Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Living Legends: Album Review

8ball and MJG attempts to bring their southern-fried Memphis sound to the mainstream with this release, and by golly they pull it off. The album opens with the club bangin' lead single "You dont want drama" and rarely relents from them on. Following that song is my personal favorite on the album, "Straight Cadillac Pimpin'". The production on this song is crazy, the sound of a church service in the background, complements the track nicely. With those two bangers at the beggining of the album I was a little leary of the possibility that the other 14 songs on the album would not add up. But while there is obvious filler in between, the real gems outweighs the crap.

Getting national airplay apparently involves selling your soul to Puff Daddy, so the track with 112, "Trying to get at you", and Puffy, "Baby Girl", are as bad as they sound here, and MJG does not change his flow throughought the whole album. But even all of that is not enough to derail this album. Cuts like "Forever" and "Shot Off" are definately tracks you can ride to (nh?).And just when you think that you've got them figured out they flip the script on songs like "We do it" and probably the albums best cut (not my personal favorite however) "Memphis City Blues".

This album definately has its skippable moments, but they are outnumbered by the times you find yourself bobbing your head to the music (nh).

3.5 stars out of 5

Best Tracks: "Straight Cadillac Pimpin'", "Memphis City Blues", "You Dont want Drama"


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