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Review: Short Circuit – Freedom Or Death

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Short Circuit – Freedom Or Death is a hard edged lyrical rap album with hardcore lyrics and poetry. The album has that East Coast flow and feeling. Short Circuit’s lyrics have much stimulation to them. Short Circuit – Freedom Or Death was a representation of some of No Limit’s albums from the late 90s. Short Circuit was one of No Limit’s finest lyricists as he was super creative and lyrical.

Not many people know this but the original title of this album was Freedom Or Death. However Master P changed the album title from Freedom Or Death to Gone AWOL. This proved to be a smart marketing strategy because Master P knew what he was doing. Master P was the one who made the executive decision to change the title.

Now Short Circuit – Gone AWOL was the No Limit album that never was. Short Circuit – Gone AWOL was supposed to be released on No Limit Records and their sublabel imprint No Limit East in 1999. Gone AWOL was to be released on No Limit before they left Priority Records. However his album remained unreleased because Short Circuit was incarcerated. He was serving a sentence in prison at the time his album was supposed to be released. 1999 was a totally different feel from No Limit. Cash Money was truly taking over for the 99 and the 00. That is why Gone AWOL was never released. He had so many songs recorded for his Gone AWOL album which never got released. Everything was different with the tank when Short Circuit got out of prison. His Gone AWOL album was no longer a priority for the label as other albums from other No Limit artists were being pushed and promoted. No Limit fucked up by not dropping this album.

Unsurprisingly lot of No Limit albums that were advertised didn’t come out during that time for whatever the reasons were. A lot of these covers were designed before the albums were even recorded. Master P was putting out albums like an assembly line. Gone AWOL was one of those albums. The production team never had time to fully mix and master the Gone AWOL album.

Now the album was supposedly released but took off the shelf immediately within less than a few days. Gone AWOL remained fully unreleased until 2019 when Short Circuit himself leaked songs from his album onto his YouTube channel. Of course his other songs have been leaked by various YouTube channels over the years.

I’m Gone is considered to be one of Short Circuit’s hardest songs and is the hardest song on the Gone AWOL album. Short Circuit has a flow and style similar to Cam’ron on this song. “Man, it’s like that pouring rain/That fine miss/That greed in your vains” Short Circuit raps with an East Cost flow here.

Now the horns section is what made the song quite smooth and soothing. You can also hear the tape hiss and distortion from the production in this song. Mo B Dick and Short Circuit brought that East Coast flavor, style, and sound to the song.

Bring My Burners is one of Short Circuit’s most well known songs. This was also one of his most lyrical songs next to I’m Gone. Bring My Burners was a song which came out on the No Limit Soldiers Compilation album in 1998.

Now not many people knew this or know this fact but Bring My Burners was a battle between Short Circuit and Busta Rhymes which happened in LA. Short Circuit took Busta Rhymes out in front of KRS-One. Everybody was there to see the battle which happened over the Black Eyed Peas and Short Circuit. Short Circuit was killing his rhymes three to none. Master P quickly diffused the battle.

Never Take This Away was an emotional banger from Short Circuit himself. The beats sound similar to beats produced by Rockwilder which give the song an edge of commercial pop. Short Circuit explains how he constantly fights for his freedom throughout the song. He tells us he will change his ways, his hustle, and his lifestyle.

U Notice Dat has that old school hip hop/rap vibe and sound to it. Notice how you can hear the tape hiss and distortion from the production in this song. Notice those thick drum patterns and beats. The song was not fully mixed and mastered because his production team never had time to fully mix and master due to scheduling conflicts. Master P was putting out albums on No Limit Records like an assembly line. Short Circuit has a flow and style similar to Redman and LL Cool J on this song. Short Circuit brought an East Coast style to the tank.

The remix of U Notice Dat has that old school hip hop/rap vibe and sound to it. Notice how you can hear the tape hiss and distortion from the production in this song. Notice those thick drum patterns and beats. The song was not fully mixed and mastered because his production team never had time to fully mix and master due to scheduling conflicts. Master P was putting out albums on No Limit Records like an assembly line. Short Circuit has a flow and style similar to Redman and LL Cool J on this song. Short Circuit brought an East Coast style to the tank. The song samples a Just Ice song from the 80s.

I rate this album 5/5*****!!

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