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    Stress: The Extinction Agenda
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (16 August, 1994)
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    Before Pharoahe Monch started playing party games, he was working with partner Prince Poetry to put together three of the best albums in hip-hop history. Stress: The Extinction Agenda is the best of this musical triple crown. Every song has an ace beat that mixes loose, jazzy samples and tightly coiled snares. And every song features two of hip-hop's all-time greatest MCs doing their best work, using their voices like instruments to create performances that are intellectually stimulating and rhythmically bangin'. Pharoahe's verse on "Bring It On" is raw enough to force even the hardest MCs to consider careers as accountants. One warning: Q-Tip's alleged guest appearance on "Let's Organize" consists of him repeating the words "Bounce, let's organize" over and over again with minor variations as the song fades. And it's still a great song.--Joe Schloss ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars An all-time classic
    Like a number of ambitious rap artists and groups of the era, Organized Konfusion chose to up the ante on its sophomore effort and use the music as a springboard to explore some associated motifs and collect them together under a loose conceptual frame. Unlike the majority of those artists, OK made it work, and work exceptionally well, by keeping the concepts themselves vague while adding an extra fine-edged intricacy to its verbal licks. Pharoahe Monch and Prince Poetry are even more commanding as lyricists on Stress, spinning out stories much closer to the nuts and bolts of the street than on their debut. But in typical fashion for such gifted artists, they probe the psychological implications of urban life rather than merely relaying its superficial qualities. In response, the album's sound is less eccentric without losing any of its innovation. In fact, the duo consistently draped its words in adroit and vibrant sound amalgams, frequently employing electric jazz samples to that end, especially on the Herbie Hancock-sampled "Extinction Agenda" and Buckwild-produced "Why," which brilliantly ties together various strains of the genre. The MCs also plumbed a darker periphery on the portentous "Bring It On," where each raised the level of the lyrical game to unusual heights. Those who prefer the funky-weird Organized of the first album still have plenty to enjoy as well, particularly "3-2-1" and "Let's Organize," a party cut that also bounced off guests Q-Tip and O.C. What Stress might have lost in freshness and mirth from its predecessor, though, it gained in cohesiveness, consciousness, resonance, and, most strikingly, vision.

    5-0 out of 5 stars UNDERGROUND FLAVA
    Lyrics -- 10/10
    Production courtesy of my man Buckwild --- 10/10
    Theme --- 10/10
    Album cover ---- 10/10
    Concept ---- 10/10
    Stand out tracks ---- Why?,Stress,Keep it coming,Extinction agenda &Bring it on.
    Overall --- Excellent.
    Go cop this right now ONE.
    O.KAKA aka God's gift to the underground.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must get, A MUST GET!!!
    You gotta cop this one by Organized Konfusion before you go any further. Matter of fact, get this if you just got into OK. And that's w/o a doubt a goodness. Got some cool appearances here not to mention Q-Tip formerly of A Tribe Called Quest. Either way, the album is still smashin'. ... Read more

    Asin: B000000OCL
    Subjects:  1. East Coast Rap    2. Hip-Hop    3. Pop    4. Rap    5. Rap & Hip-Hop   


    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (29 September, 1998)
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    It takes a few listens to sink in, but on Aquemini, Outkast have pulled off a rare feat in hip-hop: they've made a good record that's a masterpiece of subtlety. What's more, it's their third record, and they've yet to fall into a rut--and that alone puts them in line for an award. The Organized Noize production crew is sublime, working with live musicians and crafting hook-filled soundscapes that complement Big Boi and Andre Benjamin's melodic patter. (See "Rosa Parks," "Chonkyfire," and the epic "Liberation," which features Erykah Badu, Cee Lo, and Big Rube--and clocks in at just under nine minutes.) Classy and intelligent, Outkast haven't sacrificed anything in their quest to make challenging, innovative hip-hop that forgoes idle boasting for the duo's message. A sample, from the title track: "Now, question: Is every nigga wit dreads for the cause? / Is every nigga wit golds for the fall? Naw / So don't get caught in appearance." --Randy Silver ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars OverKast
    The ATLiens' third release Aquemini was the force to push hip-hop/rap's envelope by blending different genres to create a five star release.Andre explore new styles and still showed that Southerncadillacmusic gangster flow on "Return Of The 'G'".The combination of these southern boys with east coast gritty Raekwon on "Skew It On The Bar-B" for the "...old school players to new school / fools / 'kast keep it jumpin' like kangaroos..."The title track with it's live instrumentation and slow groove give OutKast space from any competitors.You could expect storytellin' of their lives on both parts of "Da Art Of Storytellin'" and struggles on the closing track "Liberation".Hard rock riffs found on "Chonkyfire" keep sounds that could be used in an actual rock tune.Big Boi's solo track "West Savannah" sounds as if it was stolen from their debut album, but is effective for Aquemini's direction.This album is for music lovers that are searching for something other than that same old, same old.There's nothing on here to be skipped or looked over, OutKast has a classic in a league of its own.

    5-0 out of 5 stars ON ANOTHER LEVEL....
    Forget Gay Z or Feminem, you can not categorize them with this group.I can't even begin to tell you how far ahead of the rap game Outkast is.This album is worth six stars,it gets better the more you listen to it 6 1/2 years after it's release.Andre 3000 whether rappin or singing is simply briliant,one of the more inteligent & creative musician's today.This is one of the best albums of the 90's decade. Listen to the songs like aquemini,slump,synthesizer,spottieottiedopaliscious you will feel and hear what i am trying to say.Many people think theyre previous record titled Atliens is the best Outkast album, wich is another briliant & creative record but this one is a little better in my opinion.A must have!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Whats this OK bullsh**???
    Outkast did the impossible with this album; they put together their 3rd straight classic album !Not only that, but they continued to innovate and make a completely different album from their last....

    Outkast utilized reggae,funk,soul,jazz, classic hip hop etc..you name it on this album....Like their other albums, Aqemeni is cohesive and put together perfectly....

    'Return of tha G' was a great starter to this album...Dre and Big Boi spit furious rhymes over a tight beat...."Rosa Parks" is their stand-out hit on the album as far as commercial success goes--And its easy to see why...Andre and BIg Boi come correct lyrically and drop introspective rhymes...THe beat is insane as everyone knows....The collab w/ Rakewon was dope "skew it on the bbq"....."Aquemeni" is a brilliant track on here

    Big Boi shines brightly on "West Savannah" which is a throwback track to his pimpin' days...And 'da art of storytellin' 1 and 2' are by far the standout tracks on the album...Both songs have amazing beats and tell unforgetable stories (who can forget Sasha Thumper?)....."Spottieopadopalicious" is another brilliant song on here as well... They utilize horns on this track -which is done the best by far of any hip hop song to date..."liberation" is another classic song that spans over 7 minutes long....Erykah Badu and CeeLo both bless the mic on this amazing song......Finally the cd concludes with "chonkyfire" which contains one of their greatest beats ever....I think this track sets the stage of the extra funky Stankonia that would be released years later.....

    I might be biased, but i definately think this album has to got to be mentioned as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time...At least top 5 ... Read more

    Asin: B00000BKI1
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Rap    2. Dirty South    3. Hip-Hop    4. Pop    5. Rap    6. Rap & Hip-Hop    7. Southern Rap   


    Moment of Truth
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (31 March, 1998)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars IT IS THE MOMENT OF TRUTH

    5-0 out of 5 stars My first underground cd ever.
    Sup peeps. Yo i bought this cd like last year and it was my first underground cd ever. When i first heard the first song I was blown away. I was like "WOW THIS GUY IS COOL!" LOL :P. Gang starr has some of the best beats in the underground thats for sure, and the lyrics are not that bad. This is real hip-hop. Check it out for sure. Peace out.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect
    This is an extremely high quality album. This is the work of mature professionals in complete mastery of their abilities.

