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    2001
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (16 November, 1999)
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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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    5-0 out of 5 stars Classic as always
    Well this is no surprise, Dre drops a pure classic now Dre isnt the most talented rapper in the biz but when it comes to producing he can hold it down and bringing up some of the best in the industry to let them shine is something he should be commended for, I mean why does anybody need to write a review for a Dre album? like its not going to be good, this is straight pure gangsta hits all over this record no matter where you from this is somethin to bump along the way.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gangsta
    If u havent heard this then u havent heard wat the west has to offer.if u dont have this then get up and get it.definitly one to go get.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
    I would like to adress a few things in this review

    1. Eminem is a great rapper hands down.I hate to say it, but it is racist to decide that Dre ruined rap by signing Eminem, he is one of the most talented rappers ever known and Dre used him because of his talent.Of course Eminem later made "Encore" which may be the worst album ever made in rap, but he was good on this album, and if no one knew his skin color, everyone would think he is increadable

    2.The lyrics on this album are all true, and strong as well.Dr. Dre is not a gangsta, he never was in a gang, he never did get in trouble with the law, but he did help to create gangsta rap.When he was with NWA all he did was lie, but he made good music.And he made Gangsta rap, so i think he should be allowed to talk about being a gangsta

    3.Dr. Dre has alway used his albums as a way to get young artists noticed.Snoop was a nobody before the chronic, and look where he is now.That is because Dre uses his albums to spread young rappers.And thats what he does on 2001, effectively.He knows anything he makes will sell, so why not help others sell as well.

    4.This is the best album made by any rapper in my opinion.It has the best beats ever made on an album, and some of the best lyrics.The skits can get on your nerves, but it is still an amazing album.Buy it, youll like it.If anyone knows of a better album. email me the name, cuz id like to know it.Wpjones@guerincatholic.org

    Buy this album, you will love it
    ... Read more

    Asin: B000023VR6
    Subjects:  1. G-Funk    2. Gangsta Rap    3. Pop    4. Rap & Hip-Hop    5. West Coast Rap   


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    The Marshall Mathers LP
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (23 May, 2000)
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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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    4-0 out of 5 stars A very Controversial CD
    This cd is of course very controversial.If your a huge EMinem fan then this is the cd TO HAVE.If you hate Eminem(which i cant understand y)and his harsh lyrics which is only him being brutally honest on what he feels then DONT BUY THIS CD.
    This cd contains songs in which EMinem trashes many ppl but of course that is him, and in a way these songs are enjoyable and we become infactuated with it. But on this cd are so many other songs tat show such a greater side of who Eminem is. This cd closes with a song in which Eminem says
    A lot of people ask me.. stupid f***** questions
    A lot of people think that.. what I say on records
    or what I talk about on a record, that I actually do in real life
    or that I believe in it
    Or if I say that, I wanna kill somebody, that..
    I'm actually gonna do it
    or that I believe in it
    Well, s***.. if you believe that
    then I'll kill you
    You know why?
    Cuz I'm a

    CRIMINAL
    ----------------This song to me was definately a great song to close with. It just shows tat Eminem is just making a living trying to just make ends meat.Just because he says something doesnt mean thats what he does or wat he's going to do.Music is just a matter of free speech.THIS IS DEFINATELY THE CD FOR EMINEM FANS.

    4-0 out of 5 stars SHOCK VALUE--AT WHAT COST?
    THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP is Eminem's best album, which, in a weird way, is quite hard to defend.On one hand, it contains brilliant songs, some of which rank among hip-hop's most creative and introspective; Em's trademark complex and captivating rhyming scheme and delivery; and rock-solid production, some of which comes from Dr. Dre himself.There's "Who Knew," in which he points to the hypocrisy of parents and lambasts them for solely blaming their parenting failures on "bad" influences like him.There's "The Way I Am," in which he craves for a sense of normalcy even with his fame and wealth as a rap superstar.And of course there's the seven-minute masterpiece "Stan," the chilling story of an obsessed fan.Backed by the marvelous production of Mark the 45 King (who, after plugging in production work for Queen Latifah in the late 80s, seemed to have disappeared forever), he changes the pitch and tone of his voice with each verse to match the crazed fan's mood swings, as well as return to his normal voice when he finally writes to Stan at the last verse.Other songs worthy of note are the sparse beat-driven "Kill You," and "Bitch Please II," in which he clearly outshines Dre, Snoop AND Xzibit.

    On the other hand, there is a pervasive feel of insecurity and lack of confidence in his pure technical skill, relying more on shock value and third-grade humor.At least at this point, it was not as unbearable as it would become with his disastrous fourth album ENCORE, but this could have easily become a classic.Creatively, he could have done without the first single "The Real Slim Shady"; obviously the song was made to sell records, but with its cartoonish beat (one of the few-ever Dre disappointments) and pointless subject matter, it was included at an artistic cost.D12 show up to mar an otherwise okay song ("Under the Influence").Once again Eminem yaps on and on about how much he hates his wife--and kills her a second time ("Kim").And easy targets for ridicule--Britney Spears, N'Sync, Backstreet Boys, and even Will Smith (who undeservedly does not get enough credit for helping rap break through the mainstream)--show up throughout the 18 tracks. And then there is the "homophobic" controversy; true, Eminem is not the first MC to yell anti-gay slurs on record, but not in recent memory have there been so many of them hurled in one sitting.It also does not help that he answers to any would-be charges, "Homophobic? Naw, you're just heterophobic!" in "Criminal," making it easier to conclude that he was indeed using the slurs for gays, and not wimps.

    Such is the paradox of THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP.Granted, it is a very good album, better than most of the rap albums that were coming out circa 2000, or even in the last ten years.But you'll never see a lot of hip-hop fans herald it as a classic, in the same breath as Nas' ILLMATIC, Biggie's READY TO DIE, Jay-Z's REASONABLE DOUBT or Public Enemy's IT TAKES A NATION OF MILLIONS TO HOLD US BACK.Perhaps it is because he relied--or had more faith--in gimmickry than raw skill.Beneath all the silliness shines lyrics that stand up with the best lines ever uttered from the rap greats.Yes, in a sense, it's frustrating...and sad, because it is possible to realize that Eminem is yet to make that classic album he is most certainly capable of.

    1-0 out of 5 stars UHH!
    This guy is fu**ing s****d! Why make this kind of s****d lyrics! And he can't make music either! Don't waste your time and money! ... Read more

    Asin: B00004T9UF
    Subjects:  1. Hardcore Rap    2. Hip-Hop    3. Pop    4. Rap & Hip-Hop    5. United States of America   


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    The Slim Shady LP
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (23 February, 1999)
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    On The Slim Shady LP, Eminem wants it all. He's conflicted, you see; the world has treated him badly, and he wants to respond in kind. But he isn't a straight-up gangsta--this is, after all, the first release on Dr. Dre's Aftermath Records, his post-Death Row-era venture--and Eminem (born Marshall Mathers) doesn't really want anyone to follow in his footsteps, which leads to some interesting contradictions on this album. In the first single, "My Name Is," he's self-deprecating, rapping about his poor upbringing and his hairy palms. But on the very next song, "Guilty Conscience," he plays the devil to Dr. Dre's angel--that is, until Eminem brings up an incident from Dre's devilish past, rapping, "You gonna take advice from someone who slapped Dee Barnes?" Later, on "'97 Bonnie & Clyde," he turns Will Smith's "Just the Two of Us" on its ear, making it a tale of murder; but on "My Fault," he actually feels bad--though whether it's for the girl he overdosed or for himself is tough to figure out. With his nasal Midwestern tone, Mathers has a clean, clear flow, and the production--by Dr. Dre, Marky, and Jeff Bass--is crisp but consistently fun. With his outlook, it's tough to take Eminem too seriously, but he's made an album you don't have to take seriously to enjoy. --Randy Silver ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as marshall mathers LP
    "His palms are sweaty / Knees weak, arms are heavy / There's vomit on his sweater already..."

