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Joe Budden
Joe Budden
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tight Album, July 14 2004
This review is from: Joe Budden (Audio CD)
First of all stop hatin on Joe Budden just cuz he's beefin with She-Unit and The Game. Joe's tight as is this album. Here's my favorite tracks:
Pump It Up- First single. Blazing beat and goofy lyrics.
#1- A good story of Hip-Hop. One of my favorites.
Fire- Second single featuring Busta Rhymes. Hot beat and rhymes.
Calm Down- A good song about him and his mother. Nice beat
10 Min.- My favorite song. It's really 10 minutes long and it never bores you for the most part.
Walk With Me- Sounds like Joe's askin y'all 2 walk with him as he discovers secrets about his life.
Focus- Not one of my favorite beats, but it's still hot.
Real Life In Rap- A good song about Hip-Hop fakes("only time u been behind bars is servin a drink").
Porno Star- Hilarious(and dirty) song that prolly features the most cuz words on the whole album.
Basically, the reason I didn't give this album 5 stars is cuz there is some filler and some songs that sound like other songs. But overall Joe's impressed me and I'm definitely buying his next album.
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Belly (Special Edition DVD) [Import]
Belly (Special Edition DVD) [Import]
DVD ~ Nas
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Is Pretty Good, July 14 2004
Some acting's bad, but besides that "Belly" is an everyday crime film, only with alot of style and alot of truthfulness. DMX and Nas star as Tommy and Sincere(a modern day Butch and Sundance as Sincere puts it). They are thugs who rob night clubs. Then Tommy finds out about this new kind of drug, hooks up with his Jamaican druglord friend Lennox(one of the coolest performances), and builds an empire in Nebraska. Everything's cool until Knowledge(rapper Power) gets locked up and starts screwing Tommy's business up. He recruits Shameek(Method Man) to hunt them down and kill them. At the same time, Sincere starts to reconsider his lifestyle.
This isn't the greatest crime drama ever, but it is cool. DMX gives an outstanding performance. Nas' Sincere seemed a little dreamy at times, but his role still works. T-Boz outacts Nas because of the scene when Method Man breaks into her house and she freaks him out when she pulls a gun on him. Method Man gives an alright performance, but his role was too small. Taral Hicks plays Tommy's girl Kiesha, who in the end symbolizes woman power as she fights off Method Man.
As for the movie, there are alot of memorable scenes, the most being the opening nightclub robbery. Neon lights, glowing eyes, and quick getaways.
This is probably the biggest Hip-Hop cult movie. For these being debut actors and a debut movie director, this movie's amazing. The best is that most of the same things that we found wrong with this film, Hype(the director) found himself. It would've been better if it hadn't been edited so much(Hype says in the commentary that the movie was like 3 hours originally). The last stand of Lennox is a little like the last stand of Tony Montana in Scarface, but it is more realistic and stylish. Anyways, good performances, great directing, awesome cult classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated, July 13 2004
This review is from: Cheers (Audio CD)
Obie Trice is really the best thing on Shady Records droppin records besides D12. Em's not releasing anything for awhile, King Gordy ain't released nothin, and 50 Cent has soldout.
Now Obie Trice's "Cheers" isn't a classic, but it is good. Obie has really good lyrics and it's a shame he wasn't more recognized for this. Even with all the guest appearences(Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent, Eminem, Kon Artis, D12, Nate Dogg, Lloyd Banks, Dr. Dre), the album is still hot. The first song(Average Man) is Obie telling y'all he's just a normal person, not a flossy rapper(50 Cent), not a wierd rapper(Bizarre), and not a gangsta(50 Cent again). The title track is pretty good too though it's not one of my favorites. "Got Some Teeth" is a corny song but it is catchy. "Lady" is a song featuring Eminem, who takes a quick shot at Ja Rule. It's a fast paced song. "Don't Come Down" is a cool song about his mom and their relationship. Next there's a little filler, until "Sh*t Hits The Fan" comes on. Obie drops a tight verse dissin Ja and Benzino before he decides to let the legend himself Dr. Dre, kick a verse destroying Ja at the end. "We All Die One Day" is a cool group song with Eminem, 50 Cent, and Lloyd Banks on it. All rappers spit fire on this one. The next song that comes to mind is "Look In My Eyes", possibly the best song on the album. Nate Dogg sings the amazing hook and Obie Trice delivers verse after threatening verse. "Whoah!" is a tight song with Busta Rhymes on the hook. One of my favorites. "Never Forget Ya" is a song for his friends, telling them he'll never forget them. The outro to the cd is simply a freestyle with Obie and D12. Bizarre as usual drops a crazy verse("this Ja Rule beef I ain't gettin in, I need someone to sing at my wedding").
The main point is you shouldn't overlook this album because you haven't heard much about it. OBIE'S THE FUTURE!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars I Won't Be 2 Harsh, July 13 2004
This review is from: Conspiracy (Audio CD)
Junior M.A.F.I.A. are not real rappers. "Conspiracy" has its delights(Player's Anthem; Realms of Junior M.A.F.I.A.; Get Money), but they never really show us who Junior M.A.F.I.A. is. Biggie and Lil' Kim seem to be the only ones who are noticable on this album, because the other rappers go from song to song rapping about the same things(murder, drugs, sex). No wonder Pac dissed them. The main point is buy Biggie's two albums(not Born Again) and Lil' Kim's debut if you want better music.