    The beats are very tight in a timeless style. No gimmicks, just masterful producing. Many of the beats are memorable.

    Guru is excellent on this album... he sounds very mature and as another reviewer put it, sagely. His lyrics are very literate and interesting, and also very street. There's no BS here, or pretense. Guru's lyrics are very deliberate and meaningful, and also rhythmically interesting and they match very well with the beats.

    This album is tight. Like I said, it's the work of true masters of the craft.

    My favorite tracks are You Know My Steez, Royalty, Moment of Truth, Make 'Em Pay (with a devastating guest verse by Krumb Snatcha), and Betrayal. But, the CD is consistently high quality and I don't skip any tracks. ... Read more

    Asin: B000006041
    Sales Rank: 22010
    Subjects:  1. East Coast Rap    2. Hip-Hop    3. Jazz-Rap    4. Pop    5. Rap & Hip-Hop   


    Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 May, 1990)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars False production credits
    Most of this album was produced by Large Professor and NOT by Eric B. I don't believe he shows up in the production credits though. At the time this became an issue, Large Pro had quit Main Source and laid low for a while, to return a couple of years later on the Tribe Called Quest album.

    5-0 out of 5 stars eric b. made my day
    Like life, there are 3 stages to this album- the first being, you'll love it for the head-bopping beats, the second being, you'll start to decipher Rakim's prophecies and the last one being, you'll start to realize just how phenomenal Eric B.'s productions is and how much effect it has on this CD.

    Nothing is accidental on this album, though the earlier albums are talked more than this. In this, Eric B. breaks everything down and rebuilds it with ease, in a totally different form. It can be simply said that Eric B. was basically a bridge between old school and new school. His production has proven that he could create incredible songs through improvisation.
    Rakim has already been praised as one of the most talented rappers of his days, In the Ghetto shows the deeper side of him and explains the unsentimental tale of his grim existence. Rakim flexes his lyrical muscles in songs such as No Omega and Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em.

    Personal favorite= No Omega
    Honorable mentions= In the Ghetto, Mahogany and Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em

    5-0 out of 5 stars SAME BUT SOLID
    LET THE RHYTHM HIT 'EM, the third album from Eric B. & Rakim, is not often as talked about as PAID IN FULL and FOLLOW THE LEADER.It is just as strong as those two records.Whereas Rakim is still mainly preoccupied with showing off different ways in displaying his rapping technique, the most notable example spewing out countless scores of bars with no hook in "No Omega," he does try to branch out beyond boasting with message tracks ("In The Ghetto") and love ballads ("Mahogany").The production is not shoddy at all, with Eric B. still given time to shine on the turntables, even if this time it is only once he gets to do so ("Eric B. Made My Day").Not much change, but whatever Eric B. & Rakim are known for, they continue to do it well with LET THE RHYTHM HIT 'EM; their professionalism easily compensates for the album's limitations. ... Read more

    Asin: B000002O75
    Sales Rank: 23944
    Subjects:  1. East Coast Rap    2. Golden Age    3. Hip-Hop    4. Pop    5. Rap    6. Rap & Hip-Hop   


    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (19 April, 1994)
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    Nasir Jones made this debut album at the age of 20, already armed with the calm perceptiveness and been-there-done-that attitude of a much older ghetto vet, though sometimes his inner callow youth shows itself. Illmatic is a look back at a life spent in the culture of the projects, acknowledging joy as much as pain and taking note of violence as a fact of his environment rather than a focus of his life. It's enlivened by Nas's kicky, deep-threaded multiple rhymes--you can tell he grew up listening to Mr. Magic's rap show and internalizing the secrets of everybody's flow--and by tracks from a bunch of all-stars, including the Large Professor, DJ Premier, and, most memorably, Q-Tip ("One Love"). --Douglas Wolk ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars Insane
    i honestly do not know how anybody could give this a rateing bellow 5 stars (they must not know real hip-hop) this album is mind blowing and deserves more than 5 stars every track is full of sick lyrics and crazy beats though the true gems in this are "N.Y. State Of Mind" and "It Aint Hard To Tell" in my opinion the greatest album ever created although I wouldn't say Nas is the greatest rapper...BUY IT!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nas - Illmatic
    To be honest, the first Nas song I've ever heard was "Got Yourself A Gun." That's when I really started to get in to Nas a lot. Then after I heard "One Mic" I was hooked. Then he released 'God's Son' which to me is one of Nas' weakest albums. But then somebody told me about his old stuff he released prior to 'Stillmatic.' The first album I got was 'Illmatic' which in my opinion is the greatest rap album of all time.

    The album starts off with a little intro, "The Genesis," where you can hear a little of Nas' verse from Live At The Barbeque. Then it rolls in to the track called "New York State Of Mind" which was produced my DJ Premier. Nas dropped nothing but fire on this track, it was crazy. After the song was over I almost wanted to listen to the song again but I let it go in to "Life's A B****." On this track you can hear Nas' father Olu Dara playing his trumpet in the background and AZ is the guest appearance. AZ's verse amazed me so much I had to listen to it again. Nas' verse was just as good on the track too. "The World Is Yours" is another hot song where Nas drops some sick lyrics that'll amaze you, even non rap fans. This is the song Jay-Z gets the sample for "Dead Presidents" off his 'Reasonable Doubt' album. "Halftime" is the next good song on the album. Nas again drops nothing but fire on this track. Then comes one of my favorites "Memory Lane." Nas drops well thought out rhymes on every verse on this album. On this track Nas takes us back in time a little and talks about his past. Then the song to the incarcerated Cormega called "One Love." Nas basically writes Cormega a letter telling him everythings going to be alright and you'll be out soon so don't worry. He always fills Cormega in on what's been going on lately since he's been gone. "One Time 4 Your Mind" is another banging track. Nas' rhyming scheme on this one is crazy, he just rips it like it's nothing. "Represent," the song for the block to jam to. Then the album closes out with "It Ain't Hard To Tell." This is a perfect way to end the album. He's basically saying after you've heard this album it ain't hard to tell that I'm the best in the game right now.

    I gave this album a 5/5 rating because it is hot from start to finish. I will admit all albums have some sort of weakness to it so I'm going to tell you. The production is that great, the album is pretty short(10 tracks), and most of the choruses are plain and boring. But as far as the lyrics go, I would give those a 10/5 if I could. The lyrics make up for the other weaknesses to this album. I would suggest this album to any rap fan, it's definitely worth your money. If you're a real rap fan and you don't have this album then there's something wrong with you. That's real talk, I'm not lying.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Hip-Hop
    This is one of the last raw hip-hop albums of the early 90's...Nas proved he was here to stay with this masterpiece. This album is educational and inspirational. This could've been the last true hip-hop album of the 90's if it weren't for my girl Lauryn Hill, but that's another review...haha.
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    3. One Love ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. East Coast Rap    2. Gangsta Rap    3. Hardcore Rap    4. Hip-Hop    5. Pop    6. Rap    7. Rap & Hip-Hop   


