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Straight Outta Compton
Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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A lone voice sneers "You are about to witness the strength of street knowledge," and with that warning the greatest-ever gangsta album begins. Then these Niggas with Attitude--wicked rhymes by Ice Cube, Easy E, and MC Ren; soulful production courtesy Dr. Dre; beats provided by DJ Yella--come barreling into your face, just daring you to ignore the streets of Compton (or any American city) even one day longer. From the anti-police brutality anthem "F__k Tha Police" to the angry, unflinching realism of "Gangsta Gangsta," to the pro-free speech "Express Yourself," this is slammin' and ruthless.--David Cantwell ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The one that started and ended it all....
This was the album. The one that started the "gangsta rap" genre that, depending on how you looked at it, revolutionized hip hop or killed it. That's why I love and loathe this release at the same time. When this hit big time back in the late 80's, everybody jumped on the gangsta bandwagon trying to cash in on NWA's success by "keepin' it real". Unfortunately, this meant old-school rappers who avoided the gangsta-gravy train(Eric B & Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Boogie Down Productions, etc) all got eventually lost in the shuffle to the more flashy, media-hyped gangsta rappers. Too bad, cause those other rappers were waaaay better than the flood of NWA copycats. If you want the other release in the late 80's that changed the face of rap, go see the reviews for PE's It Takes A Nation of Millions...

Anyway, having said all that, I still enjoy this release. From the hard-core funky beats, the political/message-driven lyrics, and the old-school "multiple alternating mc's" rap style of delivery, this is a great cd to have in your rap collection. The new re-mastered version supposedly has 4 bonus tracks too so it's worth a purchase. Favorite tracks: Staight Outta Compton(the definitive song of its sub-genre), **** tha Police(absolutely brutal and angry), and Compton's N tha House(inadvertently amusing because the "f" word is used so many times!). Overall, a great rap album I've enjoyed listening to through the years, but hope others don't just make this their stopping point as the 80's had many other great rap artists that did so much for this maligned genre.

5-0 out of 5 stars The First Classic Gangsta Rap CD
Ok well, you might ask yourself, who is the NWA? They ain't just some fools from Compton, they compose of six of the most lethal rappers who ever touched a mic, and one of the most creative DJ's who is known to create chaos on the wheels of steel (Technics 1200 turntable). You got people like Dr Dre, Ice Cube, and Eazy-E providing lyrics that cross the line of explict by a mile. If that isn't enough you have MC Ren, The D.O.C. and Arabian Prince (Brother Rab) in the backseat also spitting madness on the album. The whole CD in general has its highs, and lows. Also it provides a variety of styles. "COMPTON'S N THE HOUSE (REMIX)" is Dre and MC Ren rapping live on stage with cutting by Yella. "STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON" is a classic gangsta rap track with really dope bass and beat production by Dr Dre. Eazy-E's "8-BALL (REMIX)" is a story about him and his beer which sounds very familar for its 1988 setting. If you want to hear the explict lyrics I was talking about listen to "GANGSTA GANGSTA" AND "F--- THA POLICE" with heavy influence from Ice Cube. My personal favorite is when the NWA combines some of its electro beats with hip-hop flavor when Arabian Prince and the rest of the NWA on the track "SOMETHING TO DANCE TO". Also upcoming star The D.O.C. who was famous for his song "IT'S FUNKY ENOUGH" which was released a year later, appears on "PARENTAL DISCRETION IS ADVISED". The ONLY "clean" tracks on the album are "SOMETHING TO DANCE TO", "QUIET ON THA SET", and "EXPRESS YOURSELF". But don't let this album get to your head. When you listen to it, remember that these guys told everyone in interviews that they aren't gangbangers, they just use that image to make money. For example, Ice Cube isn't really from the "hood". He went to the classy San Fernando Valley High School and took drafting classes at a university in Arizona. Dr Dre and Yella both were part of the famous World Class Wreckin Cru who performed songs wearing sequins, make-up, lip gloss, and more. You might know Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Dr Dre, and MC Ren for their solo CDs, but you haven't really been a fan of them until you peep this album first. This is NWA's second album and went gold when it orginally released in 1988. Enjoy the album when you get it though, this is really a classic in any old skool or gangsta rap collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars The First, and Best, Gangsta CD
Let me start by saying, I love all kinds of music. I am a fan of punk, ska, reggae, classic rock, hop-hop, gangsta, and even a little country music (Johnny Cash). That said, this is the best rap CD ever, bar-none. Straight out of Compton is an energetic opener, and contains one of the phattest beats ever. From the first couple rhymes, to the last, this CD represents what gangsta rap should, and could, have been in modern day. Dr. Dre sounds great on this CD. If you like this, check out Notorious Big. If you are a hip-hop fan, buy some Biz Markie CDs. And while I really don't care for his music, I geuss Tupac Shakur would be another good artist to add to your collection. NWA has inspired these guys (With the exception of Biz), and they are in some circles just as great. GET THIS ALBUM! ... Read more

Asin: B000003B6J


Cypress Hill
Average Customer Review: 4.66 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (13 August, 1991)
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Led by the deep-toned Sen Dog and the deliciously adenoidal whine of B-Real and backed by DJ Muggs's beats--as thick as the smoke they inhaled--Cypress Hill spun dope-fueled tales of revenge, revolution, recreational drug use, gangbanging, and cultural pride. Like R. Crumb's Mr. Natural, but with a hardened voice and a B-boy attitude, Cypress Hill slow-walked their funk-flavored way through a minefield of anthems (the still sizzling "How I Could Just Kill a Man") and comic manifestos ("Stoned Is the Way of the Walk"). Heavy on the bass line and punctuated by flashes of wit and rage, Cypress Hill's joint was definitely one to draw deep on. --Amy Linden ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars a classic!
if you know anything about treur hip hop,then you know that this cd is one of the best.when cypress hill came out in 91,they brought a very different sound to the hip hop arena and soon became one of the best without getting that much air play.on there first album they create memorable songs like "hand on the pump" and "how could i just kill a man".they also throw in some funky kind of beats that work.dj muggs is a mastewr at creating beats and he shows it in this first album of the hill.must have!

5-0 out of 5 stars ONE ALBUM YOU'LL LIKE TO GET "HIGH" TO!
This album's got to be one of the hardest, funkiest and eclectic rap albums ever. I just bought it yesterday and popped it into my CD player and enjoyed the forty-six minute ride of pumping bass, clever sampling (Big up to DJ Muggs) and nasal, infectious rhymes by the one and only B-Real. However, I have a big problem with them mentioning the N-word about two or three times. Whether that word was supposed to mean something else or not, there will always arise strong misconceptions. Check out "Pigs" - a song demeaning lawbreaking or unfit cops; that is my favorite song on the CD. Other standouts are "The Phuncky Feel One", "Tres Equis", and of course, "How I Can Just Kill a Man". You know, I had two options at the music store - either buy "Cypress Hill" or "Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em" by Eric B. and Rakim, which is considered another of those hip-hop classics. But my advice to hip-hop lovers is: If you do not have this album, and you run into such a situation, do not hesitate to buy "Cypress Hill"; you won't be sorry...

