This was a decent effort for a initial solo album, but... It's nothing too groundbreaking. There are a multitude of mid-major stars on the album, most of whom put out subpar performances (will the real Pharcyde please stand up?), and a few gems (Jean Grae rips a track), but the album is both scattered and fairly boring.
As I said, this is a decent effort though. The production is fairly clean, though I think the problem with the production is that initial tracks, though initially interesting, become repetitive and boring. There are some decent to good tracks on the album (The Cannibal Ox track is good, the Jean Grae track is excellent, and it was a decent, but not great track by Cherrywine, formerly of Digable Planets). If I were buying a producer-based album again this probably isn't going to be at the top of my list (If not for the interludes, the Creators' album is MUCH better than this one, I like Pete Rock's Soul Survivor considerably better too.)
The other complaint I have is that this album seems a bit schizophrenic, which could have been a good thing, but in this case, wasn't. There was little to no flow to this album as you'd jump from one track that was very hip hop into another track that was like bad Uncle Kracker (though there's hardly any other kind fo Uncle Kracker).
I guess this review sounds fairly harsh, and I should also give a little input into that too. I bought this album with three other albums on the same day. Two of the other three, I would almost consider instant classics to me, and this one, though I didn't mind the sound, it really wasn't that interesting, given the other CD's and how much I liked them(Jedi Mind Tricks - Violent by Design and Outerspace).