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E. 1999 Eternal
Average Customer Review: 4.77 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 November, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best. Truely A Classic!!
This is a very sophisticated and beautiful album. It is a true classic, perhaps the best rap album of 1995. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are a pure rap group, and this album proves their talent. Each Bone member do this album with thuggishness, and harmony. Being a Bone fan, I feel each Bone album is done very well, but is the best Bone album ever, and I bet it will be hard to top. I rate this album's tracks on a scale from 1 to 5: 1. Da Introduction-4.5 2. East 1999-4 3. Eternal-5 4. Crept And We Came-3.5 5. Down '71 (The Getaway)-4 6. Mr. Bill Collector-4.5 7. Budsmokers Only-4.5 8. Crossroad-5 9. Me Killa-3 10. Land Of Tha Heartless-4 11. No Shorts, No Losses-5 12. 1st Of Tha Month-5 13. Buddah Lovaz-3.5 14. Die Die Die-3.5 15. Mr. Ouija-2.5 16. Mo' Murda-4.5 17. Shotz To Tha Double Glock-4

5-0 out of 5 stars Bone's SECOND best CD
My 10 most listened Bone songs(out of all Bone albums).

THUG LUV, LOOK INTO MY EYES remix, EAST 1999, DA INTRO(east/1999 Eturnal album), MO MURDA, DOWN 71(THA GETAWAY), BONE BONE, BODY ROTT, THUGGISH RUGGISH BONE and FOE THA LOVE OF MONEY

Bone thugs are the most original rap group I've heard and if you hear anyone rap like Bone, they got the idea from them. These 5 thugs, BIZZY, KRAIZY, LAYZIE, WISH and FLESH are the definition of style. They change thier rap style so you don't get bored of them. Bizzy Bone is the best example of this, he can rap fast or slow and as the piano goes of in Mo murda, he raps at a different pace. As they rap fast, it takes time to make out what they're saying, just listen to a track 30 times then your fine. This is the top 3 rap albums of all time on the top 10 rap commandments site and it's under The Chronic by Dre Dre and Doggy style by Snoop dog.

I'll rate each track with 5 being the highest.

DA INTRODUCTION -5- Great way to start and it's my top 10 Bone songs of all time and this has the 3 best Bone members Bizzy, Kraizy and Layzie. DJUNEEK spits some evil words out to introduce Bone. Afterwards Bizzy does the best verse and no other rapper can ever touch his verse, it's so smooth and he raps slower than usual and his smooth voice fits in with the rainining and smooth music in the background. Check out these lyrics
Betta make that money man, dead wrong
Put it on the low betta beat them hoes
Gotta get them demons off me

EAST 1999 -5- Another 1 of my top 10 Bone songs. If you want to get the best out of Bone, listen to this. Its got all 5 of those thugs and this is straight hardcore. I reckon this has Kraizy's best verse because he uses all his stop n stutter rap skills here. The tune to this a deep bass in the background. Bizzy spits out the tightest verse in the whole track.

ETURNAL -5- This is a standout track on the album and it's missing Flesh. This is a little less hardcore than East 1999 because it has a slower pace. I think Layzie gave us the best verse.

CREPT AND WE CAME 3.5 I gave this 3.5 because it's my least listened on this album. This has a basic background tune but when Bone raps over it, it's still quite tight.

DOWN 71 (THA GETAWAY) -5- This song is as hardcore as East 1999 but with better lyrics. This has Bizzy, Layzie, Krayzie. This is about Bizzy getting sentenced to jail and Layzie helps by shooting a guard in the face and frowing a grenade, then Krayzie is disguised as a preacher and gives cover when Layzie and Bizzy jump over a fence to their hideout. This song has a fast pace and Layzie has my favourite verse.

MR BILL COLLECTER -5- This is 1 of the best on this album and this is Bone at a slower pace than East 1999 and Tha Getaway. You can chill to this and this has a great hook "I could of taken his life but tha n*gg* tried to get away with me elloh". This has the strongest tune out of the first 5 tracks.

BUDSMOKERS ONLY -3- This is my least listened and this is a comedy track about smokers.

CROSSROADS -5- This is dedicated to Eazy E(as is the whole album) from passing away. This is emotional and Wish's verse shines here the most to me, this song is 1 of Bone's most accomplished.

LAND OF THA HEARTLESS -5- Another hard Bone song and this is fast paced with a perfect beat. This contains the 3 best Bone members. Bizzy does my most liked verse in this track.

NO SHORTS OR LOSSES 4.5 This has all 5 Bone members. The choras tune is very like Tha Thuggish Ruggish Bone tune. The beat can't match L O H.

1ST OF THA MONTH -5- This has the standout tune along with Mo Murder. This is about Bone when they were younger when living in the ghetto and the Government gave them money, so they lived for a day like millionaires(kind of. Bizzy Bone had the best verse, this is 1 of the best songs by Bone in their carreer.

BUDDAH LOVAH -5- This is the best chilled out Bone track in my opinion. This has a memorable tune and each group member(except Flesh but he's on the video)has tiny verses each and rap after each over(like Tha Crossroads).

DIE DIE 4.5 This has Bizzy and Krayzie. Another piano classic. Bizzy has the best verse and he raps faster than Krayzie. This is a short song(2.51) so it doesn't get repetitive.

MO MURDA -5- This is my top 10 Bone song out of all their albums. This in my opinion has the best tune with piano synths and more. Layzie puts down one of the best verses in hip pop history, untuchouble. Bizzy also puts down a great verse and when the piano goes off it is out of this world when he raps. Wish puts down his best verse in this album. Krayzie's verse is relaxing and comes out with good lyrics like "dipped machete in rum", "Blow all these hoes up in flames".

SHOTS TO THA DOUBLE GLOCK -5-
This has hardcore lyrics and a hard choras "pop pop given up shots to tha double glock glock".
This has Wish, Kraizie, Layzie, Poetic Hustlers and Grave Yard Shift.
This is a sample of some of the lyrics.

first degree m*rderin' wig splitta, grave digga
Diggin' a ditch, puttin' a b*tch
And them snitches in the pit, so don't f*ck with
Them n*gga* off the 9 9.

THA CROSSROADS -5- This has all of thugs except Flesh. This is dedicted to Kraizy's cousine(Wally), Wish's uncle and Eazy E because they passed away.

