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    Black Sunday
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (20 July, 1993)
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    If a case can be made for gangsta rap, Cypress Hill is the act to make it. The trio of L.A. Latinos has the commercial clout and its raps are mercifully free of the misogyny, homophobia, and anti-Asian, anti-Jewish racism that so often mars the genre. Member/producer D.J. Muggs creates an eerily lean soundscape of whining sirens, off-kilter funk rhythms, metallic percussion, nasal taunts, and gruff warnings that's the aural equivalent of today's nerve-rattling cop flicks and mob movies. --Geoffrey Himes ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Get out the bong. It's time to cheif up
    This was one of the first albums that got me into rap. It was about 4 years ago when I just started to smoke marijuana. This album is "the anthem" for stoners. The lyrics, mood, music and flow is completely stoned. If you love weed, and hearing lyrics about that love from others, you are missing out if you don't have this. Hell, you're missing out even if you don't smoke weed, because Cypress Hill's style is very original.

    "Let's smoke that bowl, hit the bong / And then take that finger off of that hole / Plug it, unplug it / Don't straaaain / I love you Mary Jane, She never complains, when I hit Mary / With that flame, I light up the cherry / She's so good to me, when I pack a fresh bowl I clean the screen / Don't get me stirred up the smoke, through the bub-bling water / Is Makin' it pure so I got ta', take my hit and hold it / Just like Chong, I hit the bowl and I reload it / Get my four-footer and bring it on... / As I take Hits from the bong"

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the all-time greats
    An immensely entertaining hip-hop classic.This CD is never out of my disc changer for very long, as it somehow never seems to get old.The rhymes are lively and studded with classic lines (a personal favorite: "My oven's on high when I roast a quail/Tell Bill Clinton to go and inhale"), and B-Real's delivery (indeed his voice) is unlike anything you've heard anywhere else.The backing tracks have an aged, worn, musty feel that somehow perfectly matches the album's cover art; where a lot of hip-hop recordings from the early 90s now seem overproduced and far too reliant on electronic sounds that have not aged well, "Black Sunday"'s emphasis on sparse textures and samples of old recordings keeps it sounding as fresh as the latest Roots album (and for many of the same reasons).Best of all, you get one great song after another: everyone remembers "Insane in the Brain," but this CD is loaded: "Ain't Going Out Like That," "When the S*** Goes Down," "Hand on the Glock," "Hits From the Bong"... there's scarcely a weak track on the entire album.It really is compulsive listening.

    Like all great art, though, "Black Sunday" leaves a few burning questions unanswered: with all that pot-smoking, shouldn't these guys be mellow instead of gun-crazed?And why does DJ Muggs sound so very much like Grandpa Simpson?

    3-0 out of 5 stars A decent sophomore effort (3.5 Stars)
    This is one of those reviews where I think, "Am I listening to the same album as everyone else?"Even 4 stars is a bit too generous.Don't get me wrong, Black Sunday can be a blast to listen to, but it has many flaws that make it far inferior to their classic self-titled debut.

    B-Real's high-pitched whine sounded fresh on their debut and it still has certain uniqueness on Black Sunday.However, lyrically he shows no growth at all.B-Real often strays back to the same subjects of weed and guns, and the lyrics aren't as clever as they were on the debut.

    Sen-Dog, on the other hand, isn't much of a rapper; he's more of a Latin version of Flava Flav.He kicks a few verses here and there, providing a ying to B-Real's yang in terms of voices and vocal dimension, but his main purpose seems to end up being to repeat what B-Real says in each hook in formulaic fashion.

    The best part about Black Sunday is most definitely the beats.DJ Muggs provides a great backdrop to B-Real's paranoid rhymes with horns, sirens and haunting basslines everywhere.The beats never get redundant, and it's hard to imagine Black Sunday sounding any different.Samples are used kind of sparingly compared to other rap from '93, but songs like "Hits From The Bong" contain some extremely clever dug-up samples, as opposed to easily-recognizable ones.

    The last real beefs I have with Black Sunday is that the two interludes in the middle of the album completely destroy what would otherwise be impeccable song pacing.Also, the album seems a bit rushed, like something's missing; perhaps a result of the formulaic hooks - I can't quite put my finger on it.

    Other than the flaws (most of them minor), Black Sunday is a blast to listen to.The songs range from classic (Insane In The Brain, Hits From The Bong, Cock The Hammer) to lukewarm (A To The K).Fans of the Hill should have this in their collection.New fans should cop the classic self-titled debut instead, no matter how tempted they are to buy this one because of Insane In The Brain.

