First Star – My Grip Is Like A Cobra


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Track Listing:
1. Explode - 4:24   2. All I Want To Do - 3:17   3. Ladies Night Out - 2:57   4. Diss Is For The Suckas (Radio Version) - 3:22   5. The Duce - 4:09   6. My Grip Is Like A Cobra - 4:03   7. Stop Jockin - 4:15   8. It's On You - 4:01   9. Diss Is For The Suckas (Underground) - 3:03   10. Why You Talk About Me - 4:12   11. Calling Shouts - 1:55


1. AllMusic - Alex Henderson
First Star came out of the Midwest, but My Grip Is Like a Cobra sounds like it could have been recorded by a New York rapper. Like many of the MCs who were coming out of New York in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the little-known female rapper is concerned with technique above all else. Rejecting the gangsta rhymes of the West Coast and the hyper, high-speed bass music of Florida and Georgia, Star makes it abundantly clear that she has plenty of technique. But technique isn't enough to make this an interesting album; in fact, hearing her do nothing but boast about her rhyming skills and attack other MCs wears thin in a hurry. Star lacks originality, and the same goes for the production of Sweeinlo and Keith Roberts, who use soul samples in a pedestrian, unimaginative way. This routine album didn't do very much commercially, and First Star continued in obscurity.