Whats in my iPod

Recently Added
Drake - Heartbreak Drake 2 (Gutted it. Beats are a little too synth schizo for me. Solid rapping, but I wanted some slow R&B)
Fabolous - Loso's Way (had to gut it, couple nice tracks, but too much pop rap for me)
Slim Thug - Northside Boss 2 (had to somewhat gut it, but pretty good)
Rich Boy - Kool Aid, Kush, and Convertibles (Great all the way through. Supa Villain shows the groovier side to his production and Rich Boy is sounding more assured by the minute)

- Cam'ron - Crime Pays (minus Never Ever, Silky, You Know Whats Up, and the Fuck Cam skits)
- Ciara - Fantasy Ride (minus Ciara to the Stage, Turntables, and Keep Dancin' on Me)
- Drake - So Far Gone (minus Let's Call It Off, Little Bit, and Bria's Interlude)
- The Dream - Love Vs. Money (minus Mr. Yeah)
- FLY - Jmaboree (minus Haters 09)
- Gucci Mane - The Movie: Gangsta Grillz
- Jadakiss - Kiss My Ass (minus Jada Speaks 1-4, West Coast Kiss, and Ten Toes Down)
- Keri Hilson - In A Perfect World
- Method Man and Redman - Blackout 2
- Mos Def - The Ecstatic
- Project Pat - Real Recognize Real (Minus Bang Smack and Horny)
- Rich Boy - Kool Aid, Kush, and Convertibles & Pacc Man
- Rick Ross - Deeper Than Rap (Minus The Usual Suspects, All I Really Want, and Bossy Lady)
- Slim Thug - Boss of all Bosses (minus Smile, My Bitch, and Welcome to Houston)
- Souljaboytellem - Follow Me: Gangsta Grillz - The Twitter Edition (Minus Pronto, I'm Official, and Bump This in my Lambo), iSouljaboytellem (minus Booty Got Swag, Yamaha Mama, and Hey You There), & Lord of the Ringtones (minus the talking stuff)
- UGK - UGK 4 Life (minus Hairy Asshole, Used to Be, and Hard as Hell)
- Young Jeezy - Trappin Ain't Dead (minus Air Forces 2, My First 48, Always Strapped Freestyle, I'm Goin In rmx, and Get Allot rmx)

Albums that are severely gutted
- Asher Roth - Asleep in the Bread Aisle
- Busta Rhymes - Back on my BS
- Cassidy - Apply Pressure
- The Cool Kids - Gone Fishing
- DJ Drama - Gangsta Grillz: The Album Vol. 2
- Eminem - Relapse
- Gorilla Zoe - Don't Feed Da Animals
- Gucci Mane - Writings on the Wall
- Jadakiss - The Last Kiss
- Jamie Foxx - Intuition
- Jim Jones - Pray IV Reign
- Lil' Wayne - Hottest Nigga Under The Sun
- Maino - If Tomorrow Comes
- T.I. - Gone Till November
- Young Jeezy - Quarantine
- Wale - Back to the Feature

- Ace Boon Coon feat. Young Dro and Rick Ross - Fruity
- B.O.B. feat. T.I. - I'm Dat Nigga
- Drake feat. Lil' Wayne - Ransom
- The Lonely Island - I'm on a Boat
- Gucci Mane feat. Esther Dean - I Think I Love Her
- Gucci Mane - Ridiculous
- Ludacris - Grizzly
- OJ Da Juiceman feat. Gucci Mane - Make The Trap Say Aye
- Rich Boy - Drop
- Slim Thug - Fuck You
- Young Jeezy - 24-23
- Yung Joc - BooKoo
- Yung L.A. feat. Young Dro and T.I. - Ain't I remix
- Yung L.A. feat. Ricco Barrino - Futuristic Love

If You Buyin' We Sellin 22
Playaz Circle feat. Lil' Wayne and Young Jeezy - Stupider Remix
Playaz Circle - Hold Up
Gucci Mane - Block Party
Gucci Mane - Mo Money
Yung Ralph - I Bought That
Playaz Circle feat. Gucci Mane - Pussy Rehab
Maino feat. Young Jeezy - All the Above remix
Playaz Circle feat. Lil' Wayne - Big Dog

and there you have it


I'm unoriginal

I saw Brandon Soderberg's iPod journal and I thought "Thats a great idea. I should do it". So I'm doing it. I have a 16GB Black Nano.

- Little Bit from Drake's So Far Gone: Weird crossover type thing that throws everything off.
- Air Forces 2 and My 1st 48 from Young Jeezy's Trappin Ain't Dead: Beats are much too Deeper Than Rap-ish for Jeezy.

- Slim Thug's Northside Boss mixtape: I'm a fan.


Been Busy Part 2: Sorta leftovers

1 - My hopes for Boss of All Bosses are starting to dim. A bunch of new Cam tracks with his new buddies, Vado and Byrd Lady, appear on the Criminal Minded 2 mixtape. Production is much too weak. Only songs worth keeping are Arab Money, which is pure menace, and Professional, because of Byrd Lady's charisma. Her and Nikki Minaj may be able to bring back female rap.

2 - I finally got around to listening to Fantasy Ride. I quite enjoyed it sans Ciara to the Stage, Turntables, and Keep Dancin' on Me. High Price has joined my race for song of the year. Its everything Diva should've been. Energetic, jagged, and attitudey. Ciara does a kinda funny thing where she sings from the very top of the voice, kinda opera-esque. Ludacris drops a simple, but effective guest verse.

3 - The Cool Kids' Gone Fishing is pretty good. They're starting to develop a Clipse type thing, where it's hard to seperate them. They don't rap about nothing in particular; Basketball metaphors, goofy brags, weird imagery, and the occassionally punchline. The production is hard for me to describe. The bass and drums are very stripped down and rusty, but they're accented by small little bleeps and bloops. The Jumprope chorus is simply wonderful. The Last Stretch has a small little opening verse from a chick named Jahda, who sounds like a female Cool Kid with a more direct flow. I highly doubt I'll hear a guest appearance as good Bun B's on the Pennies remix.