TOP 5 SONGS on this album

EAST 1999
MO MURDA
DOWN 71(THA GETAWAY)
DA INTRODUCTION
SHOTS TO THA DOUBLE GLOCK

5-0 out of 5 stars THA GREATEST ALBUM EVER
NO ONE OR ANY OF THEY'RE ALBUMS COME CLOSE TO THIS ALBUM. THIS IS THA BEST ALBUM EVER RELEASED. I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD OWN THIS CD. SO ALL YOU BRAINWASHED MAINSTREAM RAP LOVERS TAKE A BREAK FROM NELLY AND CHINGY N PURCHASE DIS CD. IT HURTS ME TO SEE RAP THESE DAYS. LISTEN'N TO THIS ALBUM IS THA BEST FEELING IN THA WORLD. I JUST CAN NOT PUT IT IN WORDS. GET ALL OF THEY'RE ALBUMS, ESPECIALLY THA ART OF WAR. IF YOU HAVE NOT HEARD THIS ALBUM YOU ARE MISSING OUT SO MUCH. IT MAY SEEM LIKE I'M EXAGGERATING A LIL BUT I AM NOT. LISTEN TO IT AND YOU WILL DISCOVER THAT BONE THUGS~N~HARMONY ARE THA GREATEST RAPPERS EVER. ... Read more

Asin: B00000DHSE
Sales Rank: 6278


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G-Funk Classics, Vols. 1 & 2
Average Customer Review: 4.65 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (21 July, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Nate Dogg at his smooth best, a G-Funk classic.
Nate Dogg was one star, who, as far as releasing an album, got lost in the shuffle. With Death Row's president Suge Knight getting in various troubles with the law, Nate was having trouble getting his album released. This two-disc set, having the first disc recorded in 1995 for Death Row Records and being released in 1996. The second disc is composed of material recorded in 1998 for Nate's currently defunct Dogg Foundation Records. The second disc is actually the better of the two, although the first disc is amazing. Nate Dogg, unlike almost any other in the rap category, sings in the smooth manner of a jazz or blues singer. In fact, a large portion of this album is very jazzy, and shows Nate's roots have always been the blues. His style is more original than anyone else's; he has a voice smoother than glass, and as he often says, you can tell he loves to sing. His smooth voice goes perfectly with the cool production from the likes of Daz Dillinger, Soopafly Priest, Warren G, and many others, including the unlikely production resources of Kurupt, Snoop Doggy Dogg, and even Nate himself, and great guests such as Kurupt, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Warren G, Daz Dillinger, Big Syke, Tupac Shakur, his sister Pamela Hale, and many more for this swinging album.

The first disc has many highlights, including the Teddy Riley-produced "The Hardest Man In Town", which features another unlikely resource of production, considering Riley's forte is R&B production, and he comes up with a beat that sounds like Daz or Dr. Dre. Nate's beautiful singing rounds the song. The funky "G-Funk" features Nate at his best, singing about what the greatest form of hip-hop means to him. "First We Pray" features Kurupt, and its soulful guitar beat and great lyrics make it classic Death Row material. The deep production of "My World" is amazingly interesting, and Nate's singing flows well over piano and guitars. "Crazy, Dangerous" is one of the greatest tracks on the album, produced by Johnny "J", who did tracks for Tupac. The soulful singing and guitar make this a must-listen. The second single, "These Days", is classic material with Daz Dillinger putting in a guest rap and Nate Dogg dissing B.G. Knocc Out & Dresta in his smooth "I caught you slipping" sort of laid-back GQ demeanor. "Bag Of Weed" is a comical track featuring Tray D, and a great, hypnotizing chorus. On another comical side, "Dirty Hoe's Draws", Nate joins DJ's and some other great singers including Butch Cassidy and Val Young for a slow jamming track you'll never forget. "Scared Of Love" is a jazzy track with a great trumpet and piano, plus Nate singing beautifully. Another classic is "Me & My Homies", which features Tupac Shakur, a classic friend song, with smooth keyboards and great lyrics. The swiftly-paced "Because I Got A Girl", is classic Nate Dogg, with its funky percussion-laced beat with keyboards and beautiful singing. The first single, "Never Leave Me Alone", is another classic song, produced by Kurupt, and featuring the playful rap of Snoop Doggy Dogg over a swinging beat. The prophetic "Where Are You Going?" is a slower song that really is great even though it drags out. This disc is great to listen to, especially if you love Death Row, but the second disc is even better.

Highlighting tracks on the second disc include "Dedication", a short introduction to the album, where Nate disses Death Row's management, angry about the way he was treated there. "Who's Playing Games?" is a funky party track (everyone loves DPG in party mode), and "I Don't Want To Hurt No More" ticks like a clock with a great beat and Nate's heartfelt lyrics. "Just Another Day" is a funky Nate production, and filled with great singing. My favorite is "She's Strange", which is a piano and keyboard-laced swing track, featuring Barbara Wilson, who's sultry voice is perfect for the song. "Almost In Love" is also a pretty ballad, with a great concept of Nate almost falling in love with a lady until he finds out who she really is. "No Matter Where I Go", is a classic Nate Dogg track, filled with organs and lively instruments. "Friends" is a 213 reunion, with fellow members Snoop Doggy Dogg and Warren G, for a track about homeboys and a slower beat. "Puppy Love", on the other hand, is a party track which features Daz, Snoop Doggy Dogg and Kurupt for a party track. The third single, "Nobody Does It Better", is a classic single featuring Warren G, a perfect duet between the two, up there with the classics "Regulate" and "Annie Mae". Another winner is "Sexy Girl", which features keyboards and guitars, plus a great hook and a rap from Big Syke. "Dogg Pound Gangstaville", is a classic DPG track with a funky beat and Kurupt and Snoop Doggy Dogg coming in for an appearance. The last track is the great "Never Too Late", with it's trumpets and keyboards, a great blues track.

To conclude my review, I would recommend this to anyone. Whether you like jazz, blues, rap, hip-hop, soul/R&B, or all, you will love this set. It's for any music lover.

