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1. Monkey Business
by A&M
Audio CD (07 June, 2005)
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Asin: B00096S3RC
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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As with their last hit, Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars OMG I LOVE THIS CD!!!!!!
This is one of my most favorite CD'S ever!!! I love the music, beat, and lyrics for every song!!!!
5-0 out of 5 stars Underrated

2-0 out of 5 stars A sad triumph of greed over quality
BEP was one of my favorite hip-hop acts of the late 90's. Their Debut album "Behind the Front" and even their Sophomore album "Bridging the Gap" continued a musical approach and ideology more akin to Tribe Called Quest, Talib Kweli, De La Soul, and the Roots than the current Gangster Rap trend.
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2. Feedback
by Interscope Records
Audio CD (25 July, 2006)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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It's understandable when artists want to grow their fan base in order to more easily make a living and also reach a larger group of listeners. The trick, of course, is how to do this without releasing artistically compromised records that, well, suck. L.A. underground vets J5 were almost a supergroup from the start, combining the formidable talents of the Unity and Rebels of Rhythm crews. If anyone deserves to move beyond the backpack clique, it's them (well, and Aceyalone). And while no one's going to condemn the band for pulling a Black Eyed Peas here, it's hard to imagine really listening to this album as much as its two predecessors, either. Take the lead single, "Work It Out": the jam has a smoove, down-tempo vibe that's nice enough, and the Dave Matthews vocal on the chorus is pretty excellent. But the lyrics--which deal with not only let's-get-back-together-baby material, but also vaguely PC hip-hop--never gel. It makes one yearn for the actual Daisy Age. There are a few outstanding tracks, but overall this is a hip-hop album that sounds as if it were written by a corporate committee--each song directed at a particular demographic--rather than a mini-manifesto crafted to get your fists pumping and/or your feet moving. Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars 2 1/2 stars - Here's some feedback: the album ain't that hot
Jurassic 5 - Feedback (Interscope, 2006)
1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible!
As a (once) big Jurassic 5 fan, I couldn't believe how terrible this album was.The lyircs got old fast, the beats were boring and like another reviewer mentioned, I got sick of the whole "girl/getting over shyness" type of songs.This album reminded me of a no-name group that wants to get big fast so their label puts a whole bunch of big name stars on the album to gain more fans and radio play...NOT what I would expect from a solid group like J5 at all!
3-0 out of 5 stars Not The Best 'Feedback'....But Lyrics Hold It Together
Jurassic 5 consist of Akil, Zaakir, Mark 7even, DJ Nu-Mark, Chali 2na (Cut Chemist is reportedly no longer with the group in order to pursue solo aspirations).The crew has been rockin' on the hip-hop scene since 1999 with a signature sound that the crew's fan base has come to appreciate over the years.Put on Quality Control or Power In Numbers and you hear a unique intermingling of turntable wizardry, well thought lyrics, and synchronized choruses.Having four rapping emcees would normally complicate songs, but Jurassic 5 pulls it off every time.But with the musical influence of Cut Chemist missing from their latest album Feedback, the crew resorts to Dj Nu-Mark for a few tracks as well as other producers.Unfortunately for them, this proves to be almost disastrous for the project.
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3. Elephunk
by A&M
Audio CD (26 May, 2004)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Black Eyed Peas have at times been accused of sounding too Tribe for their own good, but this time out Will.i.am and crew have consciously expanded their horizons. Problem is, perhaps they've tried too hard. As the title suggests, Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars why is the only good rap in existence being bashed!?
I thought rap was a completely hopeless genre capable of no appeal to me until the Black-Eyed Peas came out with this CD, full of awesome songs like Hey Mama, Hands Up, Let's Get Started, Where Is The Love, Shut Up etc. Then of course there are the Beastie Boys which I like also, but other than that I hate all rap. I find it hilarious that there are people out there who would believe that 50 Cent has talent. Blasting out expletives right and left on top of a beat you could make with a Casio doesn't hardly count as music if you ask me. Anyway, I find this CD very refreshing, and it is an important headstone in the continuous timeline of music. If you want good rap, look no further than this CD by the B-E Peas and their latest: Monkey Business, both are quite good. Also the Beastie Boys are even better, so check them out. Otherwise rap is an awful genre. THis might even be counted as hiphop too, so rap is made even worse by that fact.
1-0 out of 5 stars As bad as the food its name is derived from
Black Eyed Peas have been making a name for themselves by selling to the non-intellectuals, with dumbed down lyrics, lame beats, and annoying vocals. Only in America is this the formula for certain success. Just when you thought that no band could cause an aneurysm more than Gwen Stefani, it looks like Black Eyed Peas has become number one.
5-0 out of 5 stars BEP RULES!
This is one of the best Black Eyed Peas cd's ever. Let's Get It Started is my most favorite song out of any other song that I know of. BEP beats my second favortie band Bon Jovi by a longshot. ... Read more