    Best moments: Hits From The Bong (personal favourite), Insane In The Brain, Cock The Hammer, Lil' Putos, I Ain't Goin' Out Like That. ... Read more

    Asin: B00000295Y
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Rap    2. Hardcore Rap    3. Latin Rap    4. Pop    5. Rap    6. Rap & Hip-Hop    7. West Coast Rap   


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    Rastaman Vibration
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (12 June, 2001)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars we want more
    This cd was released in 1976, and was the first studio cd I heard by Bob Marley and the Wailers.Strangely enough, none of the tracks here appear on the greatest hits cd, Legend, although many are worthy.This cd has never left my 5 disc cd changer since I've owned it. This album also marks the first time Bob Marley and the Wailers made the charts in America. The band features 2 new guitarists (Donald Kinsey from Peter Tosh's Band, and Earl "Chinna" Smith a legendary Jamaican guitarist) and the guitar work is fantastic. This cd explores some new ground for reggae, and it is very good.From the opening notes of Positive Vibration, to the Speech by H.I.M transcribed to music in the song War, I was hooked as a Wailers addict for life. If you Want More Rastaman Vibrations, check outLive at the Roxy.Live the band gives off a huge vibe that is unmatched by anyone today and many of the songs on Live at the Roxy are Rastaman Vibration tracks.This cd is essential in any music collection.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Vibrations of Marley
    This 1973 set by the Wailers was their 3rd album, and contains a lot of strong material. The highlight has to be the ominous sounding `Crazy Baldheads', which Lennox Lewis used as his theme tune on his walk to the ring for many years. `Positive Vibration' and `Johnny Was' are also celebrated cuts, and all the material here is cool. This isn't the Wailers strongest album, but it's a good effort before they really hit their stride with `Exodus'.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fad music comes and goes, but great music lives forever...
    This is a timeless album. No other words to really describe it. Powerful lyrics, great instrumentals, soothing voice, positive vibes. A truly perfect album. I'm constantly juggling which one of Bob's albums ranks as my favorite, but right now, this one holds the number one spot with "Kaya" following second. I'm not exactly what you'd call a reggae fan, but Bob's music transcends the genre into something truly unique, which is why he has so many fans.

    Pick it up. If you're disappointed, there's no hope for you. ... Read more

    Asin: B00005KBA0
    Sales Rank: 8766
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Reggae   


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    Stand by Your Van
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (23 June, 1998)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars amazing....simply amazing
    i remember the 1st time i heard sublime...i was 10 and heard wrong way and loved it on MTV......but then i didnt listen to them again until my friend gave me the self titled CD for my birthday and i now have a bunch of their CD's and stuff......but this review is for Stand By Your Van....got this for christmas and it hasnt left my CD player in my car....its amazing.. my favorite songs are date rape (classic) and dont push...if you liked 40 oz. to freedom and the self titled its really good plus its got some songs from robbin the hood.......shows the emotion and just amazing music that Bradley, Bud, and Eric had created until May 1996, when Bradley died due to a drug overdose....now some people say o well he deserved to die for being a herion user....well bradley was different he was a family man who had gotten married just a few short weeks b4 that fateful day.....the sad thing was that he worked hard 2 get clean after being sent home from self titled CD recordings due to drug use......it was just that one time relapse that did him in and killed the leader of my favorite band of all time.......also i love the song pool shark...listen to the lyrics....he knew he was gonna lose the war...but now at the very least Bradley is out of the hell his drug use created and we fans are left with the music created by a musical god......

    RIP Bradley James Nowell 1968-1996 May your soul be saved now and forever.......

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great CD, Not Sublime's best
    I love Sublime and have for many years. They are by far my favorite and the best band ever. This is a very excellent CD that truely portrays Sublime's live essence. However the sound quality is poor and Bradley misses a few lines in songs such as Date Rape, and Caress Me Down. Personally I think thats makes it better, but non-sublime fans would disagree. Definitly a must have CD, but make sure you've listen to "40 oz to Freedom" or their self titled album first. Sublime kicks ass

    3-0 out of 5 stars I love Sublime too, but let's not go overboard here..
    Let me just say that I love Sublime more than just about anyone I know.They've been one of my favorite bands since i was in Jr. High and as I've grown up, their music touches me more and more.But seriously, "Stand By Your Van" is NOT as masterpiece.Yes, it does give a representation of Sublime in their raw, party band form, but the quality of the record doesn't not nearly do the justice of their studio albums.The sound quality isn't very good, and Bradley is obviously wasted throughout the whole record.This wouldn't be a bad thing if he didn't play sloppy and forget the words to certain songs (particularly 'Caress Me Down,' normally one of my favorite songs).

    If you have never heard Sublime before, this should definitely not be your first CD of theirs.Don't buy it until after you've heard 40 oz. to Freedom and their self-titled record.Sublime was not just a party band, they had soul and an uncanny ability to sing passionate songs about life's troubles while still giving a feeling of hope.This is not a bad album, but they deserve better.
    ... Read more

    Asin: B000007QFU
    Sales Rank: 6624
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Punk Revival    4. Rock    5. Ska-Punk    6. Third Wave Ska Revival   


