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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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    Tical 2000 : Judgement Day
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (17 November, 1998)
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    The Wu-Tang warrior's second solo joint is so conceptually huge, only somebody who's been high every day for a decade could have imagined it: hip-hop album as science-fiction double-feature as celebrity parade as horror movie as multilayered masquerade as an endlessly Baroque flow of spiels and skits, hallucinatory fantasy, and killer-bee menace. The romantic strains of Tical have been replaced by pure, sweaty sex, and Meth's image transformation from laidback muscle to bloodthirsty cyborg (with a phone book's worth of guest stars) just means he compacts his flow more tightly. The production is the Wu standard of berserk little loops and spare boom-bap, though RZA's tracks are head and shoulders above those of his disciples. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Method Man - Tical 2000: The Prequel
    Four years after releasing his first solo album, "Tical",Method Man returns with his follow-up, "Tical 2000: Judgement Day."

    1. Judgement Day (Intro)

    2. Perfect World - Pretty good beat, Meth spits one long verse...it's pretty good, no hook - 3/5

    3. Cradle Rock (Featuring Left Eye) - Good beat, Meth spits good, there is a couple different hooks...Left Eye is on one of them...there good, Left Eye is on the outro as well - 4/5

    4. Dangerous Grounds (Featuring Street Life) - Good beat, Meth and Street Life both spit good, no hook - 4/5

    5. Sweet Love (Skit)

    6. Sweet Love (Featuring Cappadonna & Street Life) - Good beat, Street Life and Meth spit good, Cappadonna's voice and verse is wack, "sweet love" is said throughout the verses...wouldn't really consider that a hook - 3/5

    7. Shaolin What (Skit) - Great beat, Meth spits one long verse with some great punchlines, no hook - 4.5/5

    8. Torture - Good beat, Meth spits good, hook is pretty good - 4.5/5

    9. Where's Method Man? (Skit) (Featuring Ed Lover)

    10. Suspect Chin Music (Featuring Street Life) - Good beat, Meth and Street Life spit 1 verse each before every hook, hook is good - 4.5/5

    11. Retro Godfather - Good beat, Meth spits good, hook is alright - 3.5/5

    12. Dooney Boy (Skit)

    13. Spazzola (Featuring Street Life, Raekwon, Masta Killa, Killa Sin, & Inspectah Deck) - Good beat, everyone spits pretty good, hook is alright - 3.5/5

    14. Check Writer (Skit)

    15. You Play Too Much (Skit) (Featuring Chris Rock)

    16. Party Crasher - Good beat, Meth spits good, no hook - 3.5/5

    17. Grid Iron Rap (Featuring Street Life) - Good beat, Meth and Street Life spit good, hook is good as well - 4.5/5

    18. Step by Step - Great beat, Meth spits good, hook is good - 4/5

    19. Play IV Keeps (Featuring Inspectah Deck, Street Life, & Mobb Deep) - Beat is alright, everyone spits pretty good, hook is pretty good as well - 3.5/5

    20. Donald Trump (Skit)

    21. Snuff Out (Skit) (Featuring Street Life) - Good beat, Street Life spits pretty good on this solo freestyle...why would it be on Meth's album though?....no rating