5-0 out of 5 stars The first album..
I'd have to say this album grew on me, I had bought temples of boom first, and I really got used to the darker tone of it, so when i bought this cd, it caught me by surprise,the beats are a little faster and have more samples,and the lyrics are more cartoony. Stoned is the way of the walk, is my favorite track and it has me skipping to it again and again. I'd highly recommend this cd to anyone whos a fan of newer Cypress Hill stuff or just wanna hear something different. ... Read more

Asin: B0000027RY


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The Sounds of Science
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (23 November, 1999)
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Between 1986's Licensed to Ill and 1999's hits package, The Sounds of Science, the Beastie Boys matured from attention-starved brats to insightful, funky, trendsetting brats with an ace record collection and top choice in collaborators. And by staying in tune with their inner children, the Beasties have also managed not to drop off in fervor as they've continued to push their boundaries. How many other hip-hop/rock groups would be able to put songs as different as the hard-core "Egg Raid on Mojo" and the jazzed-out instrumental "Sabrosa" on the same collection? As well as a slightly deranged take on Elton John's "Benny and the Jets"? At a hefty 42 tracks, this collection has something for everyone--and manages not to skimp on the hits or pad itself with filler. Though it would serve well as an introduction, The Sound of Science is even better as a companion. --Randy Silver ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Man, I hate thinking of catchy review titles...
This is a great collection for the unfortunate people who, like me, were a little too young to buy every Beastie Boys album as soon as it was released, but had maybe an older brother who was into the music, so they vicariously got to hear the stuff (that's me again). Or maybe you're just a fan of the Beastie Boys and want this album to add to your collection.

In any case, there's no way you can be disappointed with these CDs. What more could you ask for with *42* songs, b-sides and spoof tracks even? OK, OK, that's just fancy talk. They could've put "Girls," "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn," "Flute Loop," "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun," and "Unite" on there. But I'm sure everyone (especially anyone who was sleeping and missed the chance to pick their own songs and order their own compilation CD when this thing first came out) has a few songs they wish were on here. Overall, though, it covers the Boys' career well, plus it's easy access to most of your favorite songs, and if you have a good sound system in your car, these are the CDs to be listening to while you drive. And hey, at least it's got "Fight For Your Right," unlike the Video Anthology DVD (I'm still bitter about that).

The Fatboy Slim remix of "Body Movin' ", the live version of "Three MC's and One DJ", and the 2001 Grammy-nominated single "Alive", not found on any other B-Boys album, are a treat, but the real bonus is the booklet that comes with it, full of rare and shiny photos and helpful, entertaining explanations of the songs and their place in Beastie Boys history. Be prepared to scratch your head with the Country Mike and Railroad Blues stories, though...

This is a collection for anyone who realizes just how influential the Beastie Boys have been on the MTV generations and how much reverence in the music world they have and are worthy of. If you regard them as one of the best bands/artists/music groups/whatever ever, as if the music industry just wouldn't be the same without them, you should get The Sounds of Science.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Perfect For Both New And Old Beastie Fans!
I happen to be one of the younger fans of the Beastie Boys. When I first knew of the Beastie Boys, I heard Intergalactic on the radio, and bought Hello Nasty shortly later. I later began discovering that some songs I already knew (Fight For Your Right, Sabotage, etc.) were all by the Beasties! When I heard that there was an anthology coming out, I bought it immediately, and I was far from disappointed. With such awesome tracks as Body Movin', Sabotage, Pass The Mic, Fight For Your Right, Three Mc's and One DJ, and Alive (which despite what many others say, I happen to find a very cool song), this CD is a must-buy for even the smallest Beastie fan. Now that I am a big Beastie fan, I wish that they had put Paul Revere, Girls, and No Sleep Till Brooklyn on there, but it still rocks. If you're a big Beastie Boy fan and have been for a long time, the 80 page pamphlet included with the two CDs that has a history behind every song on the CD is motivation enough. Buy this CD, because it's one of the best buys I've ever seen. These two CDs will be in my CD changer for a long, long time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not Perfect, by any means, But a very well Rounded Anthology
For the beastie boys, as band that has seemingly gone through several radical artistic & musical changes, compiling a 'Best of' , that encapsulates their considerable career was always going to be a tricky proposition, due to a collection of fans that embraced their more rock based side ("Licensed To Ill"), through to the kaleidoscopic freewheeling sampled laden masterpiece that referenced everything from funk, soul, Golden Age, rock ("Paul Boutique"), to a refinement, and streamling of their sound, punctuated with instrumental tracks that brought about their biggest success ("Ill communication"), through to the more electronic based elements with the occasional throw back to the simplicity of 3 Mc & a DJ aesthetic ("Hello Nasty").

First the positive: There's a lot of material here, spread over the 2 disks for your money, and such expected hits or favourites such as "Slow and Low / Sure Shot / Body Movin (Fatboy Slim remix) / Fight for your right / Brass Monkey / Get it together / Hey Ladies / Remote control / 3 MC's and 1 DJ" are all beautifully represented here. But more importantly you get some of the more obscure, non-LP, and B-side material that makes this a more rounded anthology....so "Gratitude / Boomin Granny / Bodhisattva Vow / Song for the man / Time for Livin / Egg Raid on Mojo / Dub the Mic / Skills to pay the bills / The negotiation Limerick file", flesh out this anthology with something that'll appeal to the enthusiasts, rather than the a compilation of hits that'll only be of interest to newcomers.

In what seems like a bit of an oversight (especially as B-Sides & non-LP material are included) is the lack of instrumental tracks. Seeing as the instrumentals on the majority of Beasties releases where on occasion, as carefully thought-out, and realised as some of the vocal tracks, it seems a shame that there isn't anything here to represent another artistic side to the beasties work, and anyone that picked up their sublime purely instrumental "The in Sound from Way out!" album, will find none of that material included here, puzzlingly.

Now the Negative: There's likely to be a lot of people that will bemoan, what's missing or not included....and will largely ignore this anthology because a lot of more worthwhile tracks didn't make the inclusion. Songs such as "Girls / Time to get ill / No sleep Till Brooklyn / Ricky's theme....etc have been mysteriously left on the cutting room floor. (I myself have frequently bemoaned the fact that the 'Bob Dylan' sampling "Finger Lickin Good", didn't make it). But to labour upon this would be pointless, because those people have already made their minds up regarding this anthology and passed on it. But if you can get past the eccentricity of the track listing, remain undeterred by the non-inclusion of particular favourites, and accept the fact the it's not sequenced chronologically, there is a tremendous amount here to enjoy.

