The Virus album is a more darker Brotha Lynch Hung album from a time when his career was twisting into a downward spiral. Brotha Lynch Hung was involved in the Kevin Mann vs. Black Market Records lawsuit in 2000 because he though Ced Singleton was misleading him by lack of compensation, breach of contract, financial mismanagement, and music business politics at the time.
He wanted to get away from the legal drama and create his Siccmade/Madesicc label. Ced composed an album of Brotha Lynch Hung tracks from other projects without his consent resulting in The Virus album in 2001. Ced did this because he though Brotha Lynch Hung was was taking too long to compose and release albums. The Virus is almost comparably dark, foreboding, and brooding as the Season of Da Siccness album was.
The Virus album was regarded as a “cut and paste” bootleg album composed by Cedric Singleton for Black Market Records, The Virus album is actually a legit retail album in the BMR music catalogue despite what fans and Brotha Lynch Hung say. Some of the tracks on this album such as Never Rode With Me, Gotta Die Soon, One Of Us, and Lay Low appear on other albums Brotha Lynch Hung contributed to which is why fans regards the Virus as a bootleg album. The Virus is almost comparably dark, foreboding, and brooding as the Season of Da Siccness album was.
Brotha Lynch Hung’s raps on are at average on this album rather than his Siccmade/Madesicc ripgut cannabalism rap style he is reputedly known for by his hardcore fans inside his cult following with his legion of fans.
The lyrical delivery of his is not the same on this album as it was on other albums in his music catalogue similar to Loaded, Lynch By Inch, MannibalLector, Season of Da Siccness, and 24 Deep. His raps are not the best on this album. Some of the tracks on this album such as Never Rode With Me, Gotta Die Soon, One Of Us, and Lay Low appear on other albums Brotha Lynch Hung contributed to which is why fans regards the Virus as a bootleg album.
The production aspect on this album was overshadowed by the lyrical content for this album. Production quality and sound quality were rather low on some tracks than usual. Sound quality and production quality is rather low similar to the EBK4 album from 2000. Some tracks are rough draft demos such as Chico, One Of Us, I’m Like, Sicc & High, Lay Low, and of course the bonus track which is a Siccmade/Madesicc freestyle. The production aspect is probably why fans overlooked this album in its prime.
While The Virus album may not have been highly acclaimed, favored, or recommended by fans, The Virus album was very overlooked in its prime time of release. Many fans looked at the production aspect of The Virus album rather than the lyrical content and entertainment aspect.
While The Virus album was overshadowed and overlooked for its time, the album has some tracks worth listening to such as Never Rode With Me, One Of Us, Modern Crimes, Gotta Die Soon, and Lay Low. The Virus album does have its high points. The Virus album is an average Brotha Lynch Hung album at best which can be considered as your typical “run of the mill” Brotha Lynch Hung album.
At the very beginning of the album, Brotha Lynch Hung disses Black Market Records all over the track on a annoyingly repetitive catchy drum beat over this low quality production track called I’m Like. The track I’m Like is rather short. The track is too short to even enjoy.
Never Rode With Me is a track that came off the 2006 Greedy soundtrack for the Black Market Films movie called Greedy which came out in 2006. Brotha Lynch Hung along with Siccmade/Madesicc labelmate COS and Loki diss Black Market Records all on the track. The sample used for this track is a slow sultry soul ballad called Come With Me by Teddy Pendergrass with the percussion sped up faster to an upbeat tempo. Never Rode With Me is the best track off The Virus album. You can feel a warped negative upbeat vibe when you listen to this track.
Gotta Die Soon seems to have been an outtake from the Loaded album. In the mindset of a serial killer, one of us has to die soon. In the eyes of a killer someone’s gotta die soon. People have to die. No matter what death is inevitable. A killer has gone on a rampant killing spree killing people in sight. Most slayings by killings happen Die Soon is very similar to the brooding dark track Die 1 By 1 from the Loaded album from 1997.
In My Cup is a freestyle featuring Siccmade affiliate E-Moe. In My Cup is very similar to On My Briefcase. In My Cup is a 3 minute freestyle.
Mindset of One Of Us is one of us has gotta die soon. One Of Us seems to be a leftover from the Loaded album. One Of Us is very similar to Gotta Die Soon, Die 1 By 1, Did It and Did It, Raw Meat, Deep Down, and Naked Cheese. One Of Us is a rap track filled with horrorcore sounds and lurid details.
Now Chico was a 3 minute freestyle. Siccmade/Madesicc labelmates Phonk Beta, Tallcan G, and Loki join in and each spit a verse. The production sound is low quality though. It’s a Siccmade freestyle.
I rate this album 3/5***.