These guys that came out of Tacoma, Washington back in the very late 80's under the name Americas Most Wanted. They changed their name to Criminal Nation after hearing about another crew from Oakland with the name A.M.W. (Americas Most Wanted) half way through recording their can't be fucked with Nastymix album 'Release The Pressure' from 1990. Although the cover appears that Criminal Nation are a massive crew they are actually just a two man crew, the emcee, MC Deff and DJ E (Eugenius who also produces their shit) although they are in a posse called D.C.P. (Def City Posse) with rappers like D-Rob, Clee Bone and D-Wiz amongst others.
In '92 Criminal Nation came back to release their second album, 'Trouble In The Hood' also on Nastmix which isn't a shadow of their debut. MC Deff went to Canada for a while but got caught up in some drama that saw him escape from the border and return to the states to release three albums under the name 'Wojack' but unfortunately nothing compares to the 'Release The Pressure' days. In 2000 the members of the D.C.P. took the name 'Criminal Nation' to release an album called 'Ressurection' but without MC Deff something doesn't seem quite right with it. Although all those D.C.P. rappers have got skills too.
As I mentioned on the Sir Mix-A-Lot Vinyl Rips post, Nastymix were always known for their unreleased tracks on twelves or a remix that actually sounds different from the album version. These are all dope quality tracks.
Criminal Nation MP3's:
(Unreleased Album Tracks)
Niggaz From The Ghetto ft The D.C.P.
Release The Pressure Remix