    22. Elements (Featuring Star & Polite) - Great beat, Meth, Star, and Polite spit good, hook is alright - 4/5

    23. Killin' Fields - Good beat, Meth spits good, hook is good - 4/5

    24. Big Dogs (Featuring Redman) - Good beat, Meth and Red both spit great, hook is alright - 4/5

    25. Break Ups 2 Make Ups (Featuring D'Angelo) - Great beat, Meth spits great, D'Angelo's hook is wack - 3.5/5

    26. Message from Penny (Skit) (Featuring Janet Jackson)

    27. Judgement Day - The intro lasts a little over a minute, Good beat, Meth tears it up, hook is pretty good - 4/5

    28. C.E.O. Outro (Outro)


    Overall: 69.5/90

    3.5 Stars

    This album isn't even close to touching Meth's first album.It's a big disappointment. There's too many skits on here that are pointless.The beats are mostly all good but his hooks are terrible.Only waste your money on this album if you're a big Wu-Tang Clan fan, if not skip it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Better than Tical
    Method Man's first CD was great but this one is even better with more guests, and none of them do bad.
    Track2-8.5/10Method Man showing off his style in the opening track
    Track3-10/10Method Man does great to a great beat
    Track4-10/10Method Man and Streetlife tear it up to a strong beat
    Track6-7/10Alright but ODB and RZA are the best at rappin dirty
    Track7-8.5/10Good beat good lyrics
    Track8-9.5/10Average beat and serious lyrics
    Track10-9/10Streetlife and Method Man do good but the beat is average
    Track11-8/10Solid track
    Track13-10/10They all tear it up lyrically especially Masta Killa
    Track16-7.5/10Its good but not that good
    Track17-8/10Average beat good style and lyrics
    Track18-7.5/10Above average
    Track19-10/10Great lyrics especially by Havoc to a good beat
    Track21-8/10Good beat and lyrics by Streetlife
    Track22-8.5/10Method Man does average but Star and Polite tear it up
    Track23-8.5/10Good beat and lyrics
    Track24-8/10Good duo with Redman
    Track25-5.5/10Tried to make another All I Need
    Track27-8/10Good beat and style
    Overall, In this one even Streetlife does really good, even though he always does bad except for in Wu Tang Forever.All the songs were good except Breakups 2 Makeups and Sweet Love was average.The rest were great.His third album is garbage though, but he is the best solo member of the Wu along with GZA, RZA, and Masta Killa has one great CD.

    4-0 out of 5 stars good second effort - 4.5 stars
    Four years since Meth dropped his classic debut "Tical" he drops another strong album.Packed with 28 tracks (19 songs) the only bad part is the 9 skits/interludes that make a choppy listen.Production is mostly handled by Wu producers: RZA, 4th disciple, True Master, & Mathematics, with 3 by Erick Sermon, 2 by Inspectah Deck and one by Havoc of Mobb Deep, and the prodcution is good throught he album.2 songs don't have Meth on them, and he has 7 solo's.Most of the guests are Wu related (street life is on about 8 songs, with 2 solo ones as well) except Redman, Mobb Deep, D'Angelo, and Left Eye.There are 3 songs I skip, 2 classics, 4 average songs, and the rest being good or great.A must have album for rap fans.

    #2 - 7.5
    #3 - 6 (f/ left eye)
    #4 - 10 (classic w/ great beat -- f/ street life)
    #6 - 9.5 (great dirty song -- f/ street life & cappadonna -- good beat for the song)
    #7 - 10 (classic -- Street Life solo -- GREAT beat)
    #8 - 7
    #10 - 8 (f/ street life)
    #11 - 7
    #13 - 7.5 (f/ masta killa, killa sin, street life, inspectah deck)
    #16 - 9 (good beat & Story)
    #17 - 9 (f/ street life)
    #18 - 8
    #19 - 8.5 (f/ mobb deep, inspectah deck, street life)
    #21 - 6.5 (another Street Life solo)
    #22 - 8 (f/ star & polite (Of American Cream Team)
    #23 - 8
    #24 - 9 (f/ Redman)
    #25 - 8 (f/ D'Angelo -- song for the ladies)
    #27 - 6.5 (upbeat futuristic song)

    Clifford Smith -- b. 4/1/71 -- b. Hempstead, Long Island, NY;Staten Island, NY
    WU TANG!!!!!

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    Asin: B00000DLVQ
    Subjects:  1. East Coast Rap    2. Hardcore Rap    3. Hip-Hop    4. Pop    5. Rap & Hip-Hop   


