MC Ren: Kizz My Black Azz EP (1992)

May 11, 2012

mc ren kizz my black azz artRoll: 8-9-1
Album: MC Ren, Kizz My Black Azz EP

1993 is often sited as signalling the end of hip-hop’s golden age. It was the year we heard a significant shift in sonic perspective on debuts by Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, and Outkast. Also third outings by A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul would prove to be de facto templates for the new school of intelligent, progressive rap.

This shift was shuffled in by Dr. Dre‘s game-changing g-funk epic The Chronic (including Snoop’s first appearance on record) in June of ’92. Things wouldn’t be the same after that. Producers would either embrace those horrible, wormy Moog lines or they’d eschew Soul and R&B samples for trippy jazz breaks.

Crunching, stomping, raw, hardcore beats would—sadly—scarcely be heard again. And when they were, they were somehow… wrong. Meatless and tired.

So what was the actual final golden age platter to be issued? What was the final blast of grit from the streets of the ‘hood?

If it’s not MC Ren‘s first post N.W.A. outing, the 1992  Kizz My Black Azz EP, it has to be pretty damn close.

There’s little of the new school about it at all. No G-funk, no trip-hop, and it’s the antithesis of progressive hip-hop. It’s positively regressive and neanderthal compared to Midnight Marauders or ’93 to Infinity.

Outside of an actual N.W.A. album, it’s really about as classic a gansta rap disc as you could hope to find. It certainly doesn’t move the genre forward at all, but that isn’t to say it sounds played out or tired. Though I lament they stopped making records like this in the summer of ’92 (or shortly after), you can see how maybe there wasn’t much more to say.

It’s a true, uncompromising last word in the conversation. It’s like the last guy leaving a party sticking his head back in the door and shouting, “Oh, and fuck you!”

Maybe somebody shouted something back. But the door was closed.




  1. Nice last few sentences to end the review. But now it has me wondering whether Steven Cogswell is the Internet’s MC Ren.

    • He’s Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy E, Yella and Ren rolled up in one harsh toke.

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