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Crucial Conflict

Band, *1991 US, Chicago

Crucial Conflict is a Chicago hip hop group best known for its 1996 single "Hay" (from the album The Final Tic) and "Scummy" (from the album Good Side, Bad Side). Blending Cypress Hill's weed philosophy with a self-styled hopalong hip-hop sound based on the Old West, Chicago's Crucial Conflict hit the airwaves in 1996 with the marijuana ode "Hay." Members Wildstyle, Kilo, Coldhard, and Never grew up on Chicago's West Side and began rapping as a way to pass time on the mean streets. They frequently collaborate with fellow Chicago rappers Do or Die and Twista. With fast-paced raps, they were being compared with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, whom they later ended up feuding. When the hit "Hay" was released, it improved the sales of the band's album The Final Tic. Signed to the UNIV label in 1996, the foursome hit the R&B Top Five with the June release of The Final Tic, which went gold later that year. Good Side, Bad Side followed in 1998. After ten years of label conflicts and time spent collaborating on local projects, Crucial Conflict returned with Planet Crucon in 2008. New material failed to appear, but the group remained an active live act, including an appearance at the 2015 SXSW festival during Twista's Midwestern Artists Showcase.

Popular Tracks   
Hay on The Final Tic by Crucial Conflict
Ghetto Queen on Good Side Bad Side by Crucial Conflict
Ride The Rodeo on The Final Tic by Crucial Conflict
Scummy on Good Side Bad Side by Crucial Conflict
Desperado on The Final Tic by Crucial Conflict
Showdown on The Final Tic by Crucial Conflict
To The Left on The Final Tic by Crucial Conflict
Roll Somethin on Good Side Bad Side by Crucial Conflict
Life Ain't The Same on The Final Tic by Crucial Conflict
Trigger Happy on The Final Tic by Crucial Conflict

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Title Artist Year Type
Planet CruconCrucial Conflict2008Album
Ride Out, Dip Out & WanginCrucial Conflict2007Single
Grind OnB-Def Featuring Crucial Conflict1999Album
Good Side Bad SideCrucial Conflict1998Album
ScummyCrucial Conflict1998Album
HayCrucial Conflict1996Single
The Final TicCrucial Conflict1996Album
ShowdownCrucial Conflict1996Album
Ride The Rodeo/Lil AdviceCrucial Conflict1996Album
Crucial TimesCrucial Conflict1993Album
Ill-Legal-The Street Mix TapeCrucial ConflictAlbum
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