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21. P Diddy & Bad Boy Records Present: We Invented the Remix
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Don't believe the hype: Bad Boy Records did not invent the remix,the company has just done a good job using it. But the past is the past. Don'tcome here if you're looking for Puffy's earlier groundbreaking work with thelikes ofJodeci and Super Cat. The"hits" here are of a more recent vintage, and if these remixes are anyindication, it seems Diddy has reached the bottom of his bag of tricks.Screeching bells,GhostfaceKillah, and the return of the MacK(Craig Mack)give G. Dep's "Special Delivery" (from last year'sChild of the Ghetto) thathyped Bad Boy flavor of yore, but it's all downhill from there. Lines like "Weused to drive the whole city wild" make listening to "I Need a Girl," Puffy'smaudlin ode to ex-squeezeJ. Lo, acringe-inducing experience, and the producer-rapper's painfully weak rhyme ruinsMary J. Blige's"No More Drama." Most disturbing is Puffy's crass opportunism:Biggie's "voicefrom the grave" duet withAshanti (on"Unfoolish") is downright creepy and ultimately unnecessary. --RebeccaLevine ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Tight Remixes
What's this? Is P. Diddy now trying to show J.Lo that his remixes are better than hers? Oh well, it don't matter cuz I definately think they are! First of all "We Invented The Remix" is a really good remix album from Bad Boy after that 25-tracked album "The Saga Continues" from 2001. This album features remixes of songs by Bad Boy artists, most of them coming from 2001. The album has a really bad first song "Special Delivery" I've got nothing against the song but they should've put this song in the middle and not as the song right after the introduction! The remixes which I think deserve credit are "Notorious" with Notorious B.I.G and Lil' Kim, it's such a party banger and if you own the album, this is a track not to miss. The remix of "That's Crazy" is also a really good one and deserves a listen from your ears. Mary J.'s "No More Drama" is another really good song, it brings out Hip-Hop and R&B together in a nice ballad-dance form. Personally to me "I Need A Girl" Part 2 is better than Part 1, in these two songs P. Diddy's still trynna get J.Lo's love back! Throughout this album, P. Diddy's still trynna show that he got big love for B.I.G, as Biggie is in three of the songs. The remix for "So Complete" is one remix that after Diddy's rap you can skip to the next track, Cheri Dennis sound's really boring on this track. The remix of "You Gets No Love" is a hot track, good outro song to the album, has a sample of "Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This" It's a really good track! Oh well, all I can say is that if you are a Bad Boy artist fan then you will definately not doubt this album, I think it deserves a great amount of credit considering all that Diddy's gone through. Oh well, that's all I'm gon' say, so if you like the works of P. Diddy, then cop this album! Peace out.....cop this aiight?!

4-0 out of 5 stars Diddy Does It Again(4 and 1/2) stars actually
I really liked this one...better than "The Saga Continues" Even though I accidently bought the 'clean' version of it...but this time I didn't make the same mistake! I can't stop listening to this one. Remix albums have been showing up in music (destiny's child, J Lo, Limp Bizkit and soon coming LInkin Park) This one blows them all outta tha water! Even though in every song Diddy repeats "This is the Remix" a billion times it's still tight...Here's what I think about each cut:
1. intro (0)- skip it
2. Special Delivery***(1/2)- 1st single of this album. I really like G Dep in this one and Keith Murray does it real good this time. Diddy sorta over does it this time but hey
3.I Need a girl pt 2****-Ginuwine meeets up to expectations replacing Usher. Loon still remains on the track 3rd single off this cd
4.Bad Boy 4 Life *****-Busta Rhymes adds a lot to this 1 and it sounds different but I like this 1 the chorus changes too
5.I need a girl pt 1*****-why would they put part 2 before part 1? Who cares its the 2nd single and it's tight Usher sounds nice on the track..I've out played this one
6.Interlude--who cares
7.Unfoolish****(1/2)-Ashanti's voice really stands out and biggies rhymes on this one get 2 u...same beat, diff. lyrics and a rap
8.Peaches & cream/Dance With Me****-I like this 'cept Dance with Me is Short...it's just Beanie Sigel rhyming over the rhythum and then Peaches & Cream with Ludacris is off tha hook!
9.No More Drama***-3 stars because I'm not much for Mary J but if you like her u will dig this remix featuring Diddy
10.So Complete**-I don't really like this song ...who is Cheri Dennis?
11.NOTORIOUS****-Lil kim is not the greatest but she sounds good on this and the background beat is off tha hook too biggie & diddy...remember tha dayz?
12.That's Crazy***(1/2)-This ones got star power (missy, Snoop, Black Rob, Diddy, G Dep) I never liked the orignal but I like this one...same beat, diff lyrics, better people ..You'll hear some of that "fo shizzle izzle sizzle my nizzle" from Snoop on this 1
13.Woke Up In The Morning**-Carl Thomas & Biggie...not bad not the greatest either
14.You Gets No Love***1/2-Better than the original Faith does a nice job and G dep adds a lil flavor
Overall I like this one...if you've been with Bad Boy since the days of Ma$e and No Way Out, Life After Death..etc...You'll LIKE THIS ONE...GO PICK IT UP TODAY

5-0 out of 5 stars We Invented The Remix
Its your boy diddy.And right now are remix album is on fire!But,
to tell you the truth I did invent the remix.It all started in 1991.The first remix I did was with Jodeci.We sold about 2.5 million records.I thought I was on to sometihing.In 1994 I formed Bad Boy Recods.We did "Flava In Ya Ear Remix" and "One More Chance".In 2002,Bad Boy Records had made an album called"We Invented The Remix".On the CD you will hear your favorte bad boy artist
perform .And to make it better we made the return of Craig Mack.
He appeard on the Special Delivery Remix.It kind of reminds me and you of Flava In Ear Remix.Well I would like to say thank you.
Peace

5-0 out of 5 stars The Remix
In 1994,The Bad Boy Family started as one of the greatest teams
ever lived.They started doing remixes with Jodeci,they thought that they were on to something.In 2002,they Invented The Remix,
using songs that they did over again,but with diffrent people.
Bad Boy's did a good job on the remixes.
Smash Hits
1.Special Delivery(Remix)
2.Bad Boy For Life(Remix)
3.I Need A Girl Pt.1
4.I Need A Girl Pt.2
5.Unfoolish
6.No More Drama(Remix)
7.Dance With Me(Remix)/Peaches&Creame(Remix)
8.You Get's No Love(Remix)
P.Diddy thank you for doing remixes.With out you,you would not have don it.I will see you 10 years.You know your cathpharse
"We Won't Stop,Can't Stop"

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice Stuff
The selection of songs is good, the fact that need a girl part 2 comes before part 1 is because part 2 is just a better song, still i do agree it is quite dumb..! What i feel is more dumb is the comment below of some girl called Katerina... omg.. laughing my head off at her comments, "Maybe if P.Diddy saw this".. "Could i have this number"... "Im 13".. "I just want a record deal", truley degrading intelligence in the US, oh well, when us Europeans dominate the world ull see... ... Read more


22. Young, Rich and Dangerous
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Four years after "Jump"-ing their way into a hugely successful kiddie rap ride, it was clear the two Chrises who make up Kriss Kross (17-year-old Chris Kelly and 16-year-old Chris Terry) were only as young, rich, and dangerous as their writer, producer, and mentor, Atlantan Jermaine Dupri, wanted them to be. Still calling all the shots--even penning most of his young proteges' raps about themselves--Dupri's third Kriss Kross album attempted to lay the groundwork for the teens' entry into a prosperous hip-hop adulthood.

Though Young, Rich & Dangerous offers a slim eight songs and only about a half-hour of music, Dupri makes good use of his time with a mellow keyboard-laced and bass-heavy groove so smooth it credibly recreates Dr. Dre and Snoop's original west coast G-funk with a (mostly) PG-13 attitude. A handful of the cuts, including the title track, "Live and Die For Hip Hop," and especially the hit party single "Tonite's tha Night," glide on the hooks and melodies created with help from Trey Lorenz's and Aaliyah's R&B vocals and guest-raps from pint-sized homegirl Da Brat. The boys of Kriss Kross do their part by delivering a postpubescent tag team flow that combines the swagger of youth with the surety of seasoned professionals. And with "Money, Power, and Fame" and "Hey Sexy"--two tracks the duo wrote, produced, and perform without Dupri's input--they even assert a small measure of independence. Not a moment too soon: For rappers now old enough to drive their own Mercedes, the time to speak for themselves has surely arrived.--Roni Sarig

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1-0 out of 5 stars What???
This is the 3rd album and it sucks. It is broke and what is a Jigga? outta here with that crap.

5-0 out of 5 stars Young, Rich and Dangerous
Young, Rich and Dangerous~ Kris Kross is a good second album that shows that the guys in Kriss Kross are definetely growing up and adding a very much needed edge to their rapping, music and their lyrics.

5-0 out of 5 stars just wait for their new joint
Kriss Kross, the homies that rocked their gear backwards, are back soon with a tight new record, aight???

check the trax my jiggaz...

1 sippin on sumfin (wif jah rule)
2 black 2 back (wif King T)
3 try dis ish (wif paperboy)
4 my enemy, my destiny (wif destiny's child)
5 lotsa drama fo yo mama (wif mary j)
6 i getz bizzy (wif barry manilow)

5-0 out of 5 stars This Ablum was off the hook.
I have been a fan of yours when yall first LP. I hope to hear more from you in the near future. Thanks for sharing your talent.

