Necro – Die / Vinnie Paz – Sounds of the Assassin (Reviews)

Ok confession time I’ve never been a huge fan of Necro mainly due to his subject matter as his beats are often pretty banging. I don’t know whether it’s today’s climate in hip hop that has made me pay attention to Necro but whatever it is I actually enjoyed this album from front to back and was pleasantly surprised at what I heard.

I was listening to an interview with him the other day and from what I understand this album is perhaps not as sadistic (for lack of a better word) as some of his previous albums so maybe that’s what did it for me either way I found more than enough heat on this album to get it playing in my itunes for a good while.

Asbestos, Die, Viva Necro, Sorcerer Of Death’s Construction and Serpent’s Bite are some of my favourites but you have to check out the Kinkpanther just for pure hilarity.

4/5

Only thing that stopped me from giving it a five is just the fact that his subject matter doesn’t wholly appeal to me but when it comes to hot beats and dope rhymes Necro has them in abundance. Also how many rappers do you know that could put out an album with no features and still keep your attention aside from MF DOOM there aren’t any I can think of.

Vinnie Pazienza is an emcee who will either bore you to sleep or make you want to start a fight personally I like abit of aggravated rap (M.O.P anyone?) to start my day and this album right here is like soundtrack to someone being repeatedly punched in the face.

Is Paz lyricist of the year? No. He doesn’t get many marks for creativity either but what he does he does well and precise and the album is littered with good punchlines over what can only be described as solid but not the most diverse or engaging selection of beats.The drums on most tracks are hard though original boom bap style and Vinnie’s grizzly voice sounds great over them it remains to be seen how much replay value this album will have in a few months but for now it’s getting heavy rotation.

3.5/5

Standout tracks Righteous Kill, Nosebleed, Keep on Moving and Role of Life.

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Published in: on June 14, 2010 at 10:52 am  Comments (1)  
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Young Chris – The Network 2 + Jadakiss – Champ is Here pt 3

I’ve been waiting on this for a while and I have to say that when I finally got the download link and listened to it I wasn’t overly thrilled to be honest. Good beats and the lyrics are solid but after a few tracks it gets abit lackluster. I like Chris but he is very one-dimensional at least he doesn’t flood the mixtapes with guests as he is confident he can hold his own (or maybe he just didn’t have the dough I noticed the song with Lil Wayne he’s only on the hook) but like I say after a few tracks I kind of switched of after a while.

I’ve come to the conclusion that Chris is good in spots and definitely is better alongside other State Property members but as a solo artist I can see why he never really blew up. He’s just very normal maybe that’s a good thing. If you like your hip hop simple with no frills then this mixtape is for you personally I’d recommend Consequence’s mixtape “Movies on Demand” over this if that’s your preference.

3/5

The first mixtape was terrific but too short the second one had moments but was a disappointment overall well I have to say The Champ is Here pt 3 may be the best of the lot. I never get tired of Jada’s flow and delivery he pulls it off so effortlessly and takes some classic tracks and rips them to pieces.

The whole boxing theme is well done as well and Jada sounds as hungry as ever on the mic a couple of gems are Who Shot Ya, Soldier Survivors, Still Hatin, Somehow Someway and  Celebration to name a few.

There are some skippable tracks here but not many and the ones that are good will stay on repeat for a minute.

4/5

Published in: on May 25, 2010 at 11:40 am  Leave a Comment  

Grown Man Rap – Only Built for Cuban Linx 2 Review

Only Built for Cuban Linx 2

Ok I’m not even going to pretend that I’m trying to do an impartial review on this as I am a die hard Wu-Tang  fanatic and it would be retarded of me to try and mask it so here goes.

Since Raekwon announced plans to make the second installment to his bona-fide classic 1995 debut LP fans like myself have gone through every emotion conceivable in run up to its release from the intial excitement of hearing about the project to just plain misery when it appeared this album may never see the light of day.However the time has come and if only for a little while hip hop has been given a much needed adrenaline shot by one of the greatest to ever do it the chef Raekwon. What’s the mathematics for the day god?

The album features a cream of the crop list of producers from the late great J Dilla to the RZA, Dr.Dre, Alchemist, Pete Rock and even the legendary Marley Marl who all brought their A game to the table and perhaps only producers of this caliber and age could truly understand what was needed to get the job done. Yet despite the amount of different producers the album somehow maintains a cohesiveness that hasn’t been achieved on a rap album in some time.

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There are simply too many good tracks to mention any particular that stand out  as I’m sure many will come down to personal preference but here’s a few of my favs so far.

“Surgical Gloves” is a straight up banger and surely guaranteed heavy rotation in car systems across the globe. The only bad thing about “Pyrex Visions” is it’s length as the beat and Rae’s flow are so smooth you could listen to it all day. “Ason Jones” is a fitting tribute to fallen clansman Ol Dirty Bastard over laid back head nodding production that only Dilla can provide and “Black Mozart” has RZA flipping the Godfather sample to great effect as Inspectah Deck drops one of his best verses on the album.

If there is anything bad to say about this project is that the tail end of it isn’t as great as the beginning and middle and also there is no Nas feature for a Verbal Intercourse 2(but now im just being picky). Other then that the Chef has proved that not only could he follow up with an album worthy of the Cuban Linx title but he may even have exceeded the expectation set which considering the status held by the first one is one hell of an achievement.

So there you have it I could seriously talk all day about how good this album is but you really have to check it out for yourself because words alone can simply not do it enough justice.

IF YOU ONLY HAD ENOUGH MONEY FOR FOOD OR THIS ALBUM YOU MIGHT HAVE TO GO HUNGRY BECAUSE THIS ALBUM IS WORTH SPENDING YOUR VERY LAST PIECE OF CHANGE ON AND IF MONEY AIN’T AN ISSUE THEN BUY ONE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY SERIOUSLY MAKE SOMEONE’S CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR AND PUT IT IN THEIR STOCKING!!! IF IT IS THE LAST THING YOU DO BUY THIS ALBUM TRUST ME THIS IS THE ALBUM DIE HARD HIP HOP HEADS HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR FUCK THE BLUEPRINT 3 THIS SHIT RIGHT HERE, THIS SHIT RIGHT HERE CLASSIC!!!!!!!!

Published in: on September 11, 2009 at 12:48 pm  Comments (2)  
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