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4. 2Pac - Greatest Hits
by Interscope Records
Audio CD (24 November, 1998)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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An indispensable and definitive collection showcasing the passionate genius of the late rapper. The album's nonchronological sequence highlights the contradictory impulses that made Tupac's music so commanding; the 21 well-loved "hits," some slightly reedited for legal reasons, are accompanied by four previously unheard songs. Of the new material, the raw-sounding "God Bless the Dead" has been the subject of the most speculation, owing to its subject matter: a eulogizing of the late Notorious B.I.G.--a mysterious feat, since Tupac was killed six months before Biggie. And, making its first proper appearance on a Tupac album, the B-side "Hit 'Em Up" stands as the most intense outburst of pure venomous rage ever captured on tape. Whether he's waxing political, philosophical, or just plain paranoid, Tupac's empathetic, charismatic style remains unmatched. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Crown Jewel from Rap History...
Disc One:
5-0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece from Top To Bottom
Look, their isn't much explanation needed for the greatest hits from the greatest rapper. Its just pure classic. All the way through it's nothing but Pac at his pinnacle. Though it wouldn't have been a bad idea to add in other of his greats such as Only God Can Judge and Staring Through My Rearview. The albums still handsdown a treasure.
4-0 out of 5 stars The best of a man on Death Row.
I won't call this a perfect collection, but it is the best of his Death Row albums, and 25 great rap tracks. Even if this was all 2pac released, you've got to give him the respect as being one of the greats. He can get hardcore on one track, and loving on the next. A third of this collection is from "All Eyez On Me", which might be justified since it was a double-disc and one of the best albums I've ever heard. Plus we get essential tracks like "Keep Ya Head Up", "Hit 'em Up", "Dear Mama", and the excellent "Changes". There's a few other new tracks here as well. If you're looking for your first or only 2pac disc, this is obviously it. ... Read more

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5. All Eyez on Me
by Koch Records
Audio CD (22 May, 2001)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Simultaneously serving as both endless fodder for intellectual debates and the album most likely to be blaring out of the adjacent car's window, Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars ALL EYES ON PAC
2pac is one of the most influencial artists of all time cop this album will always be a classic

5-0 out of 5 stars This cd really gets your blood boiling............
Having been released from prison just months earlier, Pac dropped one of the most anticipated rap albums in history and does not disappoint. For this brief period while he was alive, Pac really was untouchable. With renewed vigor and vengence, Pac took his lyrical assault with foes and the authorities to another level. The joint starts off with Ambitions of a Rider produced by Daz, which is probably one the most hardest first songs on a album ever. The cd just bangs till the end. Fav's are All about you, Got my Mind Made up, Picture me rollin, Thug Passion, Check Out Time, Cant See Me, California Love and All Eyez on me.

5-0 out of 5 stars 10 YEARS ALREADY!!!
This album is probably the best album ever layed down in the history of rap. It is a timeless classic and will never be forgotten just like the player himself. He died ten years ago tommorrow, but it seems like just yesterday.
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6. The Chronic
by Death Row Koch
Audio CD (22 May, 2001)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Dre, Snoop and Death Row at the their best..............
Dre's gangsta funk production picks up where Niggaz4life left off with Parliament/George Clinton being added into the equation. Toss in a green Snoop Doggy Dogg and the rest is hiphop history. The Chronic struck at the right time months after the Rodney King verdict, the police aquittal, and subsequent riots and destruction of Los Angeles. The genius of the Chronic is that all of these cats were hungry including Dre, having just severed ties with NWA and Eazy E. The results were incredible with mainstream classics like Nutthin But a G Thing and F*ck with Dre Day. Hood Classics are pretty much the rest of the album. Cuts that still hit are Rat-a-tat-tat, Little Ghetto Boy and Stranded on Death Row.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Essential.
One of the greatest Rap CD's ever. Definitely worthy of any collection of music. Dr. Dre...even the guest artists (snoop, Kurupt, etc.) are at their finest shining moments. Remember how good this was? Buy this today.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Birth Of The West Coast Movement
This is the CD that started it all - debuts from the entire Death Row Family - Snoop Doggy Dogg (check his first official appearance on the Deep Cover soundtrack), Daz & Kurupt a.k.a. Tha Dogg Pound, The Lady Of Rage, and of course Dr. Dre himself. There were albums from NWA and solo releases from Ice Cube before this but this is the one that opened the worlds eyes and brought the West Coast to the forefront of the music world. Hits as hard today as it did over a decade ago when it was released this another true classic that will go down as one of the greatest albums of all time. ... Read more

