Old School Mondayz – Artist Review – Mc Eiht

MC Eiht

Birth name – Aaron Tyler
Also known as – MC 8, Eiht
Born – May 22, 1967 (age 46)
Origin – Compton, California, U.S.
Genres – Hip hop
Occupations – Rapper
Years active – 1987–present
Labels – Eiht Hype, Hi Power, Year Round, Real Talk (current)
Orpheus, Epic, Hoo Bangin’, Doggystyle (former)
Associated acts – Compton’s Most Wanted, Spice 1, The Warzone, Brotha Lynch Hung, Boom Bam, Tha Chill, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, MC Ren, DJ Quik, Mack 10, TQ, Tha Dogg Pound, WC, Jayo Felony, Xzibit, Scarface, DJ Premier

Aaron Tyler (born on May 22, 1967 in Compton, California), better known by his stage name MC Eiht, is an American rapper. His stage name was partly inspired by the numeral in KRS-One’s name. He chose Eiht for its links to “hood culture”, including 8Ball and .38 caliber firearms.[1] He is a member of the rap group Compton’s Most Wanted.

Music career
Tyler grew to fame on the West Coast as one of two MCs in the four-man crew, Compton’s Most Wanted. After enjoying increasing success with the group, which peaked with 1992’s Music to Driveby, Eiht took a role in the hit movie Menace II Society as well as a high-profile spot on the soundtrack. The song, “Streiht Up Menace,” which chronicles the unfortunate downturn of the film’s protagonist within the pathological conditions of American inner city life, is considered by many critics to be Eiht’s magnum opus.[2] The movie spurred him into a solo career, although his next two albums We Come Strapped and Death Threatz would be accredited as MC Eiht featuring Compton’s Most Wanted. He was also part of the Tragniew Park Compton Crips.

He states that he did not wish to star in comedy films in order to maintain his public image. He later only appeared in the low-budget movies “Reasons,” “Thicker Than Water” and “Who Made the Potato Salad?” as well as providing the voice for Lance ‘Ryder’ Wilson in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.[3]

He put out Last Man Standing, the first album accredited only to MC Eiht, then broke from the label for Big Beat/Atlantic. Eiht never ended up putting out an album on the label, instead eventually signing to and releasing the album Section 8 on Priority in 1999.[4] Eiht would hop between record labels and one-off releases in the next years, moving between independent labels Half-Ounce, D3 Entertainment, and Lookin’ Up Entertainment from 2001 to 2003. He would put out records with Spice 1 and Brotha Lynch Hung in 2004 and 2006 on Real Talk Ent., releasing another solo album between them on West Inc./Native Records. His inability to settle at a label contributed to his joining The Warzone, a trio put together by Snoop Dogg and consisting of Goldie Loc, Kam and MC Eiht himself. In 2006, Eiht and the group appeared on the single “Candy (Drippin’ Like Water)” on Snoop Dogg’s album Tha Blue Carpet Treatment. In 2010, Eiht appears on the remix to Dam Funk’s “hood Pass Intact”.[5] MC Eiht also appeared with Young Maylay in Blaq Poet’s new street single, Ain’t Nuttin’ Changed (Remix).

In June 2011, MC Eiht released his single “Fine By Me” accompanied by a music video directed by Director Hugo V. under his new label Year Round/Blue Stamp Records. Year Round Records is owned by New York based hip hop artist DJ Premier.

In October 2012, MC Eiht was featured on the song “m.A.A.d. city” by Kendrick Lamar off his major label debut Good Kid, M.A.A.D City. In 2013 he plans to release a collaboration album with DJ Premier.[6] Eiht released the “Keep It Hood” EP through BLUESTAMP Music Group on January 4, 2013.[7] The album features cuts from DJ Premier and production from Brenk Sinatra.[8]

Discography

Main article: MC Eiht discography
Solo albums

1997: Last Man Standing

1999: Section 8

2000: N’ My Neighborhood

2001: Tha8t’z Gangsta

2002: Underground Hero

2003: Hood Arrest

2004: Smoke in tha City

2004: Veterans Day

2006: Affiliated

2007: Representin’

2013: Which Way Iz West[9]
Extended plays

2013: Keep It Hood

Collaboration albums
With Compton’s Most Wanted

1990: It’s a Compton Thang

1991: Straight Checkn ‘Em

1992: Music to Driveby

1994: We Come Strapped

1996: Death Threatz

2000: Represent

2006: Music to Gang Bang

2006: Compton’s O.G.

Other collaborations

2004: The Pioneers (with Spice 1)

2006: The New Season (with Brotha Lynch Hung)

2006: Keep It Gangsta (with Spice 1)

Guest appearances
YearSongArtist(s)Album

2012

“Murder One”
(featuring BG Knocc Out & MC Eiht)C-BoOrca

“m.A.A.d city”
(featuring MC Eiht)Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city

Red Everything Movement

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