N of tha World

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N of tha World
Natas N of tha World.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 24, 2006
GenreHip hop
Length58:22
LabelRLP/Gothom/Warlock
ProducerEsham
Natas chronology
Godlike
(2002)
N of tha World
(2006)
FUQERRBDY
(2014)
Alternative cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com4/5 stars[1]

N of tha World is the eighth studio album by Natas. Released in 2006, it was the group's first album released by Reel Life Productions since 1999's WicketWorldWide.COM, although there were claims that there was no newly recorded material by Natas, which broke up in 2002. Five songs on the album were newly recorded after Esham departed from Psychopathic Records in October 2005; the rest of the album consists of material recorded by Esham and T-N-T for a prospective Esham album, to be titled Club Evil, that never came out. Despite the album being attributed to Natas, the only track by the group is N of tha World. The other four new songs were "World's Apart", "On My Own", "Trouble & Pain" and "Niggaz Always Talkin' Alot of Shit".

Music and lyrics[edit]

N of tha World features live instrumentation and loops which derive from blues, funk and hard rock.[1] "See You In Hell" is built around a sample of the Muddy Waters song "Tom Cat", from his 1968 psychedelic concept album Electric Mud. "Why You Gotta Lie" samples the drum break from Aerosmith and Run-DMC's "Walk This Way" and the chord progression of Metallica's "Enter Sandman".[1]

The album's lyrics focus on topics ranging from women and violence to spirituality.[1] Natas expresses self-reliance and allegiance to God.[1] However, Esham refers to himself once again as "The Unholy" on the album in material recorded prior to signing with Psychopathic, a moniker he had not used since the song "Enjoy Life" from the 2003 Bedlam album "Bedlamitez Rize".

Reception[edit]

About.com reviewed the album favorably, writing "Great, great stuff that I personally will drop on the many I meet daily that are starved for proper hip-hop."[1]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."Intro" 1:11
2."Once Upon a Time"Esham, T-N-T2:50
3."Dead Men Don't Sing"Esham, T-N-T3:43
4."Worlds Apart"Esham, T-N-T4:36
5."Long as I Live"Esham, T-N-T4:11
6."Pancakes & Syrup"Esham, T-N-T4:42
7."Full of Hate"T-N-T, Esham3:11
8."Nightmares"Esham, T-N-T4:08
9."On My Own"Esham3:25
10."Trouble & Pain"Esham, Doc "Hollywood" Hustle, Moebadis4:27
11."N of tha World"Esham, T-N-T, Mastamind5:33
12."See You in Hell"Esham, T-N-T3:08
13."?"Esham3:05
14."Crazytown"T-N-T2:49
15."Niggaz Always Talkin' Alot of Sh*t"Esham, T-N-T4:02
16."Why You Gotta Lie"Esham, T-N-T, Syn of Zug Izland3:21
Total length:58:22

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

  • Mike P. — lead guitar
  • Randy (The Leer Jet Engineer Fixin') Lynch — lead guitar on "Pancakes & Syrup" and "On My Own"
  • The Brian Schram Band — instrumentation ("Worlds Apart")

Production[edit]

  • Esham — producer, executive producer
  • Young Kyle for Blackstone — A&R exec
  • Mike P. — additional technical support
  • Eric Saunders — cover art
  • Michael Broom — drawings

References[edit]