The Jacka Tear Gas
- Words: Eric K. Arnold
- Label: SMC
- XLR8R Rating: 8/10
Boasting enough 'hood credentials to make studio gangstas wear Depends, Jacka wields the Bay’s turf-rap torch stronger than anyone right now. Singles “Glamorous Lifestyles” and “All Over Me” are guilty pleasures for those of us who know better and soundtracks for those who don't. The big payoff isn't in Traxamillion's or Rob Lo’s slap-you-up tracks or collabos with Devin the Dude, Planet Asia, E-40, and Freeway, but in Jacka's inspired cadences and slightly slurred deliveries, which elevate his crime sagas to legendary status. It’s not bragging if you can back it up, and the Jacka delivers quite possibly the most bangin' street album of '09—so far.
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