    Given Eminem's recent success with lyrics that can still be understood after the "clean version" reworking (there isn't a single murder fantasy on his latest record, Encore), it's easy to forget how disgusting, profane, hilarious and ultimately brilliant his first major-label record, The Slim Shady LP, was.Even those who don't enjoy much rap will find here that the musically simple genre, when done correctly, can showcase extremely well-done lyrics.

    From the first, Eminem has proven himself capable of covering a variety of subjects in his music.On this record, he covers his life ("My Name Is"), being bullied at school ("Brain Damage"), thoughts of killing his wife ("97 Bonnie and Clyde") and drug abuse ("My Fault").His success with this record is due to the fact that he can take a variety of approaches to writing lyrics.

    For example, "Guilty Conscience," a song about moral dilemmas, takes the stereotypical rap "guest"-it features Dr. Dre-and adds a new twist.The rappers play the parts of angel and devil, trying to convince the characters in the song to handle a situation their way.It also works in more traditional insults between the two (Eminem: "You gonna take advice from someone who slapped Dee Barnes?"), and the lyrics are still in a rap style ("I'm yo muthaf---in conscience!" remarks Dre early in the song).

    "97 Bonnie and Clyde" is this record's gem, and not only because it's the most controversial track.In this song, our hero Slim Shady has killed his fictional ex-wife and her new husband and son, and he takes his (real-life) daughter Hailie "to the beach" late at night to "help" him dispose of the bodies.

    Rather than detailing the murder scene (as he would later do, graphically, on The Marshall Mathers LP with "Kim"), he talks to his daughter as he drives and dumps the bodies in a lake.The juxtaposition of baby-talk with murder ("Momma wants to show you how far she can float / And don't worry about that little boo-boo on her throat") is sometimes chilling (compounded by fact that he uses his daughter's voice in the background) and sometimes funny.It's usually both at once.

    Despite its overwhelming success, The Slim Shady LP left room for improvement.Many of the songs have some weak, totally random lyrics ("A lyricist without a clue / What year is this? / F--- a needle, here's a sword / Body pierce with this" goes "Still Don't Give a F---"), and he had yet to perfect the "poor me" theme ("If I Had").

    Other than these rather minimal shortcomings, The Slim Shady LP is a wonderfully crafted, raw and unapologetic record.It presented everything that Eminem would gain increasing fame for with each release: nihilism, talent and playfulness.

    The nihilism would become tamer over the years, his talent would improve, and his playfulness would begin to tend more toward ego-inflation than the "Did he just say that?"-invoking jokes heard here-but the essential formula remains the same.

    5-0 out of 5 stars SHUT THE FFFCK UP
    IF YOU THINK ENCORE OR EMINEM SHOW IS BETTER THEN THIS.
    SHUT YOUR FACE BEFORE I BREAK IT
    THIS IS AWSOME AND FAR BETTER BEFORE EMINEM TURNED WIGGER
    NO BLACK PEOPLE NO 'GANGSTAS'
    EMINEM IS AT HIS BEST BEFORE HE TURNED MAINSTREAM

    5-0 out of 5 stars This man is amazing
    eh yo wuts good, if anyone rates this album anything but 5 stars they deserve to die. Eminem is amazing, his lyrics are great his flow is crazy. Every single song is awesome, beats are awesome, u cant hate on eminem or dre because they r legends and everyone should buy this album! ... Read more

    Asin: B00000I5JQ
    Subjects:  1. Hardcore Rap    2. Hip-Hop    3. Pop    4. Rap & Hip-Hop    5. West Coast Rap   


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    The History of Rock
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (30 May, 2000)
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    The History of Rock arrives as the sort of superstardom-celebrating release that can buy a hot-selling artist time. (Think, say, G N' R Lies.) After 8 million (and counting) sales of 1998's Devil Without a Cause, the trailer-rockin' rapper is out to remind the world that it hardly started there. Mostly drawn, and often retooled, from his out-of-print Polyfuze Method and Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp, these tracks display a "funky country hick" already on point with his knowing, hardheaded combo of old-school beats and classic-rock guitars. An "American Bad Ass" for sure, but also an artist who could come only from America, Kid Rock brings the noise--not to mention the bread and the circus. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars From a TRUE Kid Rock fan to another
    You see some Kid Rock haters bash this cd and other cd's of his,but don't be fooled by crude criticism that lays withing the Feminem fans and such... This cd is cool,NOT his best by any means,but still a very cool cd... The intro really sets off the power and energy to the first song which happens to be my all time favorite,American Badass,which if you bought this cd just for one kick rearing song alone,would be well worth the purchase by itself... A couple of the songs like *uck you blind are a bit harsh and the lyrics are a bit repetitive,but you will find that even though,as a whole,the cd itself might not be as great as his others,I would still by this cd over ANY Metallica cd that some of these wankers try to downplay his music too...Kid Rock has a wide deversity of musical talent,that allows him to dwelve into Rap, Rock, Country, SUCCESSFULLY,which the hard core metal bands will never able to do... My rating is about 8-10,

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Kid Rock Album. May Only Apply for Fans.
    A lot of people don't like this album, but i'm a big Kid Rock fan so I loved it. This might have something to do with me liking it and other people not liking it. This album is quite literally "The History of Rock". Well, Kid Rock anyway. It's an anthology of his older stuff with some newer stuff here and there. Some of its rap and some of its rock, but pretty much all of it is good. His older raps flow together great and I truly think this is one of Rocks best. Here are the tracks:
    American Bada$$: Great song. Rockin' beat. One of Kid Rocks best.
    Prodigal Son: Terrific lyrics. Really good song.
    Paid: A rap song. Kid sounds a lot different. This song is allright.
    Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp: Awesome song. The lyrics are great and funny. They flow together so well. Terrific.
    Dark & Grey: Great lyrics. A mix of rock and rap. Very cool song.
    3 Sheets to the Wind: This song is an older Kid Rock song. It's kind of cool to see how much his style has changed.
    Abortion: This song is allright. The guitar is really good.
    I Wanna Go Back: Very cool rap song. The rhymes in this one flow so well and it sounds so naturaly as if he put no thought in.
    F**k That: This is a f**kin awesome song. Great chorus.
    F**k You Blind: This song is pretty cool. The lyrics are kinda stupid, but other than that...
    Born 2 B A Hick: This song is hilarious.
    My Oedipus Complex: Shows a lot of aggression. Really good though.
    Really good album. A-