4-0 out of 5 stars A damn good album.
So what if this record only has 8 actual songs? Big whoop. It's still a good recording. The best track on this record is "Live and Die for Hip Hop," in which marijuana and a microphone are combined in a simile-like fashion (Roll me a mic and let me smoke until I'm high). Never before have I heard a xylophone used in rap, but Chris Kelly and Chris Terry pull it off in amazing fashion. Gotta love those braids! ... Read more


23. Greatest Hits
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3-0 out of 5 stars Hit&Miss
truth be told His best stuff was on the Carnival Album&that is where His Main Hits came from Post Fugees era."Gone to November" was tight Original&the Re-Mix with R.Kelly is tight.but after His First Solo Set He went down."Ghetto Religion" is a cool cut He did with R.Kelly.still a bit pre-mature for a Greatest Hits on Him though. ... Read more


24. The Best of Vanilla Ice
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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential album for Vanilla Ice fans!!!
Vanilla finally released a greatest hits album!!! Everyone who was in high school in 1990-91 should wown this album.

Vanilla gets no respect ...

The people who currently dis Vannila Ice should listen to this album. They might enjoy it. There are many good songs here - Ice Ice Baby (the first song by a rap artist to hit #1 on Billboard's charts), Play The Funky Music (top 5 on Billboard), Ninja Rap, Cool As Ice, and Satisfaction ( a great rap cover of the Rolling Stones classic).

I highly recommend this album!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Not Necessarily Complete, But Still a Satisfactory Overview
The idea of Vanilla Ice having a "best-of" collection may seem ridiculous to some people, since the rapper will most likely be immortally known only for his "Under Pressure"-sampling of "Ice Ice Baby." But despite his status as a one-hit wonder, Vanilla Ice actually had a few more charting hits- for the record, they were "Play That Funky Music"; "I Love You"; and "Cool as Ice (Everybody Get Loose)." And even though he really didn't have any good album tracks under his belt, he still had songs that became fan favorites.

THE BEST OF VANILLA ICE tries to take all of these factors into consideration when compiling this skimpy 10-track collection, but it falls short in a couple of places- first off, because of different record labels, there are no tracks from HARD TO SWALLOW and BIPOLAR, and even though these albums were not as good as TO THE EXTREME, they still had a couple of moments that were worth putting here. Also, "Play That Funky Music" is taken in its horrible live version from EXTREMELY LIVE, not its far superior hit version. But this collection still has the rest of the essential tracks, like "Ice Ice Baby"; "I Love You"; and "Cool as Ice," as well as cult favorites like "Ninja Rap" and "Satisfaction." So, even though THE BEST OF VANILLA ICE is ultimately incomplete, it may be enough for many of the curious people, especially since it clearly tells why Vanilla Ice experienced such a rapid rise and fall of stardom.

5-0 out of 5 stars They smartly chose the best 10 songs from Ice
Even though Vanilla Ice's stint with SBK records was short lived, this 10-song collection strongly covers that period. The sequence of the songs are good and the catchiness of his rap songs still hold up! I still like "Ice Ice Baby", but I was surprised to hear "Rollin' in My 5.0"( which I played the most from his live album) and the high-energy, heavy hitting "Get Wit It"! The '94 songs from "Mind Blowin'" are very well done. The non-album songs not on "To The Extreme" give this album some bounce! A lot of people still didn't think this album was necessary, but he has been a hot-selling artist during the past decade and is still talked about to this day. People still listen to "Ice Ice Baby" and other songs--that's why he has been so enduring. I don't see him as a one-hit wonder, never have!!!! He was like the Eminem of the first half of the '90s, did his own thing, never cared what the haters said, and his first few albums sold big. His willingness to be different from the rest of the rap pack has made him stand out more in the genre. And he's still doing it with his live concerts and his more rock direction. But this album demonstrates the first phase of his success.

4-0 out of 5 stars KEEP UNDERESTIMATING THE ICEMAN CAUSE THE RADIO TOLD YOU TO
THIS LITTLE GREATEST HITS COLLECTION CONTAINS SOME OF VANILLA ICE'S BEST SONGS FROM 1990-1994. TRUTH IS, THIS CD IS ONLY 10 SONGS DEEP. BUT, IT STILL HAS SOME GREAT SONGS. BESIDES ''ICE ICE BABY'', THIS CD ALSO HAS ''COOL AS ICE'', ''PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC'' [THE LIVE VERSION], ''ROLL EM UP'', AND MORE. BEST TRACK ON THE CD IS ''SATISFACTION'', WHICH SAMPLES OFF OF THE ROLLING STONES' CLASSIC ''[I CAN'T GET NO] SATISFACTION''. IF THEY ONLY HAD ''WRATH'' ON THIS CD. ANYWAY, THIS IS A GOOD VANILLA ICE CD TO BUY. PEOPLE MAY DISS THE ICEMAN TODAY, BUT I'LL NEVER STOP BEING DOWN WITH HIM.

1-0 out of 5 stars This is a greatest hits album?
I can't believe that somebody had the nerve to make Vanilla Ice a greatest hits album, let alone put Ninja Rap on it. Go to Kazaa, download Ice Ice Baby about 10 times, put it on one cd. Thats Vanilla Ice's greatest hits album ... Read more


25. A Salt With a Deadly Pepa
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4-0 out of 5 stars "Okay now here's the deal, Pep bust it..."
You HAVE to had grown up during the era of this album to TRULY appreciate it. I used to carry my radio around EVERYWHERE and play this TAPE, yes I said TAPE, ALL the time!! Salt n Pepa are true pioneers in the rap game that was, back then, dominated by men. With this being their sophomore album, it stil stands strong even today. Maybe it's just me being nostalgic and all, but I was feeling this album when it came out and if my tape hadn't worn out, I'd still be rockin' it today! So now I have to buy the CD...

5-0 out of 5 stars Other raters don't have a clue
I mean not counting the tracks that got air play, there are a number of good tracks that make this a worhty album. Tracks 4 & 10 display each ladies gift for mcing Spin does her thing on trackk 8. Then there's Tracks 9 and 12 come on people, actually listen to the music, don't just hear it. So that's six tracks. Now days you may find two on most peoples' albums. You throw any one of these songs on at a party and I guarantee more than half the crowd will " Get Up " (the other half will be bobbing their heads to the beat.)C'mon people get with it !

3-0 out of 5 stars Not Cool or Hot
Salt N' Pepa's second album leaves a lot to be desired. The so-called hits on here do not measure up to the one from the first album or their later efforts.

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice Follow-Up.....But Could Have Been Better
Salt N Pepa's sophomore album does not generate as much buzz as their sizzling debut. True, the tracks "Shake Your Thing" and "Get Up Everybody" made the Top 20, but the rest of the album is a flop, mainly because it lacks good lyrics and has poor producing status.

2-0 out of 5 stars OKAY/ALRIGHT
Salt-n-Pepa reaches their lowest points on this one. This sophmore effort has got be their weakest. On this one S-n-P abandon their more rough no-nonsense style that was presence on their debut, in favor of a more pop/rap commercial sound. The results are a couple of stand-out tracks, the title track, and "Get Up Everybody", and the rest is dissmissable filler. "Shake Your Thang", the album's hit is one of the weaker tracks. If you are collecting Salt-n-Pepa's work, save this one for last, maybe you'll appreciate it better.

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26. Let's Get It Started
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3-0 out of 5 stars Pop Rappin'
MC Hammer was a straight up pop rapper who appealed to the masses more than the harder edged acts like NWA, Erick B. & Rakim, Ice-T, etc. However, his music was appealing and energetic as proved by the two best cuts on here, "Let's Get It Started" and "They Put Me In The Mix."

5-0 out of 5 stars pump up your life with Hammer!
The only disagreement I have with the previous review is that Track 10 is out of this world, not Track 5. But, tracks 1 through 3 rule, too! A must have for anybody down with this style of music.

4-0 out of 5 stars Do Touch This!!!
Quite possibly the greatest album ever released. This is quality cd, which outshines anything in its genre. Tracks one through four are sublime, but track five is out of this world!!! I have only given it four stars as the remaining few tracks do not live up the immense standard set by Track one. Still, this is a MUST BUY!!!!! ... Read more


27. The Saga Continues
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Emerging quickly from the aftermath of Sean "P. Diddy" Combs'sNew York-club shooting trial is the optimistically titled The SagaContinues, a compilation masquerading as Combs's third solo album.Though he was found not guilty, the incident is clearly very fresh inthe Bad Boy CEO's mind. On the mic, he vents about the criminal justicesystem and player haters, and he also dedicates a thinly veiled verseto his ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez, on"I Need a Girl." The only thing that's changed about Combs since hislast outing is his name (from Puff Daddy to P. Diddy). On the mildlygritty "Bad Boy for Life," he raps "Don't worry if I write rhymes / Iwrite checks," and the wholesale musical swipes of the past are just alittle subtler now. The Neptunes-produced "Diddy" pilfers from Rakim, Boogie Down Productions, and Nice & Smooth, andeven recent Bad Boy product is fair game, as Black Rob's"Whoa!" is recycled on "That's Crazy." Most of the rest of theproduction and vocal contributions here come from a mix of loyalistsand newcomers, and predictably wallow in mediocrity. Aside from Faith Evans and Carl Thomas("Can't Believe"), on this album's evidence, the Bad Boy Family is nowpretty nondescript. The loss of key franchise players over the years todeath, departure, religiousconversion, and prison means Combsand his label will themselves need an equally drastic turnaround toscale their previous heights. --Del F. Cowie ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good
There was a time where all Sean Combs needed to do was sneeze on a record and it would go platinum. But that was '97, and this is now. P. Diddy (and Bad Boy Records) is in dire need to save their careers. Though Black Rob's Life Story went gold, things just hadn't been the same since Puff's laughable sophomore effort, Forever. And since The Lox left and Mase retired like whoa, it's time for Diddy to do what Rob tried to do: put the label on his back again.

