Retro Review: E. 1999 Eternal

Retro Review: E. 1999 Eternal

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E. 1999 Eternal, by Bone thugs-n-harmony

The Grammy-winning, multi-platinum follow-up to Creepin On Ah Come Up easily surpasses its predecessor. More than 20 years later, it still holds up as one of the best-selling rap albums of all time, and with good reason. E. 1999 Eternal is about as close as you’ll get, in my opinion, to a perfect rap album.

  • Lyrics
  • Instrumentation
  • Production
  • Features
  • Longevity
  • Impact
  • Personal Preference
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Lyrics
There’s definitely more substance in this album than their previous. Some of the indiscernible lyrics from Creepin On Ah Come Up were fixed on the production side, and gave the chance for their melodic style to shine through.
Instrumentation
 DJ U-Neek did the damn thing on this album. He had some help with a few of the songs, but he had his hand in every song on the album, and the album is that much greater for it.
Production
Given a couple years from when they started their previous album, Bone managed to get their production game up on this album. The clarity and quality of the album, audio-wise, has pretty much set the standard for how Midwestern Hip-Hop would sound for at least another decade.
Features
Not too much to speak on, when it comes to features for this album. You had the Poetic Hustla’z and the Graveyard Shift  on “Shotz to Tha Double Glock.” That was it. They did their part, and fit the song, but didn’t have nearly the feature power as Bone did with Eazy-E on the previous album. However, this was through no fault of their own, as Eazy passed earlier that year.
Longevity
After more than 20 years, this album still has strength. I’ve tried not to mention it, but “Tha Crossroads” is still one of the most recognizable hip-hop songs ever made. Factor in “1st of Tha Month,” and you’ve STILL got people singing those songs to this day.
Impact
 While a lot of the hip-hop world has gone in a different direction, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say E. 1999 Eternal was one of the most influential rap albums of the last century. This was the album that made it ok for rappers to sing and opened the floodgates for not only the Midwest but the quick flow and horrorcore rappers as well.
Personal Preference
 E. 1999 Eternal is my second favorite album of all time. The first being Heaven’z Movie, from Bone member Bizzy. I think that pretty much sums up my personal preference on this album. Haha. Partnered with their previous album, and a few scattered others, these are the reasons I make Hip-Hop music.

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