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7. Me Against the World
Audio CD (10 March, 1998)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The gruesome details surrounding Tupac's third solo offering are enough to give any music fan the willies. Released when Tupac was in jail serving time for a rape conviction and just after his recovery from being shot-up gangland-style at a recording studio, this was his most introspective piece of work to date. The heavy-hearted album opens up with a radio commentary describing the circumstances surrounding his shooting, and then plunges headfirst into Pac's infatuation with death. "So Many Tears," "Death Around the Corner," and "If I Die 2Nite" are all dark, eerily prophetic tunes that lend credence to widespread theories which suggest that Pac anticipated his impending death. The perpetually thugged-out wonder reveals a more benevolent side when it comes to gender and family issues. On "Dear Mama"--a fitting tribute to his mother recorded in the "Keep Ya Head Up" vein--Pac takes listeners into the loving recesses of his heart, while on "Can U Get Away," he echoes similar respectful sentiments to black womynkind. This is probably Pac's most progressive issues-oriented release before he signed to Death Row and became a full-blown thug. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Just Might Be The Greatest Rap Album Ever Made!
What can I say? This album is just classic through and through. The greatest rap album of all time is definitely one of Pac's, some would point to All Eyez On Me and The Don Killuminati. Well me I think this is his best. Well the lyrics will literally blow your mind! Their so deep and heartfelt and Pac was going through such a rough time when he made this. He is not the best lyricist though way above average which is what some people say he is. But the topics he discussed in his songs are some that people like R.A.K.I.M. and Nas could never dream of doing. Probably the number 1 standout on this CD would be "Dear Mama". That song is just amazing, Pac could make songs like that without losing his street cred. Why because he was real. Pac with no doubt is a legend in every ghetto, his music will change the world one day. Every track on this is great you won't have to skip once.

5-0 out of 5 stars There's a certain flavor of rap...
There's a certain style of rap produced in the mid 90s.It's fairly violent, however it is also equally heartfelt, and often political.In any case it's unusually powerful stuff, and in that it's pretty rare, like all great music I suppose... at least I've looked around and only found a couple albums and a few songs here and there that hit the mark in this way.This is one of those albums.The other album is Scarface's The Diary.This album and The Diary almost respond to one another.Pick them both up and you'll see what I mean.

5-0 out of 5 stars Haters???
First off, this is a great LP from start to finish. Tupac really came through. Production wise its flawless. Definitely a release that RAP fans should have. However, a lot of reviewers are catching static for hatin on this LP. Some of them have valid points. If you're going to say that its the best & and that he's the best...You better be ready for some heat. Krs-1, Rakim, Chuck D, etc. those MC's ARE considered the BEST and its for A REASON! How many PAC fans listen to REAL HIP HOP? As far as being one of Tupacs best albums I will give you that. It is tremendous, but Pac being the G.O.A.T.? LOL!!! ... Read more

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8. 2001
by Interscope Records
Audio CD (16 November, 1999)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Highlight album of 1999
Standout tracks: THE WATCHER, F**K YOU, STILL DRE, BIG EGO'S XXXPLOSIVE, WHATS THE DIFFERENCE, FORGOT ABOUT DRE, THE NEXT EPISODE, ED-UCATION(Eddie Griffin is a damn fool LOL!), SOME LA N***AZ, HOUSEWIFE and THE MESSAGE(tight tribute to his brother). Filler: Lets get high(wack plus Ms Roq cant rap for s**t), Ackrite(Hittman is Bizarre Jr!)and Bang Bang(never felt it). Bottom line: Dre sophomore album is the highlight album of 1999 but it is not better than The Chronic by a longshot. The Chronic was a milestone album that has yet to be topped plus none of his guest features busted sloppy rhymes but on this on Hittman and Ms Roq bring this album down a star. Hittman's style is buttcrack and Ms Roq is too wack to be a female clone of anybody. This album would be even better than it is now without Hittman on every other track. Dr. Dre is a genius and im sure he can pull it off again but he needs to keep the wack guests off his next one. The production is superb and the other guest appearances do this album some justice.

