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Listening to 1100 Himself and Mitchell’s trilogy is like being dropped into the climax of an action movie. On “The Set Up (Pt. 1),” the Oakland duo are followed by undercovers while on a chill cruise through their city. Once things get violent, 1100 Himself’s past flashes before his eyes as he realizes he might not make it: “Big bro passed me the AR and said, ‘It’s time to shoot’/I hear my uncle voice up in my head saying ‘You should’ve hooped.’” But they find a way.
Well, that’s until “Plot Twist (Pt. 2),” where 1100 wakes up to missed calls and anxious texts from Mitchell who has gone full Tupac in Juice. Mitchell is out looking for an easy score and 1100 rushes out the house to stop him, but 1100 gets sidetracked by a girl who compliments his Vlone t-shirt and doesn’t reach Mitchell in time. The fallout to Mitchell’s actions are disastrous on “Civil War (Pt. 3).” In a shocking twist (and possible plot hole) we learn that an unaware Mitchell took out 1100’s friend, and a war between the former twosome begins. “One decision is all it took to get this shit crackin,” regretfully raps Mitchell on the opening line as he rides through the Bay Area in a car with tinted windows, trying to track down a revenge-seeking 1100. But they don’t catch each other, and the song ends on a cliffhanger that teases a face off that may rival Nic Cage and John Travolta’s. Even if they don’t stick the landing in the inevitable fourth part, 1100 and Mitchell have cemented themselves as a pair of the West Coast’s best storytellers right now.