“Hard Times” is a single released by American rapper Lunasicc in 1997 through AWOL Records. This release features a mix of radio and instrumental versions of tracks from his debut album, “Mr. Lunasicc,” showcasing his signature gangsta rap style. The single comes in a cardboard sleeve and was distributed by Noo Trybe Records and On The Run Music.
The single contains six tracks, with the title track “Hard Times” featuring Probable Cauze and Ephriam Galloway. This radio version runs for 4 minutes and 15 seconds, providing listeners with a taste of Lunasicc’s storytelling and lyrical prowess. The track gained significant popularity, peaking at No. 8 on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. This achievement marked the only charting single for each of the artists involved to date.
Following the title track, the instrumental version of “Hard Times” offers an opportunity to appreciate the beat and production without the lyrics.
Other tracks on the single include instrumental versions of “Gotta Make Skrill” and “Lyrical Homicide.” These instrumental tracks allow fans to focus on the music and beats behind Lunasicc’s captivating lyrics. The radio version of “Gotta Make Skrill” is also included, running for 3 minutes and 55 seconds.
The final track, “Lyrical Homicide (Street),” features Killa Tay and Laroo, and further showcases Lunasicc’s talent for collaboration and engaging storytelling.
The single was mastered at Live Oak Studios and T.M.L Studios, ensuring a polished and professional sound. The executive producer for this release is Freddie “T” Smith, with A&R by Bobby G. The graphics for the single were created by Phunky Phat Graph-X, and D-Wiz is credited with mastering the tracks. The various producers involved in this release include B.C., Dr. Bumpinstein, The Boogie Man, and Troy White.
In conclusion, the “Hard Times” single is an essential addition to the collection of any fan of Lunasicc or gangsta rap. It showcases the artist’s unique style, powerful storytelling, and skillful collaborations, while also allowing listeners to appreciate the production and music behind the lyrics. The single’s chart success highlights Lunasicc’s talent and the lasting impact of this memorable track.