5-0 out of 5 stars DR, DRE is legendary
Dr. Dre is the best rap producer and his beats are the best. I'm a white kid who listens to indie, punk, and alternitive, but I'm very picky about the rap I listen to. Dre has it for me. Only Dre, Snoop, Wu-Tang Clan, and Jurassic 5. If I love Dr.Dre, its because he's the best, not cause he's one of those one hit wonder rappers. Dre's 2001 is one of the best Cd's in rap history, and if you want to listen to the best, listen to Dre.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Fine Production By Dr Dre
It's hard to say which album is better, this or The Chronic. Well I think their both amazing. Dre is without a doubt one of if not the best producer ever. There are plenty of great songs on this, and it features guests such as. His old homie Snoop, his new protege Eminem, Xzibit and Nate Dogg. All of which are great. Dre is certainly not the best rapper of all time so he has guest appearances on just about every song.
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9. Doggystyle
by Death Row Koch
Audio CD (22 May, 2001)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars E.D. Daniels, suck a d*ck!
This E.D. Daniels guy is about to get a kick, punch, slap, drop kick, something pain full if he doesn't shut the f*ck up. Saying Snoop ain't a g, and you know everything, you'd know wouldn't you. Not. Saying him Dre and Tupac didn't grow up in the ghetto. Well they did so you f*ckin sixth grader. Do your homework. Like anyones gonna take any notice of someone who bad mouths one of the greatest rap albums in history. You must have gotten dissed when you tried to get their autographs, its the only explanation. Or have you validated the fact that people can have an ignorance level that high? This guy is wack.
5-0 out of 5 stars gangsta rap at its pinacle!!!!
This album is a milestone when it comes to gangsta rap records. Snoop's laidback, smooth flow sounds like one with the g-funk production. Highly recommended especially those who hate on Snoop now-a-days. Snoop was in his prime and this LP is nothing less than perfect. Quality Rap Music from one of its pioneers!

5-0 out of 5 stars Whoa!!!
I must say that I strongly dissagree with two reviewers on this page. They are B.E. Jackson and a kid who said he doesn't think this is that great.
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10. Straight Outta Compton
by Priority Records
Audio CD (24 September, 2002)
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Sales Rank: 1395
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The beginning of gangsta rap
This cd was the definition of gansta rap (drug dealin, shooting, dealing with cops etc...). Every mc probaly had this cd when they were growing up and still have it to this day. Flat out, "straight outta compton" is a gangsta classic and the sound is raw and uncut. Definately a must have for rap fans.
5-0 out of 5 stars This one's for mike "michael"
Who the hell is this mike "michael" clown. Has anyone read all these guys reviews, he is a 16 year old who is obviously still getting breast fed!! Oh my god, people don't want to know what undewear you wear you moron. Hey I think you should stop listening to your mum because your mum is quite obviously an idiot. "All music is evil except for country" what a load of s***. Music isn't evil, your mum is wack. Why the hell would your mum only let you wear one type of underwear, tell you girls are bad and say music is evil? Well i'll have to thank you because I was in need of a good laugh today and your wack reviews certainly provided that for me. Anyone else want a good laugh? Just read this guys reviews.
5-0 out of 5 stars N.W.A: Masters of the gangsta genre
I ahve always enjoyed albums which offered up such a fantastic start and used that momentum to keep the listener's attention to the end. "Straight Outta Compton" is one such album which I throughly enjoy due to that fact.
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11. Stay Human
by Six Degrees
Audio CD (15 May, 2001)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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There aren't many hip-hop artists out there today who give adamn about putting positive messages in their music, but Michael Frantiis one of them. Ever since his days with seminal group Disposable Heroes ofHiphoprisy, Franti has infused his sounds with insightful andthought-provoking lyricism, and this latest Spearhead joint is noexception. Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Mostly great
The music on this album is amazing, and the message is right-on.In fact this is probably Franti's best ever album when judged from the viewpoint of music, lyrics, and message.
5-0 out of 5 stars So good!
Michael Franti and Spearhead has yet to let me down. This album is yet another that not only is a showcase for their amazing musical talent, but it also tells a strong story that spurs the mind to think about the world in which we live. As a long time advocate for abolishing the death penalty, this record tells a tale that I will never forget in my arguments to abolish the death penalty. Yet another record of targeting a specific population, and ignoring white collar crime (which in my opinion effects the population much more than anything other crime).