    5-0 out of 5 stars Kid Rock Is Incredible, Go to His Concerts; Listen & Watch
    Kid Rock is a fabulous musician and singer.His band is equally wonderful.I have all his music, and I listened to 9 hours as I traveled from my home in Florida back to Maryland.You have missed out if you have not seen his concerts.He includes the audience, and he is awesome.You will feel alive and will love every second of both his music and his CD's.Go see him, and then listen to him, and he is undescribable.He is fabulous and can play any instrument, and go from blues to hard rocking.He can move that body.He is a must see!!!Listen to him, as well!!I am no child and his concerts were attended by tons ofbaby boomers and Harley riders!! ... Read more

    Asin: B00004TCPN
    Subjects:  1. Hard Rock    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Rap-Metal    5. Rap-Rock    6. Rock   


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    Skull & Bones
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (25 April, 2000)
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    As rap-metal hybrids continue to sell millions, Cypress Hill fills the "Bones Disc" of this two-CD set with a half-dozen hard rockers that keep things loose-limbed enough to incite the dance floor to something other than moshing. The best music the group has released in years, it shows that this decade-old act is still capable of surprise. The accompanying "Skull Disc" hardly delivers the same jolt, but should satisfy hardcore fans of the Hill. While Cypress Hill sound convincing and forceful over the 64 minutes of Skull & Bones, the record's lyrics have little new to say: most of these songs warn off would-be competitors, praise ganja, or complain about the hardships presented by the rappers' celebrity status. Still, the crunching "Bones" tracks and the occasional Spanglish verses show that this crew hasn't run out of spirit yet.--Bob Roget ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
    Im not big into rap. Not much hip hop either. But Ive always liked Cypress Hill. I own Cypress Hill III,IV, Stoned Raiders and Black Sunday. Thats some good stuff.

    This album was way too flip out and go nuts style. Its like thats all they were going for. I thought Can I Get A Hit was kinda cool...

    Skulls is the Rap CD, and Bones is the Metal CD. Id have to say Skulls is not my kinda rap (my kind being similar to the albums I mentioned I owned), and Bones is pretty bad metal. Some of the metal is cool, but bad for the most part.

    I liked Stoned Raiders, but I think it was the album that said `Were tired of chillin, we wanna freak out.` Thats what this album is.

    3-0 out of 5 stars What happened Muggs?!
    OK, coming from a true Cypress fan, I would consider this album to be the beginning of Cypress's career decline.Before this album, Muggs was widely considered to be one of the best hip hop producers in the game.However, although we hard core fans do appreciate the group's desire to mix things up a bit, Muggs made the fatal decision to try to spice things up with rap-metal beats that happened to be the fad of the time when this album was released (late 90's/2000).It might not be as bad if they offered two completely separate CD's (not just 2 separate discs on a 2CD set), so you can choose not to take the gratuitous rap-metal if you don't want it.What were they thinking?Many people might like that kind of stuff, but it's not Cypress!!Aside from that, the rhythms take a notably artificial and manufatured turn, whereas before Muggs would mix the beat together with some apocalyptic or erie sound bytes (man I miss that!).All I can ask is what happened Muggs?!Of course, all real hip hop has to be judged on two aspects, the beats, and the rhymes, separately.B-Real executes his flows effortlessly in his classic style, the only savior on this album for me, save a few fairly good sounding beats despite their cartoony nature.To be honest, the only song I truly enjoy is "Cuban Necktie" - it's reminiscent of the advanced Muggs beats on their IV album.B-Real is supposed to come out with a solo project soon, maybe he will come out of the shadows, and bring the old Muggs with him!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Its aight
    This is probaly the worst Hill album i dont really like most of this. First off the rap disc has some tight tracks on like "Stank ass hoe" which has sick beats "Cuban Necktie" and "Rap superstar" but thats about it tracks like "We Live this sh-t" and "Certified Bomb" aint as good.

    The rock disc. I aint a fan of metal so thats a minus for this already. Valley of Chrome is the best on this disc. I like Cant get the best of me because that got me into the Hill when I heard them on the radio. The others aint no good and a just wack, eben tho the chorus for A Man is alright.

    If u are into the more metal side of cypress then buy it.

    and thats all i have to say about that. ... Read more

    Asin: B00004SVJR
    Subjects:  1. Hardcore Rap    2. Latin Rap    3. Pop    4. Rap & Hip-Hop    5. Rap-Metal    6. Rap-Rock    7. West Coast Rap   


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    And Then There Was X
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (21 December, 1999)
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    All the barking and growling in the world could not detract from the fact that DMX is a troubled, tormented soul. On And Then There Was X, the multiplatinum-selling Dark Man X uses his signature fragmented flow with its singsongy vocal inflections to preach, teach, and reveal. Melodramatic storytelling has always been his shtick, whether it's tales of robbing liquor stores, plotting violent murders, or teaching shorties the code of the streets. X's inner conflicts are laid out on "Angel," a dialogue between himself and his Lord, and his ability to acknowledge different perspectives of a situation (i.e., repercussions) on several songs add depth to his character. The anthemlike "What's My Name," with its affirmations "I have no friends" and "I'm not a nice person," proves that money, fame, and popularity do not translate into happiness for DMX. --Celine Wong ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Damn fine beats
    DMX puts a funny skit into this one, and raps about all things hardcore (his life of course).That's to be expected, and he does it well, but what makes this cd great are the beats...it's pretty fun to blast while driving.It's popular music though and has mass appeal, which damages the cool factor??If you like hard lyrics you'll like the barking and cursing, if not then stay away.This one's for the men.Buy it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great CD
    This CD will never match up to his debut its still great. Its really personal and thats DMX is one of my favorite. But this CD was missing something. It was missing Damien.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Definately A true classic bomp album
    It is definately a load of s**t that the average review for flesh of my flesh blood of my blood is higher than the reviews for this album. The best thing about this album is that almost every song on the album is a classic but then there are songs that are truly unbeleivebly great, The stand out songs on this album are "whats my name", "party up", "what these bi**hes want from a ni**a", "one more road to cross", "good girls bad guys" and " dont you ever". This album is definately one of the best albums ever made by any ruff ryder, the only possible problem with this is that with the exception of a couple of songs there isn't a wide range of styles on this album, the album mainly sticks loud music with a s**t load of bass. This album is a must 4 any DMX fan. ... Read more

    Asin: B00003IE26
    Subjects:  1. East Coast Rap    2. Hardcore Rap    3. Hip-Hop    4. Pop    5. Rap & Hip-Hop   


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    Country Grammar
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (27 June, 2000)
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    With the No Limit and Cash Money crews having permanently seared the once-ignored Deep South into the hip-hop map, Nelly arrives to make a mark for the heretofore uncelebrated St. Louis scene. After outlining the rules of the game from lifestyle (gats, grass, and sex) to wardrobe (he cuffs his jeans like Beaver Cleaver), the rapper offers scenario after scenario depicting the gangsta world as one big party; he and his crew seem much more interested in fellatio than shootouts. The title single, which preceded this CD's release by months, is the clear standout with its low-rider groove, but the midtempo R&B-flavored flows of "Utha Side," "Greed, Hate & Envy," and "Steal Da Show" are also seductive.--Rickey Wright ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Country Grammar
    I remember this album when I was 13. I love this album,and it put St. Louis on the map. This album is tight. Nelly is rappin'the blues,and his music is a jazz form of hip-hop.Country Grammar is the country part in St. Louis of USA and the way they talk,dress,and their actions are all country. So join the people who appreciate this album-the new talk of the town. This album has been certified 9x Platinum. Remember,this was 2000-2001.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Fools only

    nelly is only liked by people who are mentally challanged
    why dont people try to enlighten themselves
    buy a Tupac cd

