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C-Ordell – Under Investigation is heavyweight lyrical rap album with the funky smooth laid G-Funk production from Ricé’s signature production style of double bass and double guitars on top of high quality sound. He uses quadruple layers on many of the songs. The album was way ahead of its time due to the high quality production and sound. This is evident on songs such as Generation, Smoke Filled Room, In My Life, and Swangin’. The vocabulary used in his rhymes and lyrics are quite advanced. His rhymes and lyrics have much quotable dialog to them.

You have party jams such as All I Wanna Do, Swang, and Party. There are also reality rap song that deal with death such as Final Cry and Funeral. You also have explicit gangsta rap cuts such as Live By The Gun, 1 4 U, Land Of The Living, Funeral, and Under Investigation.

Ricé produced a bulk of the album using his signature production style of quadruple layers which is double synths, double bass, and double guitars. While Rice performed on instruments on a majority of the songs, Finnesse 1 and Michael Parker had produced a bulk of his debut album. Despite there being Ricé’s sound all over the album, Finesse 1, Ricé, C-Ordell, and Clyde H. Williams (Suga Bear) were the producers for this album. Denise James (now Denise White) sings the background vocals and Daryll Surratt played the guitars.

C-Ordell – Under Investigation has to be one of the most overlooked albums to come from San Antonio in 1994. This album is lot better than almost anything out there in music right now. C-Ordell – Under Investigation is and was the most overlooked rap album to ever come out of Texas and is an excellent album!! No filler tracks and no filler material. Every song is worth playing! It’s too bad this album did not reach the BillBoard and go platinum as C-Ordell and Suga Bear wanted to happen. IF this album DID reach the BillBoard, It would be #3 for Top Heatseekers and #20 for Top 100. But things happen for a reason.

This album came out and dropped in 1994 under BLVD Records. C-Ordell helped Lil Sin get into the music business. C-Ordell was signed to the same record label as Lil Sin was in the 1990s, which was BLVD Records. C-Ordell is known as Derrick Crawford and he is from San Antonio, Texas!

Generation is the first song on the album which is out of this world and was way ahead of its time. Finesse 1 produced the song when Ricé played guitar and keyboards. C-Ordell talks about how he writes rhymes and fucks the finest hoes on this song of his. He is the tightest MC from San Antonio.

C-Ordell will scope the rhyme out since the bass line is clean. He will scope the rhyme out like a submarine and float back to the top to give everything he has got. He sports a bald head. So fuck these dread locks. Now is the time for you to unwind and just let C-Ordell blow you mind. C-Ordell has a mysterious castle where he writes rhymes and fucks the finest hoes. Elbows to you mid-section as if we were playing basketball. Just listen to the depiction of lessons learned when he hits a corner of the 3-wheel turns. And the system bumps loudly. C-Ordell is back at the locale, S-A-T-X. He is writing rhymes to get rich and not be poor. He is still serving caine like Singapore. It ain’t nothin but the money movin. So go on and tip your motherfucking skull cap to us. Generation after generation. You’ll keep on listening, he’ll keep on playing.

C-Ordell’s music is in rotation across the nation of the United States. It’s the main reason your Lexus Coupe is playing music which contains bass. C-Ordell is higher than a mothafucka. It just so happens that C-Ordell is looking for an undercover lover. C-Ordell tells us he’s the tightest MC from San Antonio, Texas!

C-Ordell will keep living like OJ Simpson. And if they catch him… Yo, fuck a conviction! This ain’t a gangsta cut, mind you. It’s a smooth out mellow verse about the BLVD crew along with C-Ordell. See they believe in him because he stacks clientele. His personality is not wishy-washy.

He got his car polished. His car runs good on gas and great on milage. Don’t think about an argument because you’ll get smoked up like chronic. They’ll pick you up and dust you off. Stamp “B” on ya head and then floss off into the night. He might hurry. C-Ordell’s ain’t blurry as he can see past the politics on this here rap game which he has gotten I got dibs on to his acclaim. On rookie of the year. So smoke dank weed. Pollute the atmosphere. Generation after generation. You’ll keep on listening, we’ll keep on playing.

