The Shoe Gang is back with a dope new project that really bares their souls a bit more than past releases. This one is called Shady Past and it is produced by Diz as we have heard in the past provide tracks for Crooked I’s Hip Hop Weekly series. This time he is flipping some classic Eminem beats for the brothers to rhyme over. The Horse Shoe Gang is so talented lyrically and they have so many mind-bending metaphors that you really have to rewind back a lot of what they say. With this release, they really focus on giving you the history of their group and their family. It’s interesting to see where all this came from. Their bars are definitely top notch and their flows are amazing throughout. The beats on here are very well re-worked versions of Slim Shady classics. You pretty much can’t go wrong with a recipe like that. The Shoe Gang definitely did their thing on this project and they should be very proud of this one.
This is a quick 4 track EP from the Horse Shoe Gang. On the mic, you already know how they abuse it so you know you are getting a barrage of bars from the West Coast team. The beats are reworked versions of some classic Slaughterhouse tracks with a slight twist as done in the style of producer extraordinaire Dizz. He really has a knack for transforming some of the best classics into new and dope sounding tracks. This is a really good matchup and one of the biggest downfalls is that the project should have been longer! Nonetheless, a great job by all included. As always, we can’t wait to hear what is next from the Horse Shoe Gang.
The Horse Shoe Gang delivers a new project that pretty much is what it says it is. They have 7 new tracks that are charged with social justice issues. They spit phenomenally never running out of different phrases or clever wordplay. They need to get the credit the deserve for their bars, and it is especially evident on this project as it deals with important subject matter. The beats on here are pretty dope as well. It is definitely music to get you amped up and ready for action and they did a fantastic job creating this project even if it is only 7 songs deep.
The Horse Shoe Gang bless us with another very quick project. Even though it is only 6 tracks, they cram it full of bars for all of the fans of lyricism. These guys are really uncanny with how many clever and witty lines they can think of to put in their wordplay. There really is no coaching them on their lyrical talent. They definitely showcase it here on this project. The beats on here are pretty good as well. They selected some existing, and sometimes, classic beats to rhyme over. On “GoonBap” they rhyme over a classic Tupac track. Being West Coast artists themselves, that sounds perfect for them. On “Stepin Fetchit,” they address a lot of current social issues and it is very poignant. All in all, they did a great job on a project that seemingly only took 6 hours to make.
Crooked I and Horse Shoe Gang are back with another EP. Even though it is only 4 tracks, they did a pretty decent job with this one. There is no question that they are spitting lyrical fire over every track. On previous records, Crooked I seemed to be the one that stood out more, but on this project, all members pretty much hold their own. The beats on here are decent. They flip an old Outkast sample of “Jazzy Belle” for the song “Arsen.” The track “Frost Biz” is another track that has some pretty dope production on it. I’d like to see Family Bvisness stop doing EPs and release a full length project. The EPs are getting old. Hit us with some full length heat.
Somehow I missed this release from back in 2018. The Horse Shoe Gang is definitely a collection of some very talented spitters so I usually try to stay on top of the releases, but this one got past me. This project just didn’t live up to their normal standard. It’s not that it is whack at all, it definitely is dope on the lyrical tip. There really aren’t many MCs out there that can spit like they do. I think the problem might be with the song themes or song structure. A lot of the tracks on here are just about smashing chicks. It’s fine to put that out on a song, but to hear it over and over again can definitely get repetitive. Change up the subject matter. Make a complete project. Show a lot of different angles and views on things. Open up to the audience. One track that did that was “House Keys.” This is a song about trying to get out of an apartment and own a house. This is a perfect song for the vast majority to relate to. “I Deserve Heaven” is another creative song on here in which they rap about the prospect of going to heaven which is another song that anyone can relate to. The beats on here were pretty average. There really wasn’t any West Coast riding music which is something that they really need to incorporate in their music. I think they would sound great over some G-Funk. All in all, it wasn’t a bad album, I just would have liked to see more creativity and better sounding songs. Give us a lil something to ride to.