More Music from 8 Mile
More Music from 8 Mile
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Should Be Called "Hip-Hop Vol. 1"..., July 13 2004
This review is from: More Music from 8 Mile (Audio CD)
because this cd is a compilation of classic Hip-Hop(mostly east coast). Whenever you have Mobb Deep, Notorious B.I.G., Outkast, 2Pac, Naughty By Nature, Wu-Tang Clan, Method Man, O.D.B., MC Breed, and The Pharcyde on one album, you have classics. "Shook Ones Pt. 2" is probably the greatest hardcore, battle rap song of all time. Wu-Tang's classic "C.R.E.A.M." is also on here, as are 2 Method Man songs(Bring Da Pain; You're All I Need). Outkast's first big song(Player's Ball) is also on here. Notorious B.I.G.'s "Juicy" is also on here and is probably the greatest song describing rags to riches. Mobb Deep's other song(Survival of the Fittest) also shows up at the end. I wish this album could've been longer, but this is a classic cd with classic Hip-Hop.
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Ownerz, the
Ownerz, the
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Hip-Hop, July 13 2004
This review is from: Ownerz, the (Audio CD)
This is Hip-Hop. An MC(Guru) and a DJ(DJ Premier), who've been doing this longer than most Hip-Hop fans have been alive. Here's my favorite tracks:
"Rite Where U Stand"- Guru drops tight verses, but it's Jadakiss' guest verse that impressed me the most. His verse goes by so fast you have to rewind the song just to catch every punchline he drops in that verse. My favorite on this album.
"Put Up or Shut Up"- Another tight song with guest rapper Krumbsnatcha. Tight beat too.
"Nice Girl, Wrong Place"- A good song about girls working bad jobs.
"Who Got Gunz"- I dig this song. It has a rowdy feel to it. It also features Fat Joe and M.O.P.
"Same Team, No Games"- No chorus just a freestyle song with guest rappers NYG'z and H. Stax. Real tight.
"Eulogy"- A nice R.I.P. song to all of Gangstarr's friends and dead rappers.
"Deadly Habitz"- A nice, jazzy beat with tight raps by Guru.
"Peace of Mine"- A vicious start(Guru's cussing at wack dj's), but the actual song is very sad and smooth. Tight chorus.
"In This Life..."- A great beat with verses by Guru, Snoop Dogg, and Uncle Reo. Sounds alot like 2pac rhymes, but it still has that Gangstarr sound.
These aren't the only good songs on the album(frankly every song is tight), but these are my favorites. Cop this if you truly love Hip-Hop or else you won't understand it.

Better Dayz
Better Dayz
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Day 2Pac At His Best, July 12 2004
This review is from: Better Dayz (Audio CD)
I say modern day because he has alot of guest rappers and producers that are popular today. As far as guest features, they include Nas, Anthony Hamilton, Trick Daddy, T.I., Mya, and of course The Outlawz. The biggest producer on this album is probably Jazze Pha. Here's the listings of my favorite songs:
"When We Ride On Our Enemies"- This song mainly goes at Mobb Deep, Da Brat, and The Fugees. Amazing beat and hard, brutal lyrics by Pac. Two verses of greatness.
"My Block"- An acoustic classic from 2Pac. Four verses with great storytelling.
"Thugz Mansion"(Acoustic)- Everyone complains about Nas being on this track(they were beefing before he died), but The Outlawz said in an interview that Pac squashed the beef before his death. Great song.
"Thugz Mansion"- This is the second version of the song. Tight three verses from Pac and an excellant chorus by Anthony Hamilton.
"Fame"- A catchy, classic chorus. The only con of this song is that I think The Outlawz shouldn't have been on this particular song.
"Ghetto Star"- I like the beat and the verses. The guest rapper(Nutso) is a pretty good rapper.
"Mama's Just A Little Girl"- Sounds like a part 2 of Brenda's Got A Baby. It's one of the best songs on the album in my opinion.
"Catchin Feelings"- A cool, fast-paced, song featuring The Outlawz.
"Changed Man"- The only party song I really like on the album. T.I. guest raps.
"Late Night"- Like the guy says at the beginning, it's a smooth song to smoke to. Nice beat.
"They Don't Give A F*ck About Us"- A very powerful hook, with tight verses.
"Who Do You Believe In"- I call it the song from the grave, because the guest rapper on it is Kadafi, a member of The Outlawz who was also murdered. It's a cool song about faith and religion.
Now these aren't the only good songs on this album, none of them are completely bad. This is one of my favorite records and I can't wait till the next album's released.
P.S.- Don't shut off the cd after the last track, because there's a secret outro with Pac saying he's gonna return like Jesus.
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Revelations: There's a Light After the Lime
Revelations: There's a Light After the Lime
by Pastor Mason Betha
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Till The Last Page, July 12 2004
This book is an amazing read. Mason says he'll mever return to rap, but he has. I'm not insulting this decision at all. I think his religious life will now help him spread the good word through music. Now to the book.
The book was inspirational to the very end. I am a fan of Mase's music and that's why I bought this book. His story is so amazing. He came from nothing and became a major selling rapper, only to drop it all for God. I personally love the ways God showed him that he wasn't supposed to be a rapper at that time.
The main point is this book is amazing and I suggest everyone needs to get this and get his return album, "Welcome Back", when it hits stores Aug. 24.

