Released in 1996 on Another Hit Records and Biv Real Records, Taurus’s single “Make Me Wanna Holler” is a captivating addition to the gangsta rap genre. Coming out of the influential Sacramento hip-hop scene, this single provides a raw snapshot of the socio-cultural climate of the era. The single contains two tracks: “Make Me Wanna Holler” and “Let Dat Beat Side,” showcasing not only Taurus’s lyrical prowess but also the atmospheric and gritty beats that define his style.
The lead track, “Make Me Wanna Holler,” delves deep into the frustrations and struggles that come with life in the inner city. Taurus spits hard-hitting verses that serve as both an indictment of a system that has failed many, and a vivid portrayal of the grit it takes to navigate such an environment. The titular line encapsulates a collective feeling of desperation and the urge to scream in the face of adversity.
“Let Dat Beat Side,” the second track on the single, stands in contrast as a pure celebration of hip-hop as an art form. Produced by Marcelus “Baloo” Perkins, the song lets the beats take the front seat, while Taurus’s rap flows seamlessly over it, presenting an ode to the very music that provides a voice for the voiceless. This duality offers listeners a well-rounded experience: the tracks are not just reflections of life’s hardships but also of the joy and catharsis music can offer.
Mastered at Sony Disc Manufacturing in Springfield, the production quality stands out, giving a polished finish to the raw essence captured in Taurus’s delivery. Produced by A. Mandolph and Marcelus “Baloo” Perkins, the single maintains a cohesive sonic identity that elevates the storytelling.
With just two tracks, “Make Me Wanna Holler” manages to encapsulate the spirit of ’90s Sacramento gangsta rap, blending soulful beats with lyrics that are as introspective as they are confrontational. It’s a hidden gem that serves as a compelling time capsule from an era and a location that have deeply influenced the course of hip-hop.