Da Brat - Anuthatantrum - Used LP
vinyl - NM (opened in 2019,
sleeve: VG (corner wear; shrink intact with hype sticker calling out hits)
Original 1996 issue.
Steve Huey: this time around, her rhymes are much more her own, without all the old-school quotes and obvious Snoop Dogg bites that sometimes pulled the focus away from her strengths on Funkdafied. Similarly, Jermaine Dupri's production is less indebted to Dr. Dre's G-funk sound, instead following the early-'80s urban funk direction he also hinted at on the debut. The two excellent singles, "Sittin' on Top of the World" and "Ghetto Love," sample Rick James and El Debarge, respectively, and there are some more laid-back moments with live keyboards and acoustic guitar work. (The "Stayin' Alive" cop on "Keepin' It Live" is far less inspired, however.) Of course, there's another ode to marijuana on "Let's All Get High," which features special guest Krayzie Bone; there are also a few songs where da Brat prides herself on being more spoiled than ever, thanks to her success. It's another brief album, but Anuthatantrum does show da Brat making subtle progress, and Dupri's production is inviting once again.