You may be asking yourself, why is Macq doing a review about an album that is 3 yrs old by a group who hasnt realeased an LP since. My answer to that is, cus I can bitches. But on a serious note all of these punk rock posts about bands that Ive never heard of not only on this site but also at The Mindset HQ
have been kinda, well, uninteresting to me. So lets get back to reviewing bad hip hop albums.
Not a bad start. Malice or Pusha T (they sound alot alike) starts things off by telling us how prolific he is/was in the dope game. Pusha T or Malice then tells us that his grandmother was also a dealer. I have a feeling this may be a recurring theme throughout this LP. The beat is pretty good. Drums and a drippy faucet sound effect. Basic shit for an intro.
02. Young Boy
This is my problem with the Neptunes. Alot of their shit sounds the same. This song not only sounds like that song off of Jadakiss's album (Hot Sauce to go) but it also sounds like another song on this same album. That being said, I liked the beat on Jada's album and I like it here. Again Malice tells us that his Grandmother was a dealer. Im starting to believe him.
This is the first song on the album that forces the Clipse to carry the song. Incredibly simple four or five note keyboard and drum combination. Lyrically this album so far is something we have all heard before. But Clipse are pretty good rappers. That is they dont suck, they can flow. If they could ever expand their repertoire then they would be real good. BTW I live about 20 mins from Virginia, VA= not that gully.
This is what we all came here to hear. This was a great song 3 yrs ago, its even better now. Again with the drippy faucet sound effect, but the percussion on this song is straight old school. Another un-flashy, un-Neptune like beat accentuates Clipse well. The subject matter has not changed but lyrically they brought the heat on this track (nh).
05. Cot Damn (feat Ab Liva and Roscoe P. Coldchain.)
Back to back singles. Again I like this song even better 3 years later. This and Grindin are polar opposites. But again Pusha and Malice bring the heat. (Malice) You thought I was a rapper huh/Well that makes me an actor/ cus I would rather clap a gun
. I think Roscoe P. Coldchain could be something good with the right production. Even though he only rhymes his words maybe once every 3 bars hes still pretty good.
06. Ma, I Don't Love Her (feat Faith Evans)
Back to back to back singles. You would think the obligatory girl song on this album would not consist of anything to do with guns, drugs, violence, or any combination of the three. Yet amazingly the Clipse pull it off (nh). And on the last verse Malice tells the girl he is trying to convince that he is not cheating that even if he did cheat on her, he did not love or even like the girl he cheated with. Why cant I find girls who would believe that?
07. Famlay Freestyle
One of the Neptunes weedcarriers spits a "freestyle" over a pretty good beat. Yea I really dont care about what he is saying. He is talking about shooting me and slitting my throat and killin my mom and shit and I aint really down with any weed carrier threatening me. Btw the Clipse shoulda kept this beat for themselves.
08. Whens the Last Time
Yay another single! This album is about halfway done and Im getting bored. Wtf is this song. THIS is the Neptunes. Very corny sounding, stupid club song. Im not going to hate on the production per se, but this song does not fit anywhere on this album. I understand that the Clipse needed a club hit but this just sounds too out of place.Btw Malice kills on the last part of the last verse.
Umm I think the Clipse have gotten bored themselves. LOL I dont think they even tried with this song. The production sounds like some HBCU's marching band. Not very inventive or good for that mattter. And this song is missing alot of No Homo's
. The good thing about this song is that its under 3 minutes.
10. Comedy Central (feat. Fabolous)
When I saw feat. Fabolous I probably had the same reaction you are having now. Your finger is itching for the skip button. But the Neptunes really outdid themselves with this beat. Malice (I think) starts off the song with alot of energy and apparently that rubs off (no homo) on Fabolous's usually lethargic style. This is one of the very few songs that Fabolous does not sound like a (more) retarded version of Ma$e. This album has too much filler btw, these stupid skits or whatever at the ends of these songs are annoying.
11. Lets Talk about it (feat. Jermaine Dupree)
Unlike on the previous song, your instincts will be right on this one. Jermaine Dupree may be the most annoying midget ever. Someone needs to tell him he cant rap/ produce and he shouldnt even try unless he has Jay-z ghost writing for him or Biggie Smalls rapping over one of his remixes. I cant finish listening to this one so im skipping it.
12. Gangsta Lean
I like this one. Pharell opens the first 60 seconds of the song "singing". Usually that type of shit will get yo ass skipped (nh) but this beat isnt bad. I havent heard it anywhere else, which is always a good thing when talking about the Neptunes. Ive just realized that I have talked about the Neptunes or the Clipse guests more then I have the Clipse. Again I like the Clipse (no homo) but they really need to expand their lyrical content. This one is about a girl btw.
13. Im not you (feat. Jadakiss, Styles P., Roscoe P. Coldchain)
I had high hopes for this one. I like all the guests on this joint so why wouldnt I be optimistic about it. It didnt dissapoint (i know yea you thought i was gonna say somethin different, well i hafta entertain myself somehow, bitches). Yea umm whatever. I can see why Bol only does three lines for each song.
14. Grindin Remix (feat. Nore, Baby, Lil Wayne)
Yea this is pretty bad. Nore, Baby, and Lil Wayne are three of the worst rappers ever, so having them all on the same track is not a good idea. Nore can never seem to find the beat, Baby just doesnt have any talent, and Lil Wayne (who has potential btw nh) is pretty meh.
15. The OTHER Grindin Remix (Selector Remix)
Just what this album needed, more filler!! Sean Paul is on this track, no im not joking. And guess what hes talking about! Well I dont really know cus I dont understand him but I heard something about gun powder and yayo.......again Im not joking. There is another Dance Hall artists on here that i dont know, and Im pretty sure I just heard him say something about licking a guys head (nh), I wish to god I was joking. Skip!!!
Comments: Well I got bored halfway through this shit, there were a couple of songs at the end that saved me from tossing this cd out the window and just winging the rest of the review. I hope the Clipse take these 3 years off to find something else to talk about, they are too talented to be this boring.
Best Tracks: Grindin, Cot Damn, Comedy Central, Gangsta Lean
Rating: 2.75 out of 5