Generation uses interpolations of lyrics from Soul II Soul – Keep On Movin’ and Earth, Wind, & Fire – Let’s Groove. You can hear lyrics from Soul II Soul – Keep On Movin’ and Earth, Wind, & Fire – Let’s Groove sung by vocalist and songstress Denise James at the very beginning. However the lyrics are changed slightly. The lyrics were sung as:

Keep on grooving
Don’t stop
Generation after generation
You’ll keep on listening, we’ll keep on playing
Let this groove get into you
Generation after generation
You’ll keep on listening, we’ll keep on playing

You might remember the lyrics the beginning of Generation which include the chorus and Verse 1 over those catchy infectious finger snaps which go:

[Chorus]
Keep on grooving
Don’t stop
Generation after generation
You’ll keep on listening, we’ll keep on playing
Let this groove get into you
Generation after generation
You’ll keep on listening, we’ll keep on playing

(Denise James)
Keep on grooving
Don’t stop

(C-Ordell)
Generation after generation
You’ll keep on listening, we’ll keep on playing

(Denise James)
Let this groove get into you

(C-Ordell)
Generation after generation
You’ll keep on listening, we’ll keep on playing

[Verse 1]
Well, suga
Since the bass line clean
Im’ma scope the rhyme out like a submarine
Float back to the top
Give it all I got
Sport a bald head
So fuck these dread locks
Now is the time for you to unwind
Just let C-Ordell blow you mind
I have a castle where I write rhymes and fucks the finest hoes
Elbows to you mid-section as if we were playing basketball
Just listen
To the depiction of lessons learned
Of when I hit a corner the 3-wheel turns
And the system bumps loudly, yes
Now I’m back at the locale, S-A-T-X
Writing rhymes to get rich not poor
Still serving caine like Singapore
It’s ain’t nothin but the money movin
So go on and tip your motherfucking skull cap to us
Generation after generation
You’ll keep on listening, we’ll keep on playing

The chorus went:

[Chorus]
Keep on grooving
Don’t stop
Generation after generation
You’ll keep on listening, we’ll keep on playing
Let this groove get into you
It’s alright
Generation after generation
You’ll keep on listening, we’ll keep on playing

[Chorus]

(Denise James)
Keep on grooving
Don’t stop

(C-Ordell)
Generation after generation
You’ll keep on listening, we’ll keep on playing

(Denise James)
Let this groove get into you
It’s alright

(C-Ordell)
Generation after generation
You’ll keep on listening, we’ll keep on playing

You might also remember the lyrics to Verse 3 over those catchy infectious finger snaps which go:

[Verse 3]
Like OJ Simpson, Im’ma keep living
And if they catch me
Yo, fuck a conviction!
This ain’t a gangsta cut, mind you
It’s a smooth out mellow verse about my crew
Along with C-Ordell
See they believes in me cause I stack clientele
Not wishy-washy
I got my shit polished
Run good on gas
Great on milage
Don’t think about an argument because you’ll get smoked up like chronic
We’ll pick you up and dust you off
Stamp “B” on ya head and then floss
Off into the night and I might hurry
C-Ordell’s ain’t blurry
I can see past the politics
On this here rap game and I got dibs, y’all
On rookie of the year
So smoke dank weed
Pollute the atmosphere
Generation after generation
You’ll keep on listening, we’ll keep on playing

Denise James and C-Ordell speak the first 3 lines together on Verse 3. “Like OJ Simpson, Im’ma keep living/And if they catch me/Yo, fuck a conviction!”

Denise James sings these lyrics after C-Ordell’s last verse finishes:

Tell the DJ to play your favorite tune
As you lose yourself
And ride with C-Ordell
Keep on grooving
Don’t stop
Don’t stop
Don’t stop
Let this groove get into you
It’s alright
alright

BLVD is Rollin’ is a party jam where C-Ordell shows us how he rolls with BLVD Records because ain’t no party like a BLVD party because a BLVD party is the shit!! It ain’t noting but a party going on. BLVD is rollin’! BLVD is Rollin’ was the first single off the album.

