He obviously had things he needed to say—about his country, about music, about aging, about friends, present and lost—and his lyrics sounded more deliberate and calculated than they had in years.
On the strength of this success, he would become the first rapper to perform on Booty fucked during the Grammy Awards.
To understand Thugger's appeal look no further than his verse on T.
Soon after his acrimonious split with N.
Not bad company to be in.
This mixtape features Rapper Big Pooh rhyming over Detroit producer Black Milk's instrumentals from a collection released years ago using Prince samples, hence the "Purple" reference.
That said, his October '95 signing to Death Row would put things in motion for him to come guns blazing the following year.
For most of the previous year, he was incarcerated, after being found guilty on three counts of molestation.