    Organized Konfusion
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (29 October, 1991)
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    Few artists have managed to have such an explosive impact with their debut album as Organized Konfusion. Showering listeners in a hailstorm of rapid rhymes, Prince Poetry and Pharoahe Monch showed that verbal styles could be both fast and deep. Funked-up party themes like "Fudge Pudge" and metaphoric monsters like "Releasing Hypnotical Gasses" were dense in their lyricism. But O.K. still had a sense of humor--shown on songs like "Who Stole My Last Piece of Chicken?"--as well as a meditative side, as on "Walk Into the Sun." The grooves were soulful, yet frantic at times, jumping from the midtempo cheer of "Audience Pleasers," to the hyperactive attack of "Releasing Hynotical Gasses." In fact, the only real flaw in their debut was an abundance of input--too many lyrics to decipher, too many beats to absorb. Maybe that's why they waited three years for the sequel--to give us time to take it all in. --Oliver Wang ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Debut Album......Mindblowing Lyricizm!!!
    Organized Konfusion's debut album is considered way ahead of its time! This album contains some of the greatest displays of raw, mind bending lyricizm...EVER! On par with Rakim's "Lyrics of Fury". This album is definetely a mixed bag. After being assaulted by songs like "Releasing Hypnotical Gasses", you get cooled of by a funkier selection. There are also some soulful tracks. Im too lazy right now to pull out this album and give you a track by track review, but this album is a MUST HAVE for any hip-hop conisseur. Also cop their second album, "Stress"..completely different but just as dope! I only recommend their third album "Equinox" for die-hard fans. Its actually a huge dissapointment compared to their previous efforts.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Nicely konfused!!!
    This is the first of 3 albums from this legendary underground duo+the first thing i'll say about it is that its not for everyone. Its not your average rap album 'cuz its more of an intellectual yet hard hitting album. Just the titles alone will let you know these 2 cats are that little bit special on the mic. "Releasing hypnotical gases", "roosevelt franklin" and the obscure yet brilliant "who stole my last piece of chicken?", all of which they somehow pull off with powerful results. A feat which would be near impossible to lesser mc's but with PRINCE POETRY and PHAROAH MONCH we got 2 truely skilled mc's. They interchange flows+bounce off each other's lines with incredible timing+delivery. Your more straight forward hiphop tracks are "fudge pudge", "audience pleasers" and "roughside of town (southside)" which are all head nodders!! If youre looking for a different hiphop album instead of your average, run of the mill effort then this is the 1 for you. All the beats are extremely funky but basic+stripped back to allow the mc's to take center-stage. If you like early A.T.C.Q., DE LA SOUL and BLACK SHEEP you'll dig this.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Mass Konfusion
    I'm so konfused from the knowledge and lyrical abilities these 2 emcees have divulged on the mic. Prince Poetry and Pharoahe Monch unite, mesh, and deliver fluently on the mic; probably due to the fact that they grew up together. That kind of relationship should answer any questions they have on views of life or little tidbits they have inquired throughout the years of personal and poetic development. This album reveals many conflicting thoughts about inner emotions - "My brain can't even rest/It's hard to maintain the pressure on my chest/Excess frustration strikes!" -Prince Poetry
    On top of that, lyrical explosions come from deep within, especially about death in the mind of a bullet - "Clip to release projectiles in single/file forcing me to ignite then travel/through the barrel headed for the light/At the end of a tunnel with no specific target in sight/Slow the flow like H2O water/Visualize the scene of a homicide a slaughter." -Pharoahe Monch
    Overall an absolutely abstract album, and I would cop this musical masterpiece up without a second thought. Pharoahe Monch and Prince Poetry share lyrical verses on each song, and unite to combine forces like the
    fantabulous "Wonder Twins"....UNITE!!!
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    Asin: B000000OBH
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rap & Hip-Hop   


    Like Water For Chocolate
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (28 March, 2000)
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    It's no coincidence that most top 40 rappers are under 25: rap revels inmisspent youth. Which makes Common's adventures in adulthood so interesting. He's anastounding lyricist, always has been. But with Like Water for Chocolate he'smade the tricky transition from b-boy to b-man without losing the magic.Chocolate may be a mature album, but it ain't stern: hilarious, poetic, musical,and intensely personal, this is Common at his finest.--Lizz Mendez Berry ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Album
    Pure Hip Hop,From start to finish...No gangsta Rap here...or soft BS..this is straight forward..Anybody can relate to This type of Music..I don't care wut u got in your collection..You need this one..and his new on "BE"..

    4-0 out of 5 stars nice
    you gotta give this one a shot.Common always is impressive, and he just keeps killin it.I can listen to this album at any time, still love it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Just short of a Classic.......
    I first came across this album a few years go from a friend of mine who had a copy. I remember I had recently been impressed by Talib Kweli & Hitek's Train Of thought so I thought I'd try listening to Common.

    The 1st thing you notice about Common's style is his preference of Jazzy and funky beats. The 1st 3 tracks "Time Travellin', Heat, and Cold Blooded" are probably the low point of this album. The pace really picks up on "dooinit" where Common mesmerises us with his superb lyrical array.
    Next is the 2nd Single of this album, "The Light". It's a beautifully crafted piece of music where Common is paying tribute to a woman. The next track is "Funky for you" with Jill Scott and Bilal on vocals. I'm really feeling this one, and Common's unusual stuttering and repetition of the "uh" sound is rather amusing.

    Mos Def drops in on the next track "The questions", where him and Common are exchanging witty questions. It could've been better, but production let's it down. The 1st real gem on this album is next, "The sixth Sense", also the album's 1st single , is a great DJ Premier-produced track. Great scratches and loops by Premier lays a great platform for Common to lay down his lyrics. He doesn't dissapoint us, plus Bilal is great on the hook too.

    A rather forgetable collaboration with MC Lyte is next. Basically "Film Called (Pimp)" is a conversation between a pimp (Common) and a hooker (MC Lyte). My favourite track is next though. "Nag Champa (Afrodisiac for the World)" finds Common deep in personal introspection over a smooth beat. He then does a collaboration with Slum Village called "Thelonius" which is a pretty decent track.

    Common then drops the albums's 2 other gems after a track called "Payback is a grandmother". The 1st of these is a great track with D'Angelo over a soulful, melancholy, and almost reminscent beat. "Geto Heaven" is beautifully delivered, with Common showing his religeous side. The 2nd of these gems is an ode to the exiled, Assata Shakur. It's aptly named "A Song For Assata" and it features Cee-lo on vocals. Common's storytelling will leave you breathless........

    The first 3 tracks of this album don't do justice to an otherwise exceptional album, but it's still worth 4.5 stars though!!! ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Rap    2. Hip-Hop    3. Jazz-Rap    4. Pop    5. Rap & Hip-Hop    6. Underground Rap   


    Mecca and the Soul Brother
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (09 June, 1992)
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    Pete Rock loves horns the way other DJs and producers love drums. It's this obsession with funky horn breaks that sets Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth apart from regular hip-hop bassheads. With its crucial James Brown breaks layered between trumpet and sax loops, coupled with the laid-back vocals of Smooth and Rock, Mecca and the Soul Brother--their first full-length--struts back and forth on that line between rap and soul. Rock's production style is peerless, funky on "If It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right" and sexy on "Lots of Lovin'." Smooth's liquid freestyle delivery (notably on "Straighten It Out" and "They Reminisce Over You") has been echoed in other skilled MCs (see Common's work). And with their combined skills, Mecca stands up without ever really dating itself. --Todd Levin ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest album of 92, one of the greatest of all time.
    I can't stress enough on how great this album is.TROY was one of the songs that really influenced me to get into hip hop.There's other songs too, but this one really got me.I heard this and was like, f--- Vanilla Ice and PM Dawn, I gotta listen to stuff like this more.CL and Pete Rock layed it down on that.CL's verses were some of the strongest story telling I've ever heard, kind of going into his history.The beat matched it perfect, with the horns and the little singing in the background.This song makes you sit back and think about your own life.Ok, now with the rest of the cd.The songs were great, minus Lot's of Lovin.That one was a mediocre track, but good enough not to skip.The Basement was just sick, and even Heavy D dropped a tight verse, which usually, he drops nonsense.Skins was just ill, having Puba on it just made it even better.For Pete's sakes was straight rugged.This is great.This was a landmark album, so anyone who is a big hip hop fan, should have this.If not, get it now.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beyond 5 Mics
    Like the Urban Prince said it is a shame that most people under the age of 18 don't like this because it is not the latest in Greatest. I don't know why some one would not want this album. It may be ancient all the way back to pre milenium tension in 1991 but it is still great. The industry will get the kids to buy new crap from artist who are not good like for say The Ying Yang Twins who still only have one good song and others. I really don't like 106 and Park because those kids are stupid. All those girls are the worst but the dudes are wack. As for the music it is First rate board work by the Administrator of the Boards Pete Rock who is one of the greats. And his buddy C.L. Smooth mixes his Rhymes perfectly with Pete's Soul.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Solid Album
    This is definately a great throwback album to early 90s hip hop.....The album is timeless although some tracks sound dated by todays standard.....