This is The Saga Continues, and to be frank, this is an album you rarely have to fast-forward. Puff got together a bunch of new and old players for his new family and they all attack the mic like tigers. The first single "Bad Boy For Life" features Black Rob and Mark doing their thing as usual, while Puff drops, for once, a noteworthy line: "Who else but me?/And if you don't feel me that means you can't touch me." Can't argue with that. Next comes Rob-e-o again with a hilarious "Toe Game" interlude and then his rap, "That's Crazy" with Diddy and G. Dep, who cracks, "How's Dep ain't on 'That's Crazy'? (That's crazy)/I wouldn't miss this if you paid me."

Other dope moments on this album are "Blast Off" with Mark Curry, Dep and Loon (of Harlem World fame), "Where's Sean?"--the strongest posse cut on the album, the resurrection of 8ball and MJG on "Roll With Me", and G. Dep's off-kilter flow on "Child of the Ghetto". But P. Diddy's cut, the obligatory Neptunes track "Diddy", is enough to make you wanna get up and break dance. This highlight features Diddy's improvement in rapping: he's gone from wack to tolerable.

Unfortunately, as soon as the out-of-place R&B song by Cheri Dennis, "So Incomplete", starts, the rest of the album goes downhill. The only exception is "Lonely", where Curry and the Eminem equivalent, Kain, rap so hot that you'll be waiting forever for Puff to bless them with solo record deals. But the songs "I Need a Girl", "If You Want This Money", "Back For Good Now", and "The Last Song" sound like they were put on the album just to fill up the blank CD. Even the cut-short "Emotional" remix by Carl Thomas (now known as Faith Evans' "Can't Believe") shows up near the end of the album, and this R&B song, like "So Incomplete", has no business being on this album full of hard rhymin'.

Although P.'s new family isn't quite as nice as his old family on No Way Out, they and Diddy provide enough dope moments to make this album worth your while.

3-0 out of 5 stars diddy lives up to his words
there are alot of p diddy, aka puff daddy, haters out there and everyone knows it. some people just wont like puffy even if he came out with a great album. with the saga continues, diddy said he just wanted to make you dance, and he does with some good club ready cuts. don't expect him to bear his heart out and dont expect this to be a classic album like no way out. he wasn't going to give his life story with this album and he doesn't try. what it is is an introduction to his new bad boy family. with his stable of artist extremely thin, puffy has added alot of new mc's and singers aboard. some of the new rappers are very medicore and you cant tell the difference between them. kain is an eminem wannabe, mark curry and big azz ko just dont cut it, and the hoodfellaz seem like puffy's lame substitute to the lox (they even diss jadakiss on their only appearance). but theyre not all bad, puffy's singers stand out with newcomers cheri dennis and mario winans, and veterans faith evens and carl thomas. black rob, g-dep, and loon also stick out as puffy's best mc's right now. g-dep is a mc waiting to break out and has one of the best tracks on the album "child of the ghetto". as for puff, his spitting has improved, but he stills struggles noticalby on "back for good now" and "roll with me".
the best tracks on this cd is when puffy stands back and lets the others do the singing and rapping. the anthem "bad boy for life" is already a summer hit, as well as "let's get it", which includes a great verse by black rob. "so emotional" is probably the album's best song, carl thomas and faith evans dish out a classic love ballad. cheri dennis' "so complete" is good for what it is, and on "that's crazy" black rob shows again that he is right now, bad boy's best mc.
the album's bad spots are very awful though and are glaring. "diddy", puff's only solo cut, produced by the neptunes, is just plain horrible. it has the most annoying beat and the stupidest hook. "where's sean" and "lonely" are alos sub-par, and kain sticks out here, as hands-down, the album's worst preformer. "the saga continues" is certainly a good cd for what its worth, a hip-hop/dance cd. the pop stuff has been pushed aside a bit and now with the future releases from black rob, g-dep, and faith evans, bad boy seems to be leaning towards the street sound once again. this cd is not for the puffy haters out there, it is for anyone who wants to listen to a good, above-average hip-hop album with a new bad boy sound. the next bad boy release will probably make or break the label's and p diddy's image, because with this cd, it is still up in the air.

1-0 out of 5 stars No, No & NO!
This album has to be one of the worst recordings of a time. Puffy used to be rap, but ever since '98, he has been 100% pop. If you want to pick up some real east coast rap, then check out "Reasonable Doubt" by Jay-Z.

1-0 out of 5 stars Why???
When they named the genre "rap" they forgot to keep the "c" on.
Please....spare me with your money and your problems.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Saga Continues
The Saga Continues for the Bad Boy Family.This CD includes the
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28. Born To Reign
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Even though his last CD,Willennium, failed tosell as well as 1997's Big WillieStyle, Smith's G-rated ladies (and family) man persona is infectious,even when he's coasting a bit on his well-earned rep. Such is the case on thisexuberant but somewhat pedestrian CD. Smith gives it his all on cuts like thehip-shaking "Block Party" and the jittery "Gotta Go Home," but the slicklyproduced tales of good times and wicked women are way too familiar. Luckily,Smith stretches a bit with the heavy dose of R&B delivered by his vocal protégéTra-Knox and on the rock-injected single (and promo tool for the filmMen in Black II) "BlackSuits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)." The stinging guitars give Smith an excuse to strut,and the ensuing bravado gives him an edge he often lacks. --Amy Linden ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I'm Gonna Tell You The Truth...
Will Smith is not a bad rapper by any means, and don't let some hardcore rap fan persuade you to think that otherwise. Of course he's a comedian, and sometimes you can't take him seriously (along with the fact that he doesn't curse), but if you look past that, you'll like "Born To Reign". I think this album is better than "Willennium" because it plays more like an R&B album. It's more like "Tra-Knox featuring Will Smith", rather than the other way around, but that's ok. It's like Will is singing with the next Dru Hill (they're not shabby singers). I'm not gonna lie, I think Will Smith's G-Rated style is a breath of fresh air. I don't buy rap unless it's clean. The downsides- There are 4 songs on "B.T.R." that I find myself embarrassed to listen to though- "I Can't Stop", "1000 Kisses", "Willow Is A Player", and "Maybe" (all of them are good songs however). And I wish Will didn't recycle that famous bassline on "How The Beat Goes". The highlights- I thought the "Men In Black 2" soundtrack song "Nod Your Head" was very anthemic, and the remix ain't too bad either. You can memorize the words after the second listen. Reminiscent of P. Diddy's "Come With Me" from the "Godzilla" soundtrack. Putting that song aside, my top 5 are "Born To Reign" (very powerful, yet very short!), "Act Like You Know" (I like the way he puts emphasis on the rhyming words), "Block Party" (midtempo song with a smooth vibe), "Give Me Tonite" (Tra-Knox's rips it up on the bridge), and "Mama Knows" (positive message accompanied by a tight beat). What more can I do to convince the non-fans to get this except to say, "When has Will Smith ever fallen flat on his face? Close to never."

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
This album has mostly party songs, which is alright, but I like a mix of tracks. Will Smith writes good lyrics, as shown in the whole album, but in the track "Willow is a Player" at the end of every line he puts it in a singing voice, which sounds pretty wierd in my point of view. Some of the songs just don't make sense, but its alright. And in "I Can't Stop," that Latin beat just shouldn't go with rap.
Now it sounds like I hate this album, which I don't, I just think it could be better. Tra-Knox really helps out Will on this album, they sound good. Jada's a seriously good singer in "1000 Kisses." And I give mad props to "Block Party," it reminds me of "Summertime." Personally, I like Will Smith as the Fresh Prince and "Block Party" is like a Fresh Prince song. In "Black Suits Comin (Nod Ya Head)," it sounds like Jazzy Jeff scratching in the background of the chorus but I can't tell. I hope Will and Jazzy get together for more songs, they're seriously a dynamic rap duo.
"Born to Reign," the song, has got some seriously ill lyrics. And so does "Black Suits Comin (Nod Ya Head)" which, ironically enough, the song really makes you want to do. This album doesn't really show Will's humor, but it does show his talent.