BLVD is Rollin’ was produced by Finnesse 1 with Michael Parker playing on the keyboard and Daryl Surratt playing the guitar. Denise James sings the background vocals. Ricé did not produce this song.

C-Ordell wakes up bright and early in the morning. He reaches for a sherm stick. Twisting on his skull cap ready to get loose. He ate breakfast with no gin. Just juice. He is feeling woozy from last night. Yet he is still ready to get titled off that unfiltered chronic for $10 dollars. So He hits his cousin Suga Bear up on the phone. Suga Bear is at Plentz Park in the Willowwood Estates. Suga Bear is chilling under the pavilion while drinking Heineken. He is ready to get titled kinda slow. C-Ordell knows he wants more money.

C-Ordell came up with the idea to throw a shindig by inviting all the fellas and women. That way he can slow dance. He asks Suga Bear to pick him up and give him a chance.

Suga Bear arrives to C-Ordell’s residence. Sparks of Southfield Killas is in the passenger seat of Suga Bear’s car. Sparks is drilling C-Ordell about this trick that he is macking to. Has C-Ordell met any of her friends? Is she down with the set? Those are the questions C-Ordell is wondering.

C-Ordell hooked up friends and company with Swisher Sweets for this evening. Next thing you know a whole crowd form and circulates around C-Ordell. Tight as a bum smoking on that horn. He is feeling kind of tipsy while in between a bass and a guitar stroll. Loud as a drum pushing out funky jams. He is having a real good time.

The pavilion at Plentz Park is packed. C-Ordell is smoking on a big fat Swisher Sweet cigarette. C-Ordell is a funk expert. Plus the main reason he is smiling is because he is seeing more cat than a mountain lion. C-Ordell wouldn’t know what to do if there was no leisure time for himself. Or any down time to be by himself. It ain’t noting but a party going on. BLVD is rollin’!

The tightest lyrics to this song were:

Next thing you know
A whole crowd form
Tight as a bum smoking on that horn

My name is C-Ordell
And I’m a funk expert
And plus the main reason I’m smiling
I’m seeing more cat than a mountain lion

It ain’t noting but a party going on
BLVD is rollin’

Pick a brother up
Take a chance

Well waking up bright and early in the morning
Cranking up the system
Reaching for the sherm
Twisting on my skull cap
Ready to get loose
Ain’t breakfast with no gin
Just juice

I’m feeling kind of tipsy I might say so
Loud as a drum pushing out funky jams

BLVD is rollin’
C-Ordell is going strong

Smoke Filled Room is and ode to ganjah smokers and weed smokers. Smoke Filled Room is the weed smokers anthem which is an ode to 420. This is a good song to light up a doobie to and watch some pornography flick with. Everybody is smoking ganjah on Smoke Filled Room.

You can hear the sound of San Antonio in this with Ricé’s signature production style of quadruple layers which is double synths, double bass, and double guitars. Denise James sings in the background while Ricé uses his vocals on the chorus. The guitar is played by Daryl Surratt.

In My Life tells about the drama that surrounds C-Ordell’s life. All the drama and negativity that surrounds C-Ordell’s life. He tries his to do what’s right every day. In My Life is one of C-Ordell’s darker songs next to 1 4 U and Funeral.

You can hear the sound of San Antonio in this with Ricé’s signature production style of quadruple layers which is double synths, double bass, and double guitars. At least the sound of San Antonio during the 90s. That is why and how Ricé’s sound is all over this song. Notice how track starts off real deep, dark, and brooding with a heavy piano note playing at the beginning. That is Ricé’s signature production style of quadruple layers which is double synths, double bass, and double guitars.

C-Ordell tries every single day of his life to do what’s right. He tries his damn best to do what’s right. But these fools won’t leave him alone. He is having these dreams that just won’t go away.