    4-0 out of 5 stars I hate naming my reviews""""""
    As a rapper, Nelly is average, but this was an amazing reveiw. Even though he sung some of his rhymes, they still sounded good. Every song is good on this cd, mainly because most of the songs were single material, and there's nothing wrong with that. The production was very good on this cd and his delivery over the beats was almost perfect. As for the rest of the St. Lunatics, there not that great.They can't rap for s**t, just like most members of a rap group that has one standout( Eminem in D12, Nas in Bravehearts). I don't really think Nelly is a pop rapper on this cd because he does rap about the Lou, guns, and drugs, its just that the beats are very commercial oreinted, like as i said before isnt bad at all. THe only reason I gave this cd 4 stars is because of teh st lunatics and that nelly really has no rhymes that get stuck in your head like most others do. By the way, Nellyville was half as good as this and Sweat and Suit are pieces of sh**t in nicely decorated cases. ... Read more

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    Mechanical Animals (Explicit Cover)
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (15 September, 1998)
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    There's no question that Marilyn Manson's 1995 album Antichrist Superstar was a great-sounding record. It brooded, ripped, and clattered in all the right places, mixing industrial beats and samples with roaring heavy-metal riffs, echoing Goth keys, and the occasional tuneful pop vocal. But for all the sonic appeal, some of the songwriting wasn't too strong. No such problem on Manson's new record, Mechanical Animals, which forsakes some of the band's former grind in favor of dynamic glam rhythms and good old-fashioned melody. When the band tones down, as on the largely acoustic "Speed of Pain" and "Fundamentally Loathsome," Manson even sounds like a candidate for an Unplugged session. Most often, however, as on "Rock Is Dead," "User Friendly," and "The Dope Show," Mechanical Animals is a brash, decadent, and glittery display of self-indulgent hooks and melodramatic vocals that sounds like Aladdin Sane-era David Bowie and T. Rex at their most boisterous crossed with the more modern sounds of today's industrial nation. --Jon Wiederhorn ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible
    Mechanical Animals is the third full-length release by the band and a complete reinvention of its sound.Where Portrait of an American Family and Antichrist Superstar had attempted to push "dark" and "heavy" to their limits, this record makes the abrupt transition to a glam rock parody, mixing the "sex, drugs and rock `n' roll" attitude with the inevitable negative aspects that come with it.

    Each song on the record is great, period.Some of the tracks take longer to sink into the mind of the listener, but they are well worth it.The songs vary in attitude from the mindlessly catchy ("New Model No. 15") to the dark-yet-head-bobbing ("The Dope Show") to the somber ("Speed of Pain" and "Coma White") to the heavy ("Rock is Dead") to the just plain hilarious ("I Don't Like the Drugs [But the Drugs Like Me]").

    Perhaps the most brilliant musical aspect of the record is its use of the synthesizer.Fitting in with the glam sound of the CD, it adds melodies to a number of the songs, most notably "I Don't Like the Drugs".

    Also, typical of a Manson record, the lyrics are incredible.Moving away from his previous themes of religion, family, molestation and social acceptance, but keeping the emotions of rage and depression intact, they include the topics of relationships, the degeneration of youth culture, and, of course, sex, drugs, and rock `n' roll.In typical fashion, they are written to feel extremely personal without divulging many actual aspects of the singer's life: they, like all great art, are up to the audience to decipher.

    On a side note, the name Marilyn Manson, whether referring to the person or the band, definitely carries a negative reputation.This is often due to the actions of those involved, but just as often it is not: One of the Columbine shooters had one Marilyn Manson CD.

    Anyone who honestly experiences a CD will find it to be thought-provoking and well made if they are open to the darker side of music.Mechanical Animals is perhaps the best Manson record to date, and it proves to the world the band's talent and adaptability to different styles.

    5-0 out of 5 stars very good!
    This review is also to address the person who said manson just 'screams into the microphone'. not only are they ridiculously wrong (there is none of that on this album) but they shouldnt even be reviewing this album at all because the idiot clearly hasnt even listened to it!!!id like to find out some of the music you listen to so i can bash it for no reason. why are you so low that you come on and diss a cd so bad when you dont even like the style of music? anyway...the cd is very good and this is what i consider manson at his prime - its just plain good,clever rock. lyrically it excels too. standout tracks for me include 'great big white world', 'Disassociative' and 'coma white' - none of the songs on the cd do i consider filler. i am NOT a goth, satan worshipper or any of that rubbish and you dont have to be to appreciate a real musical artist and one of my fav. bands. overall... definatly 5 stars.

    1-0 out of 5 stars He despises Jesus!
    he has said that jesus was the first rocker because he was violent and used wh*r*s! That's not true...Jesus didn't make any sin...call Him rocker if you want but don't use his Word inapproritely! ... Read more

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    The Dynasty: Roc La Familia 2000
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (31 October, 2000)
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    Here's a little something to tide you over until Jay-Z decides to come correct. Then again, Roc-A-Fella Records could release Sean Carter Sings MC Hammer's Greatest Hits and watch it ship platinum. So, it really doesn't matter if Dynasty seems to be a rather half-hearted effort from the man who many consider to be the best rapper this side of Rakim. Although presented as a solo album, Dynasty showcases the Roc-A-Family, giving extensive mic time to Beanie Sigel and Memphis Bleek, who gets a whole track (the Ja Rule-esque "Holla") to himself. Amil, whose own solo album, All Money Is Legal failed to reveal her inner queen, turns up to rhyme the hook on the posse cut, "You, Me, Him & Her." Jay-Z keeps his flow fairly straightforward here, and the beats neatly reflect his icy, relatively soulless lyrics. But of course, as the man himself has said, you "can't knock the hustle." --Rebecca Levine ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars 3.75
    WHAT MORE CAN I SAY...
    THE VINTAGE ROC CREW LAID IT DOWN...
    ANYONE WHO SAYS THEY DIDN'T SHOULD TAKE SOME DUST AND LISTEN TO P.M. DAWN......
    MAYBE THE WORLD WILL OPEN UP TO THEM.... HAHAHAHAHAHATERS....

    4-0 out of 5 stars So what!I can like whatever I want!!
    This album was originally slated to be a "Roc-La-Familia" album, not a Jay-Z album.It was supposed to be entirely collaborative efforts from the whole label and was not supposed to bear the Jay-Z imprint other than him being one of the featured artists.Whether his labelmates' work ethic just didn't match Jay's or the label simply decided it could move more units by calling it a Jay-Z album remains a mystery.What should be in everyone's mind when they listen to it is that this ended up being a "Let's all rhyme with Jay-Z" album, NOT a Jay-Z solo album.

