"Imagine you were given one hour, exactly sixty minutes and zero seconds to put your entire life and the world around you in total perspective. What would you say? What would it sound like?"
These questions are asked in the beginning 15 seconds of the album followed by Ill Bill using the remaining 59 minutes and 45 seconds to answer, and the dude (as usual) doesn't hold back anything.
Alright, if you're not into topics like conspiracy theories, violence, drug tales, alien cover-ups, warped doomsday prophecies ect. ect. then you'll probably want to avoid this album but if you're like me and find these kind of subjects interesting when done properly then you may want to consider picking this one up because this guy is unmatched in blending all that stuff together in a convincing, and compelling fashion. The opening track Babylon starts off a little slow with the intro I mentioned in the beginning of my review followed by haunting chanting for a long drawn out minute, but when the song kicks off and Bill explodes into a deranged, sharply written verse you start to get a good picture in your mind of what you've got coming. The next track that really jumped out to me next was the metal guitar laced, Ill Bill produced Trust Nobody which is more of the hardcore, doomsday fight music we've come to expect from Billy Ocean, one of the best metal infused rap songs I've personally ever heard. Next standout is A Bullet Never Lies Feat. Vinnie Paz, the beat is gutter, and Bill's verse was heat, but as with nearly every guest appearance on this album I felt Paz wasn't necessary. He certainly didn't bring anything you've never heard him do before. Matter of fact he sharply growls at us blatantly alerting the listener to how he's reminding us of other things he's said in other rhymes. It would have been a perfect song if Bill would have cut Paz' verse and replaced it with anything else. I normally like Vinnie Paz actually, just not so much outside of JMT projects. White N----r was alright and the Dragon Force sample was pretty sick, but it's already feeling like a novelty joint to me, yet I can easily see how legions of suburban e-thugs will use it as their anthems and point to it as their song they identify with most. My other two favorite cuts on this album are Too Young which has the best beat and a really great verse from Bill. The 1st guy on the cut named Hero who I think also sings the chorus wasn't too impressive with his cliche' yae yo rap, and the final verse from Slaine seemed like a lazy Eminem impression. The other standout for me was the one with the only guest appearance on level with Bill and that song is Coka Moshiach feat the legendary Raekwon. I'm not going into details on the verses, listen for yourself and judge, but the beat is pure fire. They couldn't have picked a better one for that team up.
Other cuts on this album that are bangers that I didn't mention include:
My Uncle (ode to the infamous Uncle Howie)
Riya (song he wrote for his new born daughter)
Society Is Brainwashed (dope Primo beat, with some of Bill's best verses to date)
Pain Gang (I didn't care for the chorus, but the beat and verses were fire)
The Most Dangerous Weapon Alive
Doomsday Was Written in an Alien Bible
The rest of the album is really great too. The only 3 songs I've really skipped are U.B.S. (The Unauthorized Biography of Slayer), War is my Destiny (Immortal Tech's verse was okay, but the heavy metal screamer on the chorus sounds mad corny) and Only Time Will Tell. Those songs weren't terrible, but they felt out of place on this album (specifically Only Time). So this album isn't perfect, and some will find the heavy metal singing on a couple of chorus' over-the-top, silly, corny, or a combo of all, but I still feel comfortable giving this 5 stars. The great moments of this album by far outshine the faults. This is already on the bottom half of my personal top 10 favorite albums of 2008. If you loved The future is Now and haven't picked this up yet you're doing yourself a disservice by sleeping on this.