If U Stay Ready
Label: Island Records
Street Gospel is an overlooked West Coast classic due in large part to DJ's Quik's production. That's not to take anything away from Suga Free. Though he rarely ventures thematically outside of his pimp/ho comfort zone, he easily oscillates between double-time and regular tempos and has a high, rubbery voice that glides over Quik's airy West CoWhy ast G-Funk. Quik, as usual, is mesmerizing. On "You Bullsh*ttin'?," he employs a sitar a full five years before Dr. Dre popularized South Asian sounds for "Truth Hurts."