    Bearing that in mind, this is not a bad CD.In fact, it's pretty darn good.After a dope "Intro" by Jay, the album immediately jumps into it's first certified banger "Change the Game".Ric Rock provides a West Coast beat that was born to rattle trunks and Jay, Beans, and Bleek trade of verses and interplay their words like they were a longtime established group.Next comes the hugely successful Neptunes produced "I Just Want To Love You".While not my particular style, it's impossible to deny how huge this record was.

    A quick dig back into the Jay-Z catalog brings us "Streets is Talking" featuring Beanie Sigel with it's impressive production.Following is our first preview of what's to come for Jay on his next release in the form of "This Can't Be Life"."This Can't Be Life" and "Soon You'll Understand" are the blueprint of the Blueprint and are done in similar tone to the widely hailed classic album that would follow next year.

    I will admit that for me, the middle of the CD does lag a little bit.While not bad offerings, "Get Your Mind Right", "Guilty Until Proven Innocent", and "Parking Lot Pimpin'" are not really my cup of tea.But when sandwiched between posse cuts like "You, Me, Him and Her" and "1-900-Hustler", a little filler doesn't really distract that much.More of the fun interplay between the Roc roster occurs on the former but "1-900-Hustler" should rank high on any hip-hop fans list of favorite posse cuts.With and original premise in providing a "psychic friends network" for street thugs, Jay, Bleek and then newcomer Freeway go to work schoolling callers on the best come up schemes for each scenario presented.

    Finally you have the last two emotionally charged offerings.While many complain that "Squeeze 1st" is not actually a whole song, I feel it is actually more of an emotional statement for Jay, rather than a lyrical one.If one focus on "how" Jay is rhyming instead of "what" Jay is rhyming, there is a depth of emotion rarely seen from him in these ramblings.And it is impossible to deny the heartwrenching delivery of Beanie Sigel in "Where Have You Been".In a delivery near tears, Beanie laments over a fatherless childhood that made him into the violent man he is today.

    So the inevitably question comes, why do so many seem to dislike this album so much? I wish I was a little more clear on this myself.Maybe everyone just wanted a Jay-Z solo album, (which this is clearly not).Maybe there is not a high level of respect for his labelmates despite their solid performances here.I'll admit that Amil gets on my nerves like everyone else but she only has 2 verses on the whole album.So what gives?I don't have a clue.Check it out for yourself and make your own decision.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Average need i say more
    The Intro alone gets a star and a half.. You can't listen to the Intro and not admit that Hov is the best living MC(other than Nas and Eminem. I just wanna luv u was a club banger and parkin lot pimpin was ok. you me him and her focused on actually rhyming and they all sound like MC's except for Amil(she can't rhyme to save her life but i still got love for her). Soon you'll understand and where have you been are decent attempts to get personal but, other than that... not Jigga's best work fortunately he follows this album with his best(The Blueprint). ... Read more

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    Rule 3:36
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (10 October, 2000)
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    Don't let the rough exterior and the propensity to rhyme about acts of violence and criminal activities fool ya. No sir, Ja Rule is a lover and girl he's gonna make you love him. Make you as in wear you down and render you defenseless against his almost nonstop and thereby "persuasive" presentations of the pros of loving a thug. He might be crude, he might be loud (hell is he loud) and his flow might make DMX's canine fixations seem like subtle artistry. But be he rapping or be he semi-sing-songy vocalizing, Ja Rule's brand of rough-and-tough love gets under your skin. OK, it also starts to get on your nerves, but what Mr. Rule lacks in finesse he makes up for in intensity. Musically, his sophomore CD, with its stutter-stop break-point beats and its rich, resonant sound is nothing to ignore. Which must be why the first single, the off-kilter "Between Me and You," is so successful. This isn't groundbreaking or even significant stuff, but Ja's raspy roar has a certain appeal. While said appeal is geared towards men in the joint and the women who stand by them, you can't hate on a guy for trying, in his own way, to show a little love in this cold, cold world. --Amy Linden ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars ja RULES on this one
    true i see how people say he started to become pop with this release and he started singing with lil mo and christina milian but everyone was feeling this. the two lead singles were hot but so were "love me hate me" with the sweet violins and keyboards and the bouncy beat, "f you" with the horns and the scratches that was a great track to ride to. "extasy" made you wanna dance", "watching me" was a hot intro, and the other tracks were pretty hot too. however, i don't like that track "if god was one of us". seriously that's so disrespectful to god to talk to him like that, but if i give props to it it's on the great beat. there were some filler songs here like the shade sheist collabo but this is still better than a b.g. or master p record anyday. now, before i go, i must ask a question to all the criticisers out there: i know many can't stand ja's singing (i personally don't mind it but i can see where it can become a nuisance) but singing love songs doesn't take away from you street cred. his crew whooped 50 physically and ja sold drugs. just keep that thought in mind that singing doesn't lower your cred

    3-0 out of 5 stars worst JA album - too soft
    Ja Rule had a hard @$$ debut which I consider a classic, then he dropped this soft @$$ album the next year.His worst one out of his 6 solo albums (as of 11/9/04).Has one classic and a few ok tracks but too many R&B collabo soft tracks w/ JA singing.Has about 5 of 13 songs on it worth listening to.Lil Rob & Irv produce 7, and Irv collaborate for one song each with: Trustylez, Reb, Ty Fyffe, Self, and Damizza does 1 himself.I wouldn't recommend this unless you like a lot of soft rap songs (It does have one of his hardest songs to date however).

    #2 - 9 (short but good)
    #3 - 7 (f/ Christina Milian)
    #4 - 6.5 (f/ Vita)
    #5 - 4
    #6 - 6
    #7 - 10 (classic hard gangsta song f/ Caddillac Tah, Black Child, Dave Bing (who is tight and needed more than 2 bars)
    #8 - 8 (f/ 0-1 & Vita - also on "Fast & Furious Sndtk")
    #11 - 8 (f/ Black Child, Caddillac Tah & Jayo Felony)
    #12 - 5 (f/ Shady)
    #13 - 1 (f/ Lil Mo)
    #14 - 6.5
    #15 - acapella freestyle by Chris Black
    #16 - 6

    b. Jeffery Atkins --- 2/29/76 --- Hollis, Queens, NY
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Rule 3:36 his sophomore release.
    "Watchin me" starts the album off with a bang.Next is the best pop Ja Rule single "Between me and you" another good pop hit was the next song "Put it on me".Then comes "6 feet underground" wich is pretty good."Love me,hate me" is a nice track with some storytelling.I thought the Next song "Die5" would be bad I was wrong."F*** You" is not to bad."Extacy" is another standout."Its your life" is more of a happier song."I Cry" was also a single off the album and is not bad."One of Us" has a nice beat and has trumpeting of Ja Rule to say.The Last song on the album is "Rule wont die" he went the different route of his previous album but it works in the long run.
    Lyrics 8Production8X Factor 6Classic7Replay7
    Total=7.5 out of 10 Fingers wich is worth 3 1/2 mics

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    Stankonia
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Imagine if the ghetto got electrified. That's Stankonia, an album ofstreet smarts doused with gasoline and ready to burn. When a thundering electric guitarcollides with a relentless drumbeat on the molten "Gasoline Dreams," it dominates mindand body, setting the tone for the album. Dre and Big Boi spin a world of freaks, poets,preachers, and pimps, but most importantly, possibilities. This music messes with yourhead. --Lizz Mendez Berry ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Outkast dropped another Classic
    No one thought Outkast could possibly put out another album that would rival their previous 3 (spcm,ATLiens,Aquemeni)...But Outkast came back funkier than ever and dropped another landmark hip hop album.....A lot of long time OUtkast fans such as myself were truly proud to see them blow up as much as they did when this album dropped...IF there was any group that deserves to achieve iconic status, its OUtkast...They put in their work and deserve the succes they've achieved...