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    Legend (New Packaging)
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (21 May, 2002)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Genius
    This is truly one of the greatest artists of all time. You could listen to this no mater what kind of mood your in. And if you start listening to it with a certain lady friend, then get up and start dancing alog to it with her! One of the most romantic things i ever i did!(skip over when it gets to "i shot the sherrif").
    Whats this about someone complaining that he took drugs?! well of curse he did you fools, he's a Rastapharian!!! its wo they do!!
    FAV SONG ON ALBUM= "could this be love" Download this, get it, isten to it, one of the best songs ever!
    Oh and the ratings given by the other reviewer are wrong, this song is without a doubt 11/10!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Essential Album For Begginers In Bob Marley and Reggae
    There is a reason why Bob Marley was ranked the 11th Greatest Artist Of All Time by Rolling Stone Magazine, and it's because of his icredible song writing ability. Bob Marley could write a song about living in a torn shack in Jamacia and when you heard it, you were in that torn shack while rain water seeps through the cracks in the roof and you are left standing there praying for a better life...even if you live in a mansion. That is the power and rawness of Bob's music and why he is revered and respected as the greatest reggae artist to ever live:
    1.Is This Love-10/10
    2.No Woman, No Cry[Live]-10/10
    3.Could You Be Loved-8/10
    4.Three Little Birds-9/10
    5.Buffalo Soldier-10/10(Honestly,How Could I Give It Less?)
    6.Get Up, Stand Up-10/10
    7.Stir It Up-10/10(I Love The Chorus)
    8.Easy Skanking-10/10
    9.One Love/People Get Ready-11/10(My Favorite Reggae Song Of All Time, Best Song Marley Ever Recorded)
    10.I Shot The Sheriff-10/10
    11.Waiting In Vain-10/10
    12.Redemption Song-10/10(The Most Underrated Marley Song, Classic)
    13.Satisfy My Soul-10/10
    14.Exodus-10/10
    15.Jamming-10/10(The Second Best Song)
    16.Punky Reggae Party-10/10

    5-0 out of 5 stars WOW
    If you only heard one bob marley song and liked it then you will love this cd. This is truly how he should be rememberd.

    I didn't like the song he did "who shot the sheriff"... the back ground singers messed it up but other then that song the album was perfect. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000669JL
    Sales Rank: 199
    Subjects:  1. Jamaica    2. Political Reggae    3. Pop    4. Reggae    5. Roots Reggae   


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    Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (08 May, 2001)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The best compilation for the Hendrix freak
    If you're reading this, no doubt you are looking for the best Hendrix album, whether to start out or "complete" your collection. I have seen several attempts to distill Jimi's musical legacy with varying degrees of success. This is the ONE, folks. Often with these compilations, something is ignored. Not this time. Hendrix's live work is featured quite well; The Star Spangled Banner was only the tip of the iceberg.
    The studio disc has the usual standards (of course). A real treat, though, was the last tracks. I am very picky about my Hendrix records,and I don't want to get the same thing over again. But finding "hey baby/land of the rising sun", was interesting- very interesting. As I had not known it even existed in such a complete form, I had to get it.And the alternate takes of "spanish castle magic" and "all along the watchtower" didn't hurt either.
    To sum up: new Hendrix fan: this is a good start. Old Hendrix fan: if you don't have this, what's taking you so long?
    Now, if they could re-release the movie "Jimi Hendrix"...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the first time Hendrix listener!
    This is a great set to buy if you are just getting started on Hendrix music for one simple reason... it has a little bit of everything you will encounter once you begin to buy more of Jimi's albums. This is an excellent set because not only does it include some immortal hits, but it also has alternative takes that surface in Hendrix' catalog more often than any other artist (probably because Jimi was always coming up with a better version). Another plus is that disc 2 is completly live. I am a big fan of live music, wether you're actually there or if it's recorded, and of all the live recordings I have heard Jimi always dominates the top ten. The quality of Jimi's preformances must explain the plethora of live albums Experience Hendrix has published. All in all this is a great collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The power of Hendrix Lives.
    This is the Best Album I have... I honestly mean that.

    With Music in here to fuel all sorts of emotions...
    And a Life Story booklet inside helps you feel what was behind the music.

    Created by the production company formed of Hendrix's own surviving relatives, this album is aimed at giving the Gift of Hendrix to people like myself who was too young to experience him 1st hand, and also to re-live the obvoius power Hendrix's work included.

    From Hey Joe to almost get you to tears, to Fire to get a good mood, to 3rd Stone From The Sun to expand your mind.

    I honestly can say this is the Best Album I own(I'm listening to it as I type this.)
    This Album, was created with so much care "took 5 years to make I belive" that it's almost like a gift from Hendrix himself. ... Read more

    Asin: B00005BJLP
    Sales Rank: 60430
    Subjects:  1. Acid Rock    2. Album Rock    3. Blues-Rock    4. Hard Rock    5. Pop    6. Psychedelic    7. Psychedelic Soul    8. Rock   


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    2Pac - Greatest Hits
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (24 November, 1998)
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    An indispensable and definitive collection showcasing the passionate genius of the late rapper. The album's nonchronological sequence highlights the contradictory impulses that made Tupac's music so commanding; the 21 well-loved "hits," some slightly reedited for legal reasons, are accompanied by four previously unheard songs. Of the new material, the raw-sounding "God Bless the Dead" has been the subject of the most speculation, owing to its subject matter: a eulogizing of the late Notorious B.I.G.--a mysterious feat, since Tupac was killed six months before Biggie. And, making its first proper appearance on a Tupac album, the B-side "Hit 'Em Up" stands as the most intense outburst of pure venomous rage ever captured on tape. Whether he's waxing political, philosophical, or just plain paranoid, Tupac's empathetic, charismatic style remains unmatched. --Charley Gothic ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Hot
    Anotha classic from Pac he wuz one of the greatest rappers (RIP PAC) anywho this album is fire u gotta get it

