Psycho Active

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Psycho Active
Studio album by X-Raided
Released April 16, 1992
Recorded 1991-1992
Genre West Coast hip hop, Gangsta Rap, Horrorcore
Length 42:24
Label Black Market Records
Producer X-Raided, Brotha Lynch Hung, Ced Singleton(Track 12 only, "That Siccness")
X-Raided chronology
Psycho Active
(1992)
Xorcist
(1995)

Psycho Active is the debut album by Sacramento rapper, X-Raided. It was released in 1992 through Black Market Records. Most of the lyrics contain themes of violence, alcohol/marijuana use and depict gang-life. He was only 16 when he finished his first recording, an underground project called Niggas In Blacc with Sacramento rappers Brotha Lynch Hung and Sicx, and he was signed within a year to a local major label in Sacramento, California. His first solo work, “Psycho Active” in 1992, he had created a huge local buzz in the city of Sacramento that a gifted new rapper was claiming the Garden Blocc Crips as his gang affiliation.[1]

Background[edit]

He has stated that Psycho Active was recorded during a deadly conflict between the 24th Street Garden Blocc Crips and the Meadowview Bloods so the lyrics are very hard and violent because it was his state of mind at the time. The day before the LP's release, X-Raided was arrested by Sacramento P.D. for the murder of Patricia Harris, the grandmother of two Meadowview Bloods' members. Four other gang-members were also arrested for their involvement. The Crips' were allegedly looking for the two brothers for revenge, as they had earlier killed J-Dogg, a Garden Blocc Crip member.[1]

The cover of "Psycho Active" shows Brown’s face with a .38-caliber handgun pressed to his temple. There was talk that some of the songs ('Still Shooting' in particular) actually referred back to the murder (Lyrics written by X-Raided in the song 'Still Shooting' said "I'm killin' moms, daddys and nephews. I'm killin' sons, daughters and sparin' you"). Second, police maintained that the gun which he had pointed to his head on the album cover was the actual murder weapon although the weapon was never retrieved. Anerae Brown and the 4 other Crip gang members were arrested in 1992. X-Raided now says he did not testify about what really happened the night of the Harris murder because he adhered to a code of silence. “I could have testified and gone home,” the rapper said. “But I kept it real.” He says he was present at the attack but did not pull the trigger.[1] [2]

Tracklisting[edit]

  1. Tha Murder - 0:20
  2. Still Shooting - 4:14
  3. Call Tha Guardz - 3:19
  4. Who's the Hoe? - 2:40
  5. Crazy Than A Mutha Fuck (Featuring Brotha Lynch Hung) - 3:30
  6. Every Single Bitch - 4:36
  7. Fuckin' Wit A Psycho - 6:00
  8. Bitch Killa - 3:52
  9. Everybody Killa - 1:01
  10. Shoot Cha In A Minute - 4:56
  11. That's How My Trigga Went (Brotha Lynch Hung & Triple Sicx Bounty: Solo) - 2:11
  12. That Siccness (Featuring S.A.C, Brotha Lynch Hung, Young Meek & CYCO) - 5:54

Samples[edit]

  • "Still Shooting"
    • Muddy Waters - Tom Cat
    • Quincy Jones - Listen (What It Is)


  • "Call Tha Guardz"
    • Parliament - Atomic Dog


  • "Who's The Hoe?"
    • Rick James - Hard To Get
    • Parliament - Atomic Dog


  • "Crazy Than A Mutha Fuck"*
    • Grover Washington, Jr. - Masterpiece


  • "Every Single Bitch"
    • Mtume - Hip Dip Skippedabeat
    • Zapp - More Bounce To The Ounce


  • "Fuckin' Wit A Psycho"
    • Grandmaster Flash - The Message
    • Rufus Thomas - Breakdown Part. 1
    • Barry White - I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby
    • Grover Washington, Jr. - Knucklehead
    • N.W.A - Gangsta Gangsta
    • Ice Cube - Once Upon a Time in the Projects


  • "Bitch Killa"
    • Isaac Hayes - Do Your Thing
    • Funkadelic - One Nation Under A Groove


  • "Everybody Killa"
    • Grover Washington, Jr. - Hydra


  • "Shoot Cha In A Minute"
    • Isaac Hayes - No Name Bar
    • Marvin Gaye - Inner City Blues


  • "That's How My Trigga Went"
    • LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out


  • "That Siccness"
    • Zapp - More Bounce To The Ounce
    • Marvin Gaye - "T" Stands For Trouble
    • Marvin Gaye - "T" Plays It Cool
    • Yvonne Fair - Let Your Hair Down

References[edit]