Skee 64 - Half Man, Half Amazing

Skee 64 – Half Man, Half Amazing

April 10, 2001

Download music album Half Man, Half Amazing by Skee 64, released on April 10, 2001. ℗ California Entertainment

Skee 64 - Half Man, Half Amazing

1 Skee 64 Intro 01:30
2 Skee 64, Mr. Immaculate All On Me 03:57
3 Skee 64, D-Mack, King Philly, Mean Sing Life In The Struggle 04:58
4 Skee 64, Gangsta Dre The Streets Is Watchin’ 04:44
5 Skee 64, Daz Dillinger Addicted 03:47
6 Skee 64, Infared Early Bird Pt. 2 04:05
7 Skee 64 Half Man, Half Amazin’ 04:11
8 Skee 64, Luni Coleone, Mad Dog What Would You Do? 03:46
9 Skee 64, D-Mack Gangsta’s Testimony 04:03
10 Skee 64, Big Hollis, Luni Coleone Turf Nominees 04:04
11 Skee 64, GP Deep In The Game 04:14
12 Skee 64 My N*ggas 04:13
13 Skee 64 Raised In The City 03:28
14 Skee 64, Greedy, King Philly Why Ya Runnin’? 04:23
15 Skee 64, J-Mack, Mr. Immaculate I’m A Gangsta 04:08
16 Skee 64 The Life We Live 03:32
17 Skee 64, D-Mack, Lil’ Junie Street Life 04:02
18 Skee 64, Kreep Material World 03:33
19 Skee 64, Gangsta Dre The Art 03:16

Album info

Emerging from the Sacramento rap scene, Skee 64, also known as Toby Rios, released “Half Man, Half Amazing” in 2001 under California Entertainment. Drenched in the styles of Thug Rap and Gangsta, the album serves as a compelling epitaph to an artist who left us too early in March 2007. The album blends various elements to create an intricate tapestry of street life, struggle, and resilience, effectively encapsulating Skee 64’s complex persona.

Kicking off with an “Intro” that lays the groundwork for the narrative, the album quickly segues into the textured “All On Me,” which features backing vocals from Adrian Steele and Mr. Celly and an additional rap verse from Mr. Immaculate. It’s a high-energy beginning that sucks listeners into the raw, untamed universe that Skee 64 aims to portray.

“Life In The Struggle” offers a panoramic view of hardship and perseverance, brought to life by features from D-Mack, King Philly, and Mean Sing, and produced by Big Bone. It sets the stage for the subsequent song “The Streets Is Watchin’,” a perceptive commentary on the ever-watchful eyes of the street. Once again, Gangsta Dre lends his voice, reinforcing the album’s potency.

“Daz Dillinger” shows up in “Addicted,” offering a smooth but harrowing take on dependency. From then on, the album doesn’t let up. “Half Man, Half Amazin'” serves as the title track and a central hub of the album’s thematic structure, encapsulating the duality of Skee 64’s life and artistic vision.

Tracks like “What Would You Do?” and “Gangsta’s Testimony” offer more than just typical braggadocio; they are thoughtful investigations into the choices one makes and the testimonies one carries as a product of the streets. The album employs an impressive roster of featured artists and producers, including the likes of Luni Coleone, Big Hollis, and JT The Bigga Figga, making each track a unique experience while maintaining thematic cohesion.

Throughout the album, Skee 64 oscillates between introspection and outward observation. “Deep In The Game” featuring GP and “Raised In The City” lay bare the inner workings of a life immersed in the streets, while “The Life We Live” takes on a broader scope, contemplating the overall ethos of street life.

In terms of production quality, the album is a collective effort with Big Hollis taking the helm for the majority of the tracks. The executive producers from California Entertainment and Co-Executive Producer OSO further elevate the album’s overall presentation.

Toward the end, “Material World” and “The Art” serve as contemplative bookends, examining materialistic desires and the artistry involved in the rap game, respectively. They round off an album that is as complex as its title suggests, capturing the essence of a man who was truly “half man, half amazing.”

In the years following Skee 64’s passing, “Half Man, Half Amazing” stands as a testament to his talent and complexities. It remains a crucial artifact for understanding the man behind the music and the world he inhabited, making it a vital part of the Gangsta Rap canon.

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