The Bloody Mary – Bloody Mary 3X album is one of the hardest female rap albums of 1996 that is most certainly filled with lyrical hardcore gangsta rap from the West Coast of California State. When Nina’s Gone, Nina B Da Nine, It’s Just The Pimpin’ In Me, Gangsta Tales, Bloody Mary 3X, Show Me Love, and West Coast Funk are some of the highlights of the album.
Suge Knight had heard about the success of Bangin’ On Wax was having in the mid-90s. He had been looking for Bloody Mary since he heard her rap on the song Piru Love. A rapper she called Rick James brought her to Suge Knight. Then Suge Knight gave her $12,000 dollars to sign to Death Row Records in 1994 right after she left Dangerous Records over royalty disputes regarding money.
He gave her a chance to record a solo album on a 1-album contract deal. She worked very hard on recording what would have been her second album from 1994 to 1996. Label mates such as The Lady of Rage, Redrum 781, Storm, Jewell, BGOTI, Lil Leak (CK), and other appeared on the album.
The Bloody Mary – Bloody Mary 3X album was the self-titled album from female rapper Bloody Mary that Death Row Records was supposed to have released in the year of 1996. However with the death of 2Pac and legal drama going on with Death Row Records, Bloody Mary left the label and signed to the East Palo Alto, California based label Taylor Made Records.
Suge Knight put Bloody Mary’s album to side to focus on 2Pac and Snoop Dogg since they were gaining popularity and were the label’s lead artists. Bloody Mary wasn’t having it. So in 1996, she moved to East Palo Alto to being working on her album PMS (Play My Shit).
Legal drama, business politics, and copyright are the reasons her album on Death Row Records was never released. Some of her songs used samples that could not be cleared such as When Nina’s Gone and West Coast Funk.
A majority of her album was recorded at Can-Am Studios in Tarzana, California. However some of her album was recorded at Taylor Made Studios in East Palo Alto, California. Some of her album was produced by Tebo J Thibeaux (Tebo) and Daryl Harper. Unfortunately but not surprisingly, Suge Knight never paid Tebo royalties for producing and recording songs for her album and other artists signed to the label. Nevertheless Bloody Mary, Tebo, Redrum 781, and Lil Leak had a good time recording the album. That is how Bloody Mary’s album on Death Row came to be.
Bloody Mary was recording her Bloody Mary 3X album when she was in a group called Crooked I. The group Crooked I was Bloody Mary, Redrum 781, Lil Leak from the Avenue Piru Gang outta Inglewood, California.
The song When Nina’s Gone is a gangsta cover of the 1971 classic Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine which uses a blended incorporation of funk, soul, and rap. The song is filled with hardcore lyricism over phat groovy guitar licks and bass lines. Her harmonizing on this joint was on point.
When Nina’s Gone was recorded and produced by Tebo J Thibeaux (Tebo) at Taylor Made Studios. The song was later sent over to Can-Am Studios to be mastered. Tebo said he will never forget when she had him come to the studio when she was signed to Death Row Records. They had a good time. Unfortunately Suge Knight never paid Tebo royalties for producing and recording When Nina’s Gone.
When Nina’s Gone was recorded and produced by Tebo J Thibeaux (Tebo) at Taylor Made Studios. The song was later sent over to Can-Am Studios to be mastered. Tebo played bass and guitar on the song. The song was originally called Ain’t No Sunshine When Nina’s Gone but was later shortened to When Nina’s Gone most likely to avoid copyright infringement. So Suge asked Bloody Mary to shorten the title of the song to When Nina’s Gone instead.
There are two versions of this song. One with just Bloody Mary only and the other with Bloody Mary and female rapper named Resse Cup. She was 13 when she recorded the other version of When Nina’s Gone with Bloody Mary.
However both versions remained unreleased until 2012 due to copyright. Bill Withers estate might not have wanted When Nina’s Gone to be released if they heard the song. So Suge was being cautious and decided to shelve the recordings of the song. Most likely Bill Withers estate would not give them permission to clear the song if they had wanted to use it.
When Nina’s Gone remained unreleased until 2012 when WIDEAwake released a compilation called 20 To Life – Rare And Dangerous Vol. 1. WIDEAwake used the song on that compilation along with Untouchable.
Untouchable featured some fire verses from female spitters Lady of Rage, Bloody Mary, Storm, and BGOTI. This song will blow you away with a rare glimpse into the history laden vault of the iconic Death Row Records. Untouchable was included on the 2012 compilation 20 To Life – Rare And Dangerous Vol. 1.
Untouchable was recorded and produced by Tebo J Thibeaux (Tebo) at Taylor Made Studios. The song was later sent over to Can-Am Studios to be mastered. Tebo played bass on the song.
West Coast Funk uses a laid back fusion of funk and rap West Coast style. The song’s bass lines heavily relies on the sample of MC Smooth – It’s Summertime (Let It Get into U). Her harmonizing on this joint was on point.
West Coast Funk remained unreleased until 2012 when WIDEAwake released a compilation called 20 To Life – Rare And Dangerous Vol. 2. WIDEAwake had not released the song prior to 2012.
One of the reasons this song was never released until 2012 is most likely and can be attributed to sample clearance issues and copyright. The song’s bass line heavily relies on the sample of MC Smooth – It’s Summertime (Let It Get into U). MC Smooth was signed to Jive Records at the time this song was recorded. Jive Records would not give Death Row Records clearance for the bass lines to be used in Bloody Mary – West Coast Funk. So Suge was being cautious and decided to shelve the recording of the song. That is why the song remained unreleased for so long.
I rate this album 5/5*****!!