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    Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (09 November, 1993)
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    This debut revolutionized hip-hop (and launched half a dozen solo careers), as much for The RZA's raw barrage of off-kilter, off-key loops and sound effects as for its elliptically violent lyrics. Martial arts--at least as they appear in kung fu movies--are the Wu-Tang Clan's favorite metaphor, but they're also the organizing principle of the group, a crowd of eight rappers, each with his own way-out-there "fighting style." They created their own little self-contained culture, with its own symbols and shifting identities, and let listeners figure it out for themselves. Unless you're willing to immerse yourself in its world, it can be baffling and a little dry, but its aggression and originality are undeniable. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Wu-Tang
    A classic album by any standards.Wu-Tang delivered big time with their debut album.No track should be skipped on this album.Especially da mystery of chessboxin.With half the Wu-Tang clan on here and Ol Dirty layin down a classic verse you can't go wrong.Also METHOD MAN and CREAM were big hits but overall this whole album is a bit hit.It is a must have for any hip-hop fan who wants to have real hip-hop in thier collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary Hip Hop: The Era Of Wu-Tang
    With nine talented emcees and one of the most creative producers "RZA", there is no way you can go wrong with this LP. With killer cuts like "C.R.E.A.M" and the underground success "Protect Ya Neck", the Wu-Tang were sure to find success. Wu-Tang Clan is pack of all individual personalities with each having their own unique style, which opened several solo projects between them and with "RZA" as their secret weapon, Wu-Tang were seemed to be invincable in those days.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 36 chambers
    this album blew me away. it's for sure one of my favorite hip hop albums of all time, and i have over 250. it has lasting listening ability, you'll be bumpin it for years to come. dont sleep, get this if you havent yet. ... Read more

    Asin: B000002WPI
    Subjects:  1. East Coast Rap    2. Hardcore Rap    3. Hip-Hop    4. Pop    5. Rap    6. Rap & Hip-Hop   


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    Wu-Tang Forever
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (24 August, 1999)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good,But Knowing the Wu-Tang, they couldve done WAY better.
    Disc One:
    1.Wu-Revolution-2/10-This is so annoying and stupid. Just Popa Wu talking for 7 Minutes. Skip It.
    2.Reunited-8/10-The Hook is cool, the rhymes are ill as usual. Cop It.
    3.For Heavens Sake-10/10-My Favorite song on the first disc, Illlllll Beats and rhymes. Cop It NOW.
    4.Cash Still Rules/Scary Hours-7/10-Its aight, couldve had a more solid beat. Check It.
    5.Visionz-9/10-Nice Beat, Cool rhymes...and some pretty soothing piano keys in the backround.Cop It.
    6.As High As Wu-Tang Get-10/10-I give this a ten just because of Osirus. Cop It NOW.
    7.Severe Punishment-8/10-Ill all around but not a classic. Cop It.
    8.Older Gods-7/10-I aint feeling the beat. Check It.
    9.Maria-7/10-Basically an ODB and CappaDonna sex song, its aight.Check It.
    10.A Better Tomorrow-7/10-The Lyrics are great but the beat is weak. Check It.
    11.It's Yourz-8/10-Its Aight, some pretty ill lines from Lex Diamonds. Cop It.

    Disc Two:
    1.Intro-No Rating-It's an Intro People...C'mon.
    2.Triumph-9/10-The lyrics on this track make the jam. Cop It.
    3.Impossible-8/10-Weak hook and beats but the rhymes make up for it. Cop It.
    4.Little Ghetto Boys-8/10-Aight rhymes and beats but the intro is really stupid. Cop It.
    5.Deadly Melody-10/10-Just because of Noodles I give this 10. Cop It NOW.
    6.The City-9/10-Annoying intro but really good track overall. Cop It.
    7.The Projects-7/10-Yet again a stupid into, but a weak track. Check It.
    8.Bells Of War-10/10-Amazingly great U-God verse and fantastic beat. Iller than Illmatic. Cop It NOW.
    9.The M.G.M.-5/10-Its aight, let's just leave it there. Check It.
    10.Dog S%!t-6/10-Whack but really funny. Check It.
    11.Duck Seazon-9/10-Ill beat and tight rhymes. Cop It.
    12.Hellz Wind Staff-10/10-My favorite just because of the Kung-Fu samples. Cop It NOW.
    13.Heaterz-10/10-Really just excellent production by the RZA. Cop It NOW.
    14.Black Shampoo-6/10-U-God doesnt really seem like the romantic type. Check It.
    15.Second Coming-8/10-Soulful singing, really relaxing. Check It.
    16.The Closing-No Rating-It's A Closing, C'mon.

    Final Word:Cop It.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Overall Wu Album
    The lyrics on this album is the best Wu collection of conscious lyrics.The production is near-best of all Wu albums.This is a must have.