4 - Jamboree just might be album of the year. This is one of the funnest albums I've ever listened to. Anthemic keyboard production, harmless brags, and wonderfully melodic hooks. The thing I like the most about it is that they never degrade the listener. It's always "I'm always wearing Polo" and not "I have more Polo than you".


Been Busy

Trying to get a job and a car and a boo. ON TO THE MUSIC!!!

1 - My favorite Michael Jackson song is Heaven Can Wait.

2 - Not trying to be an asshole or anything, but the death of Billy Mays hurt me a lot more than MJ.

Trey sums up my thoughts about Wale perfectly. 9th Wonder's beats are a little too mellow for me. Probably cause Drumma Boy became my favorite producer in the last couple of months.

Prepare to be disappointed by Drake's debut album. Don't get me wrong, I think he's friggin great, but nobody in Cash Money knows anything about putting together an album.

50 Cent's War Angel LP is solid. He's actually trying to get back to why we loved him, but it may be too late. Either way, his return to gritty street talk. His hiring of shitty producers to do lazy soul chops is not welcome.

The Ecstatic is quite an interesting album. I'm not smart enough to really understand anything Mos Def is saying or trying to say, but it's delivered in a weird way. It reminds me alot of when I first listened to Aquemini (its not that good though). Slick Rick's verse on Auditorium, The Embassy, and Workers Comp are my favorite things about it. Worth a cop. Very weird listen.

If Tomorrow Comes is a pretty solid. Maino does the thing they do in movies, where they show the last scene first and then rewinds to the beginning. All The Above was one of the first great songs of the year and I really like A Million Bucks (Swizz Beatz is an inconsistent bastard). The rest of the album is just a chronicling of different stuff about Maino's life. His first day out (Back to Life), being a gangsta (Gangsta featuring a beastin B.G.), his annoying ass baby momma (Kill You), and his fucked up life (Runaway Slave). The only real flaw is the in-houseish production. It reminds me alot of the several shitty songs on Padded Room. The Hating skit is hilarious.

Man, I like Souljaboy (no homo). The Follow Me mixtape is a typically great Gangsta Grillz mixtape. Not many jacked beats though, just a bunch of ruckusy trap shit, with a hilarious South Park skit and a reggae type thing. I respect how Souljaboy is trying to prolong his career by seperating himself from the Crank That shit, by talking about sex and guns, and cursing alot, but he's putting himself in a weird position. The adults won't listen to him and The teens'll probably stop messing with him, because if his Gucci-aping. Speaking of Gucci, he has two great appearances here. Bands is an pretty old song that Gucci obliterates with his arrogance, imagery, and manic delivery. Get Em Got Em has a diamond opening couplet.

I'm in the club wit the snub giving hugs
I got living lightning bugs in my fist, like I stole Mike Jackson glove

Drumma Boy probably didn't produce Gold Grill Shawty, but I like the metallic clanks and the Souljaboy's opening punchline. POW was the song that introduced me to the new Souljaboy. Its a uber-minimalist banger with Souljaboy going double-time.


My life will soon be complete

The Cam'ron edition Gangsta Grillz mixtape will here very soon.


I really like iSouljaboytellem

  • I like how it onlt contains three bad songs (Yamama Mama, Booty Got Swag, Hey You There).
  • I like how Souljaboy sounds invigorated, confident, and actually into what he's saying.
  • I like how Souljaboy bites one of Gucci Mane's flows and sounds great doing it.
  • I like how he isn't afraid to say corny stuff like "She was old like a artifact"
  • I like how Souljaboy doesn't let Drumma Boy's surging energy overpower him on I'm Bout Tha Stax
  • I like how Souljaboy didn't produce the entire album.
  • I like how Souljaboy puts smashes al the singles in the front of the album.
  • I like how Souljaboy's beats are really stripped down and kinda mean.
  • I like how the keyboard disappears and the hi-hats come in on Gucci Bandana.
  • I like how Souljaboy has two Gucci Mane appearances.
  • I like how Eazy is one of the best filler songs ever.
  • I like how Souljaboy simply tells the truth on Souljaboy Tell Em
  • I like how Whoop Rico is like a Three 6 Mafia posse track, except its about dancing.
  • I like how I Pray is all dramatic and emotional.
  • I like how Lord of the Ringtones is the perfect accompaniment mixtape to the album
  • I really like iSouljaboytellem


Writings on the Wall: Less review, more quips

Its very good

1 - The actual opener, Hurry, is the most exhilarating track since Go Hard. FATBOI delivers a bleepy, banger that Gucci has wayyyyy too much fun on. His uber confident, pre-verse shit-talking is instantly contrasted by his eager delivery. The line "Gucci got a warrant, how the fuck I get subpoenaed??!!" is delivered in a way that shows he's super happy to be out, but still kinda salty that he got locked up in the same way. His 2nd and 3rd verses have a "HAPPY AS FUCK TO BE OUT" vibe going on and his lyrics eventually dissolve into nearly incomprehensible quips about his cars.

2 - From "Going In"

"What a sight to see, tattoos all over me
A walking work of art, I took a lot of ink."

"Like a blind man, you can't see the kid
I'm like a deaf man, cause you can't tell me shit"

3 - Track Four is supposed to be "Game featuring OJ Da Juiceman and Kourtney Money". Instead, we get a storytelling track, where Gucci delves into his upbringing with some skill.

"See my daddy hustle hard, but he love some liquor
And my momma wanna leave him, but she love the nigga"

4 - What makes First Day Out so great, is the back to basics attitude of it all. Zaythoven doesn't try to make a Put On type, GUCCI'S BACK!!! track. Sonically, Zay pumps out an eerie, bleepy beat that Gucci does his thing over. Gucci doesn't do anything special, he just keeps it basic. His first day out is just like any other day.

5 - From "Check"

"I'm Sun Valley shawty, shawty you not I
But if you run the east side, it must be two sides"

Disses T.I. and references a Killer Mike song in the same couplet. Impressive.