    Fav Tracks:

    Keep Ya Head Up
    2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted
    Hail Mary
    Me Against the World
    How Do U Want It
    Life Goes On
    Hit Em Up
    Brenda's Got a Baby
    I Get Around
    Changes
    California Love
    To Live & Die in L.A.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 1 of tha best cds of all time
    keep ya head up 5/5
    2 of amerikaz most wanted 5/5
    temptations 5/5
    God bless the dead 5/5
    hail Mary 5/5
    me against the world 4.5/5
    how do u want it 3/5 (yeah i know thats weird)
    so many tears 5/5
    unconditional love 5/5
    trapped 4.5/5
    life goes on 5/5
    hit em up 5/5 ( i like biggie but this track is great)

    troublesome965/5
    brendas got a baby 5/5
    i aint mad at cha 10/5 (one of the best songs ever)
    i get around 5/5
    changes 5/5
    california love 5/5
    picture me rollin 5/5
    how long will they mourn me 4/5
    toss it up 4/5
    dear mama 5/5
    all about u 5/5
    to live & die in l.a. 5/5
    heartz of men 5/5

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Greatest Hits Collection
    I just got one thing to say about this album "Changes". No matter who are where you come from the lyrics in that song will strike you with power. It doesnt matter if you are black or white. The difference between 2 pac and the new rappers you hear today is 2 pac had a soul and he didnt let his managers get in the way of it. So what if he is a gangster rapper you got to think of the times when 2 pac was alive. Through all of his cds you see the rose from the concrete grow thorugh the cracks and unleash a force to be reckoned with. RIP 2 Pac ... Read more

    Asin: B00000FCBH
    Subjects:  1. G-Funk    2. Gangsta Rap    3. Hardcore Rap    4. Pop    5. Rap & Hip-Hop    6. West Coast Rap   


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    Experience
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (20 October, 1992)
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    Before music journalists were throwing around terms like "drum & bass" or jungle, the Prodigy's Liam Howlett was creating high-energy dance music by marrying sampled, pitch-shifted beats to all manner of electronic timbres. This album has it all: complicated break beats, housey piano riffs, lush analog pads, frenetic and computeresque melodies, and subsonic bass. In fact, the mélange is so dense that the material demands full attention and repeated listenings to gain a complete understanding of the rhythmic interplay. --Michael A. Massa ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Dance Music CD - gets no better than this
    I have been an avid fan of dance music (read house, techno, drum and bass, jungle, breakbeat, trance, happy hardcore, etc) since I was 16.I remember listening to the radio one day, 12 years ago, when I heard a song that changed my life eversince.There was something magical about that song, something that was captivating and exhilarating at the same time.The song spoke to me, even if there were no real words in it.I got a blank tape, stuck it in the stereo and pushed "record".Mesmerized, I sat there listening to the song, watching the little wheels in the tape player spin the tape.My passion for dance music started then and it has never died eversince.That song was Prodigy's Charly.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Experience to Another Level
    Prodigy's first album was something new when it came out, Liam Howlett and the boys had made a rough high energy album with fast beats, cool samples and voice sounds mixed with beautiful melodies. The result was great, not only for dance fans but also commercially. For those that discovered Prodigy later on, this album is quite diffrent from the rest though. Most songs are more or less instrumental, the songs are rough and they have this house feeling all over them. Most remarkable is probably the choises of samples. On "Fire" they sampled Crazy World of Arthur Brown's classic "Fire", and on "Charly" they sampled a kid from a tv show. "Out Of Space" also had simular samples. "Ruff in the Jungle Bizness" showed their Jungle influnces and is diffrent from the rest. "Everybody's In the Place" is a bit simular to the later "No Good" and "Jericho" is a real energy song with awesome beats, made for the club's. other then that most songs are meliodic high energy songs you could dance to for long. A masterpiece on it's own right.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Balancing Artistic merit, With 90's Rave anthems....
    The first Prodigy album (Hardcore Enthusiasts considered it their best album), was an album that perfectly reflected the rave scene at that time (admittedly the album is hugely influenced by breakbeat techno), so the slightly happy-hardcore-esque "Your Love", the drum `n' bass remix of the "Charly" anthem, the ragga-dancehall sampling of "Out of Space" , or the flat out breakbeat of "Wind It Up", showed and beautifully illustrated what many of the more underground clubs when playing at that period. The prodigy (or more importantly, "Liam Howlett", who produced & arranged all the Prodigy tracks), show not only exemplary production skills, but a keen eye of current musical trends & the ability to seamlessly integrate obscure samples into a prominently dance oriented template with (predictably) remarkable results. ... Read more

