Arabian Prince also records as Professor X and has pulled shifts with Egyptian Lover, the World Class Wreckin’ Cru and most notably, N.W.A. This material was mostly recorded pre-N.W.A. though, at a time when electro was flourishing, so the idea here is to get bodies on the dance floor as opposed to talking about piling them up in the streets.

Violence is the farthest thing from Arabian Prince’s (horny) mind on “It Ain’t Tough” and “Take You Home Girl.” The songs aren’t degrading to women; they’re just beat-crazy pick up lines set to Gary Numan-style synth tracks. Arabian Prince is without a doubt one of the most influential acts to emerge from the Compton scene, but on “Innovative Life” and “Innovator,” he’s bragging about his prowess in the bedroom as opposed to in the studio. The classic N.W.A.-era dance tracks “Panic Zone” and “Freak City” top off this nice blast from the past.

Grade: A

Innovative Life: The Anthology 1984-1989 is currently available.