This anthology probably isn't suited for those that are casual listeners of the beasties work, as the lack of some crucial material will disappoint many. This release feels like it's more geared towards those that have either followed the beasties boys career for many years, and will relish having a lot of the B-side material, non-LP tracks that, short of picking up all the singles, is a mammoth undertaking. Or those that, (like me), that have all the beasties studio albums, but none of the singles or hard to find material, will generally find this to be the perfect accompaniment. Either way there is certainly enough Oddball, hard to find, B-side and obscure material here, to make this (provided you know what your getting with this release), a more than highly recommended release to followers & enthusiasts, even though there are missteps, odd choices and bizarre sequencing. Those that don't fall into either category, would probably be better off seeking out their regular studio albums, which must surely now retail at a mid to low price??? ... Read more

Asin: B00002NDUA


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Liquid Swords
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (07 November, 1995)
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Some Wu members, like Cappadonna, are overly concerned with the way they dress, while others are a plain ol' inebriated mess (read: Ol' Dirty Bastard). For the GZA, it's all about the lyrics. With his nasal delivery and rapid-fire flow, he is the most experienced and oldest member of the Wu Tang Clan (he released a pre-Wu LP on Cold Chillin' Records entitled Words from the Genius in 1991). GZA's forte is battle rhymes (on his self-titled cut he declares that wack MCs' "lyrics are weak, like clock radio speakers"). On "Labels" he eloquently pens a complete song using only rap record label names. Loaded wordplay aside, beat-wise Liquid Swords is fully and exceptionally RZA-produced (peep the electric guitars and spacey synths on "Investigative Reports"). Liquid Swords is a perfect purchase for rap fiends who crave ill experimental beats and even iller punchlines. --Dalton Higgins ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Perhaps a perfect CD
This cd has definitely spend the most time in my cd player, than any other album that I own. GZA is in his prime, and that's scary considering how ill he is today. This is proof that GZA is a lyrical genius, and the beats are also off the hook (credit to the RZA). I would recommend this to anyone who considers themself to be a true hip hop fan. It's without a doubt, a classic. Some tracks to mention are Killa Hills 10304, Cold World, Investigative Reports, Shadowboxing, 4th chamber, Duel of the iron mic, and Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. Anyone notice how "BIBLE" is spelled out there? Simply amazing...

5-0 out of 5 stars GZA, the unparalleled Wu-Genius
What can you really say about this album? It is probably the best of Wu solo projects to date (maybe that ever will be), focusing heavily on the essential elements that have brought the Wu-Tang to the forefront of underground hip-hop. While most critics favored Raekwon's "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx" for its raw and edgy style, GZA brings quick, intelligent lyrics on nearly every track. Just about all the other members collaborate on one or more songs, and each song tells a small part of the larger story that is "Liquid Swords". You can almost see the GZA mentally cutting apart all the flash and fakery that has come to dominate today's rap world - leaving a cold and honest view of his reality. Various sound clips that have become a Wu trademark enhance the album, the fitting quotes from Shogun Assassin illustrate the GZA's lyrical stance. RZA's production has never been so tight and mysterious. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars MAN....
THE DARKESS JOINT EVER RELEASED IN HIP-HOP!!!ALL TIME CLASSIC JOINT!!! ... Read more

Asin: B000000OUJ


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It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (02 May, 1995)
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It Takes a Nation of Millions was the sign that hip-hop had exploded like a grenade. A rap record as abrasive, hardcore, and eloquent as a JFK speech, the 1988 disc is one classic track after another: tense, multilayered, harmonically wild music. Chuck D. declaims like a master preacher with foil Flavor Flav's voice darting around his. They've got the desperate energy of people fighting for their lives, and everything from their pumped-up rhetoric ("Prophets of Rage") to the group's quasi-paramilitary organization to the sirens and sax squeals in nearly every track declares how urgent their mission is. It's a hugely influential album, and it still sounds fresh and frightening after all these years. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Public Enemy- It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Public Enemy's 2nd Album "It Takes Nation of Millions to Hold us Back" (1988) is a hiphop classic, in the true meaning of the word too. Sixteen tracks total, fifty eight minutes long it is one of the most influential hiphop albums of all time. Public Enemy on this album consists of: Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Terminator X, Professer Griff and Security of the First world, produced by the Bomb Squad. The album is Rap, Jazz, Rock and Funk influenced througout. The music on this album is very meaningfull, Public Enemy addressed very important issues specifically within there community, while making music that everyone could listen to while daring to delve far deeper politically and socially then any of there counterparts. I did not come across this album until recently when I started to listen to albums that are oldschool to me (this one dropped when I was six) so I did not grow up with it, but I am real glad I found it because fifteen years later Public Enemy's music is still relevant, enjoyable to listen to and completely substantial- though one has to be open minded. I like every track on this album. Some of my current favourites include: "Bring the Noise" Love the rock/rap combination of this track listening to it gets me hyped up, the short jazz based "Show Em Whatcha Got","Night of the Living Baseheads" which has Chuck D addressing the Crack epidemic of the eighties, the powerful "Prophets of Rage" and the albums last track "Party for the Right to Fight"- But it's proven and fact And it takes a nation of millions to hold us back. Public Enemy's "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" is an album I recommend to people who are looking for conscientious thought provoking music, music that goes far beyond the norm.

5-0 out of 5 stars The greatest Rap CD Ever Made!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This album is a non-stop attack on your ears that you wish would never end. So I highly request that you buy this and put an extra dollar in their pockets. 1. Countdown to Armageddon- is an ok begining but i recomend skiping it- 7

2. Bring The Noise- Classic-10

3. Don't Believe The Hype- Another Classic- 10

4. Cold Lampin' With Flavor- Flavor is not a great rapper but it is still a pretty good song- 7

5. Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic- This show X's great DJing skills and is another great Track- 9.5

6. Mind Terrorist- This is not a track that you will listen to by its self, but you will listen to it when it comes up- 9

7. Loudre Than A Bomb- This just another great track that everone in the world should hear at least once before they die- 10

8. Caught, Can We Get A Witness- This shows how Chuck Feels about sampling and how he thinks that music should not be copyrighted and that he should be allowed to use whatever he wants- 9

9. Showem What You What You Got- Another track you will like but will not pick up the CD to listen to- 9

10. She Watch Channel Zero?!- This is my favorite song because of the mix of the guitar riff and the the great beat- 10

11. Night Of The Livng Bashheads- This is a Ok track to me but compared with what else is out there this track is amazing.

12. Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos- This track is amazing just amazing I would just recomend the album if this was the only song on it and it cost $50 bucks!!!!- 10

13. Security Of The First World- This a song made for the S1W's when they go on stage to do marching moves to- 7

14. Rebel Without A Pause- This song was the first ever PE club hit and it is an amazing song with a great saxaphone scriech that so maney other rappers now use (Dr. Dre, RZA, ECT.)- 10

15. Prophets Of Rage- A great song that I think is another Classic on this Album-10

16. Party For Your Right To Fight- Just a great song to listen to on head phones because the voices come from the two sides.......I cant explain it just get it and find out- 10

Average Rating = 9.2

(PS. Anyone who says they are raccist have never really listened to the lyrics and are just plain non hip hop heads...)