5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Long Beach G-Funk; brings back shimmering memories.
Nate Dogg was one star, who, as far as releasing an album, got lost in the shuffle. With Death Row's president Suge Knight getting in various troubles with the law, Nate was having trouble getting his album released. This two-disc set, having the first disc recorded in 1995 for Death Row Records and being released in 1996. The second disc is composed of material recorded in 1998 for Nate's currently defunct Dogg Foundation Records. The second disc is actually the better of the two, although the first disc is amazing. Nate Dogg, unlike almost any other in the rap category, sings in the smooth manner of a jazz or blues singer. In fact, a large portion of this album is very jazzy, and shows Nate's roots have always been the blues. His style is more original than anyone else's; he has a voice smoother than glass, and as he often says, you can tell he loves to sing. His smooth voice goes perfectly with the cool production from the likes of Daz Dillinger, Soopafly Priest, Warren G, and many others, including the unlikely production resources of Kurupt, Snoop Doggy Dogg, and even Nate himself, and great guests such as Kurupt, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Warren G, Daz Dillinger, Big Syke, Tupac Shakur, his sister Pamela Hale, and many more for this swinging album.

The first disc has many highlights, including the Teddy Riley-produced "The Hardest Man In Town", which features another unlikely resource of production, considering Riley's forte is R&B production, and he comes up with a beat that sounds like Daz or Dr. Dre. Nate's beautiful singing rounds the song. The funky "G-Funk" features Nate at his best, singing about what the greatest form of hip-hop means to him. "First We Pray" features Kurupt, and its soulful guitar beat and great lyrics make it classic Death Row material. The deep production of "My World" is amazingly interesting, and Nate's singing flows well over piano and guitars. "Crazy, Dangerous" is one of the greatest tracks on the album, produced by Johnny "J", who did tracks for Tupac. The soulful singing and guitar make this a must-listen. The second single, "These Days", is classic material with Daz Dillinger putting in a guest rap and Nate Dogg dissing B.G. Knocc Out & Dresta in his smooth "I caught you slipping" sort of laid-back GQ demeanor. "Bag Of Weed" is a comical track featuring Tray D, and a great, hypnotizing chorus. On another comical side, "Dirty Hoe's Draws", Nate joins DJ's and some other great singers including Butch Cassidy and Val Young for a slow jamming track you'll never forget. "Scared Of Love" is a jazzy track with a great trumpet and piano, plus Nate singing beautifully. Another classic is "Me & My Homies", which features Tupac Shakur, a classic friend song, with smooth keyboards and great lyrics. The swiftly-paced "Because I Got A Girl", is classic Nate Dogg, with its funky percussion-laced beat with keyboards and beautiful singing. The first single, "Never Leave Me Alone", is another classic song, produced by Kurupt, and featuring the playful rap of Snoop Doggy Dogg over a swinging beat. The prophetic "Where Are You Going?" is a slower song that really is great even though it drags out. This disc is great to listen to, especially if you love Death Row, but the second disc is even better.

Highlighting tracks on the second disc include "Dedication", a short introduction to the album, where Nate disses Death Row's management, angry about the way he was treated there. "Who's Playing Games?" is a funky party track (everyone loves DPG in party mode), and "I Don't Want To Hurt No More" ticks like a clock with a great beat and Nate's heartfelt lyrics. "Just Another Day" is a funky Nate production, and filled with great singing. My favorite is "She's Strange", which is a piano and keyboard-laced swing track, featuring Barbara Wilson, who's sultry voice is perfect for the song. "Almost In Love" is also a pretty ballad, with a great concept of Nate almost falling in love with a lady until he finds out who she really is. "No Matter Where I Go", is a classic Nate Dogg track, filled with organs and lively instruments. "Friends" is a 213 reunion, with fellow members Snoop Doggy Dogg and Warren G, for a track about homeboys and a slower beat. "Puppy Love", on the other hand, is a party track which features Daz, Snoop Doggy Dogg and Kurupt for a party track. The third single, "Nobody Does It Better", is a classic single featuring Warren G, a perfect duet between the two, up there with the classics "Regulate" and "Annie Mae". Another winner is "Sexy Girl", which features keyboards and guitars, plus a great hook and a rap from Big Syke. "Dogg Pound Gangstaville", is a classic DPG track with a funky beat and Kurupt and Snoop Doggy Dogg coming in for an appearance. The last track is the great "Never Too Late", with it's trumpets and keyboards, a great blues track.

To conclude my review, I would recommend this to anyone. Whether you like jazz, blues, rap, hip-hop, soul/R&B, or all, you will love this set. It's for any music lover.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hip Hop's Most Talented Soul Singer
Top of the line quality music. This is one of those cd's that at first takes some adjustment if your a hardcore rap head, but can be attained. Nate Dogg has the smoothest, cleanest, most expressive & unique voice out there in rap music. This cd right here gives me chills, because nate's voice is so melodic and touching. The cd is a banger, not a radio cd, but a cd to ride to or just smoke out to. A westcoast breezy for when your riding on the 405 freeway w/ the windows all the way down, cool breeze flowing & the cali sunshine smackin yo face. ... Read more

Asin: B000009DZA
Sales Rank: 92153


The Blueprint
Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (11 September, 2001)
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The Blueprint may be Jay Z's most captivating record since Reasonable Doubt, but its predictably detached mood reflects the master hustler's superior ability to trick out lackluster subject matter with lyrical complexity and brief flashes of manufactured introspection. The Blueprint, a solid mix of preprogrammed radio hits ("Izzo," "Girls, Girls, Girls") and better-than-average mid-tempo compositions ("Never Change," "Song Cry"), confirms the Brooklyn rapper's legendary status. Blistering flames of the Queensbridge/Jay Z feud fan high with"Takeover," a direct attack on Nas, set over the Doors' rock & roll burner, "5 to 1.""Renegade" provides the album's only full-on guest appearance. Jay and Eminem take this opportunity to address haters (within the industry and in the general population) who don't understand the mind of an artist. Jigga spells it out on the title track: "Reasonable Doubt--classic, shoulda went triple." The Blueprint might not be quite on par with Reasonable Doubt but it is reasonably good. --Rebecca Levine ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Tha newest Jigga classic
This is one of the best all-around CD's out now. From commercial songs (Izzo & Girls, Girls, Girls) to the underground-like diss (Takeover) to the thuggish songs, Jay-Z keeps it real and bangin throughout.

The beats are pretty good on this LP but I think he should have had more guest spots on this CD. He has no ROC artists featured on this. But one guest spot made me get this CD...Eminem's appearance on Renagade. Yeah, Slim outshines Jigga on this track, but who can honestly outshine Eminem?

The songs to check out are definitly Renagade, Jigga That N***a, Hola Hovito & Song Cry.

