Tryin To Make My Paper
Ten, Black D
That Nigga Once Again
Things Ain’t What They Seem
The Thought, The Plan, The Execution
Ten, AC, Black D, Mounty Mike
Ten, Mastermind, Novakane, Tequilla
Ten, Black D
Ten, Black D, Villin Mobb
She Talks To Me
Bounce To This
Released in 1999 by J.R.D.D. Entertainment, “The Thought, The Plan, The Execution” is a staple in the late ’90s hip-hop scene, particularly within the gangsta rap genre. This album marks the solo endeavor of Ten, a member of Sacramento’s Villin Mobb. With its array of robust tracks, the project underlines the artist’s versatility and intrinsic understanding of street life, societal struggles, and existential questions.
The opening track “Time” sets the tone of the album, introducing listeners to the themes of temporal existence and urgency. “Tryin To Make My Paper” follows suit, delving into the financial struggles and hustle of daily life. Then, the album takes a deeper turn with “Rise,” featuring Black D, examining the themes of social mobility and systemic constraints.
Songs like “Straight Killa” and “That Nigga Once Again” are quintessential gangsta rap, offering unfiltered portrayals of the criminal life and defiance against authority. They’re contrasted by more reflective pieces such as “Things Ain’t What They Seem,” featuring Zo, and “Questions,” where Ten goes beyond mere storytelling to question the state of society and individual consciousness.
The album’s title track, “The Thought, The Plan, The Execution,” serves as the project’s magnum opus. It encapsulates the core message of the album, which is about strategizing, executing, and living through one’s plans amidst challenges and hardships.
The track “To Sacramento” serves as a homage to Ten’s hometown, featuring other local artists like AC, Black D, and Mounty Mike, while “Just Riden” and “Psyco Nut” showcase collaborations that extend the musical textures of the album.
The production work is mainly helmed by Ten himself, except for “She Talks To Me,” which is produced by G-Law. This creative control allows Ten to maintain a cohesive and authentic sound throughout the project.
“The Thought, The Plan, The Execution” stands as a timeless piece within the genre, capturing the various facets of life within the harsh realities of the American streets at the turn of the century. Whether it’s crime, ambition, struggle, or introspection, Ten packs it all into this intricate album, making it a must-listen for any fan of gangsta rap.