5 - 17 Brick Squad follows the perfect formula for a posse track. Menacing beat (twinkling keys and loud snares provided by Tha Bizness, tha bizness, tha bizness) and a bunch of guys who sound mean. Waka Flocka Flame gets one of the best intros ever.
6 - Gucci murders She Gotta Friend. Juelz sucks.
7 - Girls Kissing Girls sounds realll sad. Like Gucci wanted to make a song about a lezbo who took his girl, but he just couldnt do it. Nikki Minaj is great.
Thats about it.

mixtapes and stuff

1 - Blackout 2 is one of three great albums, so far this year (Real Recognize Real and UGK 4 Life). The three promo tracks didn't impress me individually, but the albums has a brilliant flow and make everything sound great or at least solid. Erick Sermon, Havoc, Redman, Rockwilder, and company lace Meth and Red with thick boom-baps that they let loose over. I'm not too educated when it comes to Meth and Red, but they're on point and never miss a beat. They dive to the south on the slow, burning City Lights, where Meth's laid-back flow trumps Red's eager comed and Bun B's brute force, serenade the ladies on the breezy Mrs. International, dive into the streets on the stiff, soulful Father's Day, and brings Ghost and Rae along on the horn-heavy cypher Four Minutes to Lock Down. After breaking even on BOMB, DJ Scratch redeems himself by producing the gold star "Dis is 4 All My Smokers". Sinister, shrieky violins provide the backdrop for Meth and Red to wax poetic about their favorite drug. A couple filler tracks, but definitely worth the buy.

2 - Not up on my Cassidy knowledge, but I know he's blacking out on damn near every track of his new mixtape, Apply Pressure. A shitload of annoying rewinds though.

3 - Rich Boy is doing his thang. The great Tom Breihan perfectly sums up my thoughts onDrop. His new mixtape, Pacc Man, has him hooking up with new producer Supa Villain for fourteen of its sixteen tracks. Supa Villain becomes the umpteenth producer to sample PacMan noises, but he probably does it better than anybody. Instead of clubbin it up, he morphs it into a quaky, creepy, gangsta dirge with clocky percussion and gang chants. A shrieking violin line runs through Thank The Lord. After those two, his style gets a little more standard, but I think he has the potential to compete with Zaythoven and Drumma Boy as the go-to producer in the south. Other highlights include Hataz, Got Purp, Harvey Dent, and Big Heads.

4 - I like Drake (no homo).


Old Man Rap: Back on my BS

I was never interested in this album. Back on my BS showed signs of doom from the constant release of prospective "lead singles". Even worst is that I never heard any of these singles, until I listened to the album. An album with 3 or 4 lead singles is a bad album, as is B.O.M.B..

Starts off with a couple dusty, spare would-be bangers, if not for Busta's corniness. One of the eighty-four singles, "Respect My Conglomerate", has a nice mafioso-esque beat, but Bust, Wayne, and Jada are all off their game. The Danja-produced "Shoot for the Moon" is the first great song, with Busta boasting calmly, but confidently. The stiff keyboards of Hustler's Anthem 09 had to grow on me, but I'm a fan of this song now. The Neptunes phone in the weak, patois-oriented Kill Dem.

I never took the time to actually listen to Arab Money, when bloggers were going nuts over all that potential racism and shit. Ron Brownz stacks a dozen Runners-esque synths on top of each other and delivers a gold hook, while Busta adds absurdly brilliant details, "Watch me purchase pieces of the almanac". "Ima go and get my....." is a spare, DJ Scratch-produced, comical, street tale, based off of Mike Epps number rant on All About The Benjamins. We Want In and We Miss You move much too slow and feature Busta's useless weed-carriers.

Sugar is a bass-heavy, slow lust song with a great Jelly Roll chorus and Busta puts on his sexy voice (no homo) to serenade his lady. Don't Believe Them, featuring Akon and a typically great T.I., has to have the most boring Cool and Dre beat ever. Decision is a solid "fucked-up relationship" with just too many people on it. Just Jamie Foxx would've sufficed. The electro-rap finale World Go Round isn't bad, but it worked alot better as Estelle's song with one Busta verse.

Busta probably recorded 300 songs for BOMB, and thats said because only five of these songs are any good. Busta should regroup and go for a more polished song, a la The Big Bang or just give it up, because I'm tired of hearing him ruin great songs like Make The Trap Say Aye and Best I Ever Had.

Overall: 5/10

Best Songs: Sugar, Arab Money, Ima Go and Get My


Cam'ron and DJ Drama

Back from hiatus, Cam drops Crime Pays. Cam is not normal, so don't expect a cover of whats been going on in his life since Killa Season. Expect another Cam'ron album; Materialism, Misogyny, and Mayhem filled with absurd and often juvenile details that has made Cam one of the most polarizing figures in rap history. No longer being able to afford the likes of Kanye West and Just Blaze, the production is handled by Skitzo and ARAAB MUZIK. They deliver a bunch of low-budget versions of today's rap trends; Big Budget synth bangers (Get It In Ohio, Where I Know You From), bleepy trappy anthems (Curve, Chalupa), the Souljaboy-aping Cookies and Applejuice, and the Euro-Synthy Spend The Night. He stays in touch with his soul roots with the recession inspired My Job and the King Floyd sampling Silky. Its no Purple Haze, but its worth a buy, especially for a Cam fan.

Overall: 8/10
Best Songs: Get It In Ohio, Chalupa, Cookin Up

Gangsta Grillz Vol. 2 is pretty much Vol. 1 without the skits. Drama cheats big time and throws three mixtape songs on the album; Love for Money, Ridiculous, and Smoke (the latter two containing hard verses from Gucci Mane). The lead single, Daydreaming, is pure gold. Drumma Boy delivers an airy pop beat, Akon does some great wailing on the chorus, and TIP and Snoop serve up two slippery, seductive verses. Other bangers include the funky opener "A-Town" with Lonnie Mac stealing the spotlight from TI, the defiant, semi-conscious "We Must Be Heard" with a brilliant Ludacris, the dark sex-anthem "Sweat" with a great Ray J chorus, and the zig-zaggy, Tricky Stewart produced Stripper Love. The rest is underwhelming and bland. I would've rather heard Nas and Scarface on We Must Be Heard, than on the bland Yacht Music. And LA The Darkman drops one of the worst verses of rap history on Tipper Love.