    Anyways, Pete Rock put together some of the most memorable beats on this album and CL spit hot lyrics to go with them....

    No one can deny the genius and greatness of "TROY"...the horns are unforgettable.....That track is almost haunting its so great.....

    Other classic tracks include '4 petes sake, anger in the nation, can't front on me, straighten it out, and ghettoes of the mind....Overall, its definately a hip hop classic ... Read more

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    Fear of a Black Planet
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (26 July, 1994)
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    PE's third album is dense, heavy, and urgent as a bullet. Fear of a Black Planet single-handedly added half a dozen phrases to the language, and not just from Chuck D.'s troop-rallying bellow--Flavor Flav's "911 Is a Joke" is as catchy an indictment of urban policy as anyone has ever come up with. The Bomb Squad's music is complicated, challenging, terse, and totally funky, and Chuck matches it with one impassioned pronouncement after another: on Hollywood's racism, on miscegenation, on "real history / Not his story." The album ends with "Fight the Power," the group's ultimate statement of purpose, from its pounding, atonal sound collage to its furious politics. Put Black Planet on, and it's always a long, hot summer. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars Another Hip-Hop Classic
    This was thier follow up to the ground-braking 2nd album. "Welcome to the Terrordome" Ignited charges of anti-Semitism. "Fight The Power" is a Timeless Hip-Hop Song in which Public Enemy direct thier rage againt Popular artists. This is an Excellent album that all hip-hop fans should have.

    5-0 out of 5 stars P.E. does again!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Film Brown Sugar....
    asks the question: WHEN DID YOU FIRST LOVE HIP-HOP. The answer for me was a cold summer night in 1987, at Finsbury's Park, London, waiting to hear Roy Ayres perform Live. In the interim, they were spining toons, and this one cut came on and upoar was let loose in the house. 'Rebel without a pause'was the joint.From that moment on I was hooked. Public Enemy are my favorite hip hop group of all time, and this was the last great CD,s that they released. I would recommend 'Yo Bum rush the show'(not a great CD, but you can see where they are going) it'll take a nation of Millions'(For me the most complete, best, Hip hop album OF ALL TIME)and Fear of a black planet.This album kicks off with Contract on thw World Love Jam, which is funky, and from this, directly into 'Brothers Gonna work it out, which is hyped musically, and carries a positive message for black males. Other favorites cuts are'Polly wanna cracka'(dealing with inter racial relationships) Burn Hollywood(Hollywoods abysmal record with people of colour,) Revolutionary Generation, and the brilliant Fight the power. Listening to this reminds me why I love Hip hop, and how far back the genre has gone. I feel the lack of variety in hip hop today, where by every one is either sexual, bling, or money oriented is sad.Lastly, mostly importantly. LISTEN TO THE LYRICS.I don't agree with everything they say(Love of Farakhan, and what he stands for) I believe that anyone wanting to get into this thing called Hip hop needs to include some PE in their collectiom. Essential. ... Read more

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    3 Feet High and Rising
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    De La's debut represented a new path for hip-hop, a reaction to conventions that had turned into clichés. It was friendly and playful enough to cross over to a pop audience (thanks to Prince Paul's production, which found the funk hiding inside Steely Dan and "Schoolhouse Rock"), but complicated and tough enough to be hugely influential in the hip-hop world. Cryptic but ecstatic, and sometimes sexy (especially the ingenious double-entendre "Buddy"), Trugoy and Posdnuos's lyrics invented a "new style of speak," dense with self-invented slang and metaphors. The hits, including "Say No Go" and "Me Myself And I," are delightful, but the little sketches and sound-experiments between them make the whole disc flow effortlessly. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Finally Bought
    I have not seen this in stores for 2 years and a week a go I finally saw it and picked it up. I am glad I did. They were the original Tribe Called Quest(Q-Tip) even appears on here. Usually I hate skit's but they or good on here like "Transmitting Live from Mars" and the one about needing the numbers. Some of there music sounds like hippies other music is fun and some is funny. There are funny songs like "Potholes in my Lawn" and "Tread Water" then there extremely great pop tunes like "The Daisy Age" and "The Magic Number". Then there were also some socially consience songs like
    "Jennifa Taught me" and "Buddy". I was dissapointed not to here the Buddy Remix that version is better.Then there is "Me My Self and I" which was there only Top 40 pop hit. Go out and Buy all there album. Beats, Rhymes, and Life.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great...Appreciated...But Sometimes Difficult
    Don't Get Me Wrong. I love De La Soul's brand of intelligent, humorous hip-hop. In relation to most hip-hop groups, they've always been "One Step ahead of it" (to quote Dave on their latest release "The Grind Date"). But I think that their later releases are much better than this, their debut. It may be considered a classic because it is so different than all other albums, but I think that it suffers from a lot of wasted time.
    Most songs on the album are great. There's too many great ones to name, but my top three are "Ghetto Thang", "Plug Tunin'", and "This is A Recording..." There's some fantastic production by Prince Paul on all of these songs, and throughout the entire album. That's the high point of the release. Also the lyrics of Posdnous and Trugoy are fantastic as they always are. Their flows sound somewhat dated compared to later releases, but at this point in time, hip-hop still had a lot of evolution to go through. The lyrics themselves are what's important here, and they're pretty solid.
    The best part of this CD is the positive vibe that runs through it. There's some great hip-hop out there, and some of the good stuff is really intelligent. But even the most intelligent stuff is often depressing and discusses negative things, like violence and problems in urban america. A lot of it even talks about how bad the state of current rap is. This is the one release that really doesn't succumb to sadness. That's what is great about it.
    There's just way too many skits on this. That's the only reason it's four stars instead of five. I know that skits are really popular in hip-hop and almost every album has some. But they really get annoying after awhile on this one, especially after repeated listenings. The game show concept is fun the first time through, but once the jokes get old, so do the skits. Its the main detriment of this album.
    Overall, though, the album is definitely a great listen. In my opinion, it's not as good as other De La works, such as "Stakes is High" or even "The Grind Date", but I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys hip-hop that's positive, intelligent, and fun. Even though "3 Feet High and Rising" tends to be unenjoyable on repeated listenings, it definitely deserves the amount of respect that it's garnered, and will always have its own place in hip-hop.