The following is my track rating (1-5):

1. The Ruler's Back - 4 (decent for an intro)
2. Takeover - 4.5 (beat gets annoying...Jigga disses Nas & Mobb Deep here)
3. Izzo - 3 (it got played out)
4. Girls, Girls, Girls - 2 (this did too)
5. Jigga That N***a - 5 (the beat and hook keep it bangin)
6. U Don't Know - 4 (beat sounds like it's from a Jay-Z intro)
7. Hola Hovito - 5 (one of the best on here)
8. Heart Of The City - 4
9. Never Change - 3.5
10. Song Cry - 5
11. All I Need - 4.5
12. Renagade - 5+++
13. Blueprint (+ 2 BONUS TRACKS) - 3

5-0 out of 5 stars The Blueprint Is A Masterpiece
This album is one of Jay-Z's best. Every single track on
The Blueprint has the "craziest" lyrics, especially on "Takeover" (Jay-Z disses Nas and Prodigy of Mobb Deep). Although it is sampled, Jay-Z created a creative track. My favorite songs are "Takeover", "Girls, Girls, Girls", "Heart Of The City (Ain't No Love)", "U Don't Know", "Hola Hovito", and the hidden bonus track, "Girls, Girls, Girls (Remix)". The Blueprint is a major improvement over Vol. 3... Life And Times Of S. Carter and The Dynasty Roc La Familia (2000- ) (still overall solid albums). I am pretty sure that he will drop another hot album before September 2002. Before I forget, make sure you pick up these other fantastic albums:
1. Reasonable Doubt (absolute favorite Jay-Z album)
2. In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 (I haven't heard this yet, but I am sure it is bangin'.)
3. Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life
4. Vol. 3... Life And Times Of S. Carter
5. The Dynasty Roc La Familia (2000- )
When you pick these up, make sure you listen carefully to the lyrical genius.

5-0 out of 5 stars This album is the blueprint!
Jay-z is at the pinnacle with this record. It is the first rap record besides Kanye West that I have been able to FULLY connect with. I love this cd. His lyrics are so catchy and so rememerable that after a couple of listens I was going wit Jay and the rhymes. The beats done by the beatmaster himself Kanye, are so hot and so soulful that they almost steal the album. My favorite songs are TAKEOVER, Jay takes shots at Nas and has piercing lyrics. IZZO, because he samples one of my fave groups the Jackson 5, and its just so damn catchy. GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, is also so soulful and very funny and Jay describes many types of girls. I like it, because its catchy and cool and it doesnt objectify women. HEART OF THE CITY, I love it for the hook, but I have to say I didn't like this song until Jaguar Wright did it right on the Unplugged cd. VERY HOT go cop that if you ain't heard it. NEVER CHANGE is a testament to the hood life and to the streets. Its almost like the song is standing his ground, he will never change. Very easy to listen to. SONG CRY is my favorite songs on the cd and one of my faves of all time!!! THe song is so hard!! He makes the song cry cause he can't see them coming down his face. I love it, it is the hiphop power ballad! Renegade is another favorite of mine, mainly because its so powerful and Eminem (I hate to say it Jay) spits hot fire on this track. This cd is so captivating, from the beats, to the verses, to Eminem ( the only guet appearance). Thats another thing Jay basically held the cd down for himself as far as performing. How many rap cds out there have a different person on each track. It's hard to hold down the fort by yourself, but hey the king of new york did it...and did it well!! ... Read more

Asin: B00005O54T


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Big Boi and Dre Present...Outkast
Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (04 December, 2001)
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Following their ascension from the Atlanta music scene in 1994, Outkast have spent the greater part of a decade creating innovative and challenging music that disproves the persistent rumor of hip-hop's imminent demise. That's because Andre 3000 and Big Boi are artists of the first order. Coming off a run of four critically acclaimed albums, plus a successful collaboration with their extended clan, the Dungeon Family, Big Boi and Dre present a collection of their greatest hits, which includes three previously unreleased tracks. Highlights among the older material include the original (non-album) version of their first-ever single, "Playa's Ball"; ATLiens' "Elevators"; the spoken-word dub-funk of Aquemini's "Spottieottiedopalicious"; and "B.O.B", the song that caused Stankonia to enter mainstream territory. The new songs are of the same high caliber and should be a good enough reason for die-hard fans to pick this CD up--there's no such thing as too much Outkast in your collection. --Rebecca Levine ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars how could you possibly ask for more?
This CD has just got it all! I jumped on the Outkast bandwagon when Stankonia came out and realized how great of an album it was. I listened to it all the time, and then this collection of Outkast songs came out. Its perfect for an introduction to outkast, or for a fan to have all the hits on one CD. It has 3 new songs on it, including the top-20 hit "The Whole World", and many of the old classics. Some of my favorites from those are "aint no thang" , "rosa parks", and "southernfunk..." i dont think any songs are left out of it except for "Atliens". It covers alot of old material as well, something that most artists tend to neglect on greatest hits collections. More songs came from their first album on this CD than from any other album. Its a great buy, so what aer you waiting for? (oh yea if you are offended by cartoons of naked women with oversized nipples on the CD art, you probably should think twice about getting this CD)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Buy!!
Outkast is one of the standard's names in the hiphop world today. Coming from Atlanta, they helped to put the so-called "Dirty South" on the map. It seems they r one step ahead from other rappers, No one could make a song like "B.O.B"..Only them. Big Boi and Andre 3000 finally get their deserved props, after 4 albuns.

I've to be honest, I wasn't a Outkast fan, I remember I watched "Player's Ball" on YO! MTV Raps and I liked it, when "Aquemini" was released I've just HATE IT!!! I remember I also listened the first Bobby Digital's instalment, also the first Black Eyed Peas's album...And I bought the last one...Bobby Digital I thought so strange...Didn't like it. And when The Source coveted "Aquemini" with that 5 mic, I couldn't believe it...They were crazy!! How can anyoone think that album was a classic??

Then they released "Stankonia", at first it sounded like "Aquemini" but after listening a couple of times I knew it was a different sound...Songs like "So Fresh and So Clean" and "Ms. Jackson" was very different from their previuos work, that's why I bought the album.