    Alot of exercise on this.RZA shines, U-God shines, Meth shines, Ghost can't lose, Masta Kill shines....this is just one of the best efforts put out from the group.Only thing that comes close to this, as far as Wu-tang as a whole, is the collaborations on Liquid Swords and the Ironman album.But Forever is beyond all that.Just get it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Wu-Tang Banger!
    A lot of crews have copied their style, some even tried to reign as many emcees as they have.The release of this cd was the height of the Wu and proved a lot of people wrong."Triumph featuring CappaDonna," proved it by all with the exception of Ol' Dirty.RZA provided the canvas for them to paint the vivid lyrics on.Unselfishly each took swings as the rest swarmed around their victims.There are too many songs I love on this album.Even the track produced by member Inspectah Deck fitted well in the Chambers they welcomed us to.Some of the stronger songs had Ghostface Killah and Raekwon switch hit.Now in 2005 they need to forget the solo albums and finish off the 36 Chambers.RZA, GZA, U-God, Masta Killa, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Inspectah Deck sending rappers back to the drawing table.RIP Ol' Dirty Bastard. ... Read more

    Asin: B00001IVOR
    Sales Rank: 3221
    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rap & Hip-Hop   


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    Tha Last Meal
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (19 December, 2000)
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    Throughout the 1990s, Snoop Dogg proved that the phrase "old rappers" doesn't have to be an oxymoron, and that it's possible to age gracefully within the genre. But as he made the transition from lethargic gangsta crony to mature thug uncle, Snoop the icon soon outstripped Snoop the rapper and his output became spotty, leaving questions of whether his talented tongue was lost to time. On Tha Last Meal, Snoop proves that all the glitter isn't gone from his golden throat. He's so secure that he even dips into crooning on the so fresh and so clean "Leave Me Alone." But Tha Last Meal largely achieves its smoothness through worn-leather raps delivered with pimp savoir-faire and production--supplied by Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Meech Wells, and others--that swaps the charisma-free bounce of Snoop's last two albums for an uptempo, newly enthused sound. The glee is echoed in Snoop's rhymes. "I'm in a three-piece suit looking too cute," Snoop gloats on "Stacey Adams." "Go Away" serves as the Dogg's new position statement, on which he belligerently proclaims "I'm too young to retire, I'm having fun with it / See, when you learn what to do with it, I'll be done with it." Indeed, it'll take a nation of haters to keep Snoop down, something that Snoop nods to on "True Lies," which features the boldest player of all, President Bill Clinton. With even the prez doing dirt, it's clear the game still isn't to be told. --Jon Caramanica ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Not Doggystyle but closest to it in quality and style
    This is a very good album by Snoop.There are really no weak points in the album and it was put together very well.Tracks produced by Dre were definitely the best on here but like I said this whole album is very good.I give it 4.5 stars.

    1. Intro- N/A

    2. Hennesey N Buddah-5/5

    3. What's My Name Pt.2-4/5

    4. True Lies-3.5/5

    5. Wrong Idea-4/5

    6. Go Away-4.5/5

    7. Set It Off-4/5(great to hear MC Ren again)

    8. Stacey Adams-2.5/5

    9. Lay Low- 5/5

    10. Bring It On- 3.5/5

    11. Game Court-N/A

    12. Issues- 4.5/5

    13. Brake Fluid- 4/5

    14. Ready 2 Ryde- 4/5

    15. Loosen Control- 3.5/5

    16. I Can't Swim-4/5(hated it at first but I like it now)

    17. Leave Me Alone-4.5/5

    18. Back Up Off Me-1/5(I hate No Limit. It's not a bad beat but I just hate the No Limit attitude and most of their music)

    19. Y'all Gone Miss Me- 5/5( This is the best on the album.This is basically like a song you would hear on Doggystyle except you get a more mature Snoop here.This is Snoop at his best.


    4-0 out of 5 stars Good 5th solo album
    Snoop's third and last release on No Limit is a little below his "Top Dogg" album but much better than his "Game Is To Be Sold.." album.Doesn't have that down south sound to it and he returned to a lot of the top producers from the West giving it more of his old sound that everyone loved.Jelly Roll, Scott Storch and Dr. Dre all produce 3 songs, Timbaland & Battlecat each do 2 songs, and Meech Wells, Soopafly and Carlos Stephens each do 1.It has 3 classics, 2 near classics, 5 ok songs and the others all are good. Features only 2 people from No Limit (Master P & Magic) and a few old heads from the west as well as a few of his pals and too many choruses by Kokane's whiny voice.A good album and one I'd recommend.