    4-0 out of 5 stars "De La Soul consists of three and that's the magic number"
    Like many reviews for this album i will also say the cliche' line "A breath of fresh air" because De La Soul were indeed a deep long full breath of fresh air. With this one compact disc De La Soul kickstarted an excellent Mcing career that has lasted over 15 years to this very day and are still producing and making excellent album. De La recorded this at the top of thier game and made a hip hop career out of posotivity and pride, and they deserve every thing they get:
    2.The Magic Number-A+(2nd Best On Cd)
    3.Change In Speak-B+
    4.Cool Breeze On The Rocks-N/A
    5.Can U Keep A Secret-A
    6.Jenifa Taught Me-A
    7.Ghetto Thang-A
    8.Transmitting Live From Mars-N/A
    9.Eye Know-A+(3rd Best On Cd)
    10.Take It Off-N/A
    11.A Little Bit Of Soap-A
    12.Tread Water-A
    13.Potholes In My Lawn-A-
    14.Say No Go-B+
    15.Do As De La Does-N/A
    16.Plug Tunin'(Last Chance To Comprehend)-B
    17.De La Orgee-N/A
    20.Me,Myself and I-A+(Best On Cd)
    21.This Is A Recording 4 Living In A Fulltime Era(L.I.F.E.)-A-
    22.I Can Do Anything-N/A
    23.D.A.I.S.Y. Age-B
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    Follow the Leader
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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    After getting paid in full on their near-perfect 1987 debut, success didn't spoil the legendary Eric B. and Rakim on their 1988 follow-up. A more complete "album" than their previous singles-dominated release, Follow the Leader still stands as one of the definitive documents of hip-hop's fabled golden age. Though Eric B contributes strong production and two early turntablist blueprints ("Eric B. Never Scared" and "Just a Beat"), this was clearly Rakim's time to shine.His smooth baritone flow never tires, even when the album's energy wanes in the second half. Rakim's verses on the album's first three tracks ("Follow the Leader," "Microphone Fiend," and "Lyrics of Fury") are the stuff of hip-hop legend, and the subject matter rarely strays from the swaggering, chest-thumping template of these three classics. On "Follow the Leader," he confidently boasts "I can take a phrase that's rarely heard / Flip it / Now it's a daily word." He ain't no joke. --Hua Hsu ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Rakim is the Jesus of Hip-Hop
    Eric B & Rakim changed the whole hip-hop game with Paid in Full and took it to a whole other level with Follow the Leader. The title track "Follow the Leader" is perfection. Let me repeat that again, the title track "Follow the Leader" is PERFECTION. The lyrics and flow are flawless. If your a young buck and just getting into hip-hop. Get yourself a good education and buy this album.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I was a fiend before I became a teen
    these rappers set the stage for what was to become the golden era of hip hop. no gangster posing orcristal bling bling bs this was the real deal. gritty but masterful beats set to intense lyrics that left you gasping for air. if you dont have this record yet then your record collection isnt complete. wether your a rapper or not!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Rakim Allah - Mic God
    The biggest mistake made with people who review albums from Rakim is that they compare them to all his other albums.The idea that any true hip-hopper should "have to" like one Rakim album more than another is foolish.Did Follow the Leader have as big an impact on hip-hop as Paid in Full?Of course not - no one had heard anyone flow like Rakim before or use funk samples as effectively before Paid in Full.Is Paid in Full better than Follow the Leader?Who cares?They are different!!

    A better idea would be to compare any Rakim album, take Follow the Leader as example, against any other hip hop album out there.Even albums considered classics in their own right like, say, Straight Outta Compton.As groundbreaking and different as Straight Outta Compton was, it is clearly inferior in terms of lyrical content.Rakim's content takes you deep into the world of street crime, 5% Nation dogma and Divine Mathematics, science, art, history, philosophy, and sociology in a single verse, (see "Follow the Leader").His meanings are double and triple layered and can literally years of repeated listenings to discipher an entire album.He could spit the most violent and menacing verse in the history of hip-hop and never use a single curse, (see "Lyrics of Fury").M.C. Ren even admitted that he listened to Rakim when writting his own lyrics for inspiration.

    As far as production is concerned, the use of funk samples was pioneered by Eric B and Rakim.Average White Band, Parliament, Funkadelic in addition to the foundational James Brown were used here.But also the influence of jazz musicians like Bob James was clearly visible.This sound was more mature than anything prior to Eric and Ra and does not sound dated by any stretch even today.

    Finally you have consistancy.This statement may be blasphemy in the eyes of many but the second half of Straight Outta Compton slipped off.It was more radio friendly and formulaic than the first half.Follow the Leader may have had its hits up front but the content is thick throughout.

    Am I jockin Rakim?Yup.You should be too.Grab ahold and start swingin. ... Read more

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    Black Star
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (19 February, 1999)
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    They're not on every soundtrack, and they aren't featured guests on every crossover hit. That's OK. Mos Def & Talib Kweli are leaders of a different school; though they've got beats by the pound and the lyrical chops to pull off an (updated) cover of Slick Rick's classic "Children's Story," Black Star proffers a more philosophical take on hip-hop. Years from now this album, much like the Freestyle Fellowship's Innercity Griots, will still be revered. --Randy Silver ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Underground Rap > All
    Classic. True Hip Hop. Best Hip Hop album of all the time. I liked every track. Talib Kweli is one of the best lyricists of all time and Mos Def has one of the tightest flows I've seen. "Thieves In The Night" is my favorite song of all time. "Respiration" (feat. Common) & "Twice Inna Lifetime" (feat. Jane Doe, Wordsworth & Punchline) are the best collaborations in Hip Hop history. "Hater Players" is pretty funny. Get this album, it has everything, it owns all of Hip Hop. Underground Rap owns all. Also try getting Talib Kweli's "The Beautiful Struggle" & Mos Def's "The New Danger", tight albums. And, look for Wordsworth's "Mirror Music"; he came on tight on "Twice Inna Lifetime".

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Album Of All Time...
    Every music lover must have a copy of this album in their collection, regardless whether they are not hip hop fans or not. This album is by far the most underrated album of all time, and should stand as the one of the greatest, if not the greatest. Mos Def and Talib Kweli have created an album that not only contains hip hop at its purest form, with rhymes that are thoughtful and provoking at the same time, but they have created an album that a person of any race and age can listen to. An album like such is very rare these days, especially in the genre of rap/hip-hop. Nothing has come close to this level of creativity and beauty in hip hop and I doubt that anything will ever come close to this in the future.I have searched near and far for an album that can come close to this album but still I have come to no avail.If you may know of any album that is as good as this album please tell me of it, I will greatly appreciate it.So here is my full review:

    Intro - an intro that is what it is, stating that they have the responsibility to shine the light on the darkness, and that is what they will do in this album.
    Astronomy - an amazing opener, with an amazing beat, Talib and Mos throw down amazing rhymes, defining what Black is.
    Definition - defining what and who Black Star, and do beautifully.
    Re-definition - you cant expect them todefine themselves in one track.And I am glad.
    Children's Story - a remake of Slick Rick's classic, and though I like Rick's better, its nonetheless a great remake, and very listenable.
    Brown Skin Lady - Mos sings away the track, and the verses make this one of the best lady songs in hip-hop.Very enjoyable, and a feel good track.
    B Boys Will Be - a fast spaced track, different than the rest of the album, nonetheless interesting.
    K.O.S. - Talib's solo, and he throws it down, great lyrics stating the importance of knowledge, especially knowledge of self.I wish there were more tracks like this in hip-hop.
    Hater Players - somewhat of a diss track, dissing the mainstream industry, nice beat and strong verses."come on everybody show the love."
    Yo Yeah - no verses here.
    Respiration - Common guests to make a very strong track, strong verses from all three, and a very sick beat, and catchy chorus.
    Thieves in the Night - THE BEST SONG OF ALL TIME.Incredible, an amazing track.It talks about the deceptions in the US, and hypocrisies, and does it beautifully with a strong verse from Talib, an even better verse from Mos, and good singing from Mos.Just the best track, I love it.
    Twice Inna Lifetime - a good ending to hip-hop's best book.
    And please do Mos and Talib a favor, and buy the album instead of downloading the album, they do truly deserve the sales, unlike their contemporaries and today's sellers.
    All I can do as a hip hop and music lover is pray that Mos Def and Talib Kweli return to collaborate and create another Black Star. Even though their solo albums are great, they are not at the same level of this album.
    The whole album, but "Thieves In the Nights" stands as my favorite track of all.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 1,2,3 Mos Def and Talib Kweli = Best Alliance in Hip-Hop
    What can I say? Talib Kweli and Mos Def are meant to collaborate. Black Star is one of the greatest alliances in hip-hop. Their styles copmliment each other. They are both amazing lyricist, Talib Kweli especially. They both contribute amazing examples why hip-hop is real and they both tell stories through their mindblowing songs. The best song is by far "RE:Definition" I think Talib Kweli shines on that one. Other great songs are "Respiration" "Brown Skin Lady" and "Thieves in the Night" All songs are high quality. "Children's Story" is a nice play on Slick Rick's classic song. This is a classic, beginning to end.
    I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this to any hip-hop fan looking for a change from their normal music. This album is like none other. I would also recommend 'Reflection Eternal' by Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek 'Quality' by Talib Kweli and 'Black on Both Sides' by Mos Def. ... Read more