Overall: 7/10
Best Song: We Must Be Heard, Smoke, A Town

On another note, I would be satisfied with Cam'ron delivering terrible albums for the rest of his career and DJ Drama delivering fun, but pointless albums, if they would just do a Cam'ron Gangsta Grillz mixtape. That would really make my life.


Rick Ross, Asher Roth, and Eminem mini reviews

Deeper Than Rap is a more polished, but less entertaining version of Trilla. Ross is the still the smooth-talking mob boss who has all the money, hoes, and power. His lyrical skills are sharper, see the gold-star Mafia Music. He abandons the sort of scattershot Trilla production for the jazzy stylings of J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and the slow-burning regret of The Inkredibles. Ross caters the sweet ladies on the knocking "Lay Back", the gangstresses on the throwback "Murda Mami", and the freaks on the unofficial Money Make Me Cum remix "Face". The Tricky Stewart-produced "All I Really Want" and Ne-Yo featuring "Bossy Lady" don't fair as well. Kanye West steals the show on the bombastic "Maybach Music Part 2". Besides the few weak songs, the only real flaw is the shoddy sequencing.

Overall: 8/10
Best Song: Mafia Music, Face, Lay Back

Asher Roth was my pick to be the best of the new breed, but sadly it doesn't seem likely. Most of the brilliance he displayed on The Greenhouse Effect is left on The Greenhouse Effect and the comments he has made about catering the suburbs results in a grating batch of grainy drums and guitar plucks. Hit single, I Love College, is quite entertaining, as is the freestylish opener "Lark on my Go-Kart" and the critic-slaying "As I Em". But Roth doesn't display the charisma to carry the drowsy "Blunt Cruisin'" or the awkward rhythms of "Be By Myself" and "Lions Roar". He does a pretty solid job keeping up with Keri Hilson on "She Don't Wanna Man" and storytelling with the closing trio of Bad Day, His Dream, and Fallin. Not a bad album, but it could've been much better.

Overall: 7/10
Best Song: His Dream, As I Em, Fallin

Relapse is the most important album of Em's career. It's the record to determine whether Encore was a fluke or if he really didn't have anything left to say. Its the latter. Relapse is a semi-concept album where Em relapses back into his psychopathic Slim Shady persona. His lyrics are some of the most complex ever put on Earth and Dre delivers dark, layered compositions, but it doesn't add up to anything entertaining. It lacks the mocking, ironic nature that The Marshall Mathers LP had. It's just gruesome for the sake of gruesomeness. Opening rampage "3AM", the Nick and Mariah attacking "Bagpipes from Baghdad", the overdose tail "Deja Vu", the keepitreal ballad "Beautiful", and the brooding single "Crack A Bottle" featuring a nice Dr. Dre and a stereotypically lazy 50 Cent are the only enjoyable tracks. Eminem is pretty much done.

Overall: 5/10
Best Song: Beatiful, 3 AM, Crack A Bottle


Lil' Wayne - Hottest Nigga Under The Sun: Great Songs

I won't lie, I thought Wayne was finished. The repetitive verses, weak guest appearances, and the development of Rebirth led me to believe that Wayne would never be the same rapper who spit BMJR, Tha Mobb, I'm Me, or even A Millie. But Wayne has the work ethic of a crackhead, so he kept on keeping on, continuig to release wayyyy too many songs and a solid amount were gathered together and named "The Hottest Nigga Under The Sun" (Cool name, cooler cover). Beward, half of the mixtape is worthless. These are the songs I deem iPod worthy.

2 - My Name Is (AKA Unstoppable)

The quirky, bouncy opener is Wayne's verse from Drake's Unstoppable from his So Far Gone mixtape (It's great, get it).

So overstand me
I got a condo in Miami
And my doormat is always sandy
And I run Louisiana
But I've never pulled a hammy.

3 - New Orleans Maniac featuring Gudda Gudda

Kinda A-Millie-ish. Alternates between hollow bass-clap and jagged synths/sirens. Gudda Gudda is one of Wayne's weed-carriers who isn't particularly interesting, but his voice is tolerable.

They like when I say yeah, huh
And your boyfriend's a tampon
And I don't own land baby, I own a landmine
So step on my land and catch a bomb like Anquan

4 - Thank You feat. Jae Millz and Mac Maine

Starts with some near-silent scratches and a sample of the UFO sound from Jay-Z's Where I'm From, and rises into fanfare and syrupy guitar licks. Jae Millz does damn good, but Mac Maine drops the best and only great verse of his "Career". Wayne gets a great entrance and runs with it.

Right now, I'm in a race, in a race against time
Cause everybody else is like a race against mom.

5 - Filet Mignone (AKA We Like Her) feat. Drake, Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda, and Mac Maine

The likely single for the Young Money group album. Its just a feel-great song expressing a man's love of the female form. Tha Bizness provides glossy string synths and all the MCs do a pretty solid job, with an auto-tuned Mac Maine stealing the show.

And everytime I think of staying with her
She bring that friend around that make a nigga reconsider.

6 - Yes feat. Pharrell (I assume it's produced by The Neptunes)

Low, bassy synths convulse and flex around each other with handclaps. One of the best Neptune tracks ina while. A sampled Yes comes in every four bars or so, that Wayne and Pharrell get to play off of. Pharrell trumps The Game in the rap impersonation game. He doesn't exactly "sound" like Wayne, but he rhythmically and accent-wise, he's perfect. Wayne croaks and growls all over the track, while sounding as comfortable as he's ever been.

Yes, I am a beast, I swear I need to be tranquilized
Yes, I am a giant, next to me you are just ankle-high
Yes, I eat that pussy, Oh how do I love that panty-pie
Keep my hair shampooed and yes I keep my hands sanitized.

7 - Hello World (AKA Troublemaker) feat. Jae Millz and Gudda Gudda

Average organ synths. Wayne goes in, Millz and Gudda are solid. On retrospect, this really isn't a great song, but the change in pace, from the slow dirge of Yes to this fast-paced ode to violence is notable and develops a rhythm.