And now they released this Greatest Hits...What can I say? I'ts fantastic!! I could finally listen more older tracks, and I really enjoyed the album, by the way, one of the best songs is "Rosa Parks" which ironically is from "Aquemini", reminds a lil'bit of Nelly's "Ride With Me"...I definitely have to listen "Aquemini" again. And the new tracks maintain that futuristic funk that r their trademark...Really good to bunp in your car, crib, club whatever...Once again they change the game and prove to all the non-believers that hiphop will be here for a long, long time...

If u r a Outkast fan, buy it, If u wanna know more 'bout this duo, go copy it...I bet u'll love it!!! Welcome to the Outkast world!! Have Fun!!

4-0 out of 5 stars A lot of songs left out
This album has most of Outkast's greatest hits. The only flaw I really see is they left off a lot of songs from ATliens. I understand they can't include every song in their catelogue but Atliens is by far the best album they released. Thats the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars. ... Read more

Asin: B00005RIJQ


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Masquerade
Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (18 June, 2002)
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Wyclef Jean's third solo offering finds him still trying his darndest toprove to hip-hoppers and pop audiences alike just how eclectic he can be. And noone knows exactly why. After all, eclecticism does not necessarily translate toquality; Jean's disturbingly mediocre collaboration withTom Jones on anupdated version of "What's New, Pussycat?" is a prime example of how anintriguing idea can go awry. Likewise, his reinterpretations ofBob Dylan's"Knockin' on Heaven's Door" and theFour Seasonshit "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" demonstrate just how spiritless thistruly gifted emcee/producer can sound. Sure, Masquerade boasts Wyclef'sbroad coverage of black music, flipping styles from reggae to R&B in aheartbeat. The R&B flavored "Two Wrongs," featuring Claudette Ortiz ofCity High, andthe touching ode to his recently deceased father, "Daddy," sound grand. But inthe end, Jean's attempt to masquerade as a hardcore rap artist on the "PJs"--atired ode to low-income housing dwellers--reveals that he's been on cruisecontrol since The Score.And it's a real shame. --Dalton Higgins ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars clef does it again
Masquerade has gotten a lot of bad reviews from "music experts" but if you are a Fugee and/or Wyclef fan you will dig this record. It is eclectic which some people can't handle but I really love this album. The first three tracks are pure hip hop of which the best, in my opinion, is 80 Bars with some hot guitar playing by Clef. The rhymes on 80 Bars are quite clever as well. Masquerade is hot joint too and the violin at the end is really a stroke of genius. Party Like I Party and Thug Like Me are great tracks. The lyrics on War No More are a little silly but it is a great reggae tune and the two songs in creole are off the hook. And of course the duet with Claudette is a beautiful love song. Overall, it is more great work from Clef. Even if there is never another Fugee record, at least we have the musical talents of Wyclef to give the increasingly homogenous hip hop industry at least one artist who makes diverse and insightful music

4-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
Wyclef Jean's new album Masquerade is original and creative. Wyclef takes the basic recipe of hip hop and adds some new flavor. He mixes the sound of his native land Haiti with the sound that he adapted when he migrated to America. Hip hop and Kompa (a Haitian music genre) are blended to form songs like MVP Kompa featuring Melky and Ghetto Racine featuring Jah Rah. Masquerade embodies an assortment of sound as it's featured artists go from Claudette Ortiz of City High to Tom Jones. Wyclef's wide range of musical style and sounds along with the messages imbedded in his lyrics suggest that the title of the album is referring to life. This album is great.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Wyclef
Wyclef mixes unique voice with hip-hop and the Carribean, and the result is a tight album. I don't know what yall were thinkin if you gave him less than 3 stars. The last songs just make you want to get up and start shakin it. The one thing I find wrong with this album is that he keeps pretending the CD is a radio station. But, still 5 stars. Also, Wyclef has tha tightest cadillacs. ... Read more

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Live at the Fillmore
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 December, 2000)
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Truth be told, since the blunted triumphs of their eponymous debut and 1993's Black Sunday, Cypress Hill have been in a steady creative tailspin. Tellingly, on this live disc, recorded at the legendary San Francisco venue, it's the trio's genuinely entertaining performances of early material such as "Real Estate" and "How I Could Just Kill a Man" that stand out. But the percussive accompaniment and fuzzy guitars the group draft to dress up the rest of their material simply make the proceedings repetitive and tiresome and obscure B-Real's distinctive whine and Muggs's production--the group's two greatest assets. Thankfully, there is a return to their most potent material toward the end, but it doesn't save this release from being a cursory footnote in their discography. For completists only. --Del F. Cowie ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars SSSSSMokin!
Cypress Hill are like the Jimmy Buffetts of rap--they
may not be at the cutting edge of their game, but when playing live you know you're gonna have a great time. Rap bands have a bad reputation as far as live performances, and deservedly so. To this day, only three acts can deliver a 90-minute show that brings the house down--OutKast, KRS-One, and the Hill. Using the guitars accentuates the menace that could otherwise get lost in a concert setting. This has made me almost forget the studio versions of some of the songs. Excellente!

4-0 out of 5 stars .....cypress....still up the hill!
..this is one of the greatest live albums eve.....r....so you gotta buy it....the sound and voices are kinda.....scavenger or something...that's right this is a great hip hop band..but...they can turn crazy all the crowd just like any metal band....sen dog sounds kinda rude but funny.....and b real just awesome.....oh my gawd is awesome!!the only bad thing is that they didn't play any song from temples of boom.....that was really ....some anyway buy it sucka!

5-0 out of 5 stars cypress hill.....say screw the pig!...screw the pig!
first i bought cypress hill self titled a few weeks ago!i loved it!then i bought black sunday!it rocks!its not much worse than thefirst cd...but theres one song that swears alot!i mean it!then the next day i bought live at fillmore!i love it so much!its the best!but its quite bad!a to the k is bad!and riot starter is bad!but the cd is sweeeeeeet!the best songs are looking through the eye a pig,cant g best of me,a to the k,i aint goin out like that,riot starter....and the best song is rock superstar!its so sweeeeeeeeeeeeet!buy this cd man!o yea!one thing:it contains explicit language!beleive me!...and today im going to buy stoned raders or 4!thanx! ... Read more

