by Alex Zelensky
With the release of Straight Outta Compton earlier this year and with the holidays fast approaching, there is no better time to listen to Eazy E’s 5150: Home 4 Tha Sick. The album was released on December 10, 1992 and was the first EP released by Edgar “Eazy-E” Wright after the break-up of N.W.A.
The album can be considered a holiday album mostly due to the presence of sleigh bells within all but two of the tracks on the album, and the last song on the album titled “Merry Muthaphuckkin’ Xmas.”
The album opens up with the track “Intro: New Year’s E-Vil” which features Eazy E speaking in an echoing, demonic voice: “You thought I couldn’t do it without ya right/ You stupid m*********er, but anyway, buddy, I’m back”. Since the album was released shortly after Dr Dre left the N.W.A, and Eazy may have been slightly bitter about how Dre left the group, it’s safe to say Eazy is mocking Dre in this track, and that he doesn’t need anyone else to make music.
The track “Only If You Want It” features Eazy describing himself and some of his experiences while growing up, including trying to sleep with his babysitter. He then goes on about how he did not make it with the higher-ups in the records industry, but that he still has what it takes to be a prominent rapper “Here’s a new track, for all the new jacks/ I’m kicking it the hardest, so gimme my shoes back”. The main theme of the song seems to be that if you want something, you have to work for it. A hook provided by Treach matches well with the rest of the song, and carries on the theme. The rhyming in this song is not as strong as in other tracks with “Now get up on it, on and on get on it/ And I will pump it, only if you want it” being one of the weaker rhymes, and it being repeated three times in the song.
The final track of the album, ” Merry Muthaphuckkin’ Xmas,” is the true highlight of the album. The song opens with two kids being read a Christmas story about the rapper, which then transitions into Eazy opening fire on carollers while shouting “Merry Christmas M**********r.” Afterwards, he raps about his lewd acts with a woman. The song continues with the other featured artists singing about their own sexual fantasies and drug use. Buckwheat provides an interesting anecdote about his disdain for Santa Claus: “I used to believe in Saint Dick when Elvis was alive/ But all the f****** bulls*** got played when I was five”.The song eventually degrades into fart noises while Eazy describes the gifts he received, which included guns, cocaine, and weed. The story ends with all parties involved being sent to prison and continuing their messed up lives. Overall, this is a very unique album which is difficult to compare to other Christmas classics. While it may not be perfectly appropriate to play during a family dinner this December, it is still worth a listen.