    Asin: B000002HBA
    Subjects:  1. Club/Dance    2. Electronica    3. Hardcore Techno    4. Pop    5. Rave    6. Rock    7. Techno   


    The Chronic
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (22 May, 2001)
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    1989's Straight Outta Compton, by Dre's previous outfit N.W.A., may have shined the public spotlight on the genre, but The Chronic legitimized it. That is not to say that Snoop Doggy Dogg (The Chronic marks his debut) and Dre's raps are for everyone; the subject matter is the sex, drugs, violence, and politics of South Central Los Angeles, and the phrasing is explicit, to say the least. But The Chronic's real genius is the music. By breeding hip-hop, jazz (studio instrumentation includes saxophones and flutes), funk, and soul (sampled artists include Parliament, Donny Hathaway, and Isaac Hayes), Dre creates downright intoxicating grooves. If you can't feel The Chronic pulsating through your veins, maybe your heart's not pumping. --Bill Crandall ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Album Eva Made
    Dr.dres 1st album is crazzyy nothin can beat this album practiclly every song on here is hott nuff said

    Review:

    The Chronic - N/A
    F*** Wit Dre Day - 10/10
    Let Me Ride - 10/10
    The Day The N****z Took Over - 10/10
    Nuthin But A G Thang - 10/10
    Deeez Nuuts - 10/10
    Lil Ghetto Boy - 8/10
    A N**** Witta Gun - 9/10
    Rat Tat Tat Tat - 10/10
    The $20 Sack Pyramid - N/A
    Lyrical Gangabng - 10/10
    High Powered - N/A
    The Doctors Office - N/A
    Stranded In Death Row - 9/10
    The Roach - 9/10
    B****es Aint S*** - 10/10

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Rap Album
    I'm from the east coast but I think this album is one of the top 3 albums of all time.Wit Dre Day is a classic dis record and Ain't Nuthin But A G Thang will have you rocking in your car all day.This is album is the definition of a perfect album.Wit Dre doing all the beats.Having all of Death Row rhymin on here.And Interludes that make you laugh this album is the complete package.You cant say that you're a hip hop fan without this album.If you don't have this album you're a wannabe hip hopper.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must
    We don't realize that the events that happen in the present are history.

    This album is classic, historical and one of the greatest hip hop/ rap albums ever. This was in the early 90s when if you really think about it, rap was still new. It was in its prime. We had Dr. Dre and Snoop running the industry. This is when west coast music was felt all over the U.S.

    This was before all that so-called "east-west coast beef". This is another historical hip hop album. This album laid the ground work. Classic album. Must have for collectors. ... Read more

    Asin: B00005AQEQ
    Subjects:  1. G-Funk    2. Gangsta Rap    3. Jazz    4. Pop    5. Rap    6. Rap & Hip-Hop    7. United States of America    8. West Coast Rap   


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    Legalize It
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (06 July, 1999)
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    Each of the dreadlocked prophets who made up reggae's "holy trinity"--Bob Marley, Bunny Livingston, and Peter Tosh--sang for "equal rights and justice." But Tosh, the trio's take-no-prisoners militant, came on the hardest. His voice held the threat of danger, turning sufferahs' dreams and Rastafarian complaints into urgent demands. All the tracks in this remastered 1976 set--Tosh's first for an American major and his first collaboration with drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare (who went on to become reggae's legendary "riddim twins")--instantly became anthems, not just in reggae, but within the international pop lexicon. Some vintage roots reggae may strike contemporary listeners as peace and love cliché, even naive. Not Tosh. Against the background of today's turbulent social climate, Legalize It still sends chills up the spine with the sheer spectacle of a great reggae warrior's refusal to bow. --Elena Oumano ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Wolde Semayat - Son of Thunder
    Peter Tosh's first solo album proved beyond doubt that this artist's talent and vision was far reaching enough to break through the small confines of his little Jamaican island to reverberate across the music world enjoying great critical acclaim being even more popular today than when it was first released.

    As one of the original founders of the legendary Wailers, Peter Tosh always felt stifled musically and after Island Records decided to rename the group "Bob Marley & the Wailers" for international appeal it was more than the angry rebel's pride could take.Tosh stayed with the group for their first two albums, contributing much to their initial success with gems like "400 Years," "Stop That Train" and the mighty "Get Up, Stand Up."Not to mention his incredible ability with the guitar, giving the band its original edge.His amazing compositions for songs like "Concrete Jungle," and "Stir It Up" are irreplaceable.

    Becoming more disgruntled with all the attention Bob Marley was getting, Tosh finally left the band along with Bunny Livingston to pursue his own solo career.If their were any skeptics as to whether Peter Tosh could make it as an international star without Bob Marley, they were shamelessly silenced in 1976 as "Legalize It" showed that Tosh was more than capable of holding his own.Of course, that's an understatement.The truth is, "Legalize It" has become one of the most colossal Reggae albums of all time!