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2Pac - Greatest Hits
Average Customer Review: 4.78 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 Greatest Hits
This is a really good collection of 2Pac's Greatest Hits. Of the 2 cd's, DISC TWO is probably the better disc. Disc one's best songs are Keep Ya Head Up (a great song, proving he has enormous respect for females), 2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted (great collab. with snoop dogg, i aint a fan of snoop dogg at all but this is a great song), God Bless The Dead (another great song, love the music), Hit Em Up (2pac and the outlawz completely go off in this song! awesome diss on biggie, lil kim, etc, check out the last verse, 2pac cuts sick!), and the rest of the songs are tight too. Disc two pretty much every song is the best. Troublesome 96, Brenda's Got A Baby, I Ain't Mad At Cha, I Get Around, Changes (very classic song, sad song too), California Love, Picture Me Rollin', How Long Will They Mourn Me? (one of my favorites), Dear Mama (possibly the best song on the album), All About U, To Live & Die LA (classic 2pac, nothing else needed to be sed), and Heartz Of Men is a good way to finish off. Overall, this sums up 2pac's career near-perfectly. However, it is still missing some of the best 2pac songs ever, such as Part Time Mutha, and Me And My Girlfriend. Nevertheless, you MUST own this album if you call yourself a rap fan. If you don't, your opinion is garbage, fo' real.

3-0 out of 5 stars Seems more like, "Death Row's Greatest 2Pac Hits"
I'm not gonna give this album five stars just because it's 2Pac. This is because, even though it's good to relive memories on such songs as "I Get Around" and "Hail Mary", there are a few flaws present. "All About U" cuts out Snoop's dialogue and is replaced with a Snoop-soundalike named Top Dogg doing a freestyle. "Changes" features lyrics previously heard in "I Wonder if Heaven Got a Ghetto". And lastly, it seems like Suge and co. really wanted people to know that 2Pac was on Death Row because the majority of songs on here are from All Eyez on Me and The 7 Day Theory, while "If My Homies Call" and "Holler if You Hear Me" are noticeably absent. In the place of those are anti-Bad Boy songs like "God Bless the Dead" and "Hit 'Em Up" (like we really need to be reminded about what could have possibly gotten him killed in the first place).

R.I.P. Tupac, and I pray that Death Row won't keep depending on your legacy to make money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Asome CD
I love all the songs from the CD from Keep ya Heap Up to It's all About You. I have it on Tape and now I'm going to have it on CD. It's a must have for 2pac fans. ... Read more

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Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz
Average Customer Review: 4.63 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 February, 2002)
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At a time when digitized beats and crudely consumerist attitudes rule the airwaves, the distinctively organic aesthetic of Kentucky-bred hip-hop sextet Nappy Roots' debut release is refreshing. Rotating MCs flip profound rhymes about growing up in the South and their struggles to be heard, giving a semiautobiographical feel to songs like "Peanuts." "Aw Naw," the first single and arguably the album's catchiest tune, surrounds a dope slice of country life with unique rhythms that fuse banjos and harmonicas with contemporary, bass-filled beats. In a similar vein, "Life's a Risk" boasts some slick introspective lyrics from group member Skinny DeVille, who rhymes about staying away from the pitfalls of street life. In the end, Nappy Roots come out sounding like a harder-edged upgrade of Arrested Development's Southern-tinged roots rap. Let's just hope they don't suffer a similar fall off the face of the earth. --Dalton Higgins ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Shawty Where Yo Head At?
Watermelon, Chicken & Grits is packed with excellent production. Complete with layered beats of all tempos, lush instrumentation and mind-blowing melodies. These boys are pretty country and one of them sounds like he got a deeper southern drawl than myself and that's pretty amazing considering their location. Country music at its best.

These southern boyz are really good rappers, I myself, was surprised that the cd was as good as it is because Nappy Roots virtually came from nowhere ( no pun intended )with Awnaw and stunned a lot of people. But considering that Jazze Pha handled the production of that song, it had to be something special. Exactly like Pha did with Jim Crow ( providing them with a tight beat that perfectly complimented the group and gave them some attention ) he does with Nappy Roots. Although Nappy Roots may be a better group, they still manage put out a classic debut album and, so far, the best album of the year. The production is refreshing to hear and is very unique. I wish the cd notes would have told us who produced each track because they have talent. Each song is diverse and sounds different from the next.

Their subject matter is Po Folk talk; food, nappiness, fros, project dreams, cutting, lack of money, gold grills etc. etc. Their execution is excellent, each member gets ample time to shine, and the album flows very smoothly. Tight songs include the single Awnaw, Hustla, Country Boyz, Ballin On A Budget, Kentucky Mud, Blowin Trees, Po Folk, Sholiz...heck all of em are tight. The best song has to be Headz Up with just an exceptional sing along chorus " Shawty where yo head at" and a pure dirty south beat as well as cypher like rapping by Nappy Roots.

The cd does have a few minor flaws. First of all, Nappy Roots is a six man collective and I still can't figure out which rapper is rapping because there was no intro to introduce each character and 16 barz of their style and there is very little braggadocio tracks. This is frustrating in the vein that Enter The 36 Chambers was because you didn't know who was rapping. They act like you already know who they are and can recognize the voices. Also in the liner notes it doesn't have which rapper is rapping on which song so again it would be a guessing game. Also there are some voice resemblances. One sounds a little like Scarface and another sounds like Cee-Lo, but the voice is as far as the comparisons go. Also one of the bonus "tracks" is just another stupid skit ( the only one on the album ), which to me makes no sense. These problems definitely don't detract from the cd but they are worth mentioning.

Nappy Roots gives the listener a full fledged meal, and further shows that people from the South can rap and produce just as good as anyone else. This cd shows further proof that the South is coming up not only in regular folks eyes, but also in the public's eye as well. I suggest that you get to your nearest record store as quickly as possible and give these country boys a chance. How could it hurt?

5-0 out of 5 stars u gotta buy this
i love this cd and it is definelty worth the money. i can honestly say i love every track on this cd. the members of nappy roots are skinny deville, r prophet, ron clutch, scales, big v, b stille. they from kentucky and are different from any rap group out there. they rap about real stuff instead of ice and cars and yeah. they definitly keep it real. nappy roots is my favorite group and their cd is my favorite cd too.

