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Straight Business is a seminal maxi-single from Oakland-based rapper and producer EA-Ski, released in 1993 under No Limit Records. The cassette single showcases EA-Ski’s talent as a rapper and a producer with its gritty lyrics, hard-hitting beats, and captivating storytelling.
The maxi-single features four tracks, with two distinct sides. The Ski Side includes “Straight Business (Street)” and “Catch The Bullet To The Head,” both displaying EA-Ski’s prowess as an emcee and his ability to create a vivid picture of life on the streets of Oakland. The CMT Side features the radio version of “Straight Business” and an instrumental version, which allows listeners to appreciate the intricate production work of EA-Ski and CMT.
EA-Ski, whose real name is Shon Adams, was a pivotal figure in the early days of No Limit Records. Alongside his work as a rapper, he served as a producer for label owner Master P’s early records, helping to shape the sound that would become synonymous with No Limit. As a solo artist, EA-Ski released several projects, including his debut EP, “1 Step Ahead of Yall,” in 1992, in collaboration with DJ CMT.
“Straight Business” is a prime example of the West Coast gangsta rap that dominated the early 1990s. With its raw lyrics, heavy basslines, and classic hip-hop production, the maxi-single remains a memorable part of EA-Ski’s discography and an important release in the history of No Limit Records.
The release of “Straight Business” helped solidify EA-Ski’s reputation as a talented rapper and producer, paving the way for a successful career that would see him work with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Ice Cube, Spice 1, and Master P, among others. The maxi-single is a must-listen for fans of classic West Coast hip-hop and serves as a testament to EA-Ski’s enduring impact on the genre.
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