    A photograph of the 6'3" Reggae singer curled up in a field of ganja (perhaps his own), smoking the sacramental herb of the Rastafarian religion in his pipe adorns the cover sleeve.His premature "dreadlocks" crown the head throwing shadows over his eyes; the cover of this album is worth the entire CD!Theyellow border saying "collector's choice" that used to outline the cover has been dropped for the CD's reissue making the picture larger.

    The songs included in the set are remakes of the artist's most popular singles during the early 70's trying to develop his own solo career while working with the Wailers at the same time.The psychedelic title track opens the album followed by the stunning "Burial.""...you want I comma comma funeral, yet no one bury I..." he sings (Rastas don't believe in attending funerals)."Why Must I Cry" is one of the few love songs Peter Tosh has and "Igziabeher" is an absolute masterpiece.Also check out the countryfied "Till Your Well Runs Dry."

    A couple songs are a bit naive (almost like children's songs) but overall a classic album.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Legendary Debut
    Peter Tosh's "Legalize It" shook the musical world with its fiery messages and its bold honesty in the ideal to legalize marijuana.Never before had an album been so outright in its message."Legalize It" was an instant success with songs like its title track alongside the somber, dark remake numbers like "Burial," and "No Sympathy" (both originally done with the Wailers in the 1960's).Peter Tosh had now become Bob Marley's rival, and although he remains underappreciated, "Legalize It" shows Peter Tosh's legendary work and his promise to come.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exelent album
    The best album of Peter Tosh,and my personal all-time best reggae album.Incredible songs like No Sympathy,Burial,Why Must I Cry...incredible meaning lyrics and phenomenol music and sound efects.It really is a 5 stars album. ... Read more

    Asin: B00000JH21
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Reggae   


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    Digital Bullet
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (28 August, 2001)
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    Wu-TangClan mastermind RZA's sophomore solo project comes with KobeBryant-high expectations. Unfortunately, there's much here to suggestthat the RZA's beat-making skills need to be RZA-rected. The largelysample-based vocal loops employed on "Can't Loose" and spontaneoustempo changes on "Brooklyn Babies" hint at the full brilliance onceillustrated by one of hip-hop's most avant-garde producers. Similarly,"Must Be Bobby" boasts some of the off-kilter keyboard sounds that havebecome a trademark of his productions. However, long gone are theexperimental beats and rhymes first heard on Enter the Wu-Tang (36Chambers). Instead, one is left with confusing tracks in whichbarely decipherable rapid-fire rhymes about bedding women and shootingguns are strung together. "Black Widow Pt.2" is another one of thosemediocre and offensive songs where lyrical loose cannon Ol' Dirty Bastardutters juvenile profanities. While "Show You Love" is a timely ode tothe full range of Wu diehards, Bobby Digital's sexcapade rhymes squareoff one too many times against his 5%-Nation-of-Islam musings. Doesn'tone style completely undermine the other? Well, "Build Strong" kind ofsums up why RZA's once-dominant career is spiraling downwards when heraps that he's "physically enslaved by the luxuries of this world / SoI behave like a man inside the grave, who's life is lost." --DaltonHiggins ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars 2nd Solo may be his best of his first 3 album
    RZA is back as Bobby Digital almost 3 years since he dropped his debut (unfortuneately this is the case with most Wu albums).It may be his best solo to date (close call with his "Birth of a Prince".It has 20 songs and a bunch of guests (like all his albums do).RZA produced 18 of the 20 songs, the other 2 were by Tony Touch and True Master, and they all do a rather good job.He has a few differnt sounding songs like on his 3rd album, but they show how versatile he is.It has 1 classic, 2 near classics, 8 good songs, 4 or 5 ok songs, and 4 or 5 that I skip.It could hav ebeen a 14 or 15 song great album but it's still worth your money and all RZA and Wu-Tang fans should have a copy of this album.

    #1 - 9.5 (good beat -- sounds like Ghost's "We MAde It' off his Sepreme Clientele album.
    #2 - 7 (f/ killarmy -- repetitive beat)
    #3 - 8 (f/ method man, masta killa, killah priest)
    #4 - 9.5 (great song)
    #5 -10 (CLASSIC -- f/ masta killa -- about growing up in Brooklyn)
    #6 - 3 (f/ big gipp of Goodie MObb -- horrible remake of "Domestic Violence" off his debut solo album)
    #7 - 8.5 (f/ gza & prodigal son)
    #8 - 8 (f/ killa sin & solomon childs)
    #9 - 7.5 (f/ method man, killa sin, killarmy)
    #10 - 5 (f/ Ol' Dirty Bastard {R.I.P.})
    #11 - 8 (f/ intrigue)
    #12 - 8.5 (f/ jamie sommers -- good beat)
    #13 - 6.5 (f/ killarmy & Mad Cez)
    #14 - 7.5 (f/ black knights)
    #15 - 8
    #16 - 5 (f/ junior reid)
    #17 - 6 (f/ tekitha)
    #18 - 8
    #19 - 6.5 (slower relaxing beat)
    #20 - 8 (f/ doc Sill & ??? -- has a french verse in the beginning)

