Editors’ Notes Following Esham’s concept album about death (Closed Casket), the rapper-producer regrouped and created Dead Flowerz, arguably the most straightforward album of his career. Most of the album forgoes the extravagant gruesomeness of Esham’s previous works, and instead presents a focused portrait of an inner-city hustler. The beats are some of the smoothest and smokiest of Esham’s career. “What,” “Kill or Be Killed,” “Any Style You Want” and “Trick Wi’ Me” are immaculately intoxicating, while “You Betta Ask Somebody” and “U Ain’t Fresh” are probably as close to old-school party jams as a horrorcore rapper like Esham will ever come. “Killagram,” “One Day” and “Charlie Manson” bring back some of the morbid psychosis of Esham’s earlier work, but for the most part, Dead Flowerz presents him as a stealthy ghetto denizen. Don’t be fooled into thinking that New York had the slickest street raps in 1996 — Dead Flowerz is every bit as essential as contemporaneous works by Mobb Deep and Wu-Tang.

SONG
Intro
1
0:10
 
What
2
2:34
 
You Betta Ask Somebody
3
3:22
 
Tony Montana
4
1:48
 
Kill or Be Killed
5
3:46
 
What Did I Do Wrong
6
3:35
 
Food Stamp
7
3:15
 
Any Style You Want
8
3:48
 
Killagram
9
3:18
 
One Day
10
4:28
 
Fried Chicken
11
2:31
 
Because
12
3:54
 
Black Orchid
13
4:38
 
Shot of Dat Ass
14
0:04
 
Trick Wi' Me
15
3:43
 
If I Can't Have You
16
2:30
 
Hold U Up
17
3:01
 
U Ain't Fresh
18
2:21
 
I Might Be Yo Daddy
19
0:09
 
Charlie Manson
20
2:40
 
Silicone
21
3:56
 
Wit Yo Punk Azz
22
2:04
 
Where All My Nigz At
23
2:50
 

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