Good Songs (in order):
1 - Block Party
2 - Black Suits Comin (Nod Ya Head)
3 - Born To Reign

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4-0 out of 5 stars Will still reigns...and its kidsafe too! GREAT CD
First let me say that ANY album with a full length photo of Will on the front gets my vote for aesthetics from the outset! Second, why do all these rap lovers insist that Will has lost his edge because he refuses to cuss and talk dirty and plan cop killings and gang wars? This album is fabulous ~ and PLEASE don't say I am not a "real" rap fan because I am. It's just so hard to find any "real" rap anymore that is clean enough for me to care about it! This disc covers that criteria and still delivers great rhymes, sexy monogamy rap (and that IS what's really sexy about this guy - whoever heard of a rap star that loves home and hearth and wife and kids?). Finally, this CD also delivers fun fun fun on cuts like, Nod Ya Head! Life is good for Will and what's wrong with that...he makes me happy just looking at him (I meeeean...JUST LOOK AT HIM...) and when I play his music, all the better. He's a neat guy, a family man, great looking, talented actor and even more talented rapper. Don't let the gangstas get to you Will...you keep it real and we'll keep buying it! Yeah, us "real" rap lovers love this CD!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Will Smith, stick with the Acting!!!!!!!!!!!!
Will Smith, they need to lock up the studio to keep you away, or just blow it up!!!

You used to be good back in the day, you and Hammer, but you two just gone garbage. Please, do us a favor and stop making music.

And how did Taina get on this CD?

Will, this has to be the worst CD ever, besides MC Hammer's Active Duty. I mean, no body likes your raps. I don't know whats up with these other guys.

Will Smith Coming Back!

Will Smith Needs to Stay Back!!! You know most people didn't even know this CD was coming out?

You're embarrassing the rap world. Your beats are fruity and your rhymes are garbage. I mean, "I Gotta Go Home"
"You got me baking, I'm about to make a mistaken", what kind of rhyme. You gotta invent new words Will???
"Came to get my groove on, not to get my groove back..."
What's up with these goofy Jamaican people at the end of the song???

That's the most stupidest thing I've ever heard!!!!
Will, Your lyrics suck!!!!

1000 Kisses: What is this?

"I woke up this morning, look at ya picture
and though when I was gonna get with ya!"

Will's already with Jada!!!! Think of something else, man!!!

How in the world is Tra - Knox, he is terrible, he ruins every song!!!

Will, stick with Acting!!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great CD.
This is one of the best cd's Will has ever made. If you like Will Smith and you don't have this album, get this one today! It's also clean and talented rap music. And a lot of the tracks are not really rap, they're real music! This album even has "Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)" from "Men In Black 2" on it. So get it today. You'll Love it! ... Read more


29. Willennium
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Will Smith is the future of hip-hop--in the sense that Willennium, his follow-up to 1997's multiplatinum Big Willie Style, is sure to dominate pop-rap airwaves and sales in the months after its release. Proud of his kid appeal but also self-mocking (he carries the title concept further with the single "Will2K," a party jam built on a sample of the Clash's "Rock the Casbah"), Smith celebrates the early-rap values of good-natured boasting and fun-fun-fun. This megastar's desire to remain part of the community is reflected in his savvy choice of guests, who number everyone from K-Ci to rappers new school (Lil' Kim, Eve) and old (Slick Rick, Biz Markie); once and future partner DJ Jazzy Jeff even gets his own four minutes of funk on the scratch-happy "Pump Me Up." Smith also attempts cinematic--natch--storytelling on "Afro Angel" and "The Rain," which are admirably solemn if far from the best things here. Smith may not be the hippest hip-hopper around, but as Chuck D once said of another, very different figure, "Don't tell me that you understand until you hear the man." --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Bless U Willie!
Of all the rappers out there (Eminem, Lil Kim, Jay-Z, you get the picture), I believe that Will Smith should be the most respected of all of them. He doesn't say degrating things about various races, people, and basically anyone else who annoys him, he doesn't use profanity, or anything else people wouldn't like to hear. He doesn't promote violence, hate, and drugs, but rather just having a good time without "crossing the line". If you won't let your kids listen to rap anymore because of what's out there now, you should have them listen to this CD. I'll bet you kids don't even listen to the words of any of these rap songs, they just hear all the censored bleeps and think it's cool. "Wililennium" doesn't have any of these, they'll just see a standard black guy and they'll think "He'll do". But if it gives you that peace of mind feeling that you know your kids are listening to something "clean" for once, go and buy this CD right now.

5-0 out of 5 stars The real deal...
After reading all the playa-hatin' reviews, all I gotta say is your all incredibly stupid. Sorry to be rude but you don't know what rap music is. To make it clear, Will Smith IS rap. He is one of the most successful rap artists of all-time. You can't deny the multiplatinum plaques and all the music awards he's won. He's got skill.
Now on with Willenium, Will takes it back to more of an old-skool style of rap. The LP opens up with "I'm Comin" in which he displays his rap skills with battle lyrics. You can't understand Will unless you listen to his lyrics. The album continues with "Will 2k" which is an awesome New Years party song and with "Freakin' It", he gives you a follow up to "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" but that song, despite it's overused sample, has great battle lyrics. "all you rappers yellin' bout who you put in a hearse, do me a favor, write one verse without a curse". The video for this song is excellent. Da Butta features Lil' Kim and has a bangin' beat and also has battle lyrics. "La Fiesta" is like a follow up to "Miami". He is tellin a story about hookin' up with girls. It's a nice song, just a little too latino. "Who Am I" is one of the best tracks on the album which he tells about himself and his ups and downs. "Afro Angel" is an alright song. Now "So Fresh" and "Pump Me Up" put the old-skool rap back in full effect. It's classic Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince. That's how it was back in the late 80s and what rap was BUILT ON. "Can You Feel Me?" is a cool song in which Will is telling another story bout gettin with a chick and that chick is Eve. haha. Eve and Will go back and forth on the track. Pretty cool. "Potnas" is like "Twinkle Twinkle (I'm Not A Star)" and Will explains the importance of friendship and Jazzy Jeff is all over that track. Will also freestyles in after interlude. Displaying his awesome skills. "No More" is him explaining about being rejected/dumped by women. I'm sure you guys and myself can relate to that somehow. "Uuhhhh" is another great battle rap song. Pretty hard beat too. "Wild Wild West" everyone has heard which is a great soundtrack song but doesn't belong on the album. The last track which is the best track is "The Rain". It's similar to 2pac's "Changes"...he explains his hardships in life and what he did to get through them. Deep song.

Overall, Willenium is a nice album with deep stuff. Not only can Will hit ya with party tracks, but he can rap about deep stuff and you can relate to it. Just gotta understand him.

1-0 out of 5 stars I'LL TELL YOU WHY!!
Will Smith still rhymes not for the love of hip-hop, not to put the next fillet mignon on his dinner table, not to buy baby diapers, not cause he is goin through it and really has something to say that we want to hear, but because it brings him more to add on to his millions annnd millions (ala The Rock) to his bank book.
I respect Will as an actor but as a rapper his days are far beyond. Yeah he doesn't curse, yeah his wife is one of the tightest females breathing oxygen, but even Jazzy Jeff knew this dude no longer personafied what hip-hop was all about. He spoke for the kids back in the days (Parents Just Don't Understand, Girls Ain't Nothin But Trouble) but all those kids are grown up, times have changed, the game has changed, the evolutionary ladder of Hip-Hop has left Will still on the bottom rung. An older sing called "Give the People What They Want" comes to mind and the majority of hip-hop heads (young urban youth ages 15-25) just don't want to hear this Mickey Mouse, sugar coated, the world is wonderful type of rap when they're livin what other hip-hop is speakin about everyday. Does that make it right, it's not a matter of right or wrong, but if we all lived in a world which was peaceful and happy-go-lucky like Never Never Land than Big Will would have place in my CD case, until that day comes the space researved for him remains empty.

5-0 out of 5 stars 15 STARS!!!!!!
Look herre. If yall don't understand this cd you shouldn' be listening to ANYTHING. Yeah, it's funny, but what you don't know is that Big Will has tricked you into buying this foolish album, hardeeharhar! You know who's really interesting though? PIRATES! Blackbeard was a good one...... good times, and happy days. Cap'n Swashbuckler is also cool, too bad he DIED. Do you know how? His brain was challenging Blackbeard's brain. Which brings us to the battle of Palm Tree Island, where Swashbuckler's brain was skewered like a delicious shishkabob on a piping hot grill. So, Swashbuckler perished infamy. THE END. P.S. His favorite letter was "R," matey! Ye skallywags can walk the plank now. M'kay?

3-0 out of 5 stars Crissy's Review
I liked this CD, but honestly, I have heard better from him. If you are a big Will fan, you will love it. I could only find a few songs I liked. ... Read more


30. Stone Cold Rhymin'
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1989 release from pop/rap crossover artist, the album issupported by the Dust Brothers. It comes off as one of thecatchiest, friendliest pop-rap records and it's still aninfectious party record. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A rapper that actually had TALENT
It's amazing to think anyone would not recognize Marvin Young (Young MC) as the pre-eminent technical rapper of his day. His rhymes flowed easier, but with more technical skill than any other rapper. And he created these masterworks of lyrical ability within the context of songs that DIDN'T fall prey to the "gangsta" mentality or the misogynistic tendencies of most rappers.

Make no mistake, there is a reason this CD is still in print, 10+ years after the fact. You'll be humming these songs for weeks. It's just a shame that "Brainstorm", his 2nd album, isn't still in print, as it is also a standout effort from that time period. Intelligence, ability, and integrity make this one a Hall-of-Fame rap album.