    With that said, I still feel their first 3 albums were slightly better...So if you're reading this, make sure you at least pick up ATLiens or Aquemeni.....

    Back to Stankonia....The album starts off wild like all 'kast albums...."Gasoline Dreams" is superb...The lyrics hit hard just like the beat...."So Fresh So Clean" was a monster hit and rightfully so...That was such a clever idea and the hook was so addicting....."Ms.Jackson" was/is the greatest tribute song ever to baby mommas..another great concept followed by a dope beat and hook.....

    Theres also a lot of hidden gems on the album take a more serious route such as "toilet tisha"....

    Overall, some might say Outkast lost their edge and fell off on this album...I disagree tho...Outkast came w/ fire on this album...And most important they never strayed too far from their roots/beliefs they've expressed since their first album...Tho u can definately tell they matured....

    Grab this album asap , its definately among the greatest hip hop/pop albums of the last 5 years

    5-0 out of 5 stars Rap Math: Good Lyrics + Outkast Sense of Humor = Stankonia
    Outkast, while in Hip Hop, are different than most of the other rappers in the business. While some of the songs being extremely random at times, Outkast always spit out the funniest, most innovative rhymes in Hip Hop. This album showcases their abilities with funny, serious, good, fast, and amazing songs. Buy this album or you'll be missing out on some of the best rap songs ever. The music isn't all great, but with those lyrics, how can you lose? WARNING: You may get somewhat bored if you do not have the lyrics to look at during listening to the album. The lyrics are spit out so fast you probably won't understand some of it. Despite this, Outkast is AWESOME and you HAVE TO buy this album. Here are the songs:
    1. Intro (1:09) SKIT (NO RATING)
    I don't understand this. Since its a skit, I don't have to give it a D. Horrible intro. Doesn't make sense, random. Don't worry. The album isn't all like this. BREAK!
    2. Gasoline Dreams (3:34) B
    Strong start to a strong album. Not the best on the album, but has a lot of power in it. The guitar is cool.
    3. I'm Cool (0:42) SKIT
    Strange interlude. A woman repeating "I'm Cool" for most of the interlude, than a random person yells some stuff. It's really funny at the end. Unexpected. BREAK!
    4. So Fresh, So Clean (4:00) B+
    Funny chorus, good lyrics. Pure Outkast. You gotta love it, because its just so fresh so clean.
    5. Ms. Jackson (4:30) A
    So funny. This song introduced and made me a fan of Outkast. One of their best songs ever. Pure classic. Again, SO FUNNY. Great lyrics. Yeah, Outkast!
    6. Snappin' & Trappin' (4:19) B+
    One of those songs which have pretty good lyrics but the music is wierd. Strange song. Features Killer Mike & J Sweet.
    7. D.F. (0:27) SKIT
    This is funny. Andre 3000 talks so fast that it's funny. BREAK!
    8. Spaghetti Junction (3:57) A-
    Funny lyrics (especially the chorus) and GREAT music. The idea of "spaghetti junction" is funny.
    9. Kim and Cookie (1:10) SKIT
    This is really funny. Girls talking and singing. A lot of cursing = really da** funny. Strange. BREAK!
    10. I'll Call Before I Come (4:18) A-
    Really funny. Features Gangsta Boo & Eco. This song has really funny lyrics and music which fits the lyrics. Again, the theme of the song is really funny.
    11. B.O.B. (5:04) A
    Another Outkast classic. B.O.B. stands for "Bombs Over Baghdad". The song isn't all about that, though. B.O.B. is a really funny song with really fast lyrics. Great song.
    12. Xplosion (4:09) B+
    Strange voice morph on Andre 3000's part. Good song. It takes a while to like, but it's catchy. Features B-Real, a strange rapper.
    13. Good Hair (0:14) SKIT
    I don't understand it, but maybe you will. BREAK!
    14. We Luv Deez Hoez (4:10) A
    FUNNIEST SONG ON THE ALBUM! Just listen to the chorus and you won't even try to change the track. Really, really funny. Features BackBone and Big Gipp (from Goodie Mob), who contribute rap verses which are all funny. How I luv diz song!
    15. Humble Mumble (4:50) A+++
    BEST SONG ON THE ALBUM (one of my overall favorite songs also). From the hilarious beginning: "I stank I can...The funky engine that could! Ooh! All aboard the Stankonia Express! The underground smellroad! Everyone's looking for an excuse to let loose...what's your locomotive?" - Andre, to the amazing chorus with a message, to Big Boi's fast, smooth rap verse, to Andre 3000's ultimate rap, to the amazing Erykah Badu's verse. Everything about this song is awesome. One of the best Outkast songs ever. A reason alone to buy the whole album.
    16. Drinkin' Again (0:24) SKIT
    Funny, but just another filling skit. BREAK!
    17. ? (1:28) B+
    Short, but really-da**-fast rap by Andre 3000. Funny filling-up-the-drink sound. Good music, but ends when you start to enjoy it. Good song.
    18. Red Velvet (3:52) A-
    "Now Peter Piper picked a pepper, that was his downfall." One of the best rap lyrics ever. Funny song and good chorus. Good one.
    19. Cruising In The ATL (0:19) SKIT
    Fun and nice to listen to. Has absolutely no meaning (that I know of) but is a cool interlude. BREAK!
    20. Gangsta Sh*t (4:41) B+
    Lots of rap verses and long, but a good song. Pretty good lyrics. Features some rap verses from the Goodie Mob. Cool song.
    21. Toilet Tisha (4:24) A-
    I don't know what to make of this song. At first I thought it was a joke (Toilet Tisha=Toilet Tissue, etc.) but then I figured out it was about a girl commiting suicide...hmmmmmm...very serious subject for Outkast but a great chillout song. I still don't know if its supposed to be serious, but maybe I'm just slow. Whatever. This is an awesome song, so LISTEN TO IT!
    22. Slum Beautiful (4:07) B+
    Awesome beat, maybe best one on the album. Cool raps, but the beat takes it away. Fun lyrics, though. Features one rap from Cee-Lo from Goodie Mob (the usual cameo band obviously).
    23. Pre-Nump (0:29) SKIT
    Funny. Really funny. Last skit on the album, and a good one. BREAK! (OK. If you haven't heard the album yet, duh, you haven't, then hear this: at the end of every skit, Outkast yells "BREAK!". Sorry for the confusion).
    24. Stanklove (6:50) A-
    Long, but worth it. Another chillout song like "Toilet Tisha". Kind of cheesy, but this is Outkast! Anyway, this is an extremely long song but isn't THAT boring. Great lyrics. While not funny, very well written. The only annoying part is the slowing-down at the end of the song. Great, mellow way to end the album.

    OK. Overall, the album gets an A-. Very good lyrics and great rapping makes an awesome album from the most innovative rappers alive. Outkast, you guys ROCK!