The Black Album
The Black Album
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Sick of Y'all Hatin, July 12 2004
This review is from: The Black Album (Audio CD)
I've been listening to Jay-Z for awhile. I've listened 2 every one of his albums from Reasonable Doubt to this one. The Black Album is an amazing farewell album, so stop hating.
Intro- the intro's weird and not needed.
"December 4th"- A good song about Jay's childhood.
"What More Can I Say"- Everybody criticizes this song, but it's one of the more powerful songs on the album.
"Encore"- A good song. You can almost envision what it would look like as a music video.
"Change Clothes"- In my opinion this is the only filler, and even then it's listenable.
"Dirt Off Ya Shoulder"- Not one of my favorites, because I'm not a fan of Timbaland. Jay does drop good verses though.
"Threat"- A cool thug song. Cedric The Entertainer makes threats on this.
"Moment of Clarity"- A tight song about Jay-Z. He discusses his dad, his rivals, and his life. Eminem provides the beat.
"99 Problems"- An old school rap song with Rick Ruben producing. Jay drops lyrical bombs on here.
"PSA"- A good two verses of rhyming. Jay delivers smart rhymes about Beyonce, D.O.C., and other things.
"Justify My Thug"- A cool sounding song, sampling Madonna's "Justify My Love".
"Lucifer"- Probably the best song on here. Kanye delivers an awesome beat and Jay takes it back to the hood on this.
"Allure"- It's a little pop but Jay's verses are on fire.
"My First Song"- A fast paced song with alot to talk about.

College Dropout
College Dropout
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic In My Opinion, July 12 2004
This review is from: College Dropout (Audio CD)
Kanye West has given us a classic, I think. It's hip-hop at its truest. Not 50 Cent, not Chingy, but it brings you back the 90's, the best era of Hip-Hop. The only thing is there's only 20 tracks, but it says there's 21 on your CD player. Here's the listing with my rating:
"We Don't Care"- A sound for the kids, and the song that starts his smarta$$ persona(no offense).
Graduation Day(interlude)
"All Falls Down"- I'm not a fan of the video, but the song is very catchy.
I'll Fly Away(interlude)- A good short sing song.
"Spaceship"- A good song. Kanye raps about robbing the store he works at, Consequence and GLC rap about the struggle, and the chorus samples Marvin Gaye.
"Jesus Walks"- One of my favorite songs. The second verse is very influential, because he talks about how people get in trouble for discussing Jesus.
"Never Let Me Down"- Jay-Z delivers two tight rhymes(especially his last rhymes on his second verse). I don't like J. Ivy, but Kanye drops a very influential verse, and almost outrhymes Jay.
"Get Em' High"- Not one of my favorites, but it is a good song. Talib Kweli and Common both drop excellant verses.
Workout Plan(interlude)
"New Workout Plan"- It isn't one of my favorites, but it is a fun song, with crazy humor and nice ans surprisingly nice singing by Kanye when he does.
"Slow Jamz"- A smooth song. One of my favorites. Twista and Kanye both drop tight verses, and Jamie Foxx delivers a great chorus.
"Breathe In, Breathe Out"- I would've liked to hear Luda drop a verse, but he does drop a cool hook while Kanye drops humor on the verses.
School Spirit Skit 1(interlude)
School Spirit- It's a good song but I don't like that it's edited.
Lil' Jimmy Skit
"Two Words"- My other favorite song. It's a tight beat and Kanye, Mos Def, and Freeway all deliver tight verses.
"Through The Wire"- An emotional song to listen 2, because Kanye's mouth is wired shut when he's rappin it. It is one of my favorites though.
"Family Business"- My last favorite song. Kanye talks about his family and manages to make fun of himself a bit. Nice beat.
"Last Call"- I like this song, but it's not one of my favorites. If you keep listening, Kanye spends alot of time at the end talking about how he got to where he's at.
Overall, this album's one of my favorites in my collection. Kanye's not the best lyricist, but he's probably the truest. He kinda reminds you of Nas in his early years.

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