I can't remember exactly why I bought this compilation back in the day, but it was probably because of 'Ignition (Remix)' that is one of, if not his biggest song. From there, who knew that R. Kelly would become one of my top few favourite artists? The classics are fairly well chosen. Songs like 'Down Low', 'You Remind Me of Something' and 'She's Got That Vibe' are brilliant songs and offer variety. I have the 2 disc version with remixes, and often with Kelly, his remixes are better than the ... read more
Firstly, Funkmaster Flex is annoying as the host of this. He always has been irritating. I mean, listen to him at the end of 'Rogue One'... Here's to a non-Flex version dropping. Secondly, while at 71 minutes, this isn't the longest album in the world, and I think the time flies by fairly quickly, was there a need for some of the skits that stop the momentum of the good music? Not in my opinion.
Those two issues aside, this is a consistently body of work with lots of great songs. After ... read more
For me to rate an album 4/5, it has to have some great songs that I am going to add to a best of genre playlist. Apparently made in three days, this is almost always a really consistent easy enjoyable listen, but it doesn't have the highlights. There probably isn't a top 25 Lupe song here. A light 3.5/5.
This is between a 3 and 3.5 out of 5 for me. It's an enjoyable experience, but after a number of plays, nothing much has stood out. There isn't a lot of differentiate the tracks at times. When there are choruses, they aren't very memorable. Again, Wayne brings his annoying voice to his feature. 'Tear Gas' would be a highlight without that. T.I. brings his mumble style too. There are moments of likeable consciousness in the bars, at other times generic gangsta rap.
There are lots of different styles here from funk, soul, R&B, Latin, reggae, gangsta rap and what sounds like '50s pop-soul on 'Wait a Minute Baby' and 'Everybody Watching' that have a strong throwback feel. I love good R&B that goes somewhere, but too many of these R&B/soul tracks end as they start. There is virtually zero build up. 'Higher Power' is one such example that also ends with a rap where the rapper raps in this annoying melancholy expression that so many seem to think ... read more
I thought I'd checked out everything Ice Cube had major involvement in, but then I found this. The rappers aren't as controversial and ear-catching as groups like Da Lench Mob, or as good as other west coast rappers he has been associated with like WC. The best songs have elements of originality, and you won't have an issue playing this through numerous times if you like g-funk, but the high moments aren't here and many of the songs sound like so much other mid-'90s west coast g-funk ... read more
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