on October 29, 1998
The first thing that'll hit you while listening to this album is the uniqueness of the three rappers (Dinco D, Charlie Brown, and Busta Rhymes) in both lyrical content and delivery. Many of the songs have a real point to them (such as "Just When You Thought it was Safe" and "Teachers Don't Teach us Nonsense") but are still lots of fun. Then there's Cutmonitor Milo, who does some of the most creative sampling I've ever heard, on "What's the Pinocchio's Theory?" there are bagpipes and dialougue samples from Disney's "Pinocchio". Then there's "Sound of the Zeekers @#^**?!" the ultimate example of how strange and far sampling can go: There are 10 rappers in this song, you keep hearing things that sound like a chorus but are never repeated, and the music changes somehow with each rapper's part; maybe an extra sound, beat, or sample. This album is rap at some of it's best, and a must have for Busta Rhymes fans.
on August 12, 2003
Classic timeless Hip Hop. An Essential acquisition for any true hip hop head/music fan.There isn't a single weak track on this album, all bangers that fit together perfectly to form an album that is greater than the sum of its parts(i.e. Yuh caaan skip nuh track). The production on this album by "The Leaders" and "The Bomb squad" is MindBlowinG and the three emcees from Strong island complement each other like thongs on big booties. I got this when it first came out and it still gets regular rotation to this day. I gotta say that the only thing better than L.O.N.S in your box is L.O.N.S on stage and since that ain't likely to happen any time soon I implore you to pick-up this gem from the Golden era of Hip Hop.
on May 16, 2003
This album is pure genius. I just picked it up last week and I've already concluded its one of the most enjoyable Hip Hop albums I have ever listened to. All the MCs are great, especially Charlie Brown and Dinco D. I don't know why I haven't heard more about those two. They're delivery and lyrics are nuts. Busta's solo stuff never interested me, but hes a great MC here aswell. The beats are also very creative. I've never heard anything quite like them. The album is very fun overall, although LONS has a number of morals to tell and things to comment on. Over all, I'd say this is hip hop at its best. This album is 5 stars for sure.