5-0 out of 5 stars Dont slag this record...
...because you're a hip-pop loving doucher.

This is a cornerstone of hip-hop and should be treated as such and if this was all then I would probably not even be writing this review. However, such is not the case. This album was the voice of a generation. It spoke for the depressed state of inner-city African Americans and the constant injustice they faced. Its true, hip-hop used to be about more than just money. ... Read more

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Anarchy
Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 June, 2000)
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Despite carrying still more of the apocalyptic trappings that have marked Busta's solo joints, Anarchy--touted by Elektra as the fourth in a trilogy, fittingly enough--is less a full-out blast of sociopolitical rage than the usual stack of free-flowing Rhymes consciousness. Both as winning and erratic as The Coming and E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event) before it, Anarchy nonetheless captures its star's unhinged style with panache and a handful of tour-de-force moments. (Check out the Stereolab sample on "Show Me What You Got" or the Busta/Raekwon/Ghostface Killah/Roc-Marciano crime-tale summit, "The Heist.") Finally, Busta deserves props for getting something worthwhile out of Lenny Kravitz--the off-kilter Rockwilder-produced funk jam "Make Noise"--long past the rocker's artistic sell-by date.--Rickey Wright ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars I pick this one up just because it was BUSTA
Just by being a great lyricist, is the reason I picked this CD up. I only heard one song from the CD (Get Out) and thought it sounded like something Jay-Z would do. And what's up with the kids film sampling? First Jay-Z samples Annie and now Busta samples "The Ugly Duckling". Is being original not selling these days? Anyway the CD is phat but I did like the last one better. I have all of his CD's including all of the Leaders Of The New School joints as well. Busta brings energy to all of his tracks that's not seen in today's fake MC hip-hop game. I'm not giving this CD 4 stars because it lacks (in my opinion) originality. Swiss Beats is an aight' producer but his beats to me sound the same, but just with a different hooks and samples. This CD has a lot of made for radio tracks and is going to well on the POP charts, but Busta needs to get back to his underground roots and come out with more tracks like "Show Me What You Got" and "A Trip Out Of Town. By the way , doesn't "Enjoy Da Ride" sounds like a Common track........just a thought.

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Instant Classic From Busta Rhymes!!!
Busta Rhymes' fourth opus "Anarchy" is a well put together album. The production, the guest appearances, the whole chemistry was excellent. The opening track (which is one of my favorites), "Salute Da Gods!!" lets you know how it's going down on this hip-hop journey. The producion handled well by Rockwilder, Nottz, Swizz Beatz, Jay Dee, and others. Look for tracks like "Ready For War" featuring Brownsville's finest M.O.P., the club ready joint, "Bladow!!", the Swizz Beatz produced, "We Put It Down For Ya'll", also "The Heist" featuring Wu-Tang's Ghostface Killah and Raekwon, and the newcomer from the Fipmode Squad, Rob Marciano. If you are looking for something to bounce to, check out "We Comin' Through" (I like to call it "Tear Da Roof Off 2000"), "Here We Go Again" featuring the Flipmode Squad, and the ultimate jam with Lenny Kravitz, "Make Noise!". Busta is an animated artist with unlimited talent and I hope to hear another album from him. One.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hot Album
This Busta album is hot. There's a few tracks that are nott all that like in the beginning after track three. But from tracks 8-13 are good. Track 12 with Ghostface Killah and Raekwon and the other guy is hot. Track 14 and 17 are good. But the real hot song, the song that makes me want to give te album 5 plus plus stars, is the the song with M.O.P. "Ready 4 War", track 19. Oh Lord, when I heard this song, I nearly jumped out the window of my bedroom. This song is what made the album, basically MADE the album. If only Busta Rhymes made more songs on the album like that. ... 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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Mama Said Knock You Out
Average Customer Review: 4.41 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 August, 1990)
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LL Cool J's egotism is his m.o., his sex appeal, his greatest strength. He'd been on top of the world since he started scoring hits as a teenager, but anyone who's been in the rap game for five years, as he'd been when Mama arrived, has something to prove. So he came out swinging--literally--with the title track, which claims boxing trash talk as proto-rap and turns it into a declaration of ongoing mastery. Beyond that, Mama, with its ultrahard Marley Marl production, pumps up his love-man rep (the sweetly affectionate "Around the Way Girl" and an even hornier remix of "Jingling Baby") and his ego (pretty much everything else). It's mostly just old-school boasting, but damn if it isn't deserved. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars My favorite of LL's CDs (not having heard them all)
I have to admit, I was not a big fan of LL Cool J back in the day, with the exception of this album. I had this one on cassette, and I just couldn't stop listening to it. The songs all had a nice rough edge to them, even the more pop numbers. Marley Marl throws down some of his best beats for LL to rhyme over.

First of all, "The Boomin' System" is one of the best songs ever to kick off an album. LL extols the virtues of 12" subwoofers over a track that requires them.

There are plenty of great songs here. "Farmers Blvd." is a great posse cut over a simple, effective piano riff. "Milky Cereal" is a hilarious relationship saga in the style of Coolio's "Ghetto Cartoon" and Ghostface's "The Forest." Of course, Uncle L did it years before either of those two.

Leaving out "Mama Said Knock You Out" isn't doing justice to the album, but everyone knows about that song. What you might not know about is "Jingling Baby (Remixed But Still Jingling)," and my favorite of LL's "I will pimp you no matter what" songs, "Mr. Goodbar."

In an eternal paradox, the Almighty makes his way into LL's lady-pleasing on "The Power of God," and LL gets hassled by the cops on "Illegal Search."

Not having listened to all of LL's albums, I can only claim this one as the best by ignorance. But it's pretty good.

5-0 out of 5 stars "KNOCKS OUT" THE COMPETITION
"I'm gonna knock you out! Mama said knock you out!"--so goes the famous chorus from the blazing title track, in which LL exalts himself (which is not unusual) and hurls a few darts at Kool Moe Dee. He also snaps at him in "Eat 'Em Up L Chill" and "To The Break of Dawn", in which he also disses Ice-T and MC Hammer. Well deserved, considering that this is an outstanding album; probably the best in LL's career so far. Legendary producer Marley Marl lends a funky, bass-heavy sound to LL, whose songs on MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT range from tantalizing ("Around the Way Girl", "Mr. Good Bar", "6 Minutes of Pleasure") to threatening ("Murdergram", "Mama Said Knock You Out", "To The Break Of Dawn"). LL also drops words of wisdom-- for example, in "Illegal Search", he discusses police brutality; in "Cheesy Rat Blues", he brilliantly employs storytelling techniques to teach caution amongst fairweather friends. And the bland "Jingling Baby" from the WALKING WITH A PANTHER album has been turned into a jingling remix. Judging from the superior sound of MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT, LL Cool J definately adhered to his mama's advice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Possibly LL's Greatest Overall Album
Of all of LL's releases, this one is near or at the top in my view. This is what first got me to like LL in the first place! Before that, I would hear his singles and all but couldn't really get into him. Then, I heard this CD and I was turned into a fan from that day!