    BREAK!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a setup for Outkast beginners
    For those that were involved in Outkast's latest record SPEAKERBOXXX/THE LOVE BELOW must cop this too 'cuz it has a new side of where hip-hop it is today. First and foremost, I'd became an instant fan to Outkast in 2001 when they first put out "So Fresh So Clean" and "Ms. Jackson". 'Specially "B.O.B." which I like. It's all on this album.

    It paids a tribute to legends of R&B and above we love from today: Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Funkadelic/Parliament, James Brown, George Clinton, Jimi Hendrix, The Crusaders, Sly and the Family Stone, Miles Davis, Grover Washington Jr, Herbie Hancock, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Curtis Mayfield, Barry White, Kanye West, Kool and the Gang, The Jacksons/The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson, etc.

    I'd never had a problem with Outkast mixing their styles together into 1 style. 'Cuz the last time I rate them as the Steely Dan of Hip-Hop. Y'know where they created diverse styles of jazz, funk, blues, avant-garde, blues, rock, R&B, hip-hop and all of the above.

    Yep this is definitely going into my collection and also gon collect all their albums incl. their latest double CD which won a lot of awards or accolades. Especially look forward for their new movie to come out on HBO this year or so and hopefully it'll make blockbuster pretty soon.

    Good luck to Outkast for doing much work. And recommend Kanye West, K-os, The Roots, Common, Tribe Called Quest, Digable Planets, Miles Davis, Impromp2, Ronny Jordan, Guru, Us3, Roy Ayers, Grover Washington, Duke Ellington, Cannonball Adderley, The Crusaders, Marvin Gaye, Jazzhole, Stevie Wonder, Barry White, Bobby Caldwell, Quincy Jones and many others from the above. ... Read more

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    TP-2.Com
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (07 November, 2000)
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    The first single off of R. Kelly's TP-2.com, "I Wish," might be amoving memorial to a dead friend, but the main theme on his latest CD is sex. The first tip-off that Kelly has left the spirit world to concentrate onnookie is the CD title, which refers back to his mid-'90s smash 12 Play.Back then, Kelly made his name with a take-no-prisoners (if somewhat obvious)sensuality. Yet now this loveman sounds conflicted and ill at ease. He mightoffer to "Strip for You," he might lay claim for a girl who's "Like a Real Freak," he might even promise his lady "The Greatest Sex," but his manner is so tentative and so self-reflective it makes one wonder how hot the loving could really be. Kelly has been expanding his creative repertoire over the course of his past two CDs, and his latest motif is a sort of stream-of-consciousness style that constantly returns to the main thrust of the argument: a circular groove. At its best (the triumphant "I Wish"), this style is emotional and emphatic. At its worst, or when Kelly insists on using it over and over, it's the musical equivalent of having a drunk poke you in the arm repeatedly to make his point. On "Fiesta," Kelly literally builds a song out of this annoying rhythmic tic, and it's like he's on a treadmill, never getting anywhere. TP-2.com is raw andromantic, but it becomes too redundant to truly sustain the passion.--Amy Linden ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Cd
    This whole cd is bumping R kellybeen making good stuff for a while now

    5-0 out of 5 stars Unbelieveable
    TP-2.com is probably the greatest cd's that I own.I have had the album for 4 years and I am listening to it as i speak.Its a cd that i can never live without again.R.Kelly is a genuis and I believe i can go out on a huge limb and say he maybe the top 3 or 4 best R&B artist ever.I can't wait for his new album TP-3 reloaded.

    4-0 out of 5 stars the Album has Grown on me
    R.Kelly is the king of Music Period. the Most Prolific, the best ,Writer,Arranger,Producer,Conceptionalist,Vocalist,stylist,etc... He Got the whole Game on Lock. when I first heard this album it didn't hit me,but over time it truly has grown leaps&Bounds with me."I didn't mean it is my cut. those vocals in the background he hits just hit like Scrambled Eggs in the skillet with CHeese&Onions on them. "the Greatest Sex" is a Cold Jam period.I Wish hits home on so many ways. those Strings&Vocals are all on point. hearing this Album this was the blueprint for the 21rst Century R&B Male Vocalist.I've heard so many cats trying to get at those ARRUh Riffs."Feeling on Your BOOTY!!! is the Cut. he cracks me up.the Groove is cool. this Album deals with Loss,Gain finding yourself through so many Journeys. Can't nobody make Albums in the Modern Era like Brother Robert Kelly. He is the musical Genius of Our time.Peerless&His Only Competition is Himself."A Woman's Threat" shows a Cat who ain't afraid to speak on what might happen if His Lady Steps.Props,Daps,Claps,Door bell Rangs&More Stepping through this Journey.the King of Music Covers it all. ... Read more

    Asin: B00004WIZA
    Subjects:  1. Contemporary R&B    2. Pop    3. Pop-Rap    4. R&B    5. Urban   


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    Let's Get Ready
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (26 September, 2000)
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    Even the most high-minded hip-hop connoisseur will have a hard time fronting on the booty-bounce directive, "Shake Ya Ass," surely one of 2000's most memorable songs. The lead single off Mystikal's fourth album encapsulates his whole approach: guttural, grunted directives and sexist boasts over some seriously funky production (courtesy Outkast, the Neptunes, and the Medicine Men). Check the tropical backdrop and Nivea-blessed chorus of "Danger" and the wah-wah guitar/808 combo of "Big Truck Boys" for the funk; check nearly every song for that vulgar braggin' and boastin'. The raw bass and slinky rhythm of "Smoked Out" is a nice Southern take on G-funk, and it's a welcome reprieve from the thick "come hither" machismo which dominates much of the other songs. When he's not stroking his ego, though, Mystikal does a good job getting serious too. Uncovering the bad side of the bling, tracks such as "Ain't Gonna See Tomorrow" and "Murderer III" impressively display a more socially aware and mature Mystikal. --Hua Hsu ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful C.D.!
    OK, you already knew Joaquin Phoenix was adorable. But did you know he's just as beautiful inside as out? The Oscar-nominated star of Gladiator and Inventing the Abbots is a vegan: He doesn't eat or wear any animal products. Joaquin starred in PETA's first-ever vegan commercial (asking grocery store shoppers to spare the turkeys at Thanksgiving) and posed for an anti-fur poster that was unveiled at the famous SPA nightclub in New York. Here, he talks to PETA about the influence of animal rights on his career and life.

    How does animal rights affect your life?

    Joaquin: That's just it: Animal rights is a part of my everyday life. When you live by example, you create a certain level of awareness. Friends of mine, people I have never discussed animal rights or vegetarianism with, are adopting vegetarian habits because they see it.

    Does your view of animals affect your career?

    Joaquin: Of course, and it has gotten much easier. I am able to do more than ever before. For example, when it came to making Gladiator, I was sure to say I would wear only fake leather outfits, and my clogs in Quills were synthetic as well. My lifestyle is part of who I am and therefore is always a consideration when working: I always discuss this with producers, and they respect my lifestyle decisions and are very accommodating. Now there are so many cruelty-free options available, people would be foolish not to take advantage of them. It is also easier to work with computers and animatronics than animals, and that makes a difference, too. Technology has allowed us to recreate animal images-like the tigers in Gladiator.

