It's been a minute since a West Coast MC seriously hit the charts running. Knoc-Turn'Al is poised to change that with his Elektra debut, L.A.

It's been a minute since a West Coast MC seriously hit the charts running. Knoc-Turn'Al is poised to change that with his Elektra debut, L.A. Confidential Presents Knoc-Turn'Al. The Los Angeles native, who made a name for himself via soundtrack work with the likes of Dr. Dre and DJ Quik, turns up the heat on this funk-filled set. Knoc-Turn'Al opens with the MC's first Elektra single, "The Knoc." Produced by and featuring Dr. Dre, as well as Missy Elliott, this left coast banger is an underrated gem. On the guitar-driven "Str8 Westcoast (Remix)," Knoc-Turn'Al is joined by guests Warren G, Shade Sheist, Nate Dogg, and Xzibit. Knoc-Turn'Al also proves he can step up the pace on the Kanye West-produced "Muzik," which features a thrashing sample from Paul McCartney's "Old Sir, Siam" that works too well with Knoc-Turn'Al's aggressive lyrics.—RH

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