    #2 - 8 (f/ Kokane)
    #4 - 7
    #5 - 7 (f/ kokane)
    #6 - 9.5 (f/ Kokane)
    #7 - 7.5 (f/ MC Ren, Ice Cube, Lady of Rage, Nate Dogg)
    #8 - 7.5 (f/ kokane - intro dedicated to Bill Clinton)
    #9 - 10 (classic - f/ Master P, Nate Dogg, Butch Cassidy, & Tray Deee & Goldie Loc {Eastsidaz} - talkin' bout ho's with big mouth)
    #10 - 8.5 (f/ Suga free & kokane)
    #12 - 10 (classic - address a few people maily his cousin Daz Dillinger)
    #13 - 7.5 (f/ Kokane - again)
    #14 - 8.5 (f/ Eve)
    #15 - 8 (f/ Soopafly & Butch Cassidy)
    #16 - 8
    #17 - 10 (classic slower song w/ Snoop singing)
    #19 - 8 (f/ Master P & Magic)
    #20 - 9.5

    b. Calvin Broadus --- 10/20/72 --- Long Beach, CA
    *-* LBC -- 213 *-*

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    5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME ALBUM
    Forget what anyone else say, i'm tellin' u that u gotta have dis in yo' collection. Here are my fave tracks and least fave tracks:
    Set It Off 5/5- This song is a legendery west-coast song. It features west-coast legends The lady Of Rage, MC Ren, Nate Dogg & Ice Cube.
    Lay Low 5/5- Great song. Has master p in it.
    Back Up Off Me 5/5- Great, loud song. Also has master p in it.
    Who Am I Pt. 2 4/5- Good song.
    Henessey 'N' Buddah 4/5- Good song.
    Go Away 5/5- Great song. Great Beat.
    Ready 2 Ride 4.5/5- Good song. Got eve on it.
    Stacey Adams 1/5- Worst Song on the album.
    Issues 4/5- Good song. ... Read more

    Asin: B00004U130
    Subjects:  1. G-Funk    2. Gangsta Rap    3. Pop    4. Rap    5. Rap & Hip-Hop    6. West Coast Rap   


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    N.W.A. - Greatest Hits
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (02 July, 1996)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars NWA's Greatest Hits
    N.W.A is the best rap group of all time. That's coming from someone who NEVER listens to rap. I like N.W.A. though. It's too bad the radio stations were stupid at the time and didn't play their music. This album is a must have. If you don't have it, you're missing out on alot. I suppose this album is really important, because it introduces the young rap fans to how great rap was before it turned into the sh** that's on radio nowadays. It also shows them where some of their favorite rap stars started. I've introduced NWA to some of the new generation and now they're amongst NWA's greatest fans.

    1-0 out of 5 stars mongo never lingos epiaccly when he plays bingo
    ^thats good rap without all the f-bomb dropping. its not silly enoughy 4 me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This Is For The Gangstas!
    NWA has been one of my favourite rap groups since forever. You can't deny the impact that these artists have had collectively and seperately on rap music. This album contains some of the most important songs in rap history, and never again will another group be able to do the same as them. There may be or will be groups who could be argued to be better than NWA, but no one will ever do it like them. This is a must have for any fan of NWA or rap music in general - these songs are just too important to miss out on. And besides the importance of the songs, they're damn good listens as well. There's not a bad joint on the entire thing. Even the skits don't disturb the flow of the album - you've got that ruff, old skool gangsta vibe throughout. You shouldn't even have to think about it, just pick it up. 5 stars.

    1. "Fkkk Tha Police"
    2. "Gangsta Gangsta"
    3. "If It Ain't Ruff"
    4. "Chin Check"
    5. "I Ain't Tha 1" ... Read more

    Asin: B000003ACG
    Sales Rank: 18801
    Subjects:  1. Gangsta Rap    2. Golden Age    3. Hardcore Rap    4. Pop    5. Rap    6. Rap & Hip-Hop    7. West Coast Rap   


