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STREAM NOW: Which Way Iz West by MC Eiht (Executive Prod. by DJ Premier)

Before the first bicoastal dart was ever fired in the much-hyped East/West rivalry of the late-90s, two of hip-hop’s finest had already bridged that proverbial gap. MC Eiht of Compton’s Most Wanted and DJ Premier were still cementing their respective status as legends when they collaborated on wax back in 1992. The resulting remix of “Def Wish II,” from CMW’s classic Music To Driveby manifesto, paired the best of both coasts: gangsta rap’s reigning menace and boom-bap’s principal architect.

Twenty-five years later, the cross-country homies have finally made good on their promise to expand that collaboration into a full-length album. The long-awaited Which Way Iz West — out June 30 and jointly released by Eiht’s Blue Stamp label and Preemo’s Year Round Records — reunites the emcee who put the “GEAH” in Cali gangsta-ism and the producer synonymous with New York’s sonic boom.

Executive produced by DJ Premier, the 15-track release finds Eiht back in the driver’s seat after a decade-long break since his last solo LP. Far from sacrificing West Coast riding music for the East’s boom-bap, Premier oversees a solid mashup by sharing the bulk of production duties with Eiht’s longtime collaborator Brenk Sinatra.

In an era defined by bluster, Eiht always steeped his stories in something more akin to the blues — literally and figuratively. The narratives told by the Tragniew Park Compton Crip reflected a cold-hearted reality where the anti-hero always met a tragic end. That’s what made his Menace II Society theme song (“Streiht Up Menace”) a perfect synopsis of the 1993 hood classic in which he co-starred.

On Which Way Iz West, the plot is driven, in part, by his own survival as an OG. The sinister sneer that defined Eiht’s voice once upon a rhyme has aged into a throaty groan, the better to hear his world-weary observations. On standout track “Last Ones Left,” he reunites with Compton’s Most Wanted cronies Chill and Boom Bam for an ill eulogy: “And rest in peace to the dearly departed / shots rang through, my homeboys caught it (damn) / That’s why I stick to the format / it’s killers right here cuz, you know where the war’s at.”

The hood ain’t the only thing bound to take him under. Album closer “You Nia’z” finds Eiht lamenting how the game has changed since the era when emcees paid the cost to be the boss: “And these Internet sites, with their forums and fights / another day, another new n**** that they like.”

As the title suggests, Which Way Iz West stars a cast of left-coast heavies from Eiht’s era: Kurupt, WC, Lady of Rage, B-Real, Xzibit, MayLAy and The Outlawz. Even New York underground legend Bumpy Knuckles makes a guest appearance, as does New Orleans’ own Big Mike.

But this is Eiht’s murder show, with Preemo executive producing, all the way down to the very last GEAHHH.

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MC Eiht – Compton Zoo (Prod by Brenk Sinatra) Video Clip

Premo on the cuts!

MC Eiht – Compton Zoo (Prod. by Brenk Sinatra) (Scratches by DJ Premier) CDQ

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FINALLY: Release date and track list for MC Eiht’s Album “Which Way Iz West”

MC Eiht’s New Album, Which Way Iz West, Executive Produced By DJ Premier Will Be Released On 6-9-17

GEAH! For two decades MC Eiht has been one of hip-hop’s most recognizable voices in hip-hop; and undisputedly one of Compton’s finest originators and emcees.

A straight menace, MC Eiht burst onto the scene with Compton’s Most Wanted Music To Driveby. Released just months after the LA Riots, Music To Driveby was a manifesto for the nihilism, frustration and anger that permeated the region and is universally hailed as a Gangsta Rap classic.

Similarly, Eiht also contributed vital components and compositions to genre defining movies, offering the chilling “Growin’ Up In The Hood” to Boyz N The Hood and following up Music To Driveby with a star turn as A-Wax in Menace 2 Society, which included his stand-out contribution (“Streight Up Menace”) to the movies soundtrack.

Though accredited as MC Eiht featuring Compton’s Most Wanted, Eiht took on a more singular role with We Come Strapped, which was certified Gold and peaked at #1 on the Billboard charts and his sophomore solo project Death Threatz which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Charts.

While Eiht has always remained active; including an EP release (Keep It Hood), his scene-stealing appearance on Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City (“m.A.A.d City”) and his recent contribution (“Central Ave”) to DJ Quik & Problem’s Rosecrans album (which officially ended his vicious feud with Quik) Eiht gallantly returns with his first solo-album in a decade, Which Way Iz West, which will be released on 6-9-17 and aligns him with DJ Premier, who executive produced the project and also produces four tracks as well (Eiht’s long-time collaborator Brenk Sinatra produced the rest of the project). Featured guests on Which Way Iz West include WC, B-Real, Xzibit, Kurupt, Lady Of Rage, MayLAy, Big Mike, The Outlawz, Bumpy Knuckles (AKA Freddie Foxxx) and Compton’s Most Wanted.

The union of these two legends will be released conjunctly by Eiht’s Blue Stamp label and Preemo’s Year Round Records imprint.

Tracklisting & Credits For MC Eiht’s Which Way Iz West:
1.) “Shut ‘Em Down” f/ The Outlawz
2.) “Represent Like This” f/ WC & DJ Premier
3.) “Compton Zoo”
4.) “Heart Cold” f/ Lady Of Rage
5.) “Pass Me By” f/ B-Real
6.) “Runn The Blocc” f/ MayLAy (Produced by DJ Premier)
7.) “Gangsta Gangsta” f/ Kurupt
8.) “Got That”
9.) “Medicate” f/ Xzibit
10.) “Born To Hustle” f/ Big Mike
11.) “Sittin’ Around Smokin’”
12.) “As I Proceed”
13.) “Last Ones Left” (f/ Compton’s Most Wanted & DJ Premier (Produced by DJ Premier)
14.” “4 Tha OG’z” f/ Bumpy Knuckles (Produced by DJ Premier)
15.) “You Nia’z”

8 years after they announced the album we finally have a track list and release date!!

MC Eiht – Represent Like This (Feat. WC) (Produced by Brenk Sinatra) (Scratches by DJ Premier) CDQ


Today, Eiht shares the first single from Which Way Iz West, “Represent Like This” featuring WC and DJ Premier.

“I decided to release the Dub C track first as an ode to true west coast music and because Dub is a true west coast originator” Eiht stated. “I wanted to give fans a familiar taste of what were about and due to Crazy Toones passing away, it just seemed like the appropriate way to honor my cuzzins as they were one of the first artists I had the honor of rocking with early in my career. This is for the west coast and our heritage and it was only right to Represent Like This.”

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