Emergency, Emergency
Someone in all black, left the whole scene burgundy

10 - Skull Gang (AKA Rap Cemetary) feat. Juelz Santana

Taken from the My Face Can't Be Felt mixtape. Just Wayne here. Average, but again the change in pace from the fast-paced synths of Troublemakers to this creepy, gothic snippet is notable and develops a rhythm

None, really

12 - Ay Man feat. Pharrell

Pharrell is a fuckin' beast. His imitation of Juvenile over the dirty grunge will definitely remain of the best musical moments of the year. Wayne sounds cool on the chorus and delivers a solid verse, but this is Pharrell's show, plain and simple.

See P grew up where the heroin peddled
They made fun of me cause I was a odd fellow
See I was half skateboard, I was half ghetto
But you cut me open and you see my bones made of metal

16 - Yeahhhh (Produced by Streetrunner)

Best on the mixtape by far. Streetrunner, Wayne's best collaborator, provides an electric guitar loop and popping drums. Wayne leaps off the mic with boasts of robbing Santa Clause, fucking every fish in the river, and thanking Nas for helping him tap into his inner-nigger.

What is is, I'm back on my biz
And I put that on the threads on the back of my kids
May that M-11 be attached to my ribs
And the bullets that I give be attached to his.

19 - Piano Man (AKA Around The Way Girl)

Wayne's total lack of singing ability is probably the reason that this song works. It's a ballad about Wayne wanting a girl he knows from being around his hood, but not really "knowing" the girl. Gets a little grating in the last 45 seconds or so, but it's pure passion and at the least, good for a laugh.

11 - Murder feat. Trey Songz/20 - Rockstar feat. Starr/21 - War feat. Sean Kingston (produced by J.R. Rotem)

Pretty much the same R&B song with Wayne dropping a verse at the end. Murder is very Runners-ish with Trey Songz talking about beautiful girls who break hearts. Rockstar is the best of the three with the slinky guitar and near-silent bleeps and bloops. Starr is the thick, but kinda ugly dark-skinned chick from Juelz Santana's Jingle Bells video. War is a "Which one do I choose?" song with Wayne's best verse of the three.



The Last Kiss: A Shallow Multi-Part review (Outro)

The Something Else remix is useless. USDA and other random bad rappers make for a very boring posse track. This would've been the perfect time for a mainstream posse track with Wayne, TIP, maybe Ross.

Death Wish is album-worthy. Alchemist provides a bleepy, creepy aura that Jada and Wayne (especially) go off on. "I'm from the mecca of the wreckless with a record-breaking death list"

For The Last Kiss to be so sprawling and unfocused, Kiss My Ass is one of the most consistent, focused mixtapes I've ever heard. Definitely worth a listen, with Kiss My Ass and Hard Times being extremely album-worthy.

Overall: 7/10

Best Songs: Letter to B.I.G., Pain and Torture, Death Wish


The Last Kiss: A shallow multi-part review (Tracks 13-16)

13 - Cartel Gathering feat. Ghostface Killah and Raekwon (Produced by Swif B and DJ Eddie B)

A nice return to the brass-heavy, gloss sound that probably should've been the sound for the album. Ghostface opens it up and never really lets it go with his yelping delivery and detailed imagery. Raekwon never sounds comfortable on tracks like this. Jada is a pretty solid closer, with clever references to Ghost and Rae's classics. This track would've been a lot better if their would've been an actual narrative. Remember Run?? Great Song

14 - Come and Get Me feat. Sheek Louch and S.I. (Produced by Neenyo)

Jim Jones just did it with Pop Off and Jada does the same thing to similar effect; Put the hardest track towards the end. I can't really explain why this strategy works, but it does. This sounds like a beat The Game would be damn good on. Great Song

15 - By My Side feat. Ne-Yo (Produced by Eric Hudson)

Jadakiss' single is kinda conflicting. It's a great song. Jada's a great rapper, so his girl stuff will be much better than Plies' or Yung Berg's, Eric Hudson's production is mature and jazzy, and Ne-Yo's hook is nice. But the fact that he's still trying to achieve commercial success with songs aimed towards females is kinda sad.

I still agree with this. Solid song

16 - Letter to B.I.G. feat. Faith Evans (Produced by Needlz)

When I first heard about the song, I instantly expected a timeline dissection of rap's trends since BIG died. When I first heard the song, I was disappointed. It was too......small, too closed in. But that seems like the point. It's not really for fans, it's for BIG. He keeps it personal and uses a couple couplets to sum of the commercialization of the rap game.

"The game has got cheaper
Rappers is more commercially successful, but the heart is a lot weaker."

Needlz develops a mournful mood with high bell taps and a whining electric guitar. Great Song.


Random Post #5

1 - Future Post Plans
Multi-Post listing of great songs from Chamillionaire's Mixtape Messiah series
Multi-Post listing of great songs from Gucci Mane's Wilt Chamberlain series
Great songs - Lil' Wayne - Hottest Nigga Under The Sun
Great songs - T.I. - Gone Til November
Quick review - Young Jeezy - Quarantine
Track by Track review of Gucci Mane's The Movie

The game is so boring, I've started listening to Gucci Mane and I'm surprised at how much I like him. I'm catching a lot of flack from Gucci fans at school for being a hypocrite. What can I do

2 - Blackout 2 is looking pretty bad so far. A Yo is boring. City Lights is damn good, but mainly for the beat, chorus, and killer Bun-B verse. I'm not one to recommend Swizz Beatz, but.....

3 - Love vs. Money owns everything.

The Last Kiss: A shallow multi-part review (Tracks 9-12)

9 - Things I've Been Through (Produced by Mr. Devine)

One of the few personal songs on the album. Jada breaks down his kinda complex career. The beat is on some tinny, early Bad Boy shit, but it suits the beat right. The Luther sample is gold. Great Song.

10 - I Tried feat. Avery Storm(Produced by Baby Grand)

The first real filler song on the album. Nothing bad, Nothing great. Solid Song.

