Tha Alkaholiks Still Remember the Making of ‘Likwidation’
20 years later Tha Liks reflect on a low-key classic
Twenty years ago, the third album by the criminally slept on West Coast hip hop trio Tha Alkaholiks—comprised of DJ/producer E-Swift and MCs J-Ro and Tash aka Rico—was released on Loud Records. Introduced to the game by Compton rapper King Tee, who featured them on “Got It Bad Y’all,” a single from his 1993 release, Tha Triflin’ Album, Tha Liks became founding members of a West Coast hip hop collective known as the Likwit Crew, along with Xzibit and a handful of other super-lyrical MCs.
Likwidation features a wide array of guest appearances, ranging from East Coast all-stars Keith Murray and Ol’ Dirty Bastard (plus memorable skit appearances by Nas and LL Cool J) to Cali rappers (and Likwit Crew affiliates) King Tee, Xzibit and Phil da Agony, as well as the Oakland duo Whoridas and Lootpack, another Cali-based crew consisting of Madlib, Wildchild and DJ Romes. Although it spawned the group’s biggest hit, “Hip Hop Drunkies,” Likwidation would be Tha Liks’ last album before Tash went on a solo excursion, and the group did not reform until 2001’s X.O. Experience. MASS APPEAL linked up with the trio to remember the making of their 40 oz.-fueled masterpiece. As Tash put it, “All the songs on that album was dope to me.” And the stories about the making of the album are arguably even doper.