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    Paid in Full
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (26 October, 1996)
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    This debut album, basically a collection of early singles ("Eric B. Is President," "I Know You Got Soul," the title track), is the motherlode of late-'80s New York rap--assured, serious, and hugely influential. Rakim, a rapper's rapper, is the Chow Yun-Fat of hip-hop: cool as steel, absolutely calm, absolutely deadly. His verbal wit and rhythmic gift go hand-in-hand. He flows like a waterfall, playing around the beat, leaping from one ingenious phrase to another, letting the words do all the work. And Eric B.? He comes up with some straightforward but effective backing tracks (he favors James Brown grooves), scratches on a couple of block-rocking instrumentals, and makes room for the master to do his thing. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more


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    1-0 out of 5 stars Pure Garbage!!!!
    Look I love hip-hop music but I've always been a skeptic of these two clowns. I know everybody thinks Rakim is the king of rap. Everytime I hear that I think, "are these people just being sarcastic or what!" He must have subliminal mind control messages is his whack ass tracks because from start to finish this cd was pathetic. I never felt them. I thought I was missing something when I first heard them as a teenager and thought they were whack. I decided as an adult I'd give another listen. I was right when I was a kid! I'm an underground music producer. I listen to everything for inspiration. Point blank range: Uninspiring. Don't buy. I'll gladly give you my copy. It's crap. I ain't lying to you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's all about the flow....
    First of all im not a kid I just could't be bothered signing in! Rakim is one of the greatest lyricist of all time with the flow! Only other people to come close are nas, 2pac and biggie. Cop this NOW!!! Also get Nas - Illmatic (or any Nas album there all good), Biggie - Ready to Die, 2 Pac - All Eyez On Me


    5-0 out of 5 stars Hip Hop 101
    Rakim was way ahead of his time on this album....This album proves why he is considered the greatest mc to ever bless the mic.....This album is timeless ....Its easy to see how much Rakim changed hip hop forever with this album ... Read more

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    It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (02 May, 1995)
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    It Takes a Nation of Millions was the sign that hip-hop had exploded like a grenade. A rap record as abrasive, hardcore, and eloquent as a JFK speech, the 1988 disc is one classic track after another: tense, multilayered, harmonically wild music. Chuck D. declaims like a master preacher with foil Flavor Flav's voice darting around his. They've got the desperate energy of people fighting for their lives, and everything from their pumped-up rhetoric ("Prophets of Rage") to the group's quasi-paramilitary organization to the sirens and sax squeals in nearly every track declares how urgent their mission is. It's a hugely influential album, and it still sounds fresh and frightening after all these years. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars It Gets 5 Stars
    Fluffyville Reminds me of Flavor Flav because he is wild and loud and always does weird and dumb things so this gets a 5 stars.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Hip Hop Album of all time.
    Its the truth, Public Enemy's album "It Takes A Nation Of A Million To Hold Us Back" was the best rap album of all time. It was like a hand grenade expolding into kids, and adults ears. With Chuck D's Extremly harsh yet inovative politcal lyrics, Public Enemy was a sign of change, a movment in some way. Every song on here was like the President standing up on the podium for a speach. Chuck D was that President using his inovative lyrics to speak to the American People about the troubles of the American Politcal System. Do yourself a favour and get this album take some history into your ears. Oh and for you WHO dont know that Flava Flav was a character foil, and the beat producer you people are just plain stupid.

    5-0 out of 5 stars classic revolutionary album
    It takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back is the 2nd best hip hop album in the 1980's. the album is totally revolutionary. Chuck d rhymes about the teachings he learns from the nation of islam and about the mistreatment of blacks in this country. my favorite track is rebel with out a pause. new school albums can't match the production and lyrical content on this album. this album is political and controversal. it will wake you up!!! ... Read more

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    Reasonable Doubt
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (26 January, 1999)
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    Jay-Z's classic debut is a compelling reflection on his life as a hustler. It's invested with an uncommon complexity and candor that has noticeably faded in his later material. Armed with clever phrasing and sly deadpan wit, Jay-Z navigates indulgent romps ("Can't Knock the Hustle"), thought-provoking introspection ("Regrets"), and devastating street-corner soliloquies ("Friend or Foe") with savvy composure. The beats on Reasonable Doubt, provided by the likes of DJ Premier & Ski, are as irresistibly slick as his persona. "Brooklyn's Finest," his mic-passing session with his friend Notorious B.I.G., takes on a torch-passing significance in the wake of Biggie's death. That song, and the entire album, foreshadows Jay-Z's subsequent ascension to kingpin status. --Del. F. Cowie ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars Paid In Full - The Roc Is Born
    Jay-Z came out with a new hustler's persona, with his ice bottle shampagne life, yet he was broke at the time which couldn't be understood. With his debut, he made a template and guide to a huslter's journey with killer cuts like "Can't Knock The Hustle" and with the colaboration of Brooklyn's favourite son "Biggie" on "Brooklyn's Finest". An album that should be defined as a bonified classic.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of hip hop's greatest debuts (5 Stars)
    The year 1996 capped off a 4 year resurrection of New York rap, with the Wutang starting the trend in 1993 with their groundbreaking "Enter the 36 Chambers". Biggie and Nas kept it alive with "Illmatic" and "Ready to Die", 1995 brought AZ's debut "Doe or Die" .... but in 1996, Jay-Z emerged from his native Marcy Projects with a debut album that captured every facet of the hustler life.

    Jay-Z's best work to date, "Reasonable Doubt" is the very work which elevated Jay to his status as one of rap's greatest lyricists. Though his latter albums slip into a commercialised state, "Reasonable Doubt" will forever be Jay's masterpiece.

    "Reasonable Doubt", by many has been considered a hip hop classic, and with good reason.

    #1: Can't Knock The Hustle [Feat Mary J. Blige] - 10/10 - CLASSIC!!
    #2: Politics As Usual - 9.5/10
    #3: Brooklyns Finest [Feat The Notorious B.I.G.] - 10/10 - CLASSIC!!
    #4: Dead Presidents II - 10/10 - CLASSIC!!
    #5: Feelin' It [Feat Mecca] - 9.5/10
    #6: D'Evils - 9.5/10
    #7: 22 Two's - 9.5/10
    #8: Can I Live - 10/10
    #9: Ain't No N**** [Feat Foxy Brown] - 8.5/10
    #10: Friend Or Foe - 10/10 - CLASSIC INTERLUDE!!
    #11: Coming Of Age [Feat Memphis Bleek] - 10/10 - CLASSIC!! Bleeks only 16 on this one!!
    #12: Cashmere Thoughts - 9.5/10
    #13: Bring It On [Feat Sauce Money and Big Jaz] - 9.5/10
    #14: Regrets - 10/10

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Jay-Z's Best
    Jay-Z never delivered better than this. He's better than he is on any of his other albums. THE BLACK ALBUM was too overrated. 99 Problems was the only good song. This album has a chain of great songs...lyrically and musically.
    1. "Can't Knock The Hustle" (10/10)
    2. "Politics As Usual" (10/10)
    3. "Brooklyn's Finest (f/ The Notorious B.I.G.)" (10/10)
    4. "Dead Presidents II (New Lyrics)" (10/10)
    5. "Feelin' It (f/ Mecca)" (10/10)
    6. "D'evils" (9/10)
    7. "22 Two's" (10/10)
    8. "Can I Live" (10/10)
    9. "Ain't No ***** (f/ Foxy Brown)" (10/10)
    10. "Friend or Foe" (8/10)
    11. "Coming of Age (f/ Memphis Bleek)" (10/10)
    12. "Cashmere Thoughts" (10/10)
    13. "Bring It On (f/ Big Jaz & Sauce Money)" (9/10)
    14. "Regrets" (10/10)
    BONUS. "Can I Live II (f/ Memphis Bleek)" (10/10)
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    2. Can't Knock the Hustle
    3. Coming of Age ... Read more

