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Makkk Hussien Smashes Through With Supreme Gangstaz

Cover of Makkk Hussien's album Supreme Gangstaz featured a thugged out version of Thanos throwing up the W for West Coast.

Dope street hop has become a ghost of what it once was. The presence of notable artists of the genre in today’s spotlight of rap music is by and by pretty slim. Trap and Soundcloud rap, the illegitimate bastard sons of gangster music, have taken the reins much to the chagrin of the era’s champions and supporters. However, there are those who remain loyal to the sound, feeling like it speaks to the true code of the streets and Tacoma’s Makkk Hussien has become a consistent force in that movement in the NW.

His latest album Supreme Gangstaz offers a searing critique of modern allowances for snitches, internet tough guys, and all around ho shit. Makkk begins the record with “Takistan”, speaking on its intro a sarcastic welcome to what he views as the current state of affairs. It gives a good glimpse that pussyism is not going to be tolerated here. The production reflects that as well, offering what could be defined as one of the finest collections of block slumpers to be offered in sometime. With offerings from Phat Beatz, Sincere Noble, Zac Vaughn, SK, Stuey Newton, Braumah, and BoomBox Massacre, there is not one suffering beat on here. Each track fits Hussien’s quiet delivery like a custom holster, ensuring the weaponry is ready to fire when necessary.

Even though Makkk is acute at offering dialogue on hood charlatans and the state of the hood in our country, the album isn’t limited to those topics. “Cry Baby”, an ode to fallen loved ones including Makkk’s younger brother Malcolm, shows the toll a lifetime of losing those closest to you can leave. And “Death Row 1996”, which pairs Hussien with longtime partner CD the GD, is a nod to the era of the most esteemed gangster rap label in history. There are a handful of other guests as well: Awall, MSP Sonny, and Southpaw Lefty all drop heat on their respective tracks while the most poignant appearance is from fallen comrade Big Repo, of whom Hussien includes a standalone verse recorded years ago on “One Missed Call”.

The NW is fortunate to have a diverse sound and one really can get all their thirst quenched if they wanted a taste of each subgenre of rap in one region. In that regard, Makkk Hussien holds it down for street hop as much as any of the other stalwarts who fit in that category in the Top Left and Supreme Gangstaz is testimony on any opposing view on the subject. Check it out by hitting up your favorite streamer below.


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