Monday, October 12, 2015

Massdog Music presents "Get Ya Mind Right"

Throw Yo Hands High

    Massdog first broke onto the music scene with the Back to the Underground promo single - which hopefully will be available to listeners soon - and later dropped the incredible "Fuck All My Enemies" track, solidifying his position as a heavyweight lyricist with a powerful voice. This was the first track where he really had full control, not only providing vocals but doing the production work as well. The same year, Mass would provide production for Volume 10's classic Hip-Hopera LP, and throughout the 90s provided production for several artists, including MC Eiht, Kid Frost, Rappin 4 Tay, AWOL One and Latino Velvet, among others. It was during this period that his signature sound developed, and while he always had at least one song on his albums that echoed the hardcore vibes of "Fuck All My Enemies", his solo albums tended to fluctuate from smooth, soulful jams to his own take on the G-funk sound. Mass' third album, Get Ya Mind Right, follows this formula very successfully, and gives listeners what they want to hear when it comes to Massdog Music.

    The album opens with the funky, bass heavy "6Tray Chevrolet", with strong west coast vibes and Mass in a reflective mood, describing the come up and striving for a classic car and the respect and status that comes with it: "I want they eyes bugged out when I pull up slow/ Girls all up on my car before I open the door." While Mass is a master of soul and funk, my favourite Massive tracks are the dark, hardcore tracks, and these are definitely present on this album. "Cali II Queens" is a rough, freestyle track with a dark, ominous beat. "Not Enough" grabs you by the throat with its rumbling bass line and hardcore subject matter: "It's not enough, we gon' creep/ So don't sleep, hit up the streets." Another personal favourite is "She Looks Good II Me", a very funky jam that is impossible to not nod your head to, and another example of Mass' ability to switch between rough rhymes and smooth crooning with the greatest of ease.

    The album features rhymes and production from Project Blowed OG and Massmen affiliate Dutch, a verse from Rappin 4 Tay, and a collaboration with Dutch and Wolfish of R.E.A.L. on the album closer, in addition to several lesser known artists (to me, anyway) such as Fists ta Cuffs, Blaze and Candy.

    This album is available on iTunes and CDBaby (the latter for a meager $4.75, which is more than worth it, so if you're inclined to support, grab it there). With any luck, the funds Mass makes off your support can go toward some studio time so he can create another masterpiece! I know I'm not the only one who's looking forward to the next release from Massdog Music.

    Also be sure to check out the first part of Ask Mass here, in which Mass answers questions submitted by the homie Erik, and shines some light on his history. Questions are always welcome, so if you would like to help make a second part a reality, please feel free to leave them in the comments.


  1. Nice write-up, favorite tracks off the album: 4 Producers & I Got Dreams.


    1. And I got dreams to I'm trying to make them happen like writing