"The Boomin' System", "Mama Said Knock You Out", "Around The Way Girl" and "Jingling Baby (Remix)" were the deal closers for me here! But, even his weak tracks on here were better than a lot of rap that's out there today! Definitely get this for your rap collection! ... Read more

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The Chronic
Average Customer Review: 4.63 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 December, 1992)
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1989's Straight Outta Compton, by Dre's previous outfit N.W.A., may have shined the public spotlight on the genre, but The Chronic legitimized it. That is not to say that Snoop Doggy Dogg (The Chronic marks his debut) and Dre's raps are for everyone; the subject matter is the sex, drugs, violence, and politics of South Central Los Angeles, and the phrasing is explicit, to say the least. But The Chronic's real genius is the music. By breeding hip-hop, jazz (studio instrumentation includes saxophones and flutes), funk, and soul (sampled artists include Parliament, Donny Hathaway, and Isaac Hayes), Dre creates downright intoxicating grooves. If you can't feel The Chronic pulsating through your veins, maybe your heart's not pumping. --Bill Crandall ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Dr. Dre: Pure Musical Genius.. .. ..
The Chronic is a professionally produced album from start to finish: seamless. The Chronic became a part of my collection in 1992 and now in 2000 it remains close to my cassette decks and CD players. The entire cast on this album has given their best and it reflects in every track. Dr. Dre is shining on the album, so is Snoop Dogg, The D.O.C., Kurupt, Jewell, Daz, Rage, RBX and everyone else who contributed to this project. Much Love to all the Death Row Inmates. This album defines an era when genuine rap was rushing like honey from a hive. The Chronic is a definite must-have for everyone. The beats and rhymes are in a class of their own. If you look at your collection of music and you dont see The Chronic, go buy 2 copies. Play one and keep one sealed and stored safely. Peace and One Love.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE ALBUM THAT MADE GANGSTA-RAP LUCRATIVE
True, Dr. Dre was partly responsible for the seminal N.W.A.'s debut album STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON. But one listen to THE CHRONIC will suggest that Dre was saving his best beats for himself. With a fusion of brilliant studio instrumentation and light funk-laden sampling, whoever argues that Dre's Death Row-era masterpiece THE CHRONIC is NOT the finest produced album in hip-hop history might most likely have his/her claim refuted. Although Dre is far from a spectacular rapper, he has guests like the Dogg Pound, Nate Dogg, and The Lady Of Rage contribute their memorable vocals. But the lyrical star is obviously Snoop Doggy Dogg, who makes his remarkable debut with his trademark laid-back flow on songs like "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang", "Lil' Ghetto Boy" and "Dre Day". To all future listeners: no fast-forward button is required. You might wear out the rewind button, though.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dr.Dre/Chronic
This is one of the greatest hip hop albums of a time! It must be a classic with cuts like: Nuthin' But A "G" Thang, Let Me Ride, Dre Day, and Lyrical Gangbang. The only thing I didn't like about this album, was the number of skits there were. There was only a few songs that didn't have a long skit in the beginning of it. But besides that. this is a must have album. ... Read more

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Strictly Business
Average Customer Review: 4.87 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 July, 1991)
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Imagine a time in history when artists didn't have to clear any samples in their music. EPMD's 1988 debut, Strictly Business, like the Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique, was recorded during the clearance-free sample heyday, and we're all a lot better off because of it. Long before Dr. Dre and Digital Underground were doling out legal cash to George Clinton and Kool and the Gang, EPMD was sampling them--and others--brilliantly on tracks like "You Gots to Chill" and "It's My Thing." (They even double-sample "Jungle Boogie," using it on both "You Gots to Chill" and "You're the Customer"--that takes some damn nerve.) The EPMD production sound gets in your pants and moves things against your will, making Strictly Business an essential time capsule from the Wild West-era of sampling. --Todd Levin ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Classic for EPMD from the 1980s
Here is the song by song review of this 5 Mic rated source album that includes some classic joints on it we will see
1.Strictly Bussiness-some mixing is going on 10/10
2.I'm Housin-Pretty tight Lyrics sounds pretty tight 10/10
3.Let the Funk Flow-There will be lots of experiments in 88 10
4.You gots to chill-Pretty Tight a chill album for you 10/10
5.Its My Thing-Jay Z sampled this is pretty tight 10/10
7.The Steve Martin-This is about a Dance called Steve martin 9
8.Get off the Bandwagon-sounds very 86 sounding for you 10/10
10.Jane-Only 9 real songs this is pretty tight
Lyrics 10/10 Production 10/10 X Factor 10/10 Style 8/10 Voice 9
Music 9/10 Innovative 10/10 Classic 10/10 Guest 10/10 Blends 10
Overall=96 wich means it gets a 5 Mic rating *****

5-0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece; one of the most influential albums in hip-hop.
This album is a gem, it has influenced so many rap groups and emcees, and also has classic tracks. Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith (PMD) are an unforgettable duo, their styles go well together because they are very similar both voice-wise and flow-wise. However, Erick is more laid-back while PMD is more of a battle rapper. Erick Sermon is also a production genius and proves it with his work on this album. The samples from various groups on this record are used frequently because at that time you didn't have to give credit for it or even royalties. There are famous tunes from Kool & The Gang and Rick James that can be heard on this record. But, unlike someone like Puff Daddy who rips off the songs of others for his own personal benefit, EPMD use the samples sparingly and don't steal the whole song. Even though there are only ten songs on this album, every single one is worth listening to. That's why this album is so good, you can just chill to it if You Gots To Chill. Rappers on both the East and West Coast were heavily influenced by this record alone. The songs are not explicit at all and are kind of innocent, showing it was a time when hip-hop was just about fun, and not about ice, being a gangsta, or the celebrity life.

The album starts out with the classic title track "Strictly Business" where both emcees tear the song up over a hard beat. An instant classic song. "I'm Housin'" is a catchy track with good scratching and once again they both tear it up. "Let The Funk Flow" is yet another classic, and it has the beat Nas ripped off for his "Nastradamus" song, both emcees sound a little laid-back on this song which is nice, and they keep it simplified. "You Gots To Chill" has some vocoder sounds and the "Jungle Boogie" sample which sounds very much like something West Coast. Erick Sermon steals the show on this song with some great lines. "It's My Thing" is my favorite song on this album, with it's great bouncy beat you can't help but love. The Alkaholiks used this beat for their song "Only When I'm Drunk" showing the appeal of it. Once again, Erick Sermon steals the show: "If you want some water, I'll get you a cup, but if you don't want it then burn the hell up". "You're A Customer" is a good song, pretty much a traditional EPMD track, with its bouncing beat and funky chorus. Once again a good performance from both. "The Steve Martin" is a classic song, it's about a dance called "The Steve Martin", with a great saxophone-trumpet loop and a nice feel-good aura. "Get Off The Bandwagon" is a nice track telling all the people ridin' EPMD's jock to get off. This isn't one of the best songs on the album but it is definitely a good track. "DJ K La Boss" is also a nice party track with strictly an instrumental and no rapping, but DJ K. La Boss comes with some tight scratching on here. "Jane" is the final song on the album and it is EPMD dissing this girl named Jane who they make a song about on every one of their albums. This is just the beginning of it. The song is classic and also hilarious.