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    Deltron 3030
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (17 October, 2000)
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    Hip-hop confabulations don't come much more forward-thinking than this. Working from solid atomic principles, Deltron 3030 takes one producer, one MC, and one DJ and throws them beyond Futurama. Dan the Automator (one of the founders of the Handsome Boy Modeling School and administrator of Dr. Octagon's porno hospital) reinvents himself as the Cantankerous Captain Aptos and teams up with Deltron Zero (a.k.a. Hieroglyphics crew member Del tha Funky Homosapien) and Skiznod the Boy Wonder (bucky turntablist Kid Koala). Between the radio ads for future-funked, rap jams, and camouflaged cameos (by the likes of Prince Paul, a castrato Damon Albarn, MC Paul Barman and his Upper West Side doppelgänger Sean Lennon), the Deltron crew advise you to upgrade your brain to avoid getting sucked into the time virus. ("Ugrade your gray matter," they chant, "'cause one day it may matter.") The thematic opener, "3030," sounds like a beat-driven David Lean movie that slipped into the DJ's fingers with 31st-century rhythm stutters and scratches. Automator ping-pongs loops as rousing choral parts swell with space pride. "Things You Can Do" riffs off mod rock while a harpsichord hack and Sean Lennon drops feature on the sickly sweet mental apocalypse of "Memory Loss." Over its 21 tracks, Deltron 3030 erases the errors of this rap era in favor of hip-hop's future fathers. --Chris Campion ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars the funkiest homosapien
    this is the best rap album to hit the shelves since the beginning of rap. unfortunately i missed this album when it was first released, but thanks to the gorillaz, i discovered this rare gem and hunted around for a month before copping it. i cant put it down. the beats and lyrics are amamzing. most say that del is too abstract, but that is because there is so much low-level rappers that people arent used to really listening and thinking about what they are hearing. this record is old-school as well as too ahead of its time. ultimately its artistry can only be appreiciated by those who still long for some substance and not nursery rhymes. this is a must have album for all music lovers, so go get it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Hip-Hop Album of All Time...Top Ten Album of All Time
    I don't write many reviews, but I had to say a few words about this album.This album is simply a masterpiece from start to finish.This is easily both Del and Dan's best work.The music and the lyrics truly put us, the listeners, a thousand years into the future.The opening track, 3030, pulls us through the "looking glass" and we are put into another time and place for the next hour.There are few albums that have this affect on listeners (Off the top of my head; Abbey Road, Srg. Peppers, Pet Sounds, Dark Side of the Moon, Billy Breaths) and there are certainly no rap or hip-hop albums that have this affect.This is a must have for anyone's music collection, even those who don't like hip-hop.If your not into rap, you will still be amazed by this album.This is absolutely the best hip-hop album of all time, with only Paul's Boutique coming close to it,and it goes right up there on my list of best albums of all time with Paul's Boutique, a hand full of Beatles albums, Exile on Main Street, London Calling, American Beauty/Workingman's Dead, Songs in the Key of Life, Pet Sounds, and Dark Side of the Moon.If you don't have this album yet, get it as ASAP.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I'd like you all to meet Deltron Zero...
    Deltron 3030 is something of a hip hop supergroup, and one with a concept at that. With the very capable Kid Koala on turntables, the brilliant Del Tha Funkee Homosapien on vocals and Dan the Automator, arguably one of the world's most accomplished producers, handling the samples and editing, this is an album that looks very promising.

    Del has always been the black sheep of the rap scene, prefering oddball humour and absurdity over the gangsta rap of his peers (suprising, for someone with Ice Cube as a cousin). Album after album, he could never really say anything relevant about the world, because it seemed as though he didn't even live in it, always prefering to sing about the strangest subject matter that could enter his head.

    With Deltron 3030, it finally seems as though Del has found his place in the scheme of things, with it's futuristic setting allowing his immagination to roam free, and to speculate on any non-existant matter it wishes. The fact that he's a big science geek only increases the potential of such a premise.

    This gives way to some great, truly immaginative lyrics, on topics both obvious (the increasing part played by computers, interplanetary travel), and a little more off-kilter (intergalactic rap battles and all manner of general futuristic weirdness). With a concept so easy to turn into an ongoing story in song, the album unwinds as what many have called a hip-hopera, with the centrepiece of the story being Del's participation in the afore mentioned rap battles. This competetive theme even allows him to indulge in every rapper's favourite topic - how much better he is than you or anyone else in the universe - without it sounding altogether unjustified.

    Del's vocals are accompanied nicely by Kid Koala's turntable work, but the big highlight is the first rate production of Dan the Automater. The album is bursting with character, full of samples, effects and interludes (both musical and dialogue driven). The production was so good, it even warranted a separate release of an instrumental version of the album (entitled Tron "3030: The Instrumentals").

    This is quite possibly the most breathtakingly original hip hop album to be released in decades, and definately a solid contender for the best album of 2000. Even if you don't like hip hop, this is an album everyone should hear.
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    Asin: B00004YYXL
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rap & Hip-Hop   


    Amethyst Rock Star
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (01 January, 2002)
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    The sheer force of Saul Williams's words puts to shame whatmost rappers dare to call poetry. It's hard to tell if rap fans willlike Williams because while this slam poet is clearly a product of thehip-hop generation, his music is very uneasy listening. Imagine thebrutal auditory assault that KRS-One can bringcombusted with the imagination of Samuel Delany andpolitical acumen of Amiri Baraka and you get aloose vision of what Williams is capable of. But to truly appreciatehim, metaphoric platitudes fall short--simply witness his art.Amethyst Rockstar arms Williams with an electrified backing bandcapable of pumping out beats as frenetic as the poet's words, includinga well-matched duet with DJ Krust on "CodedLanguage." Cuts like "Om Ni Merican" and "Penny for a Thought" leavelacerations in their wake as Williams pushes the limit of wordplay withcosmos-inspired allegories and machine-gunned verses. His big ideas maybe too much for some to take in--clearly, Williams isn't aiming toappeal to the lowest common denominator--but channel surf across the 11songs on Rockstar and each one has the potential to blow yourmind. --Oliver Wang ... Read more


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    3-0 out of 5 stars Not what he is capable of
    I have seen Saul Williams play live twice.Both shows rocked and were funky, trippy and mind-expanding.The use of the viola/violin at the shows provided the emotional thrust and the grooves were just funky.This album portrays little of that.Firstly, I don't understand why he decided to sing for this one.The songs just seem too hard rock and annoying, rather than funky filled trippiness, with mind-expanding lyrics.Some of the tracks are alright don't get me wrong, and the lyrical content is top-notch above anyone else.I enjoy his poetry a great deal, and I actually imitate him slightly in my poetry, but musically it didn't come through.I look forward to what comes out next, though.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Saul Williams is the greatest...besides Kool Keith...
    To the guy below me that said "enough about saturn..."-Saturn is the name of his daughter dummy.If you are a fan of life, or you aren't a fan of life, get this album.Get his books, get his movies.Your work is nice. J

    3-0 out of 5 stars sorry but i'm not impressed
    ok most definitely, this cd is...okay.good even.saul williams is heavy on the mind and i respect him immensely as both a poet and a literary revolutionary.his gift for language and his vocal tone is impressive.i do have some major gripes though.for one, this album is chock-full of recycled saul williams poetry.as talented as he is he should have at least written more new material"Penny For A Thought" is strong both sonically and lyrically(and is a case in-point for a track with no re-used poetry), and i have appreciation for sarcasm in music, but i do have a problem with his line about Mumia Abu-Jamal's freedom and wonder what exactly he was meaning to say by that.i'll let that slide.the problems don't end there.for one: Saul, as a poet you are way ahead of the norm but PLEASE DO NOT SING! I IMPLORE YOU DO NOT SING! i mean, its as if he's attempting to do Jimi justice but it comes out painfully bad.anyone catch his performance on the chris rock show? absolutely shameful.again, DON'T SING.sometimes the music here leans a little to the Rage-ish side of the rock-rap spectrum, and when it does it becomes horribly primitive.the beats are usually solid but the music here needs a lot of work.personally, i would have loved to have found his excellent "Elohim" track on this, or maybe "Twice The First Time." having said that i don't understand why he'd leave those two experimentalist hip-hop treasures off of this album and yet leave on the old poetry put to music with different pacing.Saul has got plenty of skill, heart, and soul, and i do think he has the potential for releasing an impressive album, but sorry folks, this one is not it.

