The Artist Pays the Price - 8Ball, Arrington, Steve
Get Money - 8Ball, Jones, T.
Ghetto Luv - 8Ball, Hickman, T.
All on Me - 8Ball, Jones, T.
Lost - 8Ball, Goodwin, Mike
Track Listings (12) - Disc #2
360? - 8Ball, Banks, Ant
Let's Ride - 8Ball, Goodwin, M.
Time - 8Ball, Jones, T.
Coffee Shoppe - 8Ball, Jones, T.
Pure Uncut - 8Ball, Jones, T.
Down and Out - 8Ball, Esch, En
Put Your Hands Up - 8Ball, Goodwin, M.
Ball and Bun - 8Ball, Bun B
I Don't Wanna Die - 8Ball, Jones, T.
My First Love - 8Ball, Jones, T.
Gett Bucked - 8Ball, Jones, T.
This Is Dedicated - 8Ball, Johnson, N.
Track Listings (12) - Disc #3
Ill Hill Niggas [*] - 8Ball, Allen, Randy
Been Done Some Shit [*] - 8Ball, Jones, T.
How We Roll [*] - 8Ball, Franklin, Rodney
Scummie [*] - 8Ball, Johnson, C.
What You Weigh Me [*] - 8Ball, Goodwin, M.
Many Know [*] - 8Ball, Brown, H.
Incarcerated Minds [*] - 8Ball, Goodwin, M.
Class in Session [*] - 8Ball, Jones, T.
Baby Baby [*] - 8Ball, Astwood, Kaseim
The Moocher [*] - 8Ball, B-Flat
All the Way [*] - 8Ball, Ellis, Rodney
Can't Stop [*] - 8Ball, Goodwin, M.
With partner MJG, Houston-based rapper Eightball has long enjoyed modest success with a Southern grassroots hip-hop style. The release of his first solo album, Lost--a grand coming-out party featuring big-name guests, spra... more »wled over three CDs--finds him on the verge of becoming a rap megastar. But, as is the case with many multidisc studio releases, more music does not necessarily make a better record. A canny editor could've made Lost a solid single CD, though Eightball--an average rhymer upstaged by guests like Goodie Mob and Busta Rhymes--might've been cut entirely in the process. As is, two discs give Eightball time to cover all the usual (and, frankly, mostly tired) street topics, as well as offer bits of social commentary and spirituality and still leave time for a whole bonus CD featuring tracks by friends and labelmates. --Roni Sarig« less
With partner MJG, Houston-based rapper Eightball has long enjoyed modest success with a Southern grassroots hip-hop style. The release of his first solo album, Lost--a grand coming-out party featuring big-name guests, sprawled over three CDs--finds him on the verge of becoming a rap megastar. But, as is the case with many multidisc studio releases, more music does not necessarily make a better record. A canny editor could've made Lost a solid single CD, though Eightball--an average rhymer upstaged by guests like Goodie Mob and Busta Rhymes--might've been cut entirely in the process. As is, two discs give Eightball time to cover all the usual (and, frankly, mostly tired) street topics, as well as offer bits of social commentary and spirituality and still leave time for a whole bonus CD featuring tracks by friends and labelmates. --Roni Sarig
"Lost is another landmark album that Eightball has dropped. With his southern drawl, perfect lyrics, and graphic storytelling, this album is definitely a classic. Eightball has been putting it town for years with his equally talented partner MJG. To Amazon.com, for your statement about Eightball being upstaged by his featured guests, I definitely think you should listen again. And another thing, Eightball's rhyming skills are anything but average. Eightball has enjoyed praise by critics like The Source Magazine who have featured his lyrics as one of their famed hip hop quotables. He's simply the best."
"I bought this album edited by accident. I hate edited music. That just goes to show how good this album is. Eightball has got to be the best story teller I've ever heard and he's a lot like Scarface. He's one of those really tight Southern rappers who hasn't gone really big, but is putting out album after album of great music. Track 3 on the 2nd disc is about 8ball and his friends when he was growing up and how things are now. You've got to hear it. This album is 2 discs of premium rap music from a REAL rapper who doesn't base his image on radio play and platinum necklaces."
"BALL" hits us off another classic
thegreatgrizant | 05/06/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"FatMack,Ball what ever you won't to call him,I call him the "GREATEST". Even without his boy in his corner,this heavyweight champ of the rap game, hits us with a 5 star classic.With a vocabulary deep as gumbo,he's got to be da rawest m.c. out to date.If you don't agree,just peep da album!"
Suave House Can't Lose; Eightball Strikes Hard Here
G-Funk 4ever | Listenin' to the Delfonics | 12/16/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Eightball finally releases a solo debut in 1998 with Lost. Suave Records released classic after classic in the 1990's, and even though this 2 disc set does have some filler (esp. in the second disc), there are so many dope joints still warranting a 5 star review. The production is hella phat with that smooth suave flava. What else you expect with a Suave record? Ball holds his own on the mic and his southern drawl and dope flow complement the beats well. There is a 3rd bonus disc with some Suave affiliated acts and underground homies, but I rarely listen to it, but it is o.k. As for the album, "My Homeboy's Girlfriend" is a dope story where his homie's girlfriend hits on him and they do it. He contemplates what's gonna go down if homey finds out. He tells a good story here. The beat is jazzy and sweet. "Stompin' And Pimpin'" is a sick space-boogie inflected G-Funk banger and MJG and Ball flex they mackin.' "Put Tha House" has a smooth overture too, with a Spanish guitar and a semi boom-bap like beat. He lets it be known that he can't be messed with with some harsh flows. Ball gets deep on joints like "If I Die" with a beautiful, if gloomy, keyboard ridden G-Funk beat. He wants the relentless hood cycle and mentality to stop. "Get Money" has an upbeat vibe to it and more of a mainstream feel with Busta Rhymes stoppin by and kickin some flows with 8Ball. I do not know if they work too well together, but the beat is cool. As for disc 2, there is more filler like the cool reggae vibin', but lyrically unneccesary "My First Love." Then he returns with a gangsta banger, "Get Bucked," with a classic, space boogie beat. "360" is a sick west-south collabo with E-40, Rappin' 4-Tay, Spice 1 and RnB hooksters Otis and Shug (I love those type of collabos), and the beat is produced by the legendary bay beatsmith, Ant Banks. The beat is vintage bay area, and all spit serious game. "Ball and Bun" is a sick rock n roll inflected banger with 8Ball and Bun B of U.G.K. kickin some mobbin street flava. "Coffee Shoppe" features Redman, who I am also a fan of. The simplistic beat is not my favorite, but both really spit hard here. A cool party joint with a nice lowrider G-Funk beat is "Put Your Hands Up" with homie MJG. "This Is Dedicated" is so smooth the disc may slip out the player. Phoenix Johnson gives some silky, sexy hook vocals, and Ball gets deep on the mic again droppin' philosophy. All in all, with a few fillers, this album is an essential for any hip-hop, rap head. The production is second to none, and 8Ball keeps droppin' sick rhymes. This rivals many of 8ball and MJG's duo classics too."
Ice Cream Man | DC | 11/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ball does an excellent job of carrying an album on his own. I've been a big fan of him and G for years, and was suprised to hear how well Ball can hold it on his own. All the Suave fans will love this....a def. must have. Check it Out!!! PEACE"