As I've said before, EPMD is one of the most influential groups of all-time, and this record really set the pace for two amazing careers in rap. SO MANY rappers have used lines on their record from EPMD, sampled them, or even remade their songs. Let's see if I can list all of the emcees who have done this: Nas, Snoop Dogg, The Dogg Pound, The Alkaholiks, Warren G, Ja Rule and The Murderers, Jay-Z, Redman, Foxy Brown, and a host of others both on the East and West Coast. This album started a legacy. An easy five stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best ever
theres not much i could say about this album that hasnt been said already, theres solid beats galore, and the ryhmes flow smoothly. i highly recommend this album. ... Read more

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Tha Last Meal
Average Customer Review: 3.91 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 December, 2000)
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Throughout the 1990s, Snoop Dogg proved that the phrase "old rappers" doesn't have to be an oxymoron, and that it's possible to age gracefully within the genre. But as he made the transition from lethargic gangsta crony to mature thug uncle, Snoop the icon soon outstripped Snoop the rapper and his output became spotty, leaving questions of whether his talented tongue was lost to time. On Tha Last Meal, Snoop proves that all the glitter isn't gone from his golden throat. He's so secure that he even dips into crooning on the so fresh and so clean "Leave Me Alone." But Tha Last Meal largely achieves its smoothness through worn-leather raps delivered with pimp savoir-faire and production--supplied by Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Meech Wells, and others--that swaps the charisma-free bounce of Snoop's last two albums for an uptempo, newly enthused sound. The glee is echoed in Snoop's rhymes. "I'm in a three-piece suit looking too cute," Snoop gloats on "Stacey Adams." "Go Away" serves as the Dogg's new position statement, on which he belligerently proclaims "I'm too young to retire, I'm having fun with it / See, when you learn what to do with it, I'll be done with it." Indeed, it'll take a nation of haters to keep Snoop down, something that Snoop nods to on "True Lies," which features the boldest player of all, President Bill Clinton. With even the prez doing dirt, it's clear the game still isn't to be told. --Jon Caramanica ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars How dope is Snoop?
Snoop hits tha mark straight again. Any self-respecting hip-hop head has gotta pick this joint up. True, Snoop has added a dirty south feel to his previously west coast rhymes, but it only expands his capabilities, and respect to Master P for that. The first cut, Snoop Dogg (What's ma name Part II), is funky as they come. The guests are predominantly tight, except the drones of kokane on at least half of tha hooks. Butch Cassidy on Loosen Control is superb, Nate is his usual soulful self, Cube pitches in wiv sum lines, Eve is excellent, and tha Mac Minista skit is bizarre if nothin else. The rhymes are inventive and away from the boring west coast fodder dre churns out all too often. He is not missed on this album, but he produces some good stuff, this is his strength. 'Y'all Gonna Miss Me' finishes tha joint superbly but is a bit worrying wiv its message. Where's Snoop going? The second cut, 'Lay Low', features P, Tha Eastsidaz and Nate bein dope. Its good, but it aint the second best track. Hennesey and Buddah is superb, as is 'Issues'. Snoop often is more outstanding when kokane is not there trying to be George Clinton and sounding in a certain amount of pain. But that does not detract from the fact that Snoop is still holdin at down big time. BUY THIS ALBUM.....NOW!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Some great material mixed with some weak one!
The truth is that after all the hype surrounding this album I was expecting much much more! Instead of that we got an album just a bit better than "No Limit Top Dogg", nothing close to "Doggy Style". The porblem is again that it's just too long and outta 19 tracks only about 10 are really worth listening to. The other ones to me aren't good enough and that's it. Snoop's flow is getting better but it isn't even close to his first years. He's just lost the hunger and the agressiveness that once made him one of the best rappers in the game once. Still, he proves on this album that he still has got the talent and the creativity. He also gets a lot of help from other rappers : Bad Azz, MC Ren, Ice Cube, Suga Free, Eve, Rage, Soopafly, Master P, Tray Dee, Goldie Loc are some of the names and many time they outsine Snoop himself. The album's great songs have also got very tight production. The best beats are the ones by Meech Wells and Jelly Roll. The best song of the album "Lay Low" has got an amazing beat by the one and only Dr. Dre. I really like the album, at lest the 10 tracks I listen to. The other ones, I won't listen to. A thing that's bothering me is that Kokane is featured on too many songs and on most of them his singing is annoying and ruins the song itself.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tha Last Meal [EXPLICIT LYRICS]
Tha Last Meal [EXPLICIT LYRICS]~ Snoop Dogg is classic snoop with crude lyrics, good rapping and nasty inuendos. ... Read more

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Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Average Customer Review: 4.85 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 November, 1993)
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This debut revolutionized hip-hop (and launched half a dozen solo careers), as much for The RZA's raw barrage of off-kilter, off-key loops and sound effects as for its elliptically violent lyrics. Martial arts--at least as they appear in kung fu movies--are the Wu-Tang Clan's favorite metaphor, but they're also the organizing principle of the group, a crowd of eight rappers, each with his own way-out-there "fighting style." They created their own little self-contained culture, with its own symbols and shifting identities, and let listeners figure it out for themselves. Unless you're willing to immerse yourself in its world, it can be baffling and a little dry, but its aggression and originality are undeniable. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Put: Classic
This album is mindblowing. Wu-Tang Clan is raw and original. They don't rip off other artist or use recycled garbage. This is an AMAZING album and their best by a long shot. It has a great beat and great lyrics. It cannot be matched by any other NEW rap group albums. Just like many of the Wu-Tang were inspired by Rakim, they too inspired many present-day artists. Enter The Wu-Tang starts off with a bang with "Bring Da Ruckus" and it only can go up a level. The best tracks were "CREAM" "Protect Ya Neck" "Method Man" and "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nothing Ta F'Wit"
This is a solid album and is HIGHLY recommended to any hip-hop album collection. It's fresh and Wu-Tang like you never will ever hear them again

*Solo Albums To Look Out For*
Raekwon - 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx'
GZA - 'Liquid Swords'
Ol' Dirty Bastard 'Return to the 36 Chambers'
Ghostface Killah - 'Ironman'
Method Man - 'Tical'

5-0 out of 5 stars The Birth of The Wu-Tang Clan
Everyone knows that this is the best rap album of all time, I'm just laying it out for you. Wu-Tang gave to us what was needed to signify Hip-Hop as a force to be reckoned with.Never before has the lyrical world and rap world collided in such an amazing fashion.When this album came out everyone was trying to make it big as a rapstar, but soon after they realized that it would be a lot hareder to compete with true masters such as the Clan.The Wu gave us amazing lyrics with steady beats to complete a track justly.The intro told us that they will Bring Da Rukus so you better be prepared to battle.In Shame on a Nigga they tell you whats what.In Wu-Tang Ain't Nuthing Ta F' Wit they ensure that the Clan is here and there's noplace to hide so if your gonna try to compete you better be ready to fight.Protect Ya Neck they're styles is wild and they're a threat. But the most powerful tracks are definitly Can't It Be All So Simple Then and Tearz. The tracks describe the beauty and tragedy of life, going into a time were life was different. Tearz provides us with two tales as real of life with real life conciquences.Method Man probably got the best out of this album with his own song, launching him to be the most popular member.What some fans wonder is were's Masta Killah, well if you listen closely you can hear Masta on Da Mystery of Chessboxin' with just one verse. The reason he wasn't on more was because he was locked up. If I could have given this album more than 5 stars I probably given it 10 because it's not he just the quality of the music but it's significance as a statment to the world.