4-0 out of 5 stars Young MC, enough said
To anyone out there who doesn't respect Young MC as an artist should throw away any rap/hip-hop/r&b cd they own. Because if it wasn't for pioneers like Marvin Young your cds would not exist in the same form. You may not like his music or whatever but please give him props and realize what he has done for the game(along with many others). Also do not try to put this cd in the same discussion as Vanilla Ice or Hammer or any other 5-Min fames. I will admit Bust a Move is just a party booty shaker. but Young MC is on a different level then that wack pack. It defines the parameters of classic hip hop. Stone Cold Rhymin was about music, beats & rhymes, not clothing lines and mindless gun toting jargon of today. Most rap videos and cds today are a basically commercials for other (...) like Cris, big rims, and other corporate money makers. (But I think most of us real listeners have been well aware of the downfall of hip hop for years, unfortunately.) I have listened to this album first in cassette form when i was 9, & still today in mp3 form at 22. Enough with my rant, most of the tracks are ill except one, the song "just say no" sounds like Ron Reagen payed him to make it, just ignore that track. The cut "Non Stop" is one of the dopest of all time,period. A sick beat goes with classic lyrics that have been cliched every day since the biters heard it first from Young. Don't play this at your next house party, skip those tracks and actually listen to the deeper cuts and you will be surprised. Whats the kicker is that this album has been around for at least 14 years, with little or no recognition except "bust a move" on a few tv party cds. Bottom-line, if your in to 50 Cent, Cash Money sisters, (...) Z, Lil John, etc you probably live in the suburbs and just wouldn't understand real music like Stone Cold Rhymin and probably don't deserve to. Buy this album and listen to these hidden classics.

5-0 out of 5 stars Def
If I remember correctly, Young MC was an economics major at USC. He uses some economic and political phrases in his raps, which are a bit banal by today's crass standards. The way he brags so clean almost makes it seem like he's running for President. The beats are light (lyte?) and smooth, and Young MC is quick and likeable. Also, I think Young MC wrote some of Tone Loc's songs. This cd is a lighter, quicker version of that laid back Southern California thang... When rap had to be more pop to hit the charts... and white boys in Pasadena were just starting to crank rap from their cars.... Overall, clean rap with an excellent flow and clever lyrics. And IMHO, Young MC is much, much better than anything Will Smith did back in the day. Young MC is on par with others of the day: Tone Loc, Big Daddy Kane, and not quite up to Kool Moe Dee and early LL Cool J. (minor sidenote: "My Name is Young" has faster beats on the CD version than my worn out tape... the tape version seems better).

4-0 out of 5 stars A long forgotten classic
Just purchased this CD not too long ago and haven't stopped listening to it yet. A terrific blend of raps of varying speeds and techniques. Young MC was most well-known for "bust a move," but the rest of this album shines as well, including track 7, "know how," and scores of others equally. 13-14 years after it's release, Stone Cold Rhymin' should be a part of any collector's ensemble of great rap CDs.

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the best rap albums of the 80s
In a time when rap was just beginning to crossover into the mainstream, Young MC came along and assisted in bridging that gap with Stone Cold Rhymin'. "Bust a Move" is the obvious choice for the best song here, but Young shows a lot of ability in his delivery and lyrical talent throughout the album. "Know How" and "I Come Off" show the extent of this ability. Young displays his humor on "Principal's Office" and the lighthearted "Roll With the Punches." The only reason for the 4 star rating comes at the end, with the decent yet surprisingly mediocre "Stone Cold Buggin" and "Just Say No." Yet, in the long run, all of the other tracks stand the test of time, whicxh makes this a truly great album. ... Read more


31. Forever
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When MC Lyte rapped "Beat biter / Dope style taker / Tell you to your face you ain't nothing but a faker," she wasn't referring to Puff Daddy, but those words may have echoed in the brains of many non-NY producers--especially those from New Orleans and the Bay Area--upon hearing the bad boy don's second solo effort, Forever. For much of the latter part of the '90s, many New York rappers have included a couple of token G-funk or bounce-influenced tracks on their albums, but on Forever, Puff takes it to extremes, with almost half the album falling into that category. One would think that Puff's lazy, unskilled drawl would fit perfectly with the foreign sonics, but instead, his mumbling is more blatant, twitching erratically like the proverbial fish out of water, especially on cuts like "What You Want" and "Satisfy You" (where he loops the Luniz' classic "I Got 5 On It").Where he sticks to the usual plan, he pulls it off steadily, and on "Journey Through the Life," a powerful posse cut with Nas, Beanie Sigel, and Lil' Kim, he's created a NY thug cut par excellence. Just goes to show you can't teach an old producer new beats--even if he pays royally for them. --Jon Caramanica ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars No PD 2000 that i'd like to hear
Puff Daddy's back, trying really hard to outdo his previous monster success. However, he doesn't really deliver the goods. The production value of the album is somewhat weak. He tries to steer away from the use of famous samples, and get a little more original. Strange enough, it seems he lacks the skills to create a less commercial sound, which remains interesting for his huge fanbase.

The entire "who's who" of Hip Hop features on the album, like R. Kelly, Busta Rhymes, NAS and many more, but not even these great artists can really tip the balance in Puffy's favour.

Puff's strength lies in creating smooth "sing-a-long" hip hop, thus covering his weakness as an MC with tastes of old favourites and he's really great in that. Now that he's trying to make "more respectable Hip Hop" he looses this strength, which opens up pandora's box when it comes to his lack of skills. He tries to sound tough, but he lacks aggression and stamina in his voice and production, something you can hear in folks like DMX or NAS when they do their thing.

To top it all off, the fact that he only raps about how unbelievably wealthy he is, kinda gets boring after so many tracks. His booklet is full of photo's of Puff, doing his personal impersonation of a male supermodel, trying to out-glorify himself. Mr. Combs would be better off if he would make a clear choice for underground rap, throw out all the remains of his commercial days and start anew in creating his sound for the future. He has proven in the past that he's a great producer, but this is definately not P.D. 2000, that I would like to hear.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's off da hood!
This cd is too underated and P Diddy may be rated better.
His rap is not the best BUT NOT CRAP...
G-UNIT & 50 & D12 sucks, it's true and Puff Daddy DON'T SUCKS!
F*ck all haterz!

1-0 out of 5 stars CRAP MUSIC!!!
Diddy and his music suck! this cd has no good beats or good rhymes or anything! its a bunch of b.s.!!!!! i hate how he makes it seem like he's keeping biggies legacy alive through his music when biggies was 50x better than his!!!!! PURE S***!!!! F*** THIS LOSER!!!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Is There really a reason for this
Was there really a good reason for Diddy to bring this garbage out?..........No There wasnt, he just did it because hes Diddy and he can do that. I have heard some bad album but DAMN, I never thought i would be sick to my stomach listening to this. Its horrible, the single Public Enemy 1 is horrendous, and Hurricane G is annoying as hell. The other single satisfy you was annoying also, its no wonder J.Lo left him. Diddy seriously needs to thing before he brings out another solo album cause this is garbage.

5-0 out of 5 stars As Good As "NO WAY OUT"
ALthough some say that this was Puff's worse album ever, they are wrong. It still contains that same feel as "No Way Out." If you enjoyed the '97 album you'll enjoy this one. It features the hits "PE 2000" (Public Enemy 2000), and slows it down with "Satisfy You" with R. Kelly singing the hook and has Carl Thomas on the song "Best Friend." This album is definitly worth the five stars given, buy it, you will enjoy! BAD BOY 4 LIFE! ... Read more


32. The Funky Headhunter
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4-0 out of 5 stars Hammer's best album.
When The Funky Headhunter was released, critics were VERY quick to make fun of Hammer's then harder look. They even claimed that he was trying to turn into a gangsta rapper, saying that his music was gangsta. It simply wasn't. The Funky Headhunter is Hammer's best work.

Yes, he went over the top with the "Pumps And A Bump" video. And even though the album artwork shows him in "street" clothes, the music doesn't reflect that image. The Funky Headhunter provides clean, radio-friendly, dancable hip-hop music. Who cares about what he looks like, anyway? He actually looks somewhat cool, compared to his other albums.

Hammer recruited Teddy Riley and Tha Dogg Pound for a couple tracks, which modernized Hammer's sound. This is exactly why The Funky Headhunter is his strongest album. Hammer's previous albums will always be classics, but they obviously sound VERY late 80s/early 90s. The Funky Headhunter features modern production and beats, and to this day still sounds somewhat up to date. His rapping, lyrics, and hooks are just as good as any other Hammer album, with even better production.

Standout tracks include radio hits "It's All Good", "Don't Stop", and "Pumps And A Bump". Other standouts are "Oaktown" and the very cool "Sleepin' On A Master Plan", which was produced by Tha Dogg Pound.

5-0 out of 5 stars The King of Bay Area Rap Holds It Down For the West!!
This albums strictly bangin from top to bottom, hater's can't front. I am appalled that people never acknowledge him as a Hip Hop pioneer for Bay Area rap, they always think of E-40 and Too Short, when MC Hammer sold more records (25 Million) and did more (Hammerman, KFC Ads) than both of those two combined. The Funky Headhunter includes the classic Oakland anthems "Pumps And A Bump", "It's All Good", and "Don't Stop." Production & lyricism on this double platinum album is seamless 80% of time on the disc (exceptions being "Help Lord", "Sleeping On A Master Plan" and "Clap Your Hands"). If you're a true O.G., this album is essential to your collection, along with Too Legit To Quit, Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em, and Let's Get It Started.

