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Review: King 13 – Time Served

King 13 – Time Served was one of the hardest freestyle rap albums from San Antonio with songs such as Naked Soul, Thru Da Mist, and Tamica. King 13 was the freestyle king of San Antonio before Lil Ken, Liveola, Kyle Lee, Lady Lyric, SCG, Lil Yodaa, and Mark G. Nobody could fade King 13 as he was unfadable with his raps. Honestly King 13 should have had albums out by now.

Ricé produced a bulk of the album while 17 Freeze produced a tiny portion. Rice produced King 13’s album with 17 Freeze from 1997 to 2000. Sean, 17 Freeze, and Rice still have the ADATs.

The first time the King 13 – Time Served album was advertised was in the 1997 compilation Runnin Blind under release info for future projects. His album was also advertised in the Source magazine and Vibe. King 13 – Time Served was originally supposed to be released in August 1998. Right around the same time Down and Dirty Click – Only Gangsta was going to be released.

The King 13 – Time Served album was supposed to be released by Commerce Street Records and distributed by Southwest Wholesale. Commerce Street Records was supposed to release King 13 – Time Served, Lil Short – Lil Short, and Midnight Drama. Ricé produced those albums. However release date for his album was pushed back to August 1999. However the Time Served album was never released. King 13 – Time Served was an album from Commerce Street Records that never was but could have been a hit. There are several reasons why this album was never released and remains unreleased.

The album cover for the Time Served album was designed at Pen N Pixel by Shawn Braunch. A plethora of pyramids were used in the background. Gold vinyl can be seen below.

The Time Served album was never completed as there were only a handful of songs that were recorded. Possibly more. King 13 was very difficult to work with and was hard to get him in the studio. All because he didn’t like beats from local producers. King 13 didn’t want to use local beats. So Sean Tompkins would write “Mike B” or “Bido” on the DATs in order to get King 13 on a song or record. The only one that could convince King 13 to get in anybody’s studio was Lil Sin. The only reason King 13 was on anybody’s song was only because Lil Sin would ask him to.

Also King 13 could never agree with anyone’s contract. In fact King 13 didn’t agree with Sean’s contract. He was very smart only as he would work for hire only. He would never just agree to be signed to anyone’s record label. That’s why it’s getting his music from anyone. That explains why his Time Served album never came out.

That explains why his Time Served album never came out.

Here is how the King 13 – Time Served came to fruition and how King 13 got his debut album recorded.

Commerce Street Records was one of the hottest labels in San Antonio, Texas at the time next to Big Ballin, Youngsta, Sonar, and BLVD Records. King 13 was convinced Commerce Street Records would be a good label to sell his album to. King 13 only wanted to sell a project which was King 13 – Time Served to Sean Tompkins of Commerce Street Records in 1997 as a one-off deal and not a long term full-fledged record deal. Sean was good and never came short. He always gave what was asked of him before 2000 despite some illegal activities that were going on. However King 13 caught on to the shady business going with Commerce Street Records around October 2000 and refused to work with Sean Tompkins.

Thru Da Mist deals with how people can be unsympathetic to another person’s pain, sorrow. and agony. This is one of King 13’s songs produced by Ricé which is all too real for the mainstream crowd to handle. Ricé did a spectacular job on making the synths, bass, and beats have that dark eerie sound.

Nobody can see through the mist of pain, sorrow, and agony of another person. Just keep your faith and pray for strength. You’ll maintain. No one can see through the mist of the darkness.

King 13’s Naked Soul takes us through the views of a gangsta. King 13 laces the mic with such fiery and aggression in his lyrics. This is not surprising since this is gangsta rap. Every song King 13 raps on is fire! That is a fact. His presence is huge for this song.

Naked Soul is a fierce piano laced rap song. The piano is what keeps the mood mellow sort of in a strange way. The feeling is both mellow and intense sort of in a strange way. Notice the piano solo played by 17 Freeze at the beginning of Naked Soul. 17 Freeze and Ricé give the song a sense of mellowness and tranquility with their production and sound they create.

The song takes us through the views of a gangsta. King 13 laces the mic with such fiery and aggression in his lyrics. This is not surprising since this is gangsta rap. Every song King 13 raps on is fire! That is a fact. His presence is huge for this song.

The song Midnight Drama is about all the drama that goes on during midnight. A lot of crime happens at midnight. King 13 tells us listeners, “You better not get caught up in midnight drama.” Those are his cautionary words which tell us to stay away from the drama that happens during midnight.

When drama starts at midnight, you better be prepared for things to unfold and expect the unexpected. Be prepared to ride. The drama starts at midnight.

Several niggaz are the cold shooting dice. 2 of these niggaz took the life of one of their homeboys by killing him. They blamed that wickedness on liquor. Gun shots rang out from the parking lot. 4 niggaz got ganked. There were 49 bullet holes. There were 6 bullet holes found on the spine of a man. His relatives got the call that he would no longer be coming home.

Drug slanging and pimping is what goes at midnight. One man thought he could find narcotics but he ended up dead in a closed casket. One of these niggaz was fucking his wife. His friends go out to settle the score and end up getting killed.

When darkness falls, you better be prepared. You better not get caught up in midnight drama.

Midnight Drama uses a combination of freestyle rap and gangsta rap. That makes sense because King 13 was known for his freestyle raps. Midnight Drama is an intense piano laced rap song performed by King 13 himself. He wrote the lyrics to this song himself. Not many know this but King 13 was the freestyle of San Antonio pre-2002.

Ricé produced the song and played the piano. Notice during the beginning that a nice mellow piano solo is playing. The piano solo lasts for 12 seconds until 0:12. Quadruple layers of instrumentation start to kick in at the 0:13 mark.

This King 13 song would be included on the 1999 compilation album called Midnight Drama. Now the Midnight Drama compilation was inspired by this King 13 song which is where the title for the Midnight Drama album came from. The Midnight Drama compilation was first advertised on the 1999 album Mr. Joshay – 21 Crunk St and was released in March 1999. The Midnight Drama compilation was sold at Commerce Street Records when it was located on East Commerce Street and when Commerce Street Records had their store in Windsor Park Mall.

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

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