11 - Rockin' With The Best (Produced by The Neptunes)

This track makes me think that Jadakiss wants to "big" a little too much. The only reason that Kiss continues to work with The Neptunes is to recreate the magic of "Knock Yourself Out", but instead of trying to get some hard shit from them, he keeps getting their groovy shit that doesn't really suit him. And Kiss is too good to say "Kiss melts in ya mouth like chocolate". Wack Song.

12 - Smoking Gun feat. Jazmine Sulivan (Produced by Denaun Porter)

This would probably work better as filler on a Jazmine Sullivan CD. Kiss becomes the perfect man to the abused and molested Jazmine Sullivan. Sullivan is near breathless on the chorus, which adds a level of drama and realism to he song. Solid song.


The Last Kiss: A shallow multi-part review (Tracks 5-8)

5 - Something Else feat. Young Jeezy (Produced by Don Cannon)

This is Kiss' foray into trap music. Fortunately, he does this with the good ones (Jeezy, Cannon) and not the bad ones (Gucci, Juiceman, Zaythoven, even though they have their moments). Cannon ditches his usual horn-oriented soul sound for a more sinister track. The horns are their, but they're smothered by a guitar and some minor key work. Kiss adapts perfectly to the arrogant vibe that Cannon provides (Me >>> GZA). Jeezy drops a very entertaining verse, telling his lazy, African chain to become a criminal. Great Song.

6 - One More Step feat. Styles P. (Produced by Poobs)

Poobs is a producer to look out for in the future. He has a very quirky, showroom style that sounds like J Dilla interpreted by The Neptunes. This can either be dazzling or disorienting. Here, its wonderful. This is a Jada/Styles P duet (no homo) ala We Gon Make It. Not as good as We Gon Make It, but virtually any Jada/Styles P duet (no homo) is worth hearing for their chemistry and the contrast of their voices.

7 - Stress Ya feat. Pharrell (Produced by The Neptunes)

For some reason, a lot of bloggers like to talk about The Neptunes. I'm kind of a huge fan without knowing it, as I can only name 2 or 3 weak Neptunes tracks. Stress Ya is an example of Chad and P not knowing when to stop. Starts with zig-zaggy synths and then it relaxes into easy-going drums and xylophonic taps. The spazzing synths during the chorus are kind of rough and they blot the mouth. Despite the iffy beat, I love the humor of "posing for the bloggers" On the chorus and Jada using his legend status with bloggers as game. Solid song.

8 - What If feat. Nas (Produced by The Inkredibles)

What If is basically an alternative version of Why, but instead of asking "Why?", he asks "What If?" over a similar beat. Just like on Why, Jada asks a bunch of quite compelling questions. What if Portland would've drafted Michael Jordan instead of Sam Bouie? What if Oprah would've made the comments Imus made? What if we never let emotion come between us? Nas uses the concept as a jump-off point to brag about his legacy. Great Song


The Last Kiss: A shallow multi-part review (Tracks 1-4)

1 - Pain and Torture (Produced by Buckwild)

What a great way to start an album. Dark, dramatic, churning strings are the backdrop for Jada's furious braggadocio. "I'm the author of slick talk, pain, and torture". Man, New York accents are cool. Great Song

2 - Can't Stop Me feat. Ayanna Irish (Produced by Neo Da Matrix)

This track is a perfect vehicle for Jadakiss. He gets to brag about his skills, (something he does very well) over a brassy and mature, but radio-friendly production, with a soothing female voice on the chorus. Great Song.

3 - Who's Real feat. OJ Da Juiceman and Swizz Beatz (Produced by Swizz Beatz)

Things start to fuck up early. Jada lucked up with "Real Hip-Hop" on Kiss of Death, but good Swizz Beatz tracks are few and far between. Being a former Ruff Ryder means that Jada is kinda indebted to have a Swizzy production on his album. Swizz Beatz turns in his standard keyboard attempt at hyper-activity. OJ Da Juiceman manages to sound solid over Southern beats, but he sounds extra-shitty over Swizz's extra-shitty beat. Wack song

4 - Grind Hard feat. Mary J. Blige (Produced by The Inkredibles)

Sometime last year on DefSounds, I said that Jada's next album should have a mafioso theme. Grind Hard would be the Can't Knock The Hustle of that album, with a couple similarities and a couple differences. Mary J. Blige appears on both songs, and both MCs do damn good jobs documenting the hustler's financial goals. The difference is in delivery. Mary J. Blige doesn't sound like herself on the chorus and the beat is an over-glittery Hero rip-off provided by the very average Inkredibles. Wack song.

The Last Kiss: A shallow multi-part review (Intro)

"Alot of niggas lost they pops to the drug game
Other niggas lost they blocks when the thugs came
They knew how to box, they aint know bout the slug game
Soon as the money get right, thats when the love change"

-Jadakiss, Child Abuse from "Kiss My Ass: The Champ is Here Part 2"

Anyone decently-informed person will tell you that Jadakiss is a beast. The raspy voice, whistle-inducing punchlines, brutal imagery, and incite into the streets and the hearts of men. Without hearing Kiss The Game Goodbye, I can guess that the "Kiss" trilogy are basically the same. All are sprawling albums that are great at some points, solid at others, and shitty at others. Most of the shitty moments will be because of the shoddy production or a concept that doesn't work to Kiss' skills.

NEXT: Tracks 1-4


3/31 Quick Reviews

R.O.O.T.S. is one of the harmless albums I've ever listened to. It's pretty much all electro dance rap, none of it particularly good, with a couple of "inspirational" tracks. It would probably be a little better if Flo-Rida had as much charisma as the Nelly he's attempting to be. One legitimately great song is "Never", a harmless remake of the Scarface track from "MADE".

Overall: 5/10
Best Song: Never, pick a song, pick a song

I hate titles like this. Just like Yung Berg's "Look What You Made Me" and David Banner's "The Greatest Story Ever Told", New Jack City Part II promises something great, but delivers something mediocre (not that I expected greatness from these three, but....). Of the eleven songs, about six of them are popcorny girl singles. Bow Wow says the n-word a lot. The only thing I can call that is cute. The traptastic opener "Get That Paper" is the best song, with the zig zaggy beat and Bow Wow's trap-inspired delivery and weak punchlines. Lead single "Roc The Mic" is a charming head-bobber and "Been Doing This" (featuring T.I.'s encouragement) probably finds Lamborghini Moss at his best. NJC2 had potential to be a truly good album, but Bow Wow tries too hard to cater to girls who probably don't even like him anymore.