5-0 out of 5 stars "Stay Human"--One of my top 10
This album has to be the best that Michael Franti & Spearhead has put out so far....
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12. Quality Control
by Interscope Records
Audio CD (20 June, 2000)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The thrill of invention never stops on this first full-lengthalbum from Jurassic 5. Coming out of L.A.'s kinetic hip-hopunderground, the multitalented combo whips up an irresistible flow ofcharisma and keeps the fun at a high-voltage level. J5 can pivot on adime from one style to the next--street-corner barbershop, turntablefriction, or kick-ass swing. But the constant focus is on theessentials of the art: Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars SO much better than what you hear on the radio
I'll admit it, the first song I heard from J5 was "A Day At The Races" when I rented Tony Hawk's Underground, and I really liked their old-school sound. My library happened to have this cd in stock, so I checked it out without hessitation.
5-0 out of 5 stars J5-QUALITY CONTROL
THIS IS THE BEST RAP CD I'VE EVER HEARD. THE BEATS AND RHYMES ARE EXCELLENT. J5'S BEST CD SO FAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars "4 mc's at your door once more"
This is my favorite rap album, easy.J5's sound is so pure, it flows like nothing you've ever heard.The beats are so original, and so damn fresh.The rhymes are rediculous, they just keep coming.The songs are a treat for your ears.This album will put you in a good mood no matter how bad your day is going.And these guys rap aboutstuff other than sex, drugs, and violence.They are truly the perfect group.Before I heard J5, rap didn't do much for me.All I heard was what was on TV.Eminem and 50 rappin about the same stuff over, and over.J5 blows the rest of the competition out of the water.My favorite tracks on this CD are Great Expectations, Lausd, The Influence, and Jurass Finish First.This album is what hip hop is all about, good times. ... Read more

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13. Street Signs
by Concord Records
Audio CD (22 June, 2004)
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Asin: B00025EU0E
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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You generally don't have to listen too hard to hear what's on the mind of Los Angeles music collective Ozomatli. The multi-faceted band is rarely subtle in its politics or its incorporation of countless Latin traditions as well as modern rock, jazz, pop and hip-hop. But on the band's third album, Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This CD Will Solve All Your Problems
It is so happy, so fast, and so complete, you may never need to visit a therapist or feel the need to cry ever again.Just pop in "Street Signs" and the hug the world.
5-0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorite albums....
I love Ozomatli....they are a mix of LA Rap and Spanish rock and roll and some that sounds traditional with a twist..and a wonderful beat...they are addicting and I have enjoyed Street Signs for a long while now....Thanks for the music Ozomatli

5-0 out of 5 stars Gets Your Body Moving!
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14. Power in Numbers
by Interscope Records
Audio CD (08 October, 2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars the only GOOD rap band!
wicked album guys. Got a pre release version of this with a blue cover and DVD and errors on the track listing due to the time limit of a couple of songs. Nelly Furtado guest stars on one of the songs! This is an awesome old school politically orientated rap band who care for our planet. Theve got a new album coming out soon as well. So i guess "Stay Tuned"

