No one eats up the tale of the underdog like Hip-Hop does, and 1982’s “Make It Out Alive” is sure to strike that chord with 99% of the listeners out there. The record is also interesting because not only does it feature verses from three of the genre’s most intense lyricists in Crooked I, Freddie Gibbs, and Termanology, but that all of them faced intense odds respectively on their individual career come-ups. Each rapper is the clear embodiment of his words here and it makes for three unique perspectives on what’s become an otherwise common topic nowadays.
Also, Statik Selektah shouldn’t be forgotten because without a stage-setting beat none of these lyrics could have come together the way they did. And additional kudos to the West Coast assassin who goes by the name of Crooked I. There isn’t another rapper out there who can close the track out the way Crook did.
1982’s 2012 arrives May 22.