    Straight Outta Compton [Clean]
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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    A lone voice sneers "You are about to witness the strength of street knowledge," and with that warning the greatest-ever gangsta album begins. Then these Niggas with Attitude--wicked rhymes by Ice Cube, Easy E, and MC Ren; soulful production courtesy Dr. Dre; beats provided by DJ Yella--come barreling into your face, just daring you to ignore the streets of Compton (or any American city) even one day longer. From the anti-police brutality anthem "F__k Tha Police" to the angry, unflinching realism of "Gangsta Gangsta," to the pro-free speech "Express Yourself," this is slammin' and ruthless.--David Cantwell ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars TOTALLY ILL!!!!!!!!!!
    This baby isAWESOME! Its a classic. Every songs great,here is a review for each song.
    Straight Outta Compton-***** ILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!
    Gangsta Gangsta -***** Best on the album.
    If It Ain't Ruff-****Great.
    Parental Discretion Iz Advised-***** Awesome.
    8 ball-***** Hilarious!
    Something like that -****Good.
    Express Yourself-***** I'm running out of things to say.
    Comptons In The House -***** It is in the house!
    I ain't the One -***** Cool.
    Dopeman -***** I am out of things to say uggh cool.
    Quiet On the Set-***** ugghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Something 2 dance 2 -***** Great way to end it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Straight Classic
    I bought this cd when i was about 11 without my moms consent, of course she knew what it was im 18 now, and i still have it and still listen to it, this is one of the breakthrough albums for true gangsta rap along with Public Enemy which was alot more political than NWA but pretty much all rap was in those days..but anyway if you havent already heard this cd then you're way behind on times without a doubt go pick this up.

    5-0 out of 5 stars amazing
    this NWA cd is a classic. dre, eazy, ice cube, ren, and yella all do great. heres a review of the whole Cd

    1. Straight outta compton (5/5) classic
    2. F**k tha police (5/5) another classic
    3. Gangsta, Gangsta (5/5) CLASSIC
    4. If It aint ruff (5/5) ren solo=great
    5. Parental Discretion Iz Advised (5/5) awesome
    6. 8Ball Remix (5/5) my second favorite solo. eazy solo
    7. Something like that (5/5) dre and ren do great
    8. express yourself (5/5) dre solo. my favorite solo track
    9. comptonz in tha house remix (4/5) good song but not that much of a beat
    10. I Ain't tha one (5/5) ice cube solo great
    11. dopeman remix (5/5) not as good as i aint tha one but a great ice cube solo
    12. quiet on the set (4.5/5) another good ren solo. but not as good as If it aint ruff
    13. Something to dance to (5/5) great way to end a classic album ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Gangsta Rap    2. Golden Age    3. Hardcore Rap    4. Pop    5. Rap    6. Rap & Hip-Hop    7. United States of America    8. West Coast Rap   


    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

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    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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    Stoned Raiders
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (04 December, 2001)
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    Thoroughly blunted multiracial West Coast pioneers Cypress Hill transformed hip-hop with their eponymous debut album. Now Stoned Raiders, their sixth, looks back on past achievements and clocks up a string of new ones. The metal-powered "Trouble" takes off where their "Rock Superstar" single left off and fixes a mood of embattled reflection aligned to tough determination. "Lowrider" uses an acoustic flamenco guitar to underline the droopy-lidded, easy-rolling side of the band and "Kronologik" tells the story of the group's career and struggles with the help of guest Kurupt. Additional special appearances by Redman, Method Man, and Kokane prove an excellent foil for B Real's patented cartoon style. Throughout they are kept on course by DJ Muggs, still one of the most distinctive studio overlords. His skills are particularly evident counterpointing the anguished lyrics of "Bitter" with multilayered siren voices and waves of dream rock guitar on the luminous percussion of "Memories" and the eerie but impassioned, weed-endorsing "L.I.F.E." They may be fighting their own personal star wars, but the stoned raiders are still winning the battle. --Gavin Martin ... Read more

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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 (trouble) as well as the hardcore rap (southland killers).B Real and Sen sound as tight as ever and of course Muggs is always on point.People seem to hate b/c Cypress is trying out some newer styles.Truth is, these guys couldn't make a bad record if they wanted to...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Stoned Raiders
    This is good but the thing is the rock tracks let em down. They should realize that they aint no good at metal and should go back to rap cause stupid azz rock fans like em now and make em look like a rock group or somethin, anywayz the standout tracks are "Red Meth & B" and "Lowrider"and "Kronolgik" the others are ok except dont like "Trouble" "Bitter" and "Amplified" so buy the first 4 for better.