C-Ordell’s been having delusions. Could it be that law enforcement officials tapped his phone? He can’t sleep since he has these delusions in his head. He had a dream about an undercover agent who was wearing all-blue clothing. This undercover agent was trying to fit in by macking to this hood rat. In fact C-Ordell was selling powder right in front of his eye-scope. He didn’t think nothing about it. Plus C-Ordell was broke.

In the middle is when C-Ordell wakes up in an ice cold sweat while shaking. He’s gotta hit the inner city projects to make as money as he possibly can to do right. Shit. A nigga snitched on C-Ordell. C-Ordell tries every single day of his life to do what’s right but these fools won’t leave him alone. They won’t go away.

He is having nightmares about the person he killed. You can bet your sweet ass that the feds caught wind of the murder C-Ordell committed.

Ricé sings the lyrics to the chorus which go:

Every single day of my life
I try my damn best to do what’s right
But these fools won’t leave me alone
Don’t wanna get my heat
Don’t wanna go to sleep
I’m having these dreams
They won’t go away
Maybe I should pack my bags and “To hell with this shhh.”

1 4 U is a song loyalty and betrayal. C-Ordell tells us everything he does is for BLVD in 1 4 U. C-Ordell tells us how real it is on these SA-Town streets. This is a danger themed song which has a dark brooding mood to it.

C-Ordell realizes an enemy can easily get away and slip into darkness. So he watches every move his prey makes. He will not hesitate to kill anyone who betrays him. He remembers the days when he first began when would ride with a cartel in a Honda with the .357 kicking up dust. Well now they use an M-11 and a rental car. Everything C-Ordell does is strictly for BLVD Records.

A night stalker is what C-Ordell claims to be. He is headed for danger. There is no remorse from him. He is not a stranger to murderous killings at all. He has learned to hold back the pain and guilt as he has conditioned himself not to accept the anguish. Graves are being dug by him.

The atmosphere is dreary at midnight. C-Ordell goes off into the night. Bodies have been packaged by him. Everybody knows that C-Ordell is far from the average person. He is a peculiar man. He likes to keep a tight reign over control on things. He goes to New Light Village and East Terrace on East Commerce Street to commit murder. A late night creep is what he performs on that ass.

Funeral had some DEEP bass to it. The track starts off real deep, dark, and brooding with a heavy bass note playing at the beginning. It’s about loyalty and betrayal. Funeral had some DEEP meaning to it. Flying off the handle once again with nowhere to run. So C-Ordell can’t pretend that everything is subtle in nature in his environment. C-Ordell talks about preparing a funeral for a federal agent he killed.

C-Ordell and Lil Sin get together on Final Cry. C-Ordell asks how Lil Sin feels about his father Ronnie Warner Sr. passing away. The song deals with coping with death. Lil Sin learns that every living thing on Planet Earth dies. This is the ORIGINAL version of Final Cry and NOT the one on Lil Sin’s debut album Frustrated By Death from 1996. The one on his Frustrated By Death album is a remix of the original version.

Finesse 1 was the producer for Final Cry as he was the original producer for the song. Big Twin produced the beats for Final Cry while Ricé performed on the guitar. Adrian Myers was the person who was singing on the backing vocals. Big Meat, Suga Bear, Big Twin, Lil Sin, and C-Ordell the road hard on this one. This is because they are real musicians.

At the very beginning, you’ll hear C-Ordell greet Lil Sin and ask him if he has been doing alright since his father Ronnie Warner Sr. passed away. Lil Sin tells him he has been chilling in the cold winds. Lil Sin confirms with C-Ordell that he will be alright. C-Ordell asks Lil Sin to tell him how he feels about that.

Lil Sin is begging for his final cry. Lil Sin has been so hard with himself. He can’t let loose. There ain’t no reason why. His stress causing himself too much internal pain. There’s no clouds above his heart. Why does he keep on feeling rain? His pain is so deep. He can’t help himself. He has an in-person conversation with his mother as he tries to explain to her that he needs some help. Lil Sin tries to relax but his mind wonders about death. Days keep on passing by and Lil Sin sees his time is coming. Lil Sin sees his time of death is coming eventually.

