Funk 4 Life
Label: Realside Records
Released on E-40's Sick Wid It label, Celly Cel's debut opens with one of the all-time mobb music classics, a hard-funkin' maelstrom of bass wallops and gat-clap threats. Unfortunately, Heat 4 Yo Azz doesn't advance beyond its impressive title track. Producer Studio Ton's whimsical funk worked wonders for E-40 (who appears on "How to Catch a B*tch" and "Retaliation"), but it's the wrong formula for Celly Cel's gangbanging rhymes. One exception is "What Am I Supposed to Do," where Mike Mosley and Sam Bostic (as Mob Boss Productions) help the Oaktown rapper break down the D-boy lifestyle.