5-0 out of 5 stars best wu cd
This CD is impeccable. Except for that one idiot who's claiming 50ยข is the greatest, i think we all agree that this cd is nearly flawless. I'd say that every track is the best song on the cd. I highly reccomend this is your a wu fan at all, and if youre not, you should probably buy it and give it to someone who is, therefore making their life complete. ... Read more

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The Low End Theory
Average Customer Review: 4.93 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (24 September, 1991)
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De La Soul are remembered as the premier Native Tongues posse, those rappers who got low-key, self-consciously thoughtful, and jazzy in the face of gangsta's hardcore threats. But A Tribe Called Quest may have been even stronger, especially on their excellent second album, the bass-thumping, heavily jazz-sampled The Low End Theory. According to the opening "Excursions," rapper Q-Tip's old man says the disc's jazz-rap "reminded him of bebop," and Q calls himself "prominent like Shakespeare." But if Charlie Parker had ever written poetic couplets and backed them with funky-drummer and Ron Carter-on-bass grooves this irresistible, he might have been as big as the Bard and Brother James combined. --David Cantwell ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the best rap album ever made.
You should not be reading this. If you don't own this album, read no further, just buy it now! You cannot go wrong with this disc even if you're only a casual rap fan. This is Tribe at its best. If you know anything about rap, you know that Tribe is as good as it gets and therefore their best is better than any other hip-hop CD available.

This album has everything you could want from A Tribe Called Quest. Q-Tip is almost perfect. Phife is not far behind, and Ali has never been better at laying tracks down. 'Nuff said about the group.

The two tracks that include guest apperances are better than almost all other rap collaborations out there. "Show Business" features Brand Nubian and makes it seem like they are part of the group.

"Scenario", on the other hand, is perhaps the best rap song of all time. The highly underappreciated Leaders of the New School are the guests on this joint. If it weren't for this song, Bustah Rhymes would not have the career he has now as a solo artist. Verse to verse, this song nearly reaches perfection. Phife's intro is spectacular (although out-dated with a reference to Bo Jackson). Charlie Brown (where are you?) follows with, in my opinion, a fantastic verse from the best voice around. Next is Dinco D with his super-fast delivery that was later rivaled by Das EFX. Q-Tip follows with the shortest verse, though not even close to the weakest. Then comes Bustah. If you don't know by now, don't waste any more time. Stop reading and buy it now. You won't be disappointed.

To wrap up, just get it if you don't have it. If you already have it, thank you for your time.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Tribe Called Quest- The Low End Theory
A Tribe Called Quest's (Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Phife Dawg) "The Low End Theory" (1991) is a Hip Hop album to have, a very nice blend of Hip Hop, Jazz & Funk. Written, produced (+Skeff Anselm) and arranged by the tribe with appearances from Ron Carter (Jazz Bazz), Ms. Vinia (Vocals), Diamond D, Lord Jamma,Sadat X, Charlie Brown, Dinco D and Busta Rhymes. From "Excursions" to "Scenario" the tribe drops music to remember on this 14 track release. Ali Shaheed Muhammeds beats are ill, and Q-Tip and Phife Dawg come across with introspective, thought provoking & intelligent lyricism. To be honest it took me a look time to absorb this album, its not exactly a joint you blast while cruising in the ride, to me its more an album to listen carefully to through and through. Some of the tracks that stand out the most for me are the sick "Verses from the Abstract", a track about the game called "Show Business", the controversial "The Infamous Date Rape", and "Check the Rhime" which is about being .... over for a record deal. Jazz (We've Got) is my favourite track love the way it flows. A Tribe Called Quest comes out innovative and memorable on "The Low End Theory" an excellent release from one of Hip Hops most talented groups.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
If People's Instictive... was a classic, then this album was even better. It gave Phife Dawg a chance to shine in his own right (see "Butter") and Q-Tip was sounding better than ever, especially on "What" and "Verses from the Abstract". Everyone knows about the posse cut "Scenario" with Leaders of the New School (Busta and Brown rip it), but don't forget about another posse cut, "Show Business" with Lord Jamar, Sadat X and Diamond D. This posse cut is just as good as, if not better than, "Scenario". ... Read more

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3 Feet High & Rising
Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 May, 2001)
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De La's debut represented a new path for hip-hop, a reaction to conventions that had turned into clichés. It was friendly and playful enough to cross over to a pop audience (thanks to Prince Paul's production, which found the funk hiding inside Steely Dan and "Schoolhouse Rock"), but complicated and tough enough to be hugely influential in the hip-hop world. Cryptic but ecstatic, and sometimes sexy (especially the ingenious double-entendre "Buddy"), Trugoy and Posdnuos's lyrics invented a "new style of speak," dense with self-invented slang and metaphors. The hits, including "Say No Go" and "Me Myself And I," are delightful, but the little sketches and sound-experiments between them make the whole disc flow effortlessly. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air
This is one of the few albums (especially rap ones) that I haven't heard a bad thing about - ever. Now that I've finally got it, I can see why.

Simply put, De La Soul are gods. Everything on this album comes together in a way which few other albums have (not even the later De La albums). It's very interesting to listen to this in 2001 and think that this is what hip-hop could/should have become if not for the "gangstas" of the world.

On all the tracks, it's easy to see that the three members are rapping out of love for the style and don't really care what anyone thinks. There are the names (Posdnous and Trugoy for example), which have to be spelled backwards to begin to understand the jokes; the game show (on which no one can answer the questions); the strange interludes (check out "Can You Keep A Secret"); and the bizarre rapping throughout.

The opening cut "The Magic Number" is pure joy. From the opening verse, it's obvious that these guys must be slightly out of their minds - this is proven throughout the album. Crazy rhymes, silly samples and an attitude of pure fun abound. There's even the infamous "Transmitting Live From Mars" which became the major evidence in one of the early anti-sampling cases. If that isn't enough, listen to "Plug Tunin'" - the intro will get into your mind even if you don't want it to.