BUMP LIST:
Oaktown
It's All Good
Something For The O.G.s
Don't Stop
Pumps And A Bump
One Mo Time
Something About The Goldie In Me
It's All That
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4-0 out of 5 stars The floppy headhunter
THE FUNKY HEADHUNTER,the fourth album for this artist now simply called Hammer,sold far less than its two predecessors,PLEASE HAMMER DON'T HURT 'EM and TOO LEGIT TO QUIT. It also failed to spawn a handful of hits like its two predecessors did. Hammer had been dropped from the Capitol label after TOO LEGIT TO QUIT. This album, on a minor label called Giant,did spawn the hit IT'S ALL GOOD. OAKTOWN tells about the town where Stanley Kirk Burrell,aka Hammer,was raised. CAN'T FIGHT THE FEELING contains music from the late Marvin Gaye's LET'S GET IT ON. Hammer even changed his physical image. He now sports a goatee,a baseball cap backwards and baggy cargo pants,as seen in the cover photo. Hammer's career was at this time,1994,gradually faltering. So badly in fact,that he would eventually file for bankruptcy. His music was not selling much as did four years earlier when PLEASE HAMMER DON'T HURT 'EM was released.

4-0 out of 5 stars YES, I'M STILL DOWN WIT MC HAMMER!
OUT OF ALL OF HAMMER'S ALBUMS, THIS ONE IS THE BEST. THIS ALBUM FLOPPED DUE TO THE FACT THAT HAMMER HAD TRYED TO GO GANGSTA. ACTUALLY, HAMMER SEEMS TO HAVE A LOT MORE LYRICS ON THIS ALBUM, HE USES BETTER BEATS, AND HE EVEN SOUNDS BETTER ON THIS ALBUM. SURE, HAMMER WAS SERIOUSLY GOING UNDER AT THE TIME THIS ALBUM HIT THE STORES, BUT IT WAS A GREAT ALBUM. THE BEST SONGS ARE ''HELP LORD [WON'T YOU COME]?'', ''IT'S ALL GOOD'', ''ONE MORE TIME'', ''SLEEPIN ON A MASTER PLAN'', ''BREAK EM OFF SOMETHIN PROPER'', AND ''SOMETHIN BOUT THE GOLDIE IN ME''. EVEN THOUGH HAMMER WAS TRYIN TO BE GANGSTA ON THIS ALBUM, HE STILL MANAGED TO KEEP HIS LYRICS CLEAN. THIS CD IS A KICK-A** CD. IT HAS SOME SUPRISINGLY GOOD FLOWS AND IT HAS SOME GOOD SONGS THAT'RE GREAT FOR PARTYING. IF YOU LISTEN TO THE LYRICS, YOU WILL NOTICE THAT HAMMER DISSED MC SERCH FROM 3RD BASS, A TRIBE CALLED QUEST, RUN DMC, REDMAN, KRISS KROSS, AND RODNEY O. THA DOGG POUND LAY DOWN A FEW LINES ON ''SLEEPIN ON A MASTER PLAN''.

4-0 out of 5 stars Overall, the best Hammer album
With his previous albums, Hammer relied on huge hits to sell his albums. This time around, he he didn't score any huge hits, but the result isn't that bad. Hammer's technique has definitely improved, and the beats are funkier. "Pumps and a Bump" is the obvious winner here, even though it's way too long. A lot of good tracks, though, with "Don't Stop" and "It's All Good." The album falls off a little bit in the second half, but overall, it's a pretty good effort. It's a shame it didn't sell well, probably because America was so enthralled with the stuff Dre and Snoop were throwing out (although those were their best days). If you're a fan of Hammer or even semi-hard rap, it's definitely worth a shot. ... Read more


33. No Way Out [Clean]
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Originally, producer/bad boy CEO Sean "Puffy" Combs intended for the debut album from his Puff Daddy persona to feature nothing but non-stop party jams. Unfortunately, the murder of The Notorious B.I.G. (credited here as Executive Producer) threw an ugly spin on the album, resulting in a mixed bag of fun fluff and gangsta posturing. Puffy's delivery is thin and nasal, and his raps uninspired, but help from pals like Lil' Kim, Busta Rhymes, and protégé Mase partially make up for his deficiencies. With his unrivalled knack from nicking hooks--he pilfers from Sting ("I'll Be Missing You"), Grandmaster Flash ("Can't Nobody Hold Me Down") or classical composer Samuel Barber ("No Way Out (Intro)") with equal aplomb--Puff Daddy epitomized homogenized hip-hop. --Kurt B. Reighley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars awsome
this is one great cd. Now I know he rips every song from some 80's songs. But who gives. I am a hardcore rap fan, I can say that Puffy does A great job on this disk. No when can deny that the songs "Victory" and Whatcha Gonna do" arent awsome songs. Stop Hating him cause he's awsome. Keep Bangin Puff and As long as u keep making records I will be first to buy your disk

3-0 out of 5 stars It's alright, explicit version sounds better
I know I sound like a bad lil' girl, but it's true. You know what? The clean version doesn't even sound right. All the good songs were taken off due to excessive profanity. So you're really skipping the good songs when you're listening this. A lot changes were made to this album. Track #1-The No Way Out intro sounds the same. Track #2-"Victory" the best song by Puff Daddy, and it's not cuz of Biggie & Busta Rhymes appearance. It just has a tight eerie beat. Track #3-"Been Around The World" was a popular song, both the original version and the remix have a catchy hook. The Madd Rapper skit was taken off. Track #4 (#5 Explicit Version)-"Don't Stop What You're Doing" f/ Lil' Kim is a "party" song. Lil' Kim hooked the song up. Track #5 (6)-"If I Should Die Tonight" is a just a storm interlude with Puffy talking about his grief. Track #6 (#7)-"Do You Know" has background vocals from Kelly Price. Track #7 (#9)-"I Love You Baby", Puffy's love song, features the best rapper on Bad Boy, Black Rob. Track #8 (#10)-The head-banging song of the album is "It's All About The Benjamins", yet another popular single from the album. Track-#9 (#11)-"Pain" is a depressing song, it has you thinking about Biggie. Track-#10 (#13)-"I Got The Power" has The L.O.X. doing their thing. The hook shows the "criminal" side of Puffy. Track #11 (#15)-All I gotta say about this hook of this song is "EN ESPAÑOL". Track #12 (#16)-"I'll Be Missing You" is the tribute to Biggie AKA Notorious B.I.G. featuring Faith Evans & 112. The skit from the beginning of of the track was taken off. Track #13 (#17)-"Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" f/Ma$e, Puffy just had to remake my favorite Ol' School joint called "The Message". The songs that were taken off for clean version were "What You Gonna Do", "Young G's", "Is This The End?", & "Friend".

2-0 out of 5 stars No Way Out
Sometimes I'm compelled to pop in my edited version of Puff Daddy's NO WAY OUT and find that it get either better or worse with each listen. I was very excited to recieve it when someone ordered it for me a few years ago, but even then I was dissappointed with it. I found that that Busta Rhymes verse in VICTORY had been removed. I now realize that this song is so much better with Busta and am now stuck with a useless version of NO WAY OUT considering VICTORY is one of the better songs. Almost every song is sampled. This album was a success when it was out and I wonder if it would have been a success without the samples. If not, you can't hate a person for trying. But it's all sampled and just as dissapointing as you might expect something from Puff Daddy to be. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BENJIMANS is a classic and is the only song that keeps me from giving this sloppy compact disc one star. It would be wrong because this is the song that started all of those materialistic songs about money, "ice", and cars, etc... Otherwise, the beats are stinky. I LOVE YOU BABY is not such a bad song but and neither id DO YOU KNOW. PAIN is kind of depressing. The songs after track nine are boring.

P.S.- There's a track missing on the clean version.

4-0 out of 5 stars a rock fan
I thought no way out was pretty good. I know puffy could have done better by making some beats of his own and writing some of his OWN lyrics. but all in all it was good my favorite though had to be "It's all about the benjamins." I recommend that you buy this CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Da wanna be gangster
Puff Daddy will always be loved by young women and boys because of his sleek, cool look. But when it comes down to rapping he needs a little help. His Cd is full, song after song of hits that everybody can dance to. But what would of happened to him if he wasnt in with B.I.G. Stop making tributes, hes dead! Sorry but there are other ways to make songs. ... Read more


34. Hard to Swallow
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5-0 out of 5 stars PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC WHITE BOY!
Call it reminiscent, call it nostalgic, for the days before puberty, when I donned baggy pants a quiff and a VIP (Vanilla Ice Posse) crew necklace. For whatever reason it was that encouraged me to purchase this album, I'll just call it luck, it's great.

If your expecting tunes in the same vein as Ice Ice Baby and Play that Funky Music then 'Hard to Swollow' is going to deliver a huge shock. Imagine Rage Against the Machine meet Cyprus Hill and you'd probably get a resonance similar to the Ice man's latest offering. Although the sound of the music is completely different, the delivery of the lyrics still has the good ol' traits of the Vanilla that we used to love (or hate!). There is even a heavy version of Ice Ice Baby, which sounds great. The lyrics on this are basically a biography of Ice's career, a catalogue of grievances that are brilliantly expressed through his new sound.

Don't let Ice's previous stuff put you off buying this album, this is faster, angrier and a whole lot louder. His music has matured; in his own words he "sold out" to the record companies before, but now he's doing what he wants and it sounds damn good! Yup yup, word to yer mum!

p.s. Hey Ice, how about another tour of the UK?