2.Hustla-This song is good and so is the beat. 8/10
3.Set it Out- This song has a really good beat. 8/10
4.Country Boyz- This is a really good song. its about them being from the country. 9/10
5.Ballin On A Budget- this is one of my favorite songs. it has a slower beat to it. its about them not having much, but still doing ok with wut they have. 9.5/10
6.AwNaw- ThiS has to be oneof my ALLtime fav songs! Uve prob heard this song and if u havent ull prob love it. this is a great song and is really upbeat and just makes u happy!=) 10/10
7.Headz Up- This is there latest single. Has a good rythm. 8.5/10
8. Slums- Another really good song. i like the chorus =) 9/10
9. Po Folks- One of the best songs on the album. It was there 2nd single. its more serious then the other ones and is a great song. 10/10
10.Start It Over- This is a pretty good song. I like the beginning when skinnys rapping. 8/10
11. Blowin Trees-This is also another really great song. It has a great upbeat sound 2 it. 9/10
12.Sholiz- Another one of my fav songs! Its so upbeat and u cant help but start dancing or bobbin ur head! lol but yeah i love this song!!! 10/10
13.Lifes A Bitch- This song is ok. Its not the best, but its still alright. It has more of a rough sound. 7.5/10
14.My Ride-A really good song. I like the chorus and always sing along! 8.5/10
15. One Forty- This song is also really good. Its got a good beat. 9/10
16.Dime, Quarter, Nickel Penny- I like the chorus part of this song. it has a good beat to it 8/10
17.Kentucky Mud- This is an ok song. i like the chorus but i dont really like any other parts. 7/10
19. Ho Down- I like this song. It has a good beat 2 it. 8/10
20. Headz Up (Refried)- THis is just like the regular headz up but it has a different beat to it. its pretty good but i think the regular version is better 8/10
21. AwNaw (rOck remix)- normally i dont like rock remix but nappy roots just makes it sound so good!! lol, i still like the regular version better but this is one is good 2. it features the guy from POD. 9/10

Well i hope i helped...now go pick up their cd, its worth every single penny and u wont regret it!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars wow!!!!
nappy roots really are very good! they dont talk about how they want hoes or tons of sex like other rappers they talk bout their life and other stuff unlike other rappers. its very refreshing. i bought this cd like a year and a half ago and im still listening ... Read more

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Endangered Species
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (03 April, 2001)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Big Pun At His Best!!!........Almost
Big Pun puts out a great compilation of his greatest work. I will say there were a few Big Pun hits that shoud have been on here that were not such as...Not a Player, It's So Hard, N.Y. Giants, And the song he sings with the terror squad on the "Rush Hour" soundtrack. But it still gets 5 stars because it is a great cd. Some great songs are Twinz(Deep Cover '98) which is Pun and Fat Joe's version of the song that made snoop and dre overnight sensations, How we Roll which is a great song and it shows pun's talent to flow, Still Not a Player is a classic!!! Great song by pun my favorite(If you like this you gotta pick up "Capital Punishment"), Off the Books is also a good song pun and the nuts dominate on this joint, Pina Colada is a great song but when pun raps its the same rap from "How We Roll", Now the Livin' La Vida Loca really doesent do anything for me like I said instead of that they should have "Still Not A Player". Overall great buy for pun fans.....I hope they make a vol.2 because pun has alot of more great songs.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is how he rolls
Ladies and gentlemen, without the lyrical skills of Big Pun, the Terror Squad will never be the same. It's like Bad Boy without Biggie or The Roc without Jay Z. In a short amount of time, Big Pun had already gathered a fan base and had loyal supporters from New York to other places around the world. "Endangered Species" is a tribute to Big Pun just like "Born Again" was a tribute to the Notorious BIG. The difference is that on this CD, these are all actual songs and not a fabrication of songs put together to make a CD, like "Born Again" was. "Endangered Species" features early Big Pun songs, tracks that he was featured on that may have been on other artist's CDs and a few unreleased tracks as well. This CD was well put together. The 1st single, "How We Roll" w/Ashanti is vintage Big Pun and will remind some people of last year's "It's So Hard" w/Donell Jones. Througout the CD, you are reminded of all the classic Big Pun verses that he put out throughout his rap career, that was tragically cut short. My personal favorites inculde the unreleased songs "Brave In The Heart" and "My World", classic posse cuts "Banned From TV" and "John Blaze", and Big Pun classics such as "Whatcha Gonna Do" "Off The Books" w/Beatnuts & Cuban Link, & "Twinz" (Deep Cover '98). You should also check out the freestyle with Remy Martin that uses the beat to DMX's "Get At Me Dog". To anyone that doesn't have most of these songs on CD because they are on other rap artist's Cds, this is a nice collection of songs to have, especially if all the Big Pun songs you have are on "Capital Punishment" or "Yeeeah Baby". This is an excellent tribute for the artist known as Big Punsiher.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must have
This album is a must have for any Big Pun fan. Christopher Rios will be missed, but his music lives on and will always be remembered for his mastery with words. A Society for the Commonwealth Master Lyricist, Big Pun delivers where others fall short. This CD is the best way to get to know this man's lyrical genius. If you have to have one Big Pun album, let it be this one. ... Read more

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Shyne
Average Customer Review: 4.15 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 September, 2000)
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When an unproven MC is branded a "Notorious B.I.G. sound-alike," career doom is imminent. Arguably the two MCs do share similar vocal drones. And yeah, they're both unapologetic slum-centered lyricists. However, Shyne's insipid tales of selling dope, packing heat, and sleeping with seedy "ho's" are artless, unlike Biggie's. Shyne does up the ante, but it's in all of the wrong ways (not only does he sleep with multiple "ho's" in his verses but he tells 'em to "Get Out" when he's done). The most revealing track on the album is the spoken-word interlude "Dear America," where Shyne eloquently explains how America made him "a lost cause." "Niggas Gonna Die," "Whatcha Gonna Do," and "The Life" are all ridiculously dark, violent, and thuggish. However, Shyne's slow, moody drawl flows well over the reggae-tinged riddims of "Bang" and "Bad Boyz," featuring reggae balladeer du jour Barrington Levy. Sadly, Puff Daddy's unshakeable influence at Bad Boy (e.g., the tried-and-true rhythm sampled on the D.O.C.'s "Funky Enough" is borrowed on "That's Gangsta") further corrupts this album. And why a rapper with a shady past (present and future?) would use his debut album to broadcast his illegal exploits to the world is anyone's guess. In the end, a fast-forward button should never receive this much love. --Dalton Higgins ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Shyne is in & Bad Boy is back
Shyne's debut album is the best album I've have heard in a while, maybe since Mobb Deep's latest. The lyrics are tight, and the beats are on hit, especially the one produced by The Neptunes. I am glad to see a couple of new producers coming out for this joint too...listening to the sounds of Swiss Beats and Mannie Fresh is getting old. All the hype about Shyne sounding like Biggie is flat, Shyne has his own type of flow and sound. Definitely an album for the heads.

