At the time of his death, Eazy-E
was completing a comeback album that was intended to restore his street credibility, which had taken a savage beating in the early '90s. Str8 Off tha Streetz of Muthaphu**in Compton
, the album he left unfinished, does show more ambition than his previous It's On
. Collaborating with his former N.W.A
partners MC Ren
sounds revitalized, but the music treads over familiar gangsta territory. Although the majority of Str8 Off tha Streetz
is by the book, occasional tracks like the surrealistic "Tha Mutha******in Real" and the menacing "Ole School ***t" illustrate Eazy-E
's greater potential.