(From My Balls And My Word album; 1998)
If you're not up to speed on Baton Rogue's original exponent of "I'm a ordinary person but I'm paid!"-Raps then there's no better way to acquaint yourselves with Max Minelli/Maxminelli than Better Than The Last Time, which is essentially a Max song bookended by small supporting roles from C-Loc and Young Bleed. If you are familiar with Better Than The Last Time and the rest of Max's cameo verses on My Balls And My Word but you've still never bothered to delve any deeper into his admittedly vast catalogue then here's a quick primer compilation made up of ten of my favourite Minelli joints from his solo albums.
Specialising in the sort of everyman Country-Rap that's now become shorthand for Joe-The-Rapper earnestness thanks to its more modern apostles like Big K.R.I.T, Max avoids the pitfalls which plague most of K.R.I.T's material due to his old fashioned hard-nosed arrogance, his sense of humour ("watch how they jock my style/mayne, I kicked more bitches out than Destiny' Child"), his sharp wordplay ("I stay fresh ta death but that's so irrelevant/the same closet I hang up my clothes I keep skeletons") and the varied production of his main beatsmith, Baton Rogue minor-genius Happy Perez.
In summary, Max doesn't Rap like an ol' Bud Fox's dad-soundin' ass bluecollar bore, the production he uses successfully apes Mannie Fresh and Beats By The Pound as well as Pimp C and N.O Joe and even hints at the Lex Luger Trap-banger with Thug Thang remix, and this compilation is a pretty swell little introduction to him if I do say so myself :
1. Max Minelli - My First Verse
2. Max Minelli ft. C-Loc - Whas Hapnin' Thug
3. Max Minelli - Dyin' To Come Back
4. Max Minelli ft. Boo Rossini - Immuh
5. Max Minelli - R.N.S
6. Max Minelli ft. Boo Rossini & Boosie - Throw It Up
7. Max Minelli ft. Russell Lee - We Run Dis
8. Max Minelli ft. Mystikal - Thug Thang remix
9. Max Minelli - I'm That N*gga
10. Max Minelli - Louisiana Sky
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