5-0 out of 5 stars Not *as* good as "Quality Control", but it's still an awesome rap album by J5!
Even though I like "Quality Control" a lot more, their follow-up, "Power In Numbers", is still a great rap album that you definitely ought to check out. It follows relatively the same formula as their debut, although the songs don't seem as inspired or creative as they did on "Quality Control". However, there are 17 tracks here, and all of them are good-if-not-great. Rappers Akil, Zaakir, Marc 7even and Chali 2na are a tad worse than they were on "Quality Control" (they feel less natural), but they're still great and extremely appealing. They still have that oldschool flow and delivery that is severaly missed in today's rap scene. Lyrically the songs are always a lot of fun to listen to, and some of the songs are even quotable. The lyrics are definitely fun to memorize and sing. Musically it's a little different sounding than "Quality Control", but the producer here still has a good eye for great hooks and beats. Though every song here is good, there are definitely several stand-out songs here which I would argue bump the album's rating up - "Sum Of Us", "High Fidelity", "Remember His Name" and "A Day At The Races", for example, are GREAT rap songs that are very very memorable. I'm pretty sure that within one or two listens that you'll either have these stuck in your head or that you'll remember them forever. Basically folks, if you like rap or Jurassic 5 then "Power In Numbers" is another classic album by this classic group. Absolutely recommended!
5-0 out of 5 stars Great Music.Classic
If you don't have this album, you need to get this.Buy it, don't download it.Everyone needs to support good hip hop like this.Man, I first heard this at the end of 2002 I was captivated.The beats are a little grimier than the first ablum and the LP, but they still have that true hip hop sound, no club banger from that garbage 50 cent.The rhymes are clever and these guys mesh so well together.The rhymes are great, whether in a love/friendship story in Thin Line, to battle lyrics in One of Them, to old school flavord lyrics in A Day At the Races.They have great guests too.Legends Percee P, and Big Daddy Kane shine in A Day At The Races.They both showed that they still have it.Ju Ju spits fire at all of the glitz and glam mc's in One of Them (which thinking about it is pretty funny because the Beatnuts seem to be gearing towards that direction.)And a supriser, Nelly Furtado, pop superstar fits well in the song Thin Line.Get this, this group is in the same breath as both old school mc's in A Day At the Races, A Tribe Called Quest, Wu Tang, you get the picture. ... Read more

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15. R U Still Down? (Remember Me)
Audio CD (25 November, 1997)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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26 cuts of "gangsta rap" that only increase in doom when you realize the guy talking it didn't live to laugh about it. Perhaps he now knows the answer to his question, "I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto," which shows up here twice. Shakur, like most hard rappers, liked to sound tough, kicking it with song titles unprintable in a family newspaper. But, underneath the braggadocio, there was fear. "Only Fear of Death," "Nothing to Lose," and "I'm Losin' It" tell a far different story than "Fake Ass Bitches." His artistry could never, however, catch up to the sad fate of his life. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Last Great Pac Album
RU Still Down first posthumus 2pac album is my favorite one created after he died. Pacs vocals are not sped up and the production sounds like a 2pac album. I could list this whole album as the best songs but the standouts to me are RU Still Down, Hellrazor, Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto hip hop version, Open Fire, When I Get Free 1 and 2, Do For Love, F=== All Yall, well just forget it. Every song on here is a standout in my eyes. Pac's albums would go downhill from here.