He has thoughts of laying in the dirt. Lil Sin wants to join his father in heaven but the wait is too long. The horns blew and his father went into heaven’s gates. Now who’s to blame for this tragedy? There is no pain and suffering as he rests in peace. This is what it’s meant to be. Eternal life was just all a lie. Nothing lives forever in this world. So we all will die. So many years of his life wasted. His soul is filled with so much anger as he begs for his final cry.

At the very beginning, you’ll hear C-Ordell greet Lil Sin and call him “SA Fool”. That is because SA Fool was Lil Sin’s first rap he performed under when he was living in Boston, Massachusetts. SA Fool was his name before he became Lil Sin. Lil Sin had just moved back to San Antonio, Texas from Boston, Massachusetts when him and C-Ordell recorded this song.

Live By The Gun explains how C-Ordell lives life on the edge as a criminal. He is living that criminal lifestyle. Ricé produced the song with heavy layers of double guitars and double bass.

Now C-Ordell had recorded this song back when San Antonio was the drive-by capital of Texas and gang capital of Texas. A majority of the drive-by shootings in San Antonio that occurred during the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s were gang related. The East Side of San Antonio was a war zone in gang land during that time. The song serves as a deadly tale of gang life in San Antonio, Texas.

At the very beginning of the song, a female news reporter appears from KSAT at the beginning of the song telling us that a fatal shooting had occurred in inside Windsor Park Shopping Mall sent Christmas shoppers running for cover. The mall was crowded that night. Many people who say they saw it are not afraid to shop there.

[news reporter]
A fatal shooting at Windsor Park Shopping Mall this weekend sent Christmas shoppers running for cover. A man was shot to death inside the crowded mall last night. Many people who say they saw it are not afraid to shop there.

Niggaz are on the war path again. They won’t let up. C-Ordell dips thru the cut with his Kenwood on. He spots and notices an unfamiliar face. Something’s going on. He ‘s never seen the individual in/around his neighborhood. In he has never seen this individual in the fucking vicinity. This is out of the ordinary. Quite peculiar in fact. So C-Ordell develops an idea in his head but then draws back from that idea. He’s a bit paranoid.

C-Ordell has binoculars, 9 millimeter, and a ski mask in his nice car. It’s do or die. It ain’t nothin but the money movin. So he tips his motherfucking skull cap to them. C-Ordell heads back to the hood where he resides. Willlowwood Estates to be exact. He is wearing a black khaki suit and wearing Raybans. Someone snitched on C-Ordell and now he’s doing a year in the Bexar County Jail for drug possession. He gets Sugabear to bail him out. He’s now out in the hood. The track ends with a gunshot.

Swangin’ is a bouncy tune about C-Ordell and BLVD swang it every other day. C-Ordell tells us where’s he’s kicked it in various cities in the United States and the world. Swangin’ was the second single off the album. Mr. Joshay makes an uncredited appearance on the song.

This is how BLVD swangs it every other day. Put your hands in the air while jamming The Bar-Keys. If you’re a true player drinking on Hennessey, then you probably at a house party like C-Ordell. Listening to the music taking your fat booties everywhere. His friends are drinking around him like they just don’t care.

It’s getting kind of late. So they jump in the bucket and take a little trip. 3 freaks wanted to follow them. So they didn’t bug. They got loose while going down Loop 410 (I 410) up in San Antonio. They have a private party at the Motel 6 which is at 2185 SW Loop 410 near SeaWorld. They were down like chocolate tire and 4 flat tires. The freaks where down and they brought their own lighters. There’s no gun violence or gang activity. All they’re really doing is just swangin’.

C-Odell swung up in the room to set off the mood properly. He quickly pulled out the chocolate tire. C-Ordell was and got high as a helicopter. Let C-Ordell break down to you what happened next. He moved in on the cutest freak. He was like a shoe-in because he had the slickest tongue. They arrived at the Motel 6 near SeaWorld at 10 PM and they will leave the Motel 6 near SeaWorld at 2 AM. You gotta be true when you’re swinging it.