5-0 out of 5 stars Shyne is a masterpiece...
This album is truly a masterpiece. From the second I heard the track "Bad Boyz" featuring Barrington Levy I couldn't believe what my ears were listening to. The track is quite unconventional in the sense that the beat is very simple, but BANGING at the same time! Levy's flow over the track in the background truly makes this track a 5 out of 5. I was also very happy to find Levy on another track "Bonnie & Shyne", these two make a good duo. I have been into Shyne ever since I heard his freestyle on a DJ Clue album, it really was amazing. Now, I was even more delighted to find the SAME lyrics from that freestyle on the album. Shyne really knows what he's doing, and I think that he's Bad Boy's greatest find in years. Although many believe him to sound like the Notorious BIG, anyone that listens to Shyne will recognize his unique and ill rhyming ability! SHYNE FOR THE 2G!!

4-0 out of 5 stars He is like Cormega not Biggie nice album
As they said in other reviews this is not bad.And I believe this this is the Truth he is a prison jailbird and he sounds like one.He has some tight gang lyrics and the production is at top form.This looks like an album I would collect so should you
Lyrics 9/10 Production 10/10 X Factor 9/10 Classic 7/10 Me 8/10
Overall=43.5/50 This album will get a 87% This is good folks ... Read more

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Conspiracy of One
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (14 November, 2000)
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Fellow Californian Mike Love of the Beach Boys is sampled to introduce this latest Offspring release and immediately it's down to business as usual. Which for the Offspring means the best-produced punk rock money can buy. Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam) turns the knobs in the producer's chair and he works pure sonic architecture. The guitars crunch with perfectly defined distortion, the drums come down the middle, and--most importantly--singer Dexter Holland is juiced to the max. Though his voice sits in the "whine" range, double tracking and other studio enhancements give the vocals an incredible presence beyond standard range, and Holland works them to convincing effect. "Come Out Swinging" does exactly that. "Want You Bad" recalls the southern California punk pop of the Descendents. "One Fine Day" double-times into both hardcore and a galloping country terrain. Essentially, it's full speed ahead with the pedal to the metal and no airbags in sight. --Rob O'Connor ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars an okay effort
This album ranks on the bottom of the list for offspring albums. It lacks alot with only a few good tracks. At times you can hear Brendan O'Brien's(producer)early grunge background coming into play. Some of these songs do not sound like the offspring at all. If you are a pre-smash fan forget this album. It's a waste of time. If you liked them post ixnay you'll like this one.

Intro: just a good leader into the next track.

Come out Swinging: 10/10 the best track on the album. it is a good fast paced punk song. Has the energy of early offspring punk. It seems to be about someone who has lost all faith and confidence in themselves.

Original Prankster: 1/10 This is by far the worst offspring ever. What a disappointment. They followed the pretty fly formula for this one. It really lacks creativity. You get used to their singles having great lyrics. Then out comes this one.

Want you bad: 7/10 This is a good pop-punk song. Crap like Good Charlotte should listen to this and put more effort into their music. At times reminds me of some pop-punk that the descendants have done.

Million Miles Away: 8/10 I wouldn't call this punk at all. Its more of a rock song. But a darn good rock song at that.

Dammit, I changed again: 10/10 This is another great punk song. It definitely has a "traditional" offspring punk sound. Once again fast paced and full of energy. The solo in the middle of it is great.

Living in Chaos: 8/10 This is a funk type song that belongs on a Chili Peppers album. Even though it is not the offspring it is still a decent song. They did a nice job of pulling off a funk type sound.

Special Delivery: 6/10. a decent punk song. the lyrics itself are pretty catchy. but there is nothing special about this one. It does not stick out at all.

One fine day: 6/10 Another subpar punk song. It's a bummer too because the lyrics aren't too bad at all.

All along: 4/10 This track always sounded like a filler one to me. Granted it is a fast paced one it just seems like they needed one more track, sat down and within no time at all had this one.

Denial, revisted: 1/10 Okay this ties as the worst offspring song ever. Every time i listen to this one i feel like i am listening to a Pearl Jam song. Not very original at all.

Vultures: 7/10 Contrary to earlier reviews they did not go out and rip off Nirvana. Yes it can remind you of one of their songs. If anything it is a newer version of Dirty Magic off of Ignition. Dirty Magic would have probably sounded similar to this if it was heavily produced.

Conspiracy of One: 10/10 A great way to close out the album. This song has some great energy to it. I usually find myself rocking out this when it's on. The lyrics are eery in their own way. This album came out in late 2000. Yet the song is about how it's no longer other countries we need to fear, but a single terrorist. That single terrorist can do a lot of damage.

All in all an okay effort by them. This album is a bit too experimental and lacks the Offspring sound throughout. I'm glad that on Splinter they went back to their old sound and didn't let Brendan O'Brien's grunge background ruin it.

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST PUNK ALBUM EVER!!!!
I must admit, I'm not an avid Offspring listener as I thought their last album was brutal except for the track "the kids aren't alright". When my buddy got me a ticket for an Offspring/Cypress Hill concert I was a little skeptical. I went out and got Offspring's new album and then went to the concert a couple days later. Now, I've been to around 15 concerts in my life and to be honest, this was by far the most amazing concert I've ever been to. Cypress Hill was good but Offspring blew me away. "Conspiracy of One" hasn't left my cd player and every song is amazing with the exception of "Original Prankster" which sounds like a song that should have been on their last album "Americana". The standout tracks on the album are "Dammit I Changed Again" and "Want You Bad". I'm big into bands like Millencolin and Green Day but their albums don't even come close to this one. I recommend "Conspiracy of One" to anyone who likes any form of punk or alternative-style music. I also highly recommend Offspring in concert. You won't regret it!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Offspring at its finest
Finally the Offspring has created an album with more than one good song. Like Americana's only good track is Pretty fly(for a white guy). I really like this c.d's music quality and punk views. The album cover is art and by far the best cover, it would make a great shirt that I would invest in. The track I want you bad is my favorite and original prankster is cool. In fact why go through all the songs that I like since all of them are great. ... Read more

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