5-0 out of 5 stars PAC'S BEST ALBUM...
every pac album is a classic to me, but disc 1 of this album is one of the best hip-hop cd's of all time...the intro redemption was a great way to start this joint off. the guitar puts you in a mood to remember pac and then he straight up hits you in the head with Open Fire. open fire, r u still down, hellrazor, thug style, i wonder if heaven got a ghetto, nothing to lose, i'm gettin' money, lie to kick it, f**k all ya'll, let them thangs go, and definition of a thug n**gaare some of pac's best rymes and bumpin' tracks. makaveli and all eyez on me will always be classics, but they don't compare to ru still down disc 1. this album will raise your emotions and it definately makes you speed in your whip. disc 2 has alot of great classic tracks also, but i just consider it to be a bonus after disc 1 makes you want to punch out your front windshield while you're drivin'!
5-0 out of 5 stars Hip Hop
I'm surprised how this album has been accepted. Lets not get carried away with "his legacy" and his tragic death and all the controversy surrounding 2Pac.Everybody already knows about all that.
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16. Dr. Octagonecologyst
by Dreamworks
Audio CD (29 April, 1997)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Maybe it was that downtime at Creedmoor Mental Hospital, but after he tuned out following the breakup of the hardheaded seminal hip-hop group the Ultramagnetic MCs, something must have flipped Kool Keith's wig like a mescaline pizza. I can think of no other way to explain the mutant birth of Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars What is there to say that hasn't already been said?
To some, bugged-out is an insult. To Kool Keith, it's a lifestyle. While other emcees talk about how insane they are, and use it merely as a gimmick, Keith has time spent in an asylum as proof of his authenticity. Is spending time in a padded-room neccessarily something to take pride in? Absolutely not. But for Kool Keith, it's something that has greatly set him apart from his contemporaries.
5-0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC!!!!!
Oh Man what an album! This album goes beyond description. One of the best albums of all time, any genre. Keith deserves an Oscar for his performance and the Production is nothing short of Epic. You need to hear it for yourself, Check it out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Some Earth People Will Feel Alienated...
But that's because Keith is an alien himself.When a collective of hip hop enthusiasts from the Ego Trip staff ranked Kool Keith as the number 19th greatest emcee of all-time (one ahead of Tupac) in there book of lists, they were not taking it lightly.He wasn't your standard A-B rhymer.He was shattering rules of rhyme structure since his glory days with the Ultramagnetic Mcs.He always possessed an unorthodoxed off-beat flow, passionate vocal tone, and boasts so brazen they stunned his listener into silence.Who would have thought that the leader of that group would turn into a perverse alien who happened to have his record drop from another planet to turn from thermal nuclear residue to Earth in compact format (read the album cover notes to understand where i'm comin' from).
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17. Black Sunday
Audio CD (20 July, 1993)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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If a case can be made for gangsta rap, Cypress Hill is the act to make it. The trio of L.A. Latinos has the commercial clout and its raps are mercifully free of the misogyny, homophobia, and anti-Asian, anti-Jewish racism that so often mars the genre. Member/producer D.J. Muggs creates an eerily lean soundscape of whining sirens, off-kilter funk rhythms, metallic percussion, nasal taunts, and gruff warnings that's the aural equivalent of today's nerve-rattling cop flicks and mob movies. --Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Fun, but fake...
Don't get me wrong, I really like their songs -- they're catchy as hell...
5-0 out of 5 stars Kings Of The Hill
Now I don't think I have heard a better Latin Rap Album than this one(Check my list of top Latin Hip Hop Albums). The best cutz are "Insane In The Brain", "We Ain't Going Out Like That", & "3 Lil' Putos". One thing that is missin' is some more latin which was great in their debut & I don't like them saying the N word alot. But all of that is eclipsed because ofthe great music. It's got to get 5 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rap in its prime
Although Cypress Hill is as laid back as they portray themselves to be, they can very much bring color, ingenuity and astonishing lyrics. From tracks like 'I Want to Get High' to 'Insane in the Membrane', this is one of the best rap albums in the past two decades.
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18. 2Pacalypse Now
Audio CD (10 March, 1998)
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All the elements that made this rap star great are already in place on this authoritative debut, released when he was not even yet of drinking age. "Young Black Male" and "Trapped" exemplify his more overtly political style, later abandoned when he signed up with the Death Row label; "Crooked Ass Nigga" is the kind of violent gangsta-rap tune that made 2Pac a bogeyman to the genre's foes. On "I Don't Give a Fuck," Shakur keeps his humor up while conveying the oppressive reaction a young black male encounters while performing the most mundane of tasks: buying some chips. "Brenda's Got a Baby" is a cautionary tale that shows Shakur at his poetic best: evocative and sympathetic, never condescending. The energetic production by 2Pac's Digital Underground pals is fully focused on unleashing his strengths rather than simply rehashing the successful DU sound. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Birth Of The Greatest Rapper To Ever Live!!!!!!
If one was to say which Tupac album (made while he was alive) they thought was his best it would depend alot one what Tupac they favoured. If your favourite is the political/raw Pac than you'd say either this or Strictly For My N.I.G.G.A.Z. If your favourite is the very poetic and remorseful Pac than you'd say Me Against The World. If your favourite was the thugged out Pac than you'd say All Eyez On Me. And if your favourite was the dark yet emotional Pac than you'd say The Don Killuminati. As for me, I don't have a favourite. I just love all of Pac's albums the same and can listen to them all day. There is simply no other rapper who influenced rap better than Pac did. I don't really know what's been happening to rap lately I mean all these wannabes like Ja Rule and Lil Jon. That's the reason why there are alot of people who dislike rap. They think its all like the stuff flodding the markets today. But if they listened to albums like this and learned about what rap originally was all about than i'm sure they'd think differently about it. Onto the album, its lyrically fantastic. Some people think its bad from some poor production. Well rap isn't about the beats its supposed to be about the lyrics. And one this album we have the ghetto story Brenda's Got A Baby that doesn't hesitate to extract a tear from one's eye, more interesting stories in Trapped, Soulja's Story and Violent that discuss police brutality, Words Of Wisdom were he accuses America of assault, rape etc and more.
5-0 out of 5 stars Speedy delivery and came new as they said it would.
a rare cd to find