    P.S. Saul, enough about saturn and the sun already...sorry had to say it. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Poetry    2. Political Rap    3. Pop    4. Spoken / Comedy / Radio Shows   

    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 October, 1994)
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    A couple of years after asking Can I Borrow a Dollar? and before he lost the "sense" in his moniker, the Chicago MC now known as Common dropped this impressive sophomore set, marking him as one of the most versatile MCs to emerge in the 1990s. Shirking the often derivative flows of his debut, Resurrection finds the Windy City rhymer ably assisted by the voluptuous jazzy excursions of producers No I.D. & Ynot. He revels in ear-tickling wordplay, slinging countless witty punchlines and similes on "Orange Pineapple Juice" and "Communism"--songs that require several listens to unravel. Far from relentless chest-thumping bravado, Common's lyrics have substance, exploring inner faults and fears on "Book of Life" and touching poignancy on his classic metaphorical ode to hip-hop culture, "I Used to Love H.E.R.," a track that is perhaps more relevant today than when it was released. The beginnings of Common's ongoing struggle between his boyish effusiveness and moral responsibility, which figures greatly in his subsequent releases, is captured on this essential release. --Del F. Cowie ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Hip Hop Classic!!
    If you haven't heard this album yet, then what are you waiting for? Common raps about his infatuation with hip hop on "I used to love H.E.R." and a whole lot else on the rest of the album. If you're someone who doesn't like to be challenged when you listen to music, than this CD isn't for you. If you're someone who likes to listen to intricate wordplay and jazz-filled thumping beats, then this is the CD to get. Plus, it's a classic.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Top 10 hip hop LP's ever!
    This is in the same league as "Illmatic" and "Paid in Full" meaning it is a hip hop classic BAR NONE! When it came out waaaaaaaay back in 1994 it was recognized but not like it shoulda been. Common was only 2 years deep in the game at the time of this release, but he knew hip hop needed a mic check, and he put Chicago on his back and did for Chi what Nas did for Queensbridge, and ultimately, New York City. This is the perfect hip hop album, full of bittersweet emotion( "Used to love her" and "Orange Pineapple Juice" ) it is just too sick for words. Kanye West may have put Chicago back on the map but Common is the REAL pied piper out of the Windy City, not R Kellz, don't get it twisted. Forget that Common blazed Ice Cube with "The Bitch in Yoo", Com is the literal embodiment of hip hop, in 1994 and nnow in 2005 with his latest testament to hip hop "Be." "Ressuection" is a love letter to Chicago and hip hop, like "Illmatic" it would be hear impossible to find a wack track on here, and listening to this album today is even sweeter than hearing it 11 yrs ago cuz it means so much more. Count Com as one of the best ever the proof is in the pudding, ask Bill Cosby ya heard me?One thing that I'm dissapointed in is the fact that NO ID, the beat wizard behind much of "Resurrection" has dissapeared from the game. No ID is a long time Chicago producer who hooked up with Com early one and together they made the dopeness that is "Resurrection." Like I knew he would sooner or later, Kanye got with his Chicago homie to do work on Com's "Be" but it'd be a real treat to see NO ID back in action, as well as YNOT another underrated Chi town producer extroirdianire.

    5-0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER JAZZ FLAVA.
    LYRICS --------- 10/10
    THEME --------- 10/10
    ALBUM COVER -------- 10/10
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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Rap    2. Club/Dance    3. Jazz-Rap    4. Political Rap    5. Pop    6. Rap & Hip-Hop   


    He Got Game (1998 Film)
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (28 April, 1998)
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    True hip-hop heads, get happy. Public Enemy, with Flav, Griff, and the Bomb Squad, are back. The seminal group's first album in four years serves double duty as the soundtrack for Spike Lee's wack-ass He Got Game, and as you'd figure from the film's B-ball theme, many of the rhymes are directed at the world of sports. Numerous tracks contain direct barbs at NBA commissioner David Stern, while "Politics of the Sneaker Pimps" aims its fury at the major shoe companies and their exploitation of foreign workers. True, longtime fans might have beef with PE's more Puffyesque moves, like obvious samples (Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" on the title track) and choirs, but there's no denying the rage of the message. Against PE's legacy, this disc might fall a bit short. But taken on its own terms, He Got Game gets nothing but net. --Amy Linden ... Read more


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    4-0 out of 5 stars Game Time
    This soundtrack performed fully by Public Enemy is just another aspect of consciousness.Public Enemy has been just that with their prior releases and didn't leave us thirsting for knowledge on this one.As the hook goes on "Game Face", "...you know the name, P.E. / you know the game, P.E. /we ain't for the fame / we're for the change / I wake up every day with my game face on...""Unstoppable" featuring KRS-One is a beautiful collaboration and a personal favoriate.Even though a lot of subjects pertain to basketball, Chuck D. still finds a way to compare it to everyday's society and life.The rock fueled "Go Cat Go" is even a good tune for rap and hip hop lovers.Not quite a classic but well worth the money.Maybe it should have been called Public Enemy Got Game instead.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absoultely Sick Good
    One of the best rap cd's I have ever heard.Chuck D, as always, delivers a dominating vocal performace.When Chuck talks, you listen.There is certainly a more modern and less abrasive sound to this disc in comparison with some earlier PE recordings.As expected, the lyrics are political and even more on the mark than usual.The beats are incredible almost without exception.Favorite tracks include Unstoppable (KRS-One gives great guest vocals), Is Your God a Dog, House of the Rising Son, Game Face, Politics of the Sneaker Pimps, What You Need is Jesus.The title track is also great -- I've just burned myself out from hearing it a lot.The tracks not mentioned are also very good, better than the vast majority ...that passes as rap these days.Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars YES!!!
    This CD scores! This CD has hit after hit and keeping the Public Enemy style. It's got everything: the beats, the lyrics, the swears. He Got Game is one CD that is hard to stop listening to. If you like Public Enemy than I suggest you buy this CD!! ... Read more

    Asin: B0000062BL
    Subjects:  1. East Coast Rap    2. Hardcore Rap    3. Hip-Hop    4. Political Rap    5. Pop    6. Soundtracks & Film Scores   


    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 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.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Thanks DRE! for bringin the new rap style to us!
    I bought this album when i was 6 as a cassette, and now its avaiable for CD! thats good coz i love this album, GO GET IT!

    Best out of 5

    #1: INTRO (with snoop doog talkin & and nice beats too)
    #2: 5/5 (bow-wow-wow)
    #3: 5/5 (CALSSIC!!)
    #4: 4/5
    #5: 5/5 (nuthin but a "G" thang baaaaaby!)
    #6: 5/5 (NICE BEATS!)
    #7: 5/5
    #8: 5/5
    #9: 4/5
    #10: SKIT
    #11: 3/5 (not good)
    #12: 3/5
    #13: SKIT
    #14: 4/5
    #15: OUTRO

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    #16: 5/5 ... Read more

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    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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