Album Details

RELEASE
October 21, 1997
LABEL
Virgin
GENRES
Rap, Gangsta Rap

Album Review

A product of the San Francisco Bay Area rap scene, Rappin' 4-Tay is known for his associations with Too Short and the late Tupac Shakur, and sadly, he's also known for serving prison and jail terms on various charges, some drug-related. In fact, 4-Tay had been locked up in San Quentin Prison when Off Parole came out in 1996 and sold over 300,000 units. A positive and congenial tone defines 4-Tay's fourth album, 4 Tha Hard Way, which favors melodic, R&B-flavored tracks. "Lay Ya Gunz Down" and "Element of Surprize" lament the type of crime and violence he'd seen too much of among young Black men, and on the thoughtful "Ain't Nobody Coachin'," 4-Tay urges hip-hoppers to do everything they can to coach and help younger rappers. This decent but not remarkable CD made listeners hope that 4-Tay would heed his own advice and stay out of trouble.
Alex Henderson, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Playaz Dedication
  2. One Nite
  3. Beats for Sale
  4. What's Wrong Wit the Game
  5. Money Makes the Man
  6. Where You Playin' At
  7. Cold Blooded
  8. Just Came Up
  9. Back at Cha
  10. Playa 4 Life
  11. What Fo'
  12. Ain't Nobody Coachin'
  13. Brin' the Beat Back
  14. Lay Ya Gunz Down
  15. The Biggie
  16. The Biggie
  17. Shake It
  18. The Element of Suprize
  19. Thinking About You
  20. 4-Tha Hard Way