Review: Murder IV Hire – Murder IV Hire

Murder IV Hire – Murder IV Hire is one of the lesser known unreleased albums from Death Row Records which of course not many people know about. Murder IV Hire had the most deadliest violent lyrics for a rap album from 1996. The album is laced heavily with a funk influenced and is backed with explicit gangsta rap. 5 other songs, including Like A G, were produced by Rod Norman and engineered by Bigger Dave for an EP that got into Suge Knight’s hands.

Things were looking up for the group in 1994 when they got signed to Death Row Records by Suge Knight. However the recording process slowed down in 1995 when Big Jake was shot by a person with a semiautomatic weapon and died 2 weeks later in a hospital. The album was scheduled to be released in 1996 but was never released due to the death of 2Pac and label politics. Someone leaked a few of their songs from that album to the internet in 2008. However the entire album was never leaked fully.

Murder IV Hire was another rap group signed to Death Row Records that faded into obscurity. Not much is known about this group except that Murder IV Hire is/were all Pueblo Bishop Bloods from the Del Rio Projects in South Central Los Angeles. Murder IV Hire was managed by Jake Tha Violator Robles. Big Jake Robles was an executive with the label and close friend of Suge Knight.

Faces of Death is a dark haunting gangsta rap track with a spooky vibe due to those thick loud vibrant bells. Murder IV Hire shows no mercy for anyone even law enforcement. The song in a nutshell is Murder IV Hire going around killing people. The song is similar to Deuce 11 Gz – Reign of Terror.

Interestingly enough this song is filled with humor. One of the most hilarious lines in the song are, “A .38 slug might make both eyes bust/But I’ve something that will make your skull crumble like crust/So if you rusty, you can trust if you wearing a badge and then naked(?)/I’ll spin your ass like a record” and “True soldiers throughout the Low Bottoms/South Central LA/Niggaz be falling like autumn”

Like A G is a funk inspired gangsta rap song backed with Zapp samples. The Zapp samples used are Zapp – Make You Dance, Zapp – Dance Floor, and Roger – So Ruff, So Tuff. Like A G was produced by Rod Norman and engineered by Bigger Dave for an EP that got into Suge Knight’s hands.

Bottoms Up was a track dedicated to the Low Bottoms of South Central Los Angeles. Specifically to all the Blood sets in that area. Bottoms Up uses a fusion of funk and gangsta rap.

The Bonnie & Clyde Theme came from the original Murder IV Hire EP from 1994. However members of Murder IV Hire “claim” Ice Cube stole their stole to use on one of his albums sometime between the time span ranging from 1994 to 1997.

The songs and title track Murder IV Hire is notable for the dope line which contains the lyrics, “36 round clip and it make your chest hang”

Other songs recorded for the album included Act Like You Know, For Real Doe, Get Your A, Guilty As Charged, Hard Times In 95′, Hired For Murder, Klosed Kasket, Memory Lane, Nothin’ I Can Do, and Redrum.

I rate this album 4/5****!

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