4-0 out of 5 stars Well Done
This ablum suprised me. I bought it after seeing the VH1 behined the music, The first song got me, forget the past this is a great ablum. We all know he will never have the fame he once had. But beyond all that this album is worth getting

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Incredible
If it weren't for the fact that people are reluctant to give a CD that says Vanilla Ice on it a chance, this album would be comparably great in the eyes of many to that of Korn's self-titled or Limp Bizkit's "Three Dollar Bill Yall$". The Rob that the public knows of as Vanilla Ice is just not who he is, it's an image put together by the music industry. This is who Vanilla Ice is, no gimmicks, Rob Van Winkle flat out. It's undeniable what talent the man has. The lyrics on here are painful but powerful and a no-holds barred reflection on his own history. Vanilla Ice, more than anyone, is ashamed of his past image and he releases his aggression about this on track's like "Fxck Me", where he screams out, "Fxck Vanilla Ice...Ice Ice Baby...Ice Ice Beeyatch!" I respect Rob more than anyone for being able to let the door open to everyone on his past and to put it behind him by making music he truly puts his heart into. Vanilla Ice may not be the best rapper, but as an all-around artist he has something many don't have. His band on here as well is solid. Kudos to Ross Robinson who did a fabulous job producing this album. Stand out tracks include "Living", "Scars", "A.D.D." and possibly most notibly,"Too Cold", a remake of his biggest hit "Ice Ice Baby". From start to finish this album is perfection. It may not be the prettiest music, but it is a prime example of release of anguish. Give it a chance if you haven't already, I can't stress it any more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Vanilla is PISSED
I bought this album back in 1998 and it was in my car CD changer for like 2 years. I couldn't stop listening to it. I just popped it in my computer to give a listen after gathering dust for a few years. I came around looking to see if he released any more albums. Apparently he released a new one under the name V-Ice back in 2001, which I plan on buying ASAP.

Anyway, for those of you who are hesitant to buy a Vanilla Ice CD check out this little factoid. The producer of the album is Ross Robinson, the same producer for Korn, Deftones, and others. Now would a hitter like that waste his time on any artist without raw talent, and pure emotion?

This album is REALLY good. DJ Swamp does some of the illest scrathin' I have ever heard on a few tracks. I used to love to blast this CD on my Nakamichi sound system for people, get them to admit they though it was awesome and/or beg me to tell them who it is, then tell them it was Vanilla Ice, then watch the expression on their face. Priceless.

5-0 out of 5 stars There is a God...his name is Vanilla Ice
I have to admit, I was more then skeptical at first...but when I started to listen...pure genius! Better then anything Elvis, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, Zamphire and his pan flute...even better then John Tesh! This is a MUST HAVE for any music collection ... Read more


35. Blitz of Salt-N-Pepa Hits
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4-0 out of 5 stars Missing the "grit" of the originals, but still interesting
While this collection of remixes by various mix masters is energetic, it does seem to lack the power that made Salt-n-Pepa one of the most distinctly original trios to grace popular music. In a field dominated by male rappers, the group had a string of successful chart toppers in the early late 80's and early 90's. Their "greatest" are here in significantly altered and revamped forms and worthy of a trip down memory lane. ... Read more


36. Mind Blowin'
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5-0 out of 5 stars Mind Blowin' Is Right!
I must say that I was impressed to the extreme! I've always thought that Vanilla Ice was a decent rapper, but this album put him over the top. I highly reccommend this album to anyone who likes clever rhymes over party beats. Hit 'em Hard is a classic. I liked Marky Mark, but that song is great. If you liked Vanilla's flow on To the Extreme or the Cool As Ice soundtrack, buy this album now!

5-0 out of 5 stars An underrated rap classic!
Vanilla Ice released "Mind Blowin'" in 1994 as an attempt to get himself back into the good graces of the public that turned vehemently on him in 1991. By this time, most of the public had turned the backs on the rapper and the record label (SBK Records) had gone bankrupt. These are the main reasons why the album failed to catch people's attention. It didn't sell well and dropped out of sight easily. In fact, most people today are probably not aware of this album's existence. Such a shame! To anyone who cares to listen, you don't know what you're missing. It's great news that it's now been re-released, so music fans out there can give it another viewing. To put it bluntly, This album is terrific. For one thing, it has much more energy and fast-paced beats to the Vanilla Ice album we all know, "To The Extreme". The rapper proved himself here by demonstrating just how lyrically talented he is. This is pure hip-hop, at its finest. All of the tracks are perfect. Ice tells a dark side of notoriety with "Fame". He gets back at his critics nicely with "Hit 'em hard". He gets downright funky with "Phunky Rhymes" and unleashes an awesome party jam with "Iceman Party". Get this album and you will see that not a single penny of your money was wasted. Vanilla Ice got a raw deal from the media and most people wrongfully assume that he was a one-hit wonder. The Iceman can flow and I think most would agree (after listening to this album) that this is perhaps his BEST album. Anyone who thinks he is weak on the mic should give this album a glance. I guarantee you will find yourselves pleasantly surprised. This hidden gem is something enjoyable to listen to, from beginning to end. Take advantage of the fact that this rare album is now available again; I think most of you will find yourselves pleasantly surprised.

5-0 out of 5 stars Da Kronic blows my mind & so does Vanilla Ice
I wish i was a fan of Vanilla when dis cd 1st came out cause it is pretty fat an da songs r real hard to get nowadays.There r heaps of dope tracks on this cd but some of my fav's r "hit em hard","Roll em up" & "The Wrath.If u like dis cd also check out To the Extreme which is also fat. "U fill it, u want it, nw roll, it roll it, lick it, lick it, den hit it" frm da words of da master.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Iceman Cometh for you!
Chump I still wear my VIP (Vanilla Ice Posse) necklace with pride and I blast this album wherever I go. People ask me what it is and when I say Vanilla Ice, they don't believe me until I show the CD cover that I keep handy. If you like hardcore jams that mix a Korn with a Coal Chamber sound, sink your teeth into this. This is EXTREME.

5-0 out of 5 stars Vanilla Conquers Palm Bay, Florida
Mind Blowin' is a triumph. In the funky "Roll 'em Up", which does not endorse marijuana use, Vanilla sheds light on the inbred, backwards nature of Palm Bay, Florida. From the opening riff of "Fame", Vanilla Ice exposes Dun O'Connell as a homophobic cross-dresser who can not comprehend sarcasm. Indeed, such a politically-charged stance is new territory for Vanilla, but one that he has found to be quite comfortable. Indeed, Vanilla stands up for the predominately Jewish people of Brandon, Florida. ... Read more


37. Double Up
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Average Customer Review: 3.46 out of 5 stars
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These are the things you need to know about Double Up, Mase's sophomore effort. "Stay Out of My Way" samples Madonna and Public Enemy; "Get Ready" rides a interpolation of Shalamar's "Night to Remember" (curiously nothing is heard from the Temptations' classic "Get Ready"); "Make Me Cry" samples Fleetwood Mac and Natalie Cole. And so on. Yeah baby, Puff Daddy taught his protégé well. Like his mentor, Mase is not a preposessing rapper, and his monotone can become rather wearying since he rarely changes cadences. His rhymes are pedestrian at best--he rhymes "Lewinsky" with "convince me," but he's not talking politics.Still, this is a good party or hip-hop dance-class album; the production is razor sharp and the samples are well chosen. Unlike most hip-hop that demands to be foreground, Mase makes music that is perfectly content to be pleasant, lightly funky background music.--Martin Johnson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars it looks like a blockbuster im gettin'it definitely
this album looks scorchin hot.yo. i'm gettin this album.i like his album harlem world.and i know i'll like this album more then harlem world.i mean i gotta give him props on harlem world.he went three times platinum.the singles feel so good and lookin'at me went gold. i hope this album goes better then his great acomplishment harlem world .i mean damn i haven't even heard the album and im givin'it pros all ready.mase if you see this don't retire your future on music is hot right know ...you have all out,so so def,and bad boy records supporting you a lot of record labels are supporting you...don't retire plus your video with blackstreet the song "get ready" is tight....keep up the good work .......ya heard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars 5 star
well okay so it might be a little late on to review this cd, but with his return and his new album "Welcome Back" ready to drop this august i think is appropriate.

For those of you who own or have harlem world and not this one, all i can suggest is keep your minds and your hearts open for this, because this at times is far from being all ghetto fabulous (like harlem world is).

Mase had taken a much more mature and aggresive approach in this album tracks such as "f#uck me, f#ck you", "blood is thicker" "from scratch" and "same n1ggers" where he hits back at reports suggesting he patronized a prostitute "what i need a hooker for, im getting head from brandy".

mase has not lost his laid back (often referred to as "lazy") flow, there are some great party tracks such "get ready", "if you want to party" "do it again" and "no matter what" that samples gary numan's cars.

many people were very quick to attack mase for this and try and find faults, but the reason this album didn't sell well is because it wasn't marketed well, there were no promotional tools used in promoting this album only spoken word engagements.

despite what people will have you believe everyone should respect bad boy for all their achievements, and this is one of those albums that deserves respect.

this is an essential album for all mase/bad boy fans.

welcome back mase, i look forward to august.

