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Enter the Wu-Tang
Enter the Wu-Tang
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Saga Begins..., Dec 31 2002
This review is from: Enter the Wu-Tang (Audio CD)
Hip Hop has never been so gutter and underground. Wu-Tangs debut album sounds like the Rza produced the project in his basement. That's how it suppose to be you know. Along with Nas, Biggie and Blackmoon, Wu-tang gave the east coast much needed respect. Each track is amazing from the production to the lyrics...go do the knowledge god...

Ready To Die
Ready To Die
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5.0 out of 5 stars When the East is in the house...., Dec 31 2002
This review is from: Ready To Die (Audio CD)
Biggie Smalls drops his debut like an atomic bomb. I mean who can forget the first time "Juicy" was played on the radio. This was an MC that people felt on all levels. The album was almost flawless but it was the impact that made Ready to Die a classic. Biggie helped usher in an attitude that the east coast hadn't shown in years. Tracks such as "One More chance", "The What", "Machine Gun Funk", and "Things done changed" were hard to skip each time the album is played in a cd deck. The production is solid and the lyrics are incredible. Come take a ride down memory lane with the late great Biggie smalls...

Midnight Marauders
Midnight Marauders
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Albums of All Time...Top 5, Dec 30 2002
This review is from: Midnight Marauders (Audio CD)
A Tribe Called Quest will go down as one of the best groups in rap history. Midnight Marauders is flawless...period. Every beat and rhyme is on point. History was made in 1993..nuff said..

Golden Arms Redemption
Golden Arms Redemption
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2.0 out of 5 stars 2.5 Stars for the God..., Dec 30 2002
This review is from: Golden Arms Redemption (Audio CD)
U-God has always been a good MC whenever he is featured on a track. His impact is greater that way. Unfortunately, the God can't hold down and entire album alone with the limited lyrical content..some of the beats on this joints are ok but overall...below average effort...one

Infamy Infamous...
Infamy Infamous...
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars for Mobb Deep this time around..., Dec 30 2002
This review is from: Infamy Infamous... (Audio CD)
Mobb Deep will always get love for dropping "The Infamous" back in 1995. This was a classic disc. The group then released "Hell on Earth" and the serioud "Murda Musiz". Prodigy also unleashed the H.N.I.C. album receiving love from city to city. In comes "Infamy" where Mobb Deep seemed to lose the usual focus that they have..Prodigy was too busy throwing shots at Jay-Z (Takeover..diss track at Nas and Prodigy)b/c of the Blueprint. His lyrics were not as sharp and he left Havoc to fend for the group. Don't get me wrong...Havoc and Big Noyd held the Mobb down. There are some hot songs on this CD and it's not a weak album by no means......they just could have done better...

Stillmatic (W/1 Bonus Track)
Stillmatic (W/1 Bonus Track)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stillmatic is a Classic because of the ...Timing, Dec 30 2002
Nas was an MC with his back against the wall back in 2001. Jay-Z was being looked upon as the king of new york and the takeover was fresh in our minds. Nas sucked it all up and went into the lab to unleash "Ether". To me this track wasn't just at Jigga but at the entire rap world who doubted his skills. Nas took the radio by storm and released "Got Myself a G**" to show that he was ready for war. After Stillmatic was in the stores Nas dropped the monumental "One Mic" single and video. The hip hop nation saw an mc that went from being almost forgotten to the mc that exposed Jay-Z and new king of new york. Nas said he was Stillmatic obviously because Illmatic gave him praise as being one of hip hops finest..The Timing for Nasty Nas was perfect and he took advantage of the opportunity...

Born Again (Ex)
Born Again (Ex)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some Things are best left alone....R.I.P. Biggie.., Dec 30 2002
This review is from: Born Again (Ex) (Audio CD)
Biggie was a great MC who's demise was tragic. The young MC from New York blessed us with the classics Ready to Die and Life After Death. Sure he has other material that didn't make the previous albums but some things are best left alone. Unlike the Tupac camp that released a lot of good material after pacs death...Biggie's camp threw together an album with bad production quality and a list of MC's that Biggie never worked with. Sure the sound of biggie and Nas on a track is lovely but this never happened therefore it takes away from the remix of "Everyday Struggle"..Yeah "Dead Wrong" is probably one of Biggies best songs but the rest of the album is just all over the place...This is not how you pay homage to the great Biggie Smalls....this album does nothing for his legacy...

Life After Death
Life After Death
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5.0 out of 5 stars Biggie is Top 5 All Time..., Dec 30 2002
This review is from: Life After Death (Audio CD)
Biggie will always be the MC credited for putting BK back on the map after Big Daddy Kane. Biggie also is praised for releasing Ready to Die and being one of the reasons East Coast Hip hop didn't die...
In comes Life After Death in 1997 released after his tragic murder. Biggie drops the second double disc ever in hip hop after the success of Tupac's All Eyes on Me was evident. I mean..don't the best clash at the top? LAD is a classic with tracks such as "Ni@@as Bleed", "Story to tell", "10 Cra@k Commandments", "Sky is the Limit", "Love the Dough" and the obvious lead singles...Is this album perfect? No...and this is because of the unecessary skits and 2-3 filler tracks..This is not a problem b/c there are so many classic songs on both disc.....you will not mind tapping the skip button every now and then....

Nastradamus
Nastradamus
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nas Came From Another Angle.....that's not always good.., Dec 30 2002
This review is from: Nastradamus (Audio CD)
Nas has been viewed as one of the top mc's of all time. Illmatic made him an automatic underground legend. It Was Written put him on the pop charts and was one of the most creative Lp's to drop. This Cd was like a movie. I Am was one of Nas best produced albums and the streets loved Nas is Like. In comes Nastradamus...Nas is more spirtual on this album with tracks like "Some of Us have Angels" and "God Love Us". His vision is still clear on "New World" and his haters can see him on "Come and Get Me" produced by Premo. Other stand out tracks include "Quiet Ni@@as", "Family" feat. Mobb Deep and "Project Windows. So...why does Nastradamus get so much hate?? Easy...Nas released an average album after three classics...that's how! Nas did a garbage song with Ginuwine. Nas didn't stick to his usual hot producers other than the one track with premo. AZ wasn't on a track..lol...the album lacked focus even though he came deep several times...bottom line this is Nas weakest album but if you are a fan....it's worth putting in the collection..

Me Against The World
Me Against The World
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tupac's most personable album..., Dec 30 2002
This review is from: Me Against The World (Audio CD)
Tupac is the type of mc that keeps you on a roller-coaster all the time. Never know what to expect! On Me Against the World" Tupac shares his deepest feelings with tracks like "So Many Tears", "Me Against the World-title track", "Dear Mama" and "Lord Knows". Now for the roller-coaster ride. Tupac has to satisfy his demons on tracks such as "See Death Around the Corner", "Temptations" "If I die Tonight" and "Outlawz". These songs give us a view of the troubled young man trapped inside of the warriors body. Don't get me wrong about Tupac....tracks such as "Lord knows" still show an individual who believes that God will make everything ...ok
Tupac dropped this well balanced classic album that should be in the hands of every real hip hop fan...

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