If you're gonna attempt to dress someone down then at LEAST know what you are talking about. Coming on board when he's past his prime and not familiarizing yourself with the material is just lazy.
--I think Xzibit is a clueless recording ‘artist’, oblivious to what’s currently hot, and what made people love him in the first place. He is playing to an imagined audience, an audience that has long since deserted him.--
If you dont even know yourself what made him good in the first place how can you even attempt this statement?
Seriously, go listen to his first two albums right away.
Going to have to check this now.
Sounds like this deserves a listen as well.
I like that it isn't an 'authoritative' look at things, just a nice piece about the journey a listener took.
I remember hating rap when I was around 11-12, that lasted a few seconds. LOOK AT ME NOW! Junky I am.
This album is still opening up to me, to this day. I perfect meld of beats and rhymes. Ghost just owns this album, he never gets shown up by any of his guests and just floats around these beats with Supreme conviction.
Dont sleep on Pretty Toney tho, just as good imo, and a little more light hearted and souled out. Its like the perfect compliment to Supreme Clientele.
Nice work. Much better that way.
If you DO buy the new one, you need to be getting the deluxe edition. Has 5 extra tracks, including this 808 kick and snap gem:
Also, that FILA track on the album doesn't have the TI verses in it. And the track is MUCH better for it.
really enjoyed this read.
I have been through this lp twice so far and look forward to digging in deeper throughout the year(s), especially with some of these details to keep an ear out for. She is just so effortless and passionate in all she does.
I highly doubt that I will hold this in higher regard then part 1, but there isn't much that is (in my collection anyway).
but cmg had an interesting take on it in their review:
Its interesting to try and sort out a score for this, as I am trying to decide (not that it matters) if I agree with yours. I like the album, and would give it a 7 (5 on first listen), I guess, but then I always have this desire to re-visit it, which feeling I usually hold towards 8 or higher records.
I guess thats what a grower is eh.
cuz it would be easy to get caught up in the negative reviews and hold this album up against past records successes. It stands on its own tho and really has some great tracks. It has grown into one of my favorite 09 lp's.
Nice writeup lbc.
Door Man slams sooo hard.
Lemme review your little write up, we'll start your score at 10 and subtract from there:
1. Failure to recognize that the album cover is incredible (- 0.5)
2. Failure to note that any hip hop album with a song about food is at least a 5 (- 0.5)
3. Failure to give the album at least a 6 knowing that Madlib produced the whole thing (- 2)
4. Saying that Wu is West Coast (- 3)
5. Bringing up the (tired) point that hip-hop sucks now (- 1.5)
6. Attempting to be cutting, but only coming off dull and uninformed (- 1)
7. Reviewing a hip-hop album and getting offended by swearing (- 1)
Your total comes to 0.5/10. Better than 0 I guess.
I only noticed because it's my favorite line on the whole album.
Love it, best rap album of the year.
are promising tunes. The Rat specifically will get stuck in your head, surprised it wasn't a bigger deal over here in the US.
The rest of the cd is passable.
but I still go 7 with it.
Will be getting this sometime this week. Look forward to it, nice review.
7, maybe an 8 on a stupidity scale. Maybe you should find a site that promotes a bunch of 5/10 records for you, that will be sure to enhance your musical taste.