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Cuts For Luck And Scars For Fr
Cuts For Luck And Scars For Fr
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of those rare must have releases., Aug. 5 2001
If you don't buy this album, you'll be missing out. If you compare her to Lauryn Hill, you'll be making a mistake. Yes she sings, yes she also raps. But this album [to me] is one of the most incredible releases I've heard. She sounds like no one. And no one could ever sound like her. Mystic is so beautiful, when you see the video for "The Life" she looks and sounds like a Goddess. This LP has so many stand out cuts on it. "The Life" is this mellow, enchanting, wonderful peek at what she's about. "Fatherless Child" is a song for her recently deseased father. The truly amazing thing about this song is how effortlesly she takes you through her life. It starts out happy, with her birth. Moving on to the pain of her father leaving. Getting worse with him not being there at all. Then it switches direction with her and him meeting up after 20+ years and things are good again. Then, after a few short years back together he dies. The ironic thing is, he died on the same day she finally got her record deal. This is simply put one of the most touching songs ever recorded. I felt her struggle, her sadness, hell I even found myself shedding a few tears. It's a gift the way she can open up herself completly. And the music behind her angelic voice and words makes it that much more stunning. "Neptune's Jewels" is a love ballad, well of sorts. The beat behind it is pure hip-hop. And Mystic is speaking on a love for a man where she will "Dive into the treacherous sea, bring you Neptune's Jewels to keep you happy. Fly into the merciless sun, bring you the sky because you're the one." "Once a Week" is another cool track She speaks on a man she likes, but doesn't love, and probably never will. She doesn't lead him on either. Telling him the sex is amazing, but her heart belongs to another man (Neptune's Jewels) So they can hook up once a week and do whatever, but that's as far as it'll go. While it's not perticularly deep, it's real, and a lot of people can releate to it. "W" is a tribute to her home, Cali. The track and lyrics are incredibly chill. It's a really fitting ode to the West Coast, songs like this make me proud to be from here :)
This lp is full of what's missing in a music world, where it's about how much ice you rock. How much money you got, all that material nonsense takes a backseat here. Just about every song on here will make you think. Make you smile, make you wonder, some might even make you cry. Her voice is so beautiful, she sings like an angel sent from Heaven. And as an emcee she can hold her own with the best of them. But even with the singing, don't get it twisted this album is hip-hop at heart. People will obviously feel a need to group her. With the likes of Lauryn Hill, and even Jill Scott. It's a shame, and a good thing at the same time. I say this becaue her lyrics are as true as any ever spoken. She is more poetic then most rappers and emcees. There should be no comparing her to anybody. But on a good level, it might make fans of the [other] artists they read she sounds like buy her album. And anybody who does, will find out she is unlike any other artist out there. And they will see that "Cuts for Luck & scars for Freedom" is classic material at it's finest. With some of most heartfelt, timeless lyrics you'll witness. And best of all, it doesn't matter if you're from Cali, or NY, or Germany. You can be white, black. it doesn't matter who you are or where you're from. Mystic speaks from her heart, something all people can understand and relate to. I can't recommend this album highly enough. I fell in love with her completly after I'd listened to this all the way through. I feel like she's somebody I know, even though I know I'll probably never even meet her. I hope this is just the start of her greatness. If this is any indication, there will be no end to her greatness. She deserves a nod from the Grammy's *COUGH* for album of the year and best new artist. We shall see...

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4.0 out of 5 stars Home is a place filled with love, and affection., Dec 11 2000
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This album will never reach it's full potential, why? No, not because it lacks, it's because Universal records hasn't a clue how to promote it. Or maybe they're to damn busy promoting Nelly & Cash Money? There was very little buzz about this album before it comes out. Me being a huge Monifah fan, I didn't even know she was working on an album (let alone about to release one) until about 45 days before it was came out. I guess they're too busy with Cash Money projects to dedicate some much needed time and energy to one of the few truely talented artists out there today. Monifah isn't hype, she is the real thing. "I Can Tell" the lead single, was a fair choice. While it doesn't do a whole lot to show us her [wonderful] voice. It has a solid track behind it, mixed with simple but effective lyrics. And her voice is far from weak on it, infact she sounds better then most artists on their best songs, and she is capaible of so much more. Monifah, if anything is known for her sexual/sensual, suggestive songs. One listen to Peaches & Cream, you will be left speechless [I was] While she's has never had a huge hit, Touch it went gold as did 2 of her other albums. She is somewhat like the pretty girl, who sits quietly in the back of the class, going mostly un-noticed. But Monifah is a force to be dealt with. Hopefully Universal will wake the hell up and do something to make sure she is heard. Her voice is that of an Angel. This album has a few glimmering moments that actually touch you, something so rare in music today, how often does that happen I ask you?

Truth Crushed to Earth Shall Rise Again
Truth Crushed to Earth Shall Rise Again
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a way to go out..., Nov. 28 2000
This album is simply put, pure ear candy. The production and lyrics took a very different direction as opposed to their previous 2 outings. But The Skeme Team blessed us with mind blowing tracks. As an emcee Everlast is shamfully underrated. No he's not as deep as Chunk D, or as complex as Chino XL. But in his own right, with simple but true lyrics, mixed with his un-mistakable Growl. And love of emceeing, it's obvious he has what it takes. He takes us a little deeper here, where we had "jump around" before he delves into religion and some other topics. Not that this is a Public Enemy like album. Songs like Posion Choose, will have your head nodding, it's just fat! And the Fed Up remix featuring Guru of Gangstarr is really a standout. They rock over a sample, that Gangstarr themselves uses in the eairly 90's. What makes this song so incredible is how frequent they pass the mic back and forth, and how each start their verse with a line from a song the other has done, and flip that line into a line of their own. I really love this song. I don't hate any songs on the album. The production doesn't get old, I feel the time that was put into this album. And thankfully Danny Boy has very little time on the mic, sorry but he just's not ill at all. Everyone should already own this classic album, but if you don't WAKE UP and get it!!

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