    Robert Diggs -- b. around 1968 -- b. Brooklyn, NY moved toStaten island, NY

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Death Of Bobby
    RZA returns as Bobby Digital again. At this point, n*ggaz was like " When the F*ck is he ganna release THE CURE under his RZA alias"? Well, they had to wait (still waiting). Bobby srarts strong with a nice song called "Show U Love" with a beat that sounds pretty similar to Ghostface Killah's "We Made It" from Supreme Clientele. "Can't Loose" has a repetetive but effective sample as Bobby and sidekick Kinetic (aka Baretta 9 of KillArmy) tear up the track. Next up, "Glocko Pop" featuring Method Man (who rips it on this one), Masta Killa and StreetLife. The beat sounds a bit west-coastish. The next track is one of the best, "It Must Be Bobby" is a song that u will repeat over and over. The CD booklet mistakingly credited RZA as the producer but it was produced by Mathematics. "Brooklyn Babies" is pure fire. I wasn't too happy about "Domestic Violence part 2" featuring Big Gipp of The Goodie Mob, produced by Tony Touch. The original is better. The next to tracks, "Do U" featuring GZA (who delivers a crazy verse) and Prodical Sunn, and "Fools" featuring Killa Sin (my n*gga) and Solomon Child, are crazy songs. The first single, "La Rhumba" featuring Method Man, Killa Sin, and Baretta 9, produced by Tru Master is a good song with a spanish beat. "Black Widow part 2" features the always hilarious Ol' Dirty Bastard with some of the funniest lyrics ever. The next four songs ("Shady" featuring Baretta 9 and Intrigue, "Break Bread" featuring Jamie Sommers, "Bong Bong" featuring Baretta 9 and Mad Cez, and "Throw Your Flag Up" featuring Black Knights) are good songs. Towards the end of the album though, Bobby starts to go through a little transformation because he sounds more like RZA than Bobby. "Be A Man", "Righteous Way" featuring the legendary Junior Reid, "Build Strong" featuring Tekitha (a touching song in which he touches on the subject about his mother's death earlier in 2000 and how he's trying to cope with it), and "Sickness" are all nice songs where RZA (appearently not Bobby) drops many jewels. There are two bonus tracks: "Odessey" featuring Isaac Hayes and "Cousins" featuring european Wu-Tang affiliate CilvaRingz (who is signed to Wu International). All in all, it's a good album. Not better than the first Bobby Digital project, but not worse either. If this album was any indication (Specially towards the end) the next album would probably be a RZA album. But would he finally release THE CURE? Don't hold your breath.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good but not his full potential
    This is an good CD that had me very dissappointed.I always viewed RZA as the best Clan member but this is well short of his full potential.

    Track1-9/10Good beat and good lyrics
    Track2-7.5/10Short but good while it lasted
    Track3-9.5/10Woulda been a 10 if there was no Streetlife, but Method Man and Masta Killa tear it up and it has a nice hook
    Track4-8.5/10Another solid song by RZA
    Track5-8/10An original beat and good lyrics
    Track6-4.5/10This song is just garbage and Big Gipp is garbage.Dirty South is garbage.
    Track7-10/10Great beat with great appearances by Prodical and GZA
    Track8-8.5/10Good beat and good lyrics by Killa Sin and RZA
    Track9-8/10A good commercial type song with a good beat
    Track10-8/10Good ODB song with good beat
    Track11-5/10Average beat but the song is garbage
    Track12-8.5/10Serious beat and Jamie Sommers does good but RZA does garbage
    Track13-4/10The worst song on here
    Track14-6.5/10Weak beat and Black Knights are garbage but RZA has serious lyrics
    Track15-5.5/10Weak beat but RZA does alright lyrically
    Track16-8.5/10Solid song, but not as good as One Blood Under W
    Track17-8/10Good but coulda been better.RZA has done some great real tracks.
    Track18-8.5/10Average beat good lyrics. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. East Coast Rap    2. Pop    3. Rap & Hip-Hop   


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    Tical
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (15 November, 1994)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars First Method man album
    This is album ain't blackout but there is a lot of dope songs on this album. All hip-hop heads need to cop this one!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Method Man's First On The List
    Tical presents it's self as the world of Wu-Tang's freshest emcess, the Method Man. After their successful debut Enter The Wu-Tang, many would have thought that they would have settled down and later on make a new album, but instead they decided to capitalize and expand the Wu-Tang name by producing solo projects. Meth was first on the list, with 13 cuts like "All I Need" take from the Marvin Gaye sample and with hard hitting "Bring Da Pain" it seemed that Wu-Tang will still present their hardcore style with soft oldie tunes from several decades ago. Instead of giving us another 36 chambers album, it was a little dissapointing, yet the album is still a must have