5-0 out of 5 stars A Soulja's Story
This is Tupac's debut album and the rawest, very lyrically good with three singles Trapped, If My Homie Calls and Brenda's Got A Baby. My favourite famous song would have to be Trapped where he talks about jail etc however Brenda's Got A Baby and If My Homie Calls are amazing songs with great beats etc. In the non famous song's Soulja's Story has to be my favourite with his soulja voice and great beats. Other great songs are Young Black Male, I Don't Give A F***, Violent, Words Of Wisdom, Something Wicked, Rebel Of The Underground and Part Time Mutha.
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19. The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory
by Death Row Koch
Audio CD (22 May, 2001)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Tupac Black Jesus
First of all it would not make any sense for suge to have tried to kill Pac come on that little money he owed pac is nothing compared to what he's getting sued for now so all you idiots hush with that noise. Anyway this album is timeless you could listen to this in 2059 and it will still be relevant. True LEgend

3-0 out of 5 stars 2 Hot 2 Handle
As always, the towering genius that is Tupac Shakur flexes his muscles in this album, the first of many posthumous releases by the late rapper.However, this album has one great flaw (as pointed out by other reviewers): anger.A great deal of anger.Compare "The Don Killuminati" to 2Pac's magnum opus "All Eyez on Me".In "Eyez..." the blows of 2Pac's thug life tracks (e.g. No More Pain, one of the darkest songs in my catalogue) are softened by more poignant and concerned pieces (such as Life Goes On, Only God Can Judge Me, Shorty Wanna Be A Thug).Not so in his posthumous releases.On albums like "The Don Killuminati" and "Until the End of Time",there is little to hold back the rage.2Pac's work has always been a reflection of his inner self, his soul (like good art should be; think of Mahler, Hendrix).Unfortunately, that soul was damned during the 11 months it brooded in Clinton Correctional.It is that damnation to a hell on earth that is manifest for all to see in the annals of "The Don Killuminati".Unless you wish to witness the darkest side of a man that music can show, don't by this album.
5-0 out of 5 stars His third Best
If Me Against The World's his best, All Eyez On Me,s his second best than this has to be his third best. I listened to this alot recently seeing I had these songs stuck on my mp3 player for about a month but I didn't get sick of them. It is a bit let down because of people like The Outlawz. Tupac must have been a pretty decent guy to let talentless people like The Outlawz be on his songs. They all have extremely annoying voices and do not deserve to be on songs with the legendary Tupac Shakur. My ratings for the songs are the following.
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20. Cypress Hill
Audio CD (13 August, 1991)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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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 Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Original Hip-Hop Stoners
Cypress Hill took the gangsta rap style of NWA, the DJ'ing of Public Enemy, and the attitude of the Beastie Boys to a whole new level.So much credit is given to Dr. Dre's The Chronic, but you can tell he got ideas for the Chronic from Cypress Hill's groundbreaking debut.Dre even later bit some of their concert style.
5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic
When I bought this CD the only song I knew was "How I Could Just Kill A Man". So I took a gamble that paid of. With DJ Mugg's funky beats my homie B-Real's flow(held it down for theMexican's like me)and Sen Dog's blunted vocals it was more than what I wanted. I thought all the songs were tight but the 3 that stood out were "How I Could Just Kill A Man" "Hand On The Pump" and "Real Estate". "Pigs" "The Phuncky Feel One" and Psycobetabuckdown" could have been better but this is a CD that won't make you regret gettin' it. Pick it up and you will see what I mean.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hip-hop Perfection
Their debut they could never top. B Real's rhymes are complex and imaginitive, and through subsequent releases get more and more simple. Everything about this album, the beats, samples, rhymes, it's uniquness, makes it a king among kings in the hip-hop world. Did you know the guitar sample in the refrain of How I Could Just Kill A Man is from the Jimi Hendrix song Are You Experienced? ... Read more

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