Top Five Compton Rap Anthems
The world's eyes are focused firmly on Compton today, as The Game, who is on our cover this week, drops his latest, The R.E.D. Album.
The rapper is never shy about bigging-up his home city, not least by self-styling himself as "Compton's prodigy." Here's a round-up of the ultimate rap anthems dedicated to the city where Tim Dog still fears to tread.
4. Kendrick Lamar
"Compton State Of Mind"
Yeah, it's technically just a riff on Jay-Z's New York City anthem, but new generation Compton spitter Kendrick Lamar represents for his city's heritage with more conviction than most, as he asserts that, "I've always been out here/ Since the Compton Swap Meet/ Black and red LA Gears/ 'Pac was on Rosecrans." But whereas his Compton forefathers often focused on the nefarious side of the city, Lamar's outlook on life is positively uplifting, as he pleas, "Please don't come shoot up my party/ I just wanna have fun." Increase the peace!
2. Compton's Most Wanted
"This Is Compton"
'89 vintage from the gangsta rap connoisseur's favorite crew, MC Eiht and Tha Chill take turns dropping verses that feature a cast of ballers, skeezers, and "loced-out motherfuckers." Over a rugged-but-funky DJ Slip production, MC Eiht also politely offers up some sage advice not widely circulated by the Compton Tourist Board: "You entered the criminal zone/ If you're just a little punk-ass fool you should run on home."