    And thats all I have to say about that.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Different sound, same Cypress Hill
    This cd everybody is ragging on.Everyone wants TOB or Black Sunday, so then just go listen to that cd.They are expirementing with new styles and integrating sounds which for the most part is done very well.Of course it's not like their old stuff, because that would just be lame redoing old beats and lyrics.All and all, this really is a good cd for any CYPRESS HILL fan, not just a TOB fan. ... Read more

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    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

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    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

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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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    2001
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    Despite the number of guests on hand, Dr. Dre's decade-/century-/millennium-ending sequel to The Chronic is, like its predecessor, less a stack of posse cuts and more an elegantly seamless work from West Coast hip-hop's premier auteur. Deliberately cinematic in everything from its mix of moods to dramatic musical surges, 2001 is Dre's assessment of the gangsta life in medium shots. No longer fully immersed in violence and random sex, yet aware of their attraction, he often lets his guests blow steam about whatever's on their minds. When he takes stock of gangbanging circa late '99, though, he drops his neutral tone; he even provides another half-joking but stern warning to protégé Eminem on "What's the Difference." Between his discovery of Slim Shady, visits from old pal Snoop Dogg, and, most of all, the masterful sound and flow of this CD, Dre should shut down all talk of his supposed irrelevance. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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    The Marshall Mathers LP
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    Will the real Slim Shady please stand up? On Eminem's sophomore album, he can't decide who he wants to be: the deranged pseudo-psycho of the Slim Shady LP, or a nice guy who just likes to rhyme about slicing and dicing his girlfriend ("Kim"). Of course, according to Eminem, he's just kidding. He refuses to take responsibility for the misogynistic, homophobic bile he spews, whining that he's the victim of people who don't get his unique sense of humor. It's good old America's fault if the kids aren't alright (Eminem blames bad parenting), and he's just capitalizing on Uncle Sam's dark side. On the Marshall Mathers LP, he's ambivalent about his fame, angry at his life, pissed off that people take him seriously, and fightin' mad at boy bands--and a lot of other white people. But the blue-eyed brat is acutely aware of his status as rap's resident alien: he has the most offensive mouth running, but never uses the "N" word. He gives lyrical love to tragic (black) legends like Tupac and Biggie while dissing white rappers hard. Even sitting duck Puffy gets the kid-gloves treatment. Of course, Eminem is an interesting, witty rapper, and there's some nice production on this CD, courtesy of Dr. Dre and others. But the hatred in Eminem's rhymes makes the album rotten at its core. And his protests that Slim Shady is just a persona become less convincing with each arrest. Then again, Eminem's got it hard: he's rich, famous, white, and male. --Lizz Mendez Berry ... Read more

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


    Spawn: The Album (1997 Film)
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    In a bordering-on-brilliant idea, the overseers of The Spawn soundtrack proposed an idea to a host of bands that went something like this: "you metal kids go play nice with the electronic geeks and maybe you'll make beautiful music together." Well, guess what? It happened. From the sexy, screamy sounds of the opening cut "Can't You Trip Like I Do" (courtesy of Filter and The Crystal Method) to the funkified "One Man Army" (Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello mixing it up with The Prodigy), the disc is as hot as the Spawn's home and twice as heavy as the monster himself. If you like the CD, rent the video; the soundtrack is front and center in the film, kind of like MTV with a plot. --Denise Sheppard ... Read more

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    Sublime - 20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection
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    Asin: B00006WL50
    Sales Rank: 14194
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Punk Revival    4. Rock    5. Ska-Punk    6. Third Wave Ska Revival   


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    Stand by Your Van
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    Asin: B000007QFU
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    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Pop    3. Punk Revival    4. Rock    5. Ska-Punk    6. Third Wave Ska Revival   


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    Lively Up Yourself [Import Box Set]
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    Asin: B000024L3O
    Sales Rank: 357109
    Subjects:  1. Caribbean    2. Leader    3. Political Reggae    4. Pop    5. Reggae    6. Rocksteady    7. Roots Reggae    8. Ska   


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    Rastaman Vibration
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    Natural Mystic: Legend Lives on
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    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Reggae   


    Legend (New Packaging)
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    Asin: B0000669JL
    Sales Rank: 199
    Subjects:  1. Jamaica    2. Political Reggae    3. Pop    4. Reggae    5. Roots Reggae   


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