Merc Wit Me
The Mercenaries, C-Bo
Keep It Gangsta, Pt. 2
All On A Bitch
If U Don’t Know
Get Tha Money
How Do U Want It
We Dont Luv Um
The Mercenaries, I-Rocc
All 4 One
The Mercenaries, Baby Bubb, Keda Rocc, Playa Mac, Young Will
What Iz It
Unleashed on November 18, 2003, under Hollow Tip’s label Mercenary Entertainment, “War On The Streets” is an album that cuts through the fluff and gets straight to the raw nerve of thug rap. The project serves as a narrative of the grim realities of street life, drawing its authenticity from Hollow Tip’s own experiences growing up in North Highlands, California. The album was produced by a stellar lineup of beat-makers, including Ace Mak, Bubb, H-Wood, and Kreep, who collectively infused the record with an indomitable spirit and gritty sonic landscape.
The album opens with a brief but atmospheric “Intro,” setting the stage for a roller coaster ride of audacious beats and hard-hitting lyrics. The track “Merc Wit Me” with its 5-minute-plus runtime, immerses listeners into the world of Mercenary Entertainment, echoing the label’s no-nonsense philosophy. On “Keep It Gangsta, Pt. 2,” C-Bo makes an appearance, adding another layer of intensity to an already charged album.
Tracks like “All On A Bitch” and “Get Tha Money” delve into the ambitions and struggles that come with the pursuit of money and status, while “Under Siege” brings the harsh existential realities of life on the streets into sharp focus. In “What?” the album features I-Rocc, whose verse adds an extra punch to the project. The project also includes a posse cut “What Iz It,” featuring a host of rappers like Baby Bubb, Keda Rocc, Playa Mac, and Young Will, further enriching the lyrical tapestry of the album.
The Mercenaries, consisting of local Sacramento area rappers like Hollow Tip, J-Mack, Mic-C, RC Loc, Sianide, and Young Sav, display an impressive synergy throughout the project. Every artist brings their unique style and flow, adding texture and depth to the overarching narrative.
“War On The Streets” is not just another rap album; it’s a sociocultural commentary veiled in beats and bars. It appeals not just to the aficionados of the thug rap sub-genre but also to anyone keen to understand the harsh realities that shape such music. With this project, Hollow Tip and The Mercenaries offered a vivid snapshot of life in the underbelly of society, and nearly two decades later, the album still holds its relevance and edge.