    What made you a vegan?

    Joaquin: I was 3 years old-to this day it is a vivid memory. My family and I were on a boat, catching fish. As one fish was caught, he was writhing, then he was thrown against the side of the boat. You couldn't disguise what it was: This was what we did to animals to eat them. The animal went from a living, vibrant creature fighting for life to a violent death. I recognized it, as did my brothers and sisters.

    What is your favorite vegan dish?

    Joaquin: Tofu and lots of it. I like anything homemade, and if it's organic, all the better. I also love tabouli salad. I don't even really go for the fake meat stuff. I like veggies, straight up. I also wear synthetic stuff, especially shoes. I remember when all I could wear were my Converse canvas All-stars, and now it seems like most shoes are synthetic.

    You are on the road so much, is it easier today to find places to eat and things to wear than before?

    Joaquin: Ten years ago, it felt strange to be the only one objecting to fur and asking for vegan stuff, but now doing that is a given. Everywhere I go, I find great veg food. I just got back from Toronto where there was a great health food store, and even this small town in Germany that I visited recently had a veg restaurant.

    What kind of impact do you think was made by your poster promoting SPA nightclub's "no fur" policy that went up in New York?

    Joaquin: I really hope it had an impact. It is hard to fathom that anyone is still wearing fur. It is so plain to see that killing animals for their fur is completely barbaric. The only purpose is vanity. Look at the alternatives we have now. Wearing fur won't be tolerated.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Its alright
    Nothing special, but its OK.Not as good as his previous efforts.The radio hits are OK, [Shake Ya Ass & Danger], but they is only really one song that is "outstanding", being Neck Uv Da Woods (w/ Outkast).There are many songs that are still tight, such as I Rock, I Roll, U Would If U Could, Mystikal Fever, and Ready To Rumble, but not "outstanding".This is not a bad album at all, in fact it duznt have many "bad" tracks, but Mystikal just hasn't put enough into it.Better than latter releases though.A good listen, so still pick this cd up even if you are just a rap fan, but don't expect too much from it.

    2-0 out of 5 stars I have 2 words for this CD
    And that's broken record! The last CD Mystikal did before dis (Ghetto Fabulous)was off tha chains! This one ain't! For instance, the first track is pretty much like the 7th one except it's like a clean remix. He doesn't yell as much which he's known for. If it was produced from no limit then maybe it would rise a lil higher to impressive. Now he has his greatest hits oot while serving time. ... Read more

    Asin: B000035X1N
    Subjects:  1. Dirty South    2. Pop    3. Rap    4. Rap & Hip-Hop    5. Southern Rap   


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    The Gift of Game
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (09 November, 1999)
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    From Run-D.M.C.'s unlikely courtship of Aerosmith to Anthrax's union with Public Enemy, seemingly polar opposites have spawned a whole musical genre popularized by the likes of Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Kid Rock. Crazy Town's The Gift of the Game neatly slots into the rap-rock category. They obviously carry some clout, amassing an impressive guest roster for a debut album, including godfathers of the scene Red Hot Chili Peppers on stand-out track "Butterfly" and KRS-One on the storming "B-Boy 2000." As debut albums go, this is about as accomplished and cocksure as you get. --Helen Marquis ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars 15 Bucks For A Hockey Disc?!?
    Geez, what a ripoff. This hockey disc is very dynamic and can break into three hockey discs, but 15 bucks for this? No thanks.

    Wait a minute, this isn't a hockey disc, it's a CD!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Died Young
    Critics killed this band. Crazy Town is an awsome band of the Rock/Rap scene and that scene is sadly dieing out despite, Linkin Park which has turned into complete crap. Crazy Town came out at the wrong time and chose the wrong single "Butterfly" that just killed them. I love this CD and if you like the rock/rap scene you'll enjoy "THe Gift Of Game."

    2-0 out of 5 stars a couple of highlights, but mostly lowlights
    crazy town burst onto the scene with the cringeworthy "butterfly" in 2001, and sold over a million copies of this their debut.while "darkhorse" saw the band wither away their rap and hip hop influence, "giftof game" focuses heavily on shifty and epics duel rapping style, with a lot of turntable effects thrown in.guitars are crunchy at times, and very basic, while drum work (if used) is limited in range.epic has a much smoother voice than shifty, and you can notice it.overall this cd is nothing special, and sucks alot of the time."toxic" is a pretty cool song, but shifty's voice in the chorus sends it grating up your spine."darkside" is ok for like 30 seconds, while "bboy 2000" is good for the first two minutes, before it gets lost in a mellowdrone state.if you like cheesy rap and cheesy rock slammed head on, this is for you. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000296JD
    Subjects:  1. Alternative Metal    2. Heavy Metal    3. Pop    4. Rap-Metal    5. Rap-Rock    6. Rock   


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    "Too $hort - Greatest Hits, Vol. 1: The Player Years, 1983-1988"
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (10 November, 1993)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars ONCE YOU FIND THIS, BUY IT ON SIGHT!
    THIS RARE DOUBLE DISC CONTAINS THE ENTIRE CONTENTS OF TOO SHORT'S FIRST 3 TAPES, WHICH WERE ALL RECORDED LOCALLY BACK IN 1985. THOSE TAPES ARE VERY RARE AND EVEN THIS CD THAT HAS ALL THE SONGS FROM THOSE 3 TAPES ARE RARE. TO THIS DAY, SONGS LIKE ''DON'T STOP RAPPIN'', INVASION OF THE FLAT BOOTY B***HES'', ''GIRL'', ''WILD WILD WEST'', AND ''SHORT RAP'' ARE ALL GREAT SONGS TO PARTY TO. KEEP IN MIND THAT THE WEST COAST HAD NOT YET ESTABLISHED ITS OWN SOUND. SO, IN OTHER WORDS, THESE SONGS PRE-DATE GANGSTA RAP, N.W.A., ICE-T, EAZY-E, AND ALL THAT STUFF. THESE ARE ACTUALLY SOME OF THE BEST TOO SHORT SONGS THAT'VE EVER BEEN RECORDED. YOUR TOO SHORT COLLECTION IS NEVER COMPLETE WITHOUT THIS CD. YOU MIGHT HAVE TO ORDER ONE OFF OF THIS WEBSITE BEING THAT THIS 2-DISC IS HARD TO FIND.

    5-0 out of 5 stars BAY AREA MACK DOWN
    TAKE THIS ALBUM FOR WHAT IT IS.IT IS THE PIMPS EARLY BOOTLEG, BAY AREA UNDERGROUND, RAP. OLD BEATS WITH BETTER THAN AVERAGE RHYMES.BUT IF YOU LOVE TOO $HORT, YOU NEED TO OWN IT...

    5-0 out of 5 stars CLassic
    how could he? well he did.he made his greatest FINALLY on cd.it is actually his first 3 albums which were only on tapes, so now you know what he means when he says Album Numer 10. tighest rappers always deservegreatest hits and too $hort has deserved it.basically what i am saying isthat you should buy this if you like classic Too $hort ... Read more

    Asin: B000001UK7
    Sales Rank: 53817
    Subjects:  1. Gangsta Rap    2. Hip-Hop    3. Pop    4. Rap    5. Rap & Hip-Hop    6. West Coast Rap   


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