Big Mike – Somethin’ Serious (1994)

After his flawless contribution on the Geto Boys 1993 classic, Till Death Do Us Part, (arguably outshining Scarface in the process), Big Mike went out on his first solo project – Somethin’ Serious.


A New Orleans native, but Texas bred, Big Mike has one of the most appealing flows I’ve ever heard. He gets flossy on “Havin Thangs” with the late great Pimp C lending one of his most memorable hooks. Gets his ride on in the bouncy “Creepin-Rollin”. Discusses love and hood romance on “Ghetto Love”. Deals with absent fathers on “Daddy’s Gone” with Mr. Scarface, and gets his thug on in “Smoke Em and Choke Em”.

Somethin Serious, also boasts some “serious” beat-smiths, with John Bido, Mike Banks, N.O. Joe, Pee Wee, Simon Cullins, all contributing some of that southern fried funk. Mike even tries his hand at beat making, producing five of the albums cuts himself. All in all, it has classic potential. If you like this one, you need to check out his 1997 follow up album “Still Serious,”. The production on that joint is a little bit better in my opinion. Somethin’ Serious is still a definite must have for your collection, especially for heads on the 3rd and West Coast.

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