Japanese Version Featuring A Bonus Track.
Capitalizing on the recent commercial success of rap/rock crossovers, Loud Records volunteers their back catalog for the rock treatment on this surprisingly diverse new compilation. Ever wondered what the Wu-Tang Clan, Tha Alkaholiks, Mobb Deep, and Big Pun would sound like jamming with Sugar Ray, Sevendust, Incubus, and Ozzy Osbourne? Probably not, but the guitar-heavy pairings work surprisingly well. Vocally, tracks are split. Certified MCs show up on roughly half the tracks to retrofit their rhymes to the rock-out sound; on the rest, rock's wailers and grunters transform into microphone fiends. Everlast gives "Shook Ones Part II" a gorgeous, stripped-down acoustic feel, and System of a Down turns the Wu classic "Shame" into a mosh-pit screamer. Xzibit's gruff flow finds a perfect match alongside the distorted thrash of Endo and Sevendust. Though the bad moments are cringe-worthy, there's enough crossover appeal to win over rockers, hip-hop heads, and the morbidly curious alike. --Hua Hsu