Prior to Time Waits For No Man, Rasco was already buzzing on the strength of his now underground classic “Unassisted.” Babu had used the single as the jumpoff for the World Famous Beat Junkies Volume One mixtape, and for over a year, that’s all people had to go off.Â When the album finally dropped in July of 1998, the anticipation turned to celebration as Rasco did exactly what “Unassisted” hinted he could do: make a banging Rap record with substance.
Aside from a couple break records, Time Waits For No Man was the first album released by Stones Throw, which in itself makes it one for the history books. With Peanut Butter Wolf’s overseeing (and production on four songs), Rasco enlisted a potent team of producers including Paul Nice, Evidence, Kut Masta Kurt, Fanatik, DJ Design and Joey Chavez. Sonically, the sample based album was a Hip-Hop heads dream; chock full of fresh chops and loops, crushing horn stabs, clean bass and even a couple of those Pete Rock-esque interludes. Not to take anything from Rasco, as he definitely did his damage, but the variety and quality of the production was impossible to ignore.
On the lyrics, Rasco was a pure spitter. Blessed with a powerful and clear voice, he commanded attention and respect.Â Whether it was more playful tracks like “Bits And Pieces or “Heat Seaking” or hardcore joints like “Me And My Crew,” “View To Kill” and “What It’s All About.” Guest spots by Dilated Peoples, Defari and Encore sounded natural, and on “Take It Back Home” we hear the introduction of Planet Asia who would later link with Rasco to form the Cali Agents.
Front to back Time Waits For No Man was able to shine with a simple formula of dope beats and rhymes. It’s a formula that doesn’t quite cut it in today’s saturated market, but again most folks don’t take the time and energy to ensure that every aspect of their album is on point. A decade later, the album sounds just as good and holds it spot near the top of any stack of CD’s.