    4-0 out of 5 stars Mr. Meth at his Best
    This album was pretty ill when it dropped back in the day. Looking back, the RZA was experimenting with his production, and was still seeking to establish his style. The mood of many of the cuts is remarkably dark and murky. On "Biscuits" Meth's lyrics are suppressed under a haunting minimal beat. You almost get the sense that he's rapping from within a deep dungeon, or better yet, locked in your basement on Friday the 13th. The mood picks up on a few tracks such as the classic "Bring the Pain", "Meth Vs. Chef", and "Release Yo' Delf." However, the general tone on this album is suppressed and dimmed-out-dark. My favorite cut is the absorbing click-clack of "I Get My Thing in Action." Overall, this album is basically a valued timepiece within the evolving lineage of hip-hop. This is one of four albums that the RZA exclusively produced for Wu-Tang soloists. That in itself marks its historical significance. In addition, Meth's following two albums fail to approach the creativity of this project. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000024JA
    Sales Rank: 27085
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rap & Hip-Hop   


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    Iron Storm
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 May, 1991)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Auto Aim
    I downloaded the Iron Storm Demo. Good game, but had a hard time setting up the red dot on the enemy to shoot. I would line up the sight, but would be overrun by the enemy no matter how fastI was. Is there a patch to correct this problem?

    5-0 out of 5 stars great
    great CD. Many hit songs. Very 'western' though.. easy listening. Good for newbie-reggae-listeners ... Read more

    Asin: B0000034A5
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    Subjects:  1. Dub    2. Pop    3. Reggae   


    Stoned Raiders
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    4-0 out of 5 stars hip hop done right
    For whatever reason, this seems to be the Cypress album that everyone is negative about.Not really sure why, b/c everybody loved skull and bones, which had the rock and rap thing going on as well.With stoned raiders, you get a good deal of both styles; the new metal stuff (troubum remains focused throughout without trying to appeal to any specific audience. Lyrically Red and Meth consistently come with the best in wit and wordplay, weaving a musical tapestry that should hang on the wall of any hip-hop fan. You won't find any specific messages, themes, or philosophies, but any true head will tell you that Blackout! is hip-hop at its best. --Kenji Jasper ... Read more

    Asin: B00005S8HB
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Rap    2. Hardcore Rap    3. Pop    4. Rap & Hip-Hop    5. Rap-Rock   


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    Sinsemilla [Bonus Tracks]
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    Asin: B0000A5A3D
    Sales Rank: 67279
    Subjects:  1. Dub    2. Pop    3. Reggae    4. Roots Reggae   


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    Soul Assassins Chapter 2 + 1
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    Quality Control
    Audio CD (20 June, 2000)
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    The thrill of invention never stops on this first full-lengthalbum from Jurassic 5. Coming out of L.A.'s kinetic hip-hopunderground, the multitalented combo whips up an irresistible flow ofcharisma and keeps the fun at a high-voltage level. J5 can pivot on adime from one style to the next--street-corner barbershop, turntablefriction, or kick-ass swing. But the constant focus is on theessentials of the art: Quality Control fuses fantastic wordplayand MC skills with a killer grab bag of beats. It's the achievement ofJ5 to look back in a way so fresh it shines a light ahead. --ThomasMay ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Hip-Hop    2. Pop    3. Rap & Hip-Hop    4. Underground Rap   


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    Living Legacy
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    Led by guitarist (and reactor-coifed) David Hinds, British reggae band Steel Pulse proved itself the musical and socially conscious equal of its Jamaican counterparts in 1978 with the stunning Handsworth Revolution. Twenty years and 14 albums later, the band remains the most internationally successful UK reggae group for the simple reason that--as demonstrated by this, the group's first live album--Steel Pulse puts on an extremely tight and dynamic show. The centerpiece of Living Legacy (which was recorded between 1996 and 1999) is "Medley Medley," a 14-minute excursion through a dozen of the nine-piece band's major and minor hits. What makes it all work is the combination of Hinds's politically uncompromising yet melodic songwriting and his distinctive, reedy voice. Everything else--wicked percussion, echoing breakdowns, metal guitar solos--is gravy. --Richard Gehr ... Read more

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    Asin: B00000JQZI
    Subjects:  1. Contemporary Reggae    2. Pop    3. Reggae    4. Reggae-Pop    5. Roots Reggae   


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    E 1999 Eternal
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    Asin: B00000DHSE
    Sales Rank: 2197
    Subjects:  1. Contemporary R&B    2. G-Funk    3. Gangsta Rap    4. Hardcore Rap    5. Hip-Hop    6. Pop    7. Rap    8. Rap & Hip-Hop    9. Urban   


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    ...And Out Come The Wolves
    Audio CD (22 August, 1995)
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    Just as Green Day aped the Ramones, their contemporaries in this Southern California punk quartet aspired to be the Clash. But also like Green Day, Rancid's fresh approach and excellent songs (including the ska-punk MTV hit "Time Bomb" and the anthemic "Roots Radicals") rose far above tribute-band level. And poet Jim Carroll (The Basketball Diaries) adds spoken-word stream-of-consciousness to the dour "Junkyman." While 19 songs makes this 1995 CD drag on a bit too long, Wolves is evidence of punk rock's relevance a full two decades after the Sex Pistols. --Steve Knopper ... Read more

    Asin: B000001IQH
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Alternative/Indie-Rock    3. Pop    4. Punk Revival    5. Punk-Pop    6. Rock    7. Ska-Punk    8. Third Wave Ska Revival   


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