EPs are always harder to rate since they tend to be shorter so not a whole lot to say on this new 4 track EP from Family Bvisness. You have Crooked I and The Horse Shoe Gang spitting on here which is always gonna be dope. I think Crooked I stands out the most on here lyrically. They have some good content and some good themes. On “Fresh Out The Mud,” they rap about the struggle of getting on in the game and how far they have come so far in life and in the music industry. “Addiction” is another dope song that is about exactly what you would think it would be – being addicted to certain substances. The beats on this project are okay. I was expecting a little bit more on the production side, but they are decent. It would be better to give these EPs a rest and release a full length project to fully showcase the depth of Family Bvisness. I think that would be the best way to showcase their talent. Let’s hope we see something soon. So far so good as far as they are concerned.
Crooked I teams up with his brothers Horse Shoe Gang to form Family Bvisness and the outcome is their debut EP and it is very strong. You’d be crazy to think that this album wouldn’t be super lyrical. Crooked I shines the most out of all of them but there is not one rapper on here that can’t spit. This is top tier lyricism as it’s best. The beats were decent on here. I think they could have been a tad better, but they are still nothing to be mad at. Although there are only 5 tracks, they are all pretty good. I think the highlight is “Dear Music” in which all of the artists talk about their humble beginnings and how they love music because it saved them. It’s basically the essence of every true hip-hop fan’s heart. This one is a must have and I can’t wait to hear more from this super group.
This was a very dope surprise here. You get a group of MCs that is fantastic at spitting bars. You get a super talented producer. You have that producer remix a lot of the best songs from that group of MCs. You end up with this finished product and it is great. It is without question that the Horse Shoe Gang can spit relentless lyrics that are of the dopest caliber. Their track record speaks for itself. Mixtape after mixtape, they are always spitting fire. As with every project out there, there’s usually a few tracks that stand out from the rest either because of their intense and focused lyricism or because of the finely-crafted production of the beat. Sometimes you get both on a song. Frost Gamble took the best work from these artists and created his own signature backdrop to it, which makes for a fantastic listening experience. Every beat on this album is dope, but one beat truly stands out amongst the rest. The first and title track “Pass The Ammunition” has a beat that is on the genius level. This is something that only the greatest minds could conjure and Frost Gamble did it. What a perfect song and what a truly dope album.
The Shoe gang came back pretty good with this one. I feel like they actually made a better album than previous efforts with this go around. When people are talented MCs, they sometimes have problems coming up with song concepts and making actual songs. I feel like they moved more in that direction with this project. Lyrically, there is no question that these dudes are fire. They are hungry West Coast artists that spit absolute fire. The only bars I had problems with are the ones about how the Earth is flat. That is complete craziness, but other than that, we are good. The beats are decent. I’d say they aren’t really anything to write home about but they are good. They take lyrical aim at mumble rappers unapologetically and that is definitely needed more so today. They show whack lyricists how to really do this thing and they pay homage to people before them. They definitely have a bright future.
This project was definitely a let down. Sonically I think it can be called that also. The vast majority of the album content deals with depressing topics such as death and poverty. It’s almost like there is a black cloud over this whole project. If you weren’t down and depressed before hearing this, you will be after. With a group as lyrical as the Horse Shoe Gang, I wanted to see more tracks where they could just flow on and show their lyrical skill but this is certainly not the record for that. I know they are capable of creating projects and songs like that but they simply did not on this one. I’d say the track “Hyenas” is really the only one that comes close to showing off what they can do lyrically over a dope beat. The rest of the songs are more introspective and deep. I’m not saying they are bad, I’m just saying I wasn’t ready for an entire album filled with that kind of content. I think that this project could use a lot of work production wise and content wise. As far as the lyrics, these dudes are awesome and can’t be stepped to by too many.
The Horse Shoe Gang have always been known as very talented lyricists and they deliver a very good project with their latest album. A lot of their past projects have been decent, but just haven’t fully delivered as far as an album or mixtape should. There is no question that these dudes always deliver on the lyrics side but sometimes their beats suffer or just general song concepts aren’t there. But with this album, I believe they have a good concept and most definitely deliver with the lyrics. The album Intro and “Shoe-icide Squad” are some stand out tracks on this project. “Falling” is also a very good introspective track laid over a very smooth, eerie beat. I think the Horse Shoe gang are definitely on the right track with this album. I’m hoping that they will continue to progress, develop their West Coast sound, and continue their lyrical onslaught.