2-0 out of 5 stars Quite A Dissapointment
After such a great cd in Harlem World which featured some of the best crossover material that you will ever hear M-A dollar sign-E has delivered one of the worst cd's for such a talented rapper as most of the people who are reading this know that ma$e is making a comeback and is featured on one of Nelly's new double cd's that are coming out in august 04 and Ma$e has a new song called "Welcome Back" with the same sample as the onyx hit "Slam Harder" look towards thoose tracks for future mase material or go back and listen to the crossover smash Harlem World and skip this compact disc for mostly terrible production. I hope that Mase comes back with some serious fire and i wonder if he will be a gospel rapper?

Guests:Blackstreet,P.Diddy and Harlem World
Favorite Track: Make Me Cry

5.5 of 10 lyrics 3.5 of 10 beats

5-0 out of 5 stars Mase Is Back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
All the hardcore mase fans out their look for Mase's next album cong soon, U can download his new single "Welcome Back" Now. I'll keep u up on info on his next album

4-0 out of 5 stars Better
I thought Double Up was actually better than Harlem World. The beats were more interesting and overall it was a good album. Unfortunately it was not marketed as well as it could have been. The outstanding songs in my opinion are: Stay out of my Way, Get ready, same niggaz, All I ever wanted, and From Scratch. ... Read more


38. Miami
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The fourth single from his debut solo smash. Pt.1 containsthree mixes of 'Welcome To Miami' (Radio Edit, Miami Mix &Jason Nevins 'Live On South Beach' Dub). Slimline jewel case.1998 Columbia release. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Music fan
It is the best song I have hear in my live.

5-0 out of 5 stars Da Bomb!!!!!!!!!
Will Smith's hit song"Miami" is Da Bomb!!! I love it so much!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars "Miami" is pretty good
"Miami" is pretty good. Every day it plays on the radio, so you just have to get addicted to it. It's just not one of my favorites.

5-0 out of 5 stars MIAMI IS GREAT I WAS BORN THERE.
THIS SONG HAS A GREAT BEAT AND IS DESCRIPTIVE.WILL IS GREAT AND NOW WERE PROUD THAT WE HAVE A SONG AFTER US OF THIS GREAT CITY.THANKS WILL.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of will smiths best songs
I really loved this song I thought that Will smith did an excellant job as usual I love to listen to this song and watch the video good luck in the future will. I love you sincerly girl from NH ... Read more


39. Carnival
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5-0 out of 5 stars THE CARNIVAL---TRULY A CARNIVAL
Before THE CARNIVAL, I had the courage/audacity to buy only one other rap CD, the Fugees' THE SCORE. And I did not leave to regret it. THE CARNIVAL is a masterpiece. I truly believe that years from now, even if rap loses its clout in the music industry, this album will be remembered as a milestone. It will probably be what Marvin Gaye's WHAT'S GOING ON album is to us now. I had always thought that Wyclef was just a background singer for Lauryn Hill until I sat down to listen to THE CARNIVAL, and saw his true genius illuminating every edge of that black and purple disc. Unlike several other rap disks that lose their timeliness as months pass, THE CARNIVAL still remains true to life. The only reservation that I have about this disc is the needless swearing that it contains, but as it is, an edited version is now available. My favorite English song was 'GUNPOWDER' and I think it was a pity that Wyclef and the powers-that be at Columbia/Ruffhouse never saw it fit to release it as a single. I also am convinced that the album was not publicized as much as it should have been. And the fact that Clef lost the Grammy nomination to an album as pointless and as balloon-airy as Puff Daddy's NO WAY OUT was a tragedy. That just goes to show that having connections can be a substitute for lyrical and musical prowess. Listening to the album, one is practically given a glance at a soul on fire----to paraphrase Manchester. I love the manner in which the songs are sequenced. Many individuals of Haitian descent thought it insulting that Wyclef chose to place all the Creole songs at the end of the disc, but I do see his point. It was his way of conveying his journey from immigrant kid, to Youth Diaspora to assertive American. THE CARNIVAL was not only a musical milestone, but a cultural milestone too. It was the first time that a culture as alienated as the Haitian culture was taken (even if it were for a brief moment)out of its isolation, and placed in all its beauty, underneath bright lights where all could observe its grotesque qualities. It was the first time someone was proudly declaring their Haitianess, not in a room, but on the international front, where all could hear. Maybe part of the album's attraction was the manner in which Wyclef's assertion of himself, of his culture and homeland became not just a one-man thing, but a universal thing. It was almost as if he channeled his feelings through the rest of us---those who had just come from Haiti, those who had been in the States for some time, and had virtually become de-ethnicized. He speaks of them in his Bible-allegory based reggae song'Jaspora'("Pouki sa, ou pèdi non-w se Samyél/Pouki sa, ou pèdi-w avèk Israyèl)And if THE CARNIVAL is but a sneak preview of what is to be expected from Mr. Jean, than be lo bring on the beats.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ambitious, different . . . and addictive
The first time I listened to this CD, I grimaced at every cheesy interlude, and wished earnestly for some sense of pattern or progression in Wyclef's schizophrenic hip-hop fusion of styles. I actually considered exchanging the CD at a used record store. However, it was the only CD in my car and I had a lot of driving to do . . . and by about the third listen, I was sold on the concept for good. Wyclef sends the entire Fugee crew, plus the Neville Brothers and other random bodies, on a sarcastic, often caustic romp, leaving no musical style unpillaged. Get this one and enjoy, but don't expect a typical Fugee CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Clef breaks cultural barriers
I've had this CD since it dropped & I still throughly enjoy it. It is a creative and interesting blend of hip-hop, r&b, reggae, and Caribbean music. Wyclef keeps the lyrics positive and thought provoking...and at times witty as well. He doesn't seem to care what people have to say, on this disc he has something to share whether there's an audience or not. This has become one of my favorite CD's...it's timeless. If you don't believe me, just listen to the last track and TELL ME it didn't make you get up & dance. I dare you!

5-0 out of 5 stars cheers from one seldom listening to rap
I rarely, rarely listen to rap music. Almost never. I was hooked on this CD driving to rowing practice at 4:30 in the morning; to this day when I hear 'Gone Till November' I am recalled to those good times. This CD is a masterpiece of music that encourages a residence amongst my favourite records of Zeppelin and Hendrix. These songs are excellent ones with which to sit and listen, or have flow in the background whilst working or working out.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Carnival-Wyclef Jean
It's so nice to know that others appreciate the genius of Wyclef. This joint rocks and I can't say enough about his versatility. After buying the Carnival CD, I couldn't wait for his next project to drop and I rushed right out the day it went on sale to buy it because I simply had to hear what he was doing next! Wyclef is simply marvelous and has quickly become my favorite artist. Why he doesn't get more recognition is just beyond me. ... Read more


40. Angel
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4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Debut
For a debut cd, this is not bad. The best song here is "Angel." While other songs aren't as tight, they are done well. She has more range than Ashanti, that's for sure. I was surprised to see some of the negative reviews because the music is actually pretty good. For example, Maryellen Shaw criticizes her speech pathology, but I'm sure she would never have the spine to do the same to an African-American R&B artist because then it would be a clear case racism. As far as Amanda Perez having connections in the industry, almost every field of work is about networking if you want to move up...what planet do you live on. I can only say to people who buy these cd's in this day and age, without previewing some of the tracks on the internet, then the award for the years biggest fool would go to you. Again, Amanda did a decent job here. If you don't want to pay full price, there are used copies available.

4-0 out of 5 stars Energetic, Innovative Beats
I caught on to Amanda Perez a year before she broke big. With her debut single, NEVER, I caught on to it. Nevertheless, the single really did not take off well and so her release was kind of dampened overall. With this revamped release and the ANGEL track blowing up so big, I decided to cop this CD. I was surprised by it for the most part. Although Perez's sharp end-notes can get a little annoying at times, she does has a nice voice as is best displayed by I STILL LOVE YOU, the beats and arrangements more than make up for her fledgling vocals. This reminds of PINK'S debut, CAN'T TAKE ME HOME just a little and it is refreshing to hear music like this.

Some of the good party songs include I LIKE IT, IN MY LIFE, YOUR BODY IS MINE, NO MORE, WHOA and WHERE YOU AT? For some homegirl kind of ballads, go to ANGEL, NEVER, LOVE IS PAIN and one of the best slow songs in some time- I STILL LOVE YOU. Everyone who hears that is taken away by it so this disc is arguably worth that song along.

Overall, a solid debut or second debut with some nice fun music that is not run-of the mill. Check this one out definitely!!

4-0 out of 5 stars A GREAT CD
MY FAVORITE SONG IS I STILL LOVE YOU!! IT IS SO TOUCHING THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE FIRST SINGLE OF THE CD SHE HAS SUCH A GREAT VOICE SHE NEEDS TO COME OUT WITH ANOTHER SONG ON HER NEXT ALBUM THAT SOUNDS SIMILAR TO I STILL LOVE!!! HURRY UP AMANDA WERE WAITNG FOR THE NEXT ALBUM ONE MORE THING AMANDA i i still love you!!!!1

1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible
This is one of the worst CDs I have ever bought. There is nothing here to distinguish it from other R&B albums. It's cookie-cutter hip hop at its absolute worst. If you want to hear the song "Angel", then download the song and don't waste your money on this CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars KAYKAY
AMANDA I REALLY LIKE YOUR SONG ANGEL ON YOUR CD I HAD A MIX CD AN IT HAD THAT SONG ON IT. AND I JUST STARTED LIKING YOUR SONG. ... Read more


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