Overall: 4/10
Best Song: Get That Paper, Been Doing This, Roc The Mic

UGK 4 Life is a perfect ending to the UGK legacy. It doesn't play like a posthumous album. It plays like a traditional UGK. Southern fried guitars, horns, and organs are the backdrop for the duo's impeccable chemistry. Most of the album is dedicated to a UGK staple: Women. Love, pimping, and sex are all contrasted with blunt realism. They get kinda political/conscious on Purse Come First. The Akon collabo fits in theme wise, but the beat is a little too breezy. This is the only new rap album you should even consider buying this week.

Overall: 9/10
Best Song: Steal Your Mind, Purse Come First, Da Game Been Good to Me


Jim Jones - Pray IV Reign

Jim Jones just may be the biggest rapper in the game to never go platinum. After Cam'ron's disappearing act and the surprise success of "We Fly High", Jones proceeded to hop on every remix he could to popularize his shitty, but more commercial-friendly style. Pray IV Reign was originally entitled Back to Back. On to the review, I guess.

Despite being one of the biggest Dipset fan a couple of years ago, I've never listened to a Jim Jones solo album. I love his work on the Diplomatic Immunities and a couple of mixtapes, but he never seemed to posses the charisma to carry an album by himself. He has matured into a stand-alone rapper, whose nasally baritone and trap-inspired delivery allow him to not be an interesting lyricist. His lyrics were more technically sound in the Dipset days. Now he just sticks to an ABC baller-rap style that is bringing about the destruction popular rap. Joining Jones on this journey is Juelz Santana, who is barely a shadow of his former self, and NOE, a Jay-Z sound-alike who’s probably better than Jay-Z at the moment. Ludacris steals the show on “How to Be A Boss”.

A little more than half of the album is dedicated to radio-friendly ballin’ singles with bland instrumentation and cheap euro-synths. Precious, Blow The Bank, This is for my Bitches, so on and so forth. A bunch of boring commercial-based nonsense is what I would call it. I don’t really like Pop Champagne, but I can agree that it would fit in a lot better on Ron Brownz’s album minus Jones and Santana, who add nothing to the song. Medicine is a cheap remake of “Nigga What, Nigga Who”, but a cheap remake of Nigga What, Nigga Who is still a remake of Nigga What, Nigga Who. Pop Off is a mean, gun-popping track that comes comfortably towards the end. “Na Na Nana Na Na” is probably the only legitimately great baller track on the album. Jones sounds like he’s imitating Young Jeezy over semi-live drums and flattened synths. It works.

The album’s bright spots are when Jones addresses darker issues. The No I.D. produced intro is pure soul. A wailing harmonica, loose percussion, and an array of funky guitar plucks are the backdrop for Jones’ vivid account of his youth. Gold Star Pulling Me Back is a eerie, thundering version of Scarface’s “Keep Me Down” or Biggie’s “My Downfall”. Frienemies is a guitar-laden account of Jones’ rocky relationships with Cam’ron and Max B. I can’t wait to hear Cam’s version on Crime Pays. “My My My” and “Rain” have Jones adopting a Pac-ish persona and lamenting his fallen comrade Stack Bundles and the ghetto’s plight.

Thankfully, Jim Jones attempts to make a thorough album. The deeper tracks almost balance out the boring ones, but Jones isn’t compelling enough to drag some of the “fun” tracks out of mediocrity. The biggest thing Jones lost in the Dipset split was formidable running mate. Juelz sucks and while NOE is good, he doesn’t have that “thing” that Cam brought to the table. Oh well

Overall: 3/5

Best Songs: Pulling Me Back, My My My, Na Na Nana Na Na


Slim Thug - Boss of All Bosses

Delays, leaking, The Neptunes, and bad luck basically ruined Slim Thug's major label debut, Already Platinum. So he ditched Geffen, signed himself, and reconnected with his down-South roots. And Boss of all Bosses is one of the two enjoyable albums I've heard so far this year.

As a rapper, Slim Thug is as solid as solid gets. He has a deep, rumbling voice that is hard to ignore. It apparently didn't mesh well with The Neptunes' synth-based beats on Already Platinum (which I haven't heard yet), but it rests comfortably on top of thicker tracks. His lyrics have a Scarface-like sternness about them. He won't dazzle with punchlines or rhyme-schemes, but he's relatable and he'll rarely drop a stinker. His voice is isn't chorus-friendly, so he implies other strategies to make his songs a little more.....songy. Screwed up voices, chipmunk voices, straight soul samples, and guest rappers (Devin The Dude, Chamillionaire).

The production on Boss of all Bosses expertly works the divide of modern Southern production and traditional Southern production. The quaking intro "Boss of all Bosses" surely borrows elements from Trap or Die. Jim Jonsin employs queasy, backwards synths for the banging, Flock of Seagulls-sampling lead single "I Run". Jonsin is also responsible for the one of the few missteps, the overly-glittery "Smile". Check the low buzzes on the banging "Thug" and the syrupy seduction track "She Like That". The album's gold star is the Devin The Dude-assisted "I'm Back". Slim Thug joyously announces his return to street-oriented music. Dr. Dre was originally the producer, but his version was replaced with Mr. Lee's version. Lee's track works as a mini-symphony with guitar chugs, floating synth noises, small clicks, sliding organs, and piano clinks working together to represent satisfaction.

Mannie Fresh produces the bouncy, funky "Show Me Love". A soothing chorus and low bass is the only backdrop for the Paul Wall-assisted Top Drop. Pimp C drops a realllllly great verse on Leaning, a track that sounds like he could've produced it as well. Uncharacteristicly, Bun B has the least memorable verse. Z-Ro and J-Dawg strongly assist Slim Thug on the precautionary, guitar laden "Associates". Scarface and J-Dawg (who I really like) save the soulful "Hard" from becoming filler.