C-Ordell tells us the places where’s he’s kicked in Verse 3. He swung it in cites such as Detroit, Atlanta, H-Town, and Chicago. He swung it in H-Town and swung it in D-Town. Over there he caught a few hookers that were on the rebound. He kicked it Miami. The weather was hot. He kicked it in Alaska but it was too chilly. Hampton knows how to swang it.

Some of you may remember how the lyrics to Verse 1 begin. Lyrics to Verse 1 are memorable as they are what help make the song Swangin’ memorable. Here are the lyrics to the very beginning of Verse 1:

This is how we swang it every other day
Put your hands in the air jamming The Bar-Keys
If you’re a true player drinking on Hennessey, then you probably at a house party like me
Listening to the music take your fat booties everywhere
My partners all around me drinking like we just don’t care

Some of you may remember how the lyrics to Verse 2 begin. Here is the lyrics to Verse 2:

Swung up in the room to set the mood off properly
I didn’t dilly dally
I quickly pulled out the chocolate tire
High as a helicopter
Well let me break it down to you what happened next
I moved in on the cutest one
I was like a shoe-in because I had the slickest tongue

The tightest most memorable and quotable lyrics to this song were:

Like any other red-blooded American teenagers
We got a little money, Motorola Sky pagers

This is how we swang it every other day
Put your hands in the air jamming The Bar-Keys
If you’re a true player drinking on Hennessey, then you probably at a house party like me
Listening to the music take your fat booties everywhere

Swung up in the room to set the mood off properly
I didn’t dilly dally
I quickly pulled out the chocolate tire
High as a helicopter
Well let me break it down to you what happened next
I moved in on the cutest one
I was like a shoe-in because I had the slickest tongue

I swung it in H-Town and swung it in D-Town
And caught a few hookers that were on the rebound

C-Ordell explains to us on Land Of The Living that what you see is what you and what you get is not always a good thing. Actions have consequences. That is the message of this song. C-Ordell tells us how real it is on these SA-Town streets. Land Of The Living was produced by Finesse 1 with the help of Ricé. The guitar is played by Daryl Surratt while Denise James sings on the background vocals.

C-Ordell once knew a guy by the name of Chuck Heimer. His friends were mixed up and had no direction in life . They decided to skip school and go rollin’. What Chuck didn’t know is that one of his friends had a twelve gauge and planned to kill somebody. Chuck hears a voice in his head. It’s his conscience speaking to him. He doesn’t want to plan on what he originally planned on doing. He realizes he might end up dead. But he is convinced that’s the way it goes. So he goes out with his friends to commit the robbery.

C-Ordell will tell you about the streets if you’ll listen. Here is the message is what C-Ordell is giving. This is a message to the land of the living.: What you see is what you. What you get is not always a good thing. Set the truth. Make a change. It can get better for you and for me.

After all the years the streets haven’t changed. One side smokes erb and the other side smokes cocaine. C-Ordell saw Johnny Ray selling crack to children in front of a school yard. You see, back in the days C-Ordell was caught in the middle. He remembers the days when he first began when would ride with a cartel in a Honda with the .357 kicking up dust. Although C-Ordell never sold crack to a child, he knows where Johnny Ray’s head is at. The system needs to do some time.

C-Ordell tells us how real it is on these SA-Town streets. C-Ordell is so head over heels due to the way he feels. Blood might spill. Think American Me and Knee Deep.

The title last track Investigation has that James Bond theme with the heavy guitars with a detective crime theme for the score. This is a danger themed song. Investigation is very mystery themed.

The IRS and CIA have C-Ordell under investigation on whatever he does and however he makes his money. The CIA will try to stop him by any means necessary. However he is trying to do good and go the legal route by recording music recordings. He keeps a glock as federal agents are watching him. C-Ordell is under investigation because the government claims he is a criminal.

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

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