Okay, that comment may be a bit harsh but I do recommend treading carefully if you're considering buying this album. Content-wise, Jealous One's Envy is a pretty one-dimensional representation of the East Coast thug experience. Fat Joe doesn't possess a captivating style of rhyme nor is he able to grab your attention with his storytelling ability. The beats generally carry this album but when they falter, the album simply drags.
This album is a pleasurable experience thorugh ryhmes that are mature, yet rugged....beats that are funky, yet hard...and aura that is definelty Hip-hop! Wether you crave mental stimulation, need a beat to floss around your neighborhood, or a street corner worker that lacks but seeks hope out your dilemma, this album delivers for all of you! Big ups and infinite repsect to Fat Joe!
Yo, this album really amazed me.Fat joe has really stepped it up and improved his skills.I think that with this release he establishes himself as a BIG name rapper who proves he can hold his own and do his thing. On songs like Say Word, Envy,and Dedication, Joe shows that he is very versatile and lyrically talented. On songs like Success, The sh*t is real, and Respect mine (with Raekwon and Big Pun) Fat Joe keeps it real and displays his hardcore streetsmart take- no- shorts attitude. I definitely recommend this album to any one who loves to hear music about life on the street delivered over phat beats through lyrically stimulating verses.
For those of you who liked "DON CARTAGENA" you will dig "JEALOUS ONE'S ENVY". JOe shows off his fierce rhyme style on cuts like "ENVY" and "Respect Mine" with Wu-tangs The Chef. Joe also skillfully pays homage to all the true hip-hop artists of our time on "Dedication". Last but not least,one of the best tracks on the cd is the DJ Premier produced remix of "Sh@@t Is Real". This is my favorite track. True Fat Joe fans should pick this release up.