The missteps include the aforementioned Smile, the "I love my girl" song "My Bitch", which isn't bad, but it messes up the gangsta flow that Top Drop, Thug, and Leaning develop. Album closer "Welcome to Houston" is the bajillionth "get every rapper from Houston to drop a verse" song ever. Nobody does anything special. Missteps aside, Boss of all Bosses is a consistently entertaining album worth buying.

Overall: 8.5/10

Best Songs: I'm Back, Associates, Leaning


Gorilla Zoe - Don't Feed Da Animals

Before Welcome to the Zoo was released, I found about 11 Gorilla Zoe tracks on my uncle's computer. These tracks were enough to make a Gorilla Zoe fan. He had a husky, catchy delivery and a Cam-ish sense of humor. I liked him, but not enough to see what the album sounded like. Don't Feed Da Animals is Zoe's sophomore album and it he shows none of the talent he showed on those eleven tracks.

Production is full of that synth-based southern production that isn't really that good unless it comes from Drumma Boy or Jeezy. Drumma Boy produces four tracks, including lead single and gold star, "Lost". I certainly didn't expect such a creepy, hypnotizing track from a rapper like Gorilla Zoe, but I like pleasant surprises. The tricking anthem "I Got It" and the pop-treading break-up song "Echo" are big fun. Those tracks and the bruising opener "Untamed Gorilla" are the ony truly good songs. Everything else is generic baller rap.

Zoe doesn't display the sense of humor and sleepwalks his way through damn near every track. He sounds his best when sing-rapping with an auto-tune as he does on Lost and Echo. Not only his lyrical performance weak, but some of these concepts are just terrible. Shit punchlines were played out a long time ago, so why make a shit song (Shit On Em)? And the sex-rap "Talk Back" with porn-star turned rapper Roxy Reynolds is not a good look (though I will recommend Ms. Reynolds' porn).

Don't Feed Da Animals is a monotonous, generic album from a rapper who is capable of a highly entertaining CD. One strength that happens to be a flaw is the small amount of guest appearances. Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, OJ Da Juiceman, and Roxy Reynolds compose the guest list. Its good that artists are cutting down on guest appearances, but at least get high-quality guest appearances. If you're a fan of car music, this is pretty solid. Otherwise, just limewire Untamed Gorilla, Lost, I Got It, and Echo.

Overall: 2.5/5

Best Songs: Lost, Echo, Untamed Gorilla


Joe Budden - Padded Room

It's finally here. Joe Budden's highly anticipated (to internet dudes) second studio album, Padded Room, is finally here. It's not a mixtape, or a digital download, or a mixtape turned album, or a collection of leftovers. All new music. Sadly, Padded Room suffers from mixtapetoalbumtransitionitis (Working on an acronym). It plagues most artists who perfected their craft through mixtapes. They think an album is supposed to be a versatile and melodramatic exercise in attempted perfection. Budden falls into this category like the rest of them.

Conceptually, Padded Room is an extention of the Mood Muzik series. The anger at the industry, lyrical exercises, and mental anguish that made the Mood Muzik series so good are all present in Padded Room, but here it feels less like an audio diary and more like manufactured drama. The majority of the 1st half is spent on boring tracks with no aim. The horn-infused opener "Now I Lay" is the best of this bunch. In My Sleep is a conceptual track about a bunch of abstract dreams. But instead of turning it into something truly compelling, Budden just rattles off a bunch of retarded David Lynch-esque images. Do Tell, Angel in my Life, and Pray for Me are the three semi-boring tracks that deal with Budden's fractured psyche. Do Tell is Budden talking to the world after committing suicide, Angel in my Life is him lashing out at the world from the confines of a padded room, and Pray for Me is a conversation with God. They're all interesting tracks, but are brought down by the boredom of the production.

Oh yeah, the production sucks. He ditches the soul influences of Mood Muzik and the diversity of Halfway House for the cheesy electro-tones and boring strings provided by Amalgam's in-house producers. Lead single "The Future" and the Tupac biting "Blood on the Wall" tie for worst beats. The two best tracks, "I Couldn't Help It" and "Exxxes", are near silent. Exxxes has spanish guitar plucks, finger snaps, and one-dimensional strings. Budden breaks down a couple of mind-gnawing relationships. I Couldn't Help It is pretty self-explanatory, as Joe explains wanting to abort his son and sleeping with one of his best friend's girl. This is all over some string plucking and some heavenly serenading.

Budden seems to lose his knack for dark humor and clever punchlines. The deeper stuff is very well written, but almost too perfect. He leaves no room for the smaller human things that we bloggers like to analyze. He seems very detached from it all.

Overall, Padded Room will stand as one of the biggest disappointments of all-time in my book. Budden has unfortunately become a victim of mixtapetoalbumtransitionitis. Oh well, we have still have Mood Muzik 2.

Best Songs: Exxxes, I Couldn't Help It, Now I Lay


Great Songs

Young L.A. feat. Yung Dro and T.I. - Ain't I Remix

---Undeniable. Beat is all electronic beeps and synthed out tuba. I don't know what to make of Young L.A.. He has a generic Gucci Mane/Shawty Lo sort of flow, that's great for this beat, but not necessarily good. Dro is solid and T.I. comes through with yet another brutal verse.

Maino feat. T-Pain - All of the Above

---This is just Live Your Life for the streets. Maino is no T.I., but he has enough passion in his voice to make up for his lack of charisma. T-Pain trumps Rihanna by alot. Just Blaze officially sucks. The beat is exactly Live Your Life lowered 2 steps. It still knocks though.

Slim Thug - I Run

---Jim Jonsin takes standard Runners-esque synths, plays 'em forwards, and adds another set of queasy sounding synths to 'em. The chorus is sampled from the Flock of Seagulls song. Slim Thug isn't great, but he does enough to make the song a banger.

Gorilla Zoe - Lost

---Whoever came up with this idea is a genius. The vocoder adds a layer of despair to Zoe's gravelly voice as he croons about being lost. Drumma Boy adds a bunch of creepy bleeps.

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