Then of course comes the biggest hit from this album - "Me Myself and I". I defy anyone to listen to this track without breaking out laughing at some point - De La Soul are unable to take anything seriously.

On top of it all, there's the DAISY (Da Inna Sound Y'all) motif and appearances by the Jungle Brothers and a very young Q-Tip, all of whom were involved in the Native Tongues movement of the early 90s. What to give the hip-hop fan with everything? This album would have to be a good start (unless the fan already has it).

In short - an album which cannot seriously be missing from a respectable hip-hop collection. I've used it to convince rap haters and gangstas that there is something better - and this is certainly better.

A breath of fresh air well worth taking.

4-0 out of 5 stars Three Feet High and Rising-De La Soul (Tommy Boy-1989)
If you translate "De La Soul", you'll get "From The Soul". That's exactly what this is: from the soul. Some songs will leave you laughing out loud ("Can U Keep A Secret" and "Delacratic")while others will make you wonder how they mixed two styles of music together so well (For example,rapping and yodeling on "Potholes In My Lawn")
Here's my review:

Intro: A little game show start to the album.

The Magic Number: It's 3. The magic number is 3,I mean.This is just a good,fun song.

Change In Speak: What can I say? A normal hip-hop song,with fun lyrics,and a cool beat.

Cool Breeze On the Rocks: An array of samples involving the word "rock". I'd like it if De La made it a bit longer.

Can U Keep A Secret: GOD IS THIS FUNNY! Sometimes I find myself whispering "Posdnuos...has dandruff."

Jenifa Taught Me (Derwin's Revenge): A fun,strange,and weird song about,um,sex.But it's pretty good.

Ghetto Thang: Just like what I said about Change In Speak.

Transmitting Live From Mars: Huh? It's really confusing.Aparrently,a french tape is played over a sort of creepy beat.Enough said.

Eye Know: Exactly like what I said about Ghetto Thang.Except there is a little bit of love in the song.

Take It Off: All these people are telling someone to take all these things off.I just don't understand it.

A Little Bit Of Soap: Another one I don't understand. But it's funny. Listen-"Just take your big a** to the bathroom and please use a little bit of soap!"

Tread Water: A good song with funny lyrics and a bob-your-head beat.

Potholes In My Lawn: This is one of my favorites. It's mix of yodeling and rapping is clever,with a cool beat. Just a great song.

Say No Go: It has a great beat (I mean a really good beat that makes you want to dance)and cool,sometimes fast-paced lyrics. Just good. 'Nuff said.

Do As De La Does: 2nd of the three super funny songs on this album. (The first: "Can U Keep A Secret".)

Plug Tunin': Three words:Totally original hip-hop.

De La Orgee: Are they doing what I think they're doing?

Buddy: Pure hip-hop. That's it.

Description:De La and others describe themselves. (By the way,who decided to name that guy Granny?)

Me Myself and I: My favorite. Bob-your-head beat,fun lyrics,this song's got it all.

This is a Recording: Not my favorite. That's pretty much all.

Delacratic: If this does not make you laugh out loud,you've got a problem. The third of the three super funny songs on this album.

D.A.I.S.Y. Age.: My least favorite. De La should make the beat (and the lyrics) way way way faster.

Plug Tunin' (Original 12" version): Exactly like what I said about the first "Plug Tunin'".

Well,that's my review. Altogether,it's pretty good. Original,pure,hip-hop. It dosen't matter if you like or hate rap,just buy 3 Feet High And Rising. What are you waiting for? Go get it!

5-0 out of 5 stars rising and rising
next to the beastie's paul's boutique, my favorite rap album. it's just so celebratory and fun. just as with most rap albums, the skits are interesting and occasionally humorous the first time around but get exceedingly tedious upon subsequent listens. nevertheless, there are PLENTY of actual songs here, and the vast majority of them are fantastic. ... Read more

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Paid in Full
Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 October, 1996)
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This debut album, basically a collection of early singles ("Eric B. Is President," "I Know You Got Soul," the title track), is the motherlode of late-'80s New York rap--assured, serious, and hugely influential. Rakim, a rapper's rapper, is the Chow Yun-Fat of hip-hop: cool as steel, absolutely calm, absolutely deadly. His verbal wit and rhythmic gift go hand-in-hand. He flows like a waterfall, playing around the beat, leaping from one ingenious phrase to another, letting the words do all the work. And Eric B.? He comes up with some straightforward but effective backing tracks (he favors James Brown grooves), scratches on a couple of block-rocking instrumentals, and makes room for the master to do his thing. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Old school music still paves the way!
Unfortunately I wasn't lucky enough to have grown up in a time where Eric B. and Rakim Allah were as big as 50 Cent. However, when I put this CD on, I can relive the impact they had on the Hip Hop scene in the late 80's. What we have here is a great duo, Eric B. the DJ and Rakim the MC. The album starts off with "I Aint No Joke", a now classic, in which Rakim convinces the listener that he's a tough guy and no ones gonna be pushing him around. This fades directly into "Eric B. is on the Cut" and it's tracks like this that disspointed me. Perhaps it was different in the 80's but listening to four minutes of an instrumental with no vocals seems like a waste of money. There are two other songs like that on this album. ("Chinese Arithmatic" and "Extended Beat") Other than those tracks, it's all solid gold. "Paid In Full" and "My Melody" are some of Rakim's best lyrical examples on the album. All the songs have great flow, they're all catchy and well done. The best being "Eric B. is President" in which Rakim opens with one of Hip Hop's most quoteable lines: "I came in the door, I said it before/I never let the mic magnetize me no more". It's lines like that which made Hip Hop the billion dollar industry it is today. If you're new into Hip Hop this may not be the thing for you, only because you're brainwashed by Ja Rule and "Fitty" - But I assure anyone who's a real Hip Hop head will love this album. It's a timeless classic. Eric B. and Rakim truly were Paid In Full.

5-0 out of 5 stars Arguably the Greatest
Before this album dropped, Hip Hop and fat shoe laces were in fashion and each stood as good a chance as the other to remain in vogue. Some talented acts like Run- DMC, the Fat Boys, Whodini and Kurtis Blow kept Hip Hop on the radar scope but rap as a staple genre was nowhere near being a fixture in our culure. And then we heard Rakim, Hip-Hop's first true artist. His flow was in fact, just like the waters of the Nile: cool, deep, and flowing north against the grain of every MC out there at the time and most since. Rakim's flow seemed somehow ahead of its time yet familiar, as if he'd always been there, from the ancient Pyramids to suede Pumas, all the while whistling his melody. This album cemented hip hop in our culture and Rakim still remains the standard by which all great MCs are measured. That makes Paid in Full arguably the greatest hip hop album and one of the most important albums of all time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Its that good
Its the best and its probably one of the few albums from that era that stands the test of time. I still listen to it today. I Know You Got Soul is one of the greatest songs ever. If your into rap and are young, educate yourself and get this. Rakim in his prime would rip Feminem in three. ... Read more

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