
Along with the lyrics, this is where the test of time can be felt the most. Hip-Hop recordings were just barely passed their infancy, so most engineers didn’t even know what to expect, or what to do. Having the experienced backing from two members of N.W.A. didn’t hurt the cause, but the rawness of the genre definitely was evident in the production.
Features
Eazy-E. That’s all I needed to say, but, Shatasha Williams on “Thuggish Ruggish Bone” helped bring an already classic song to legendary status.
Longevity
For what it was, this album more than holds up to the decades. If it’s not in the disc changer of my car, it’s in the console, waiting for its next play.
Impact
This is definitely one of the most impactful groups in the beginning stages of gangster rap. While there’s still a little bit of a debate going about which came first between “Bone thugs” and Pac’s “Thug Life” group, nobody can argue the influence they had on every rapper to follow for the next ten years. (We’re not even taking into consideration Bone being the first major exposure some people had to horrorcore hip-hop.)
Personal Preference
As I’ve already stated, this was the album that started it all for me with Hip-Hop. The mixture of quasi-harmonic melodies, unpredictable flows, bone (no pun intended) chilling beats, and legendary backing, this album (along with its follow-up, E. 1999 Eternal) has definitely held up better than the majority of albums I’ve heard since then.

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