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The Understanding: (Explicit) [Explicit Lyrics, Import]

Memphis Bleek Audio CD
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Memphis Bleek emerged on the scene in 1996 with his featured debut on the Reasonable Doubt album alongside now music mogul, rapper and friend, Jay-Z. In 1999, he then hit the streets running with his first album, Coming of Age, which was released under Def Jam on Roc-A-Fella Records. Born under the name Malik Cox, which ironically enough gives him the initials “M.C.”, Bleek was ... Read more in Amazon's Memphis Bleek Store

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  • Audio CD (4 Dec 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Import
  • Label: Def Jam
  • ASIN: B00004YWGB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,835 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro - U Know Bleek
2. Do My...
3. I Get High
4. We Get Low
5. Change Up
6. My Mind Right (Remix)
7. Hustlers
8. All Types Of S***
9. PYT
10. Bounce B****
11. They'll Never Play Me
12. Everyday
13. Is That Your Chick (The Lost Verses)
14. In My Life

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The Roc-A-Fella Platinum formula strikes again. All the usual suspects are present: honcho Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Amil and the record's featured artist--Memphis Bleek. Lyrically light years ahead of his debut album, Coming of Age, Bleek returns with an effort that easily avoids the sophomore jinx. The strings and pattering snares on the "My Mind Right" remix make it better then the original, particularly with the added vocal talents of Jigga, H. Money Baggs and Sigel. Carl Thomas returns to his hook-crooning roots on the female listener-targeted "Everyday", an attempt to show Bleek's sensitive side. Twista brings an added dimension to the alternate version of "That Your Chick", the first single, but things get a little too sappy on "In My Life", which samples Foreigner's classic, "I Want to Know What Love Is". You don't have to be a brain surgeon to understand this brand of Understanding. It's the patented Roc blend of drinking and smoking, guns and glory. Love it or leave it. --Kenji Jasper

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Memphis Bleek ~ Understanding

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0 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BETTER THAN JIGGAS DYNASTY 1 Nov 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Memphis is a true genius of hip-hop he proves that the east coast is the strongest is rap music.He has learnt superbly from Jay-Z and co. This surely should be a best seller. LONG LIVE EAST COAST... ROCK-A-FELLA FOR LIFE
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YA'LL DON'T UNDERSTAND!!! 28 Jun 2001
By Dragon Man X - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
MAN...THIS ALBUM IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPROVED FOLLOW UP ALBUMS I'VE EVER HEARD...MOBB DEEP,TUPAC,TRIBE CALLED QUEST,BONE,KURUPT AND IM SURE MANY OTHERS WERE ABLE TO MAKE THEIR SECOND EFFORT BETTER THAN THEIR FIRST...BUT ITS VERY UNCOMMON...PERSONALLY I THOUGHT BLEEK'S FIRST ALBUM WAS OFF THE HOOK...IT WAS HARD,THE BEATS WERE PHAT,THE LYRICS WERE SICK,AND IT PUT HIM IN THE RANKS AS ONE OF THA ROC'S TOP HENCHMEN...THEN THE SECOND ONE CAME OUT...WHEW...IM NOT GONNA REPEAT WHAT EVERYONE ELSE HAS ALREADY SAID, BUT I COULDN'T EVEN PRAISE IT ENOUGH IF I WANTED TO...ONE THING YA'LL NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND WHEN LISTENIN TO THIS ALBUM IS THAT BLEEK DIDN'T WRITE ONE WORD ON PAPER...IT WAS ALL THOUGHT UP,MEMORIZED,AND LET OUT IN THE STUDIO...THAT'S RIGHT YA'LL,HE LEARNED FROM BEIN AROUND JAY SO MUCH...SO FOR ALL OF YOU (...) WHO KEEP SAYIN HIS LYRICS CAN BE BETTER, LETS SEE YOU COME UP WITH A RAP THAT HAS SOMETHING MORE INTELLIGENT TO SAY WITHOUT HAVIN TO WRITE IT,BUT ALSO HAVING IT SOUND PHAT...NOW THATS REAL TALENT...I CAN'T BLAIM THE GUY FOR CLAIMIN TO BE ONE OF THE GREATEST RAPPERS CUZ I FEEL HES GOT AMAZIN TALENT...ON MY TALENT LIST NAS,MOBB DEEP,JAY,MEMPH,BIGGIE,PAC,OUTKAST,KURUPT,LUDACRIS ARE IN MY OPINION THE TOP RAP ARTIST(S) OUT THERE...IF YA'LL WANT TALENT,GET THIS...IF YA'LL WANT BEATS, GET THIS...IF YA'LL WANT A MASTERPIECE, GET THIS...HOPEFULLY WE ALL COME TO THIS UNDERSTANDING.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ROC-A-FELLA does it again..... 4 Jan 2001
By jimmy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
BLEEEEK!! After purchasing jigga's most recent album "The Dynasty: Roc La Familia 2000", and then getting Amil's debut album, and now Memphis Bleek's new album, I'm pretty impressed with the recent releases from Roc-A-Fella. Their string of hit albums continues with Memphis' "The Understanding". With Jay-Z and company doing the producing credits, there are some tite beats and lyrics in this album. As usual, Jay-Z is featured prominently throughout the album. Now to the tracks: "INTRO-U KNOW BLEEK" great spinning, tite beat to start off the album with. "DO MY..." now this is my favorite track, with jigga rappin " Do my ladies run this muthaf**ka, Do my thugs run this muthaf**ka"..haha, some tite a$$ lyrics. "IS THAT YOUR CHICK (THE LOST VERSES)" jigga sounds real good on this track, and with Timbaland producing, you get his signature beats that you've grown to love. "CHANGE UP" I love the warping sound in the beginning of this song. "MY MIND RIGHT (REMIX)" some orchestra background music, (seems like a lot of roc-a-fella songs are using this) great song though. "PYT" this track features Amil (finally!) and jigga. I love the beats, great song to bump in your ride. Any rap music lover will like this album and it should be in your collection. Ignore the haters who diss this album. And by the way, be sure to get Amil's album, I highly recommend it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Protégé Fails to Eclipse the Master 26 Oct 2007
By PrinceNikodeem - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Don't compare me to Jay-Z..." Memphis Bleeks commands on "They'll Never Play Me", the 11th track on his album "The Understanding". In some sense, that is reasonable request. An artist should stand or fall on his own merits. However, it is inevitable that Bleek would be compared to his mentor, not because of his status as Jigga's one-time understudy, but because Jay-Z is the yardstick by which most MCs in the Mafioso rap sub-genre are measured.

Bleek may as well demand that listeners not compare him to AZ, Nas, the Notorious B.I.G., Raekwon, or any other MC that's ever picked up the mic and spit about pushing weight and bagging broads. In truth, it would be better for him if we didn't. Although Bleek isn't terrible, he comes across as rather average in terms of both concept and flow. His subject matter is mundane (by hip hop standards) and his delivery is all right, but it's nothing special. His lyrics definitely lack complexity, and this is never more evident than when he's rhyming alongside his former mentor (Jigga) who makes appearances on no less than four of this album's tracks.

All in all, Bleek, while competent, fails to stand out from the crowd.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Mis-Understanding (Rating 5 out of 10- -2.5 stars) 22 Oct 2006
By Chandler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Question: When has Memphis Bleek delivered a top notch album? Maybe his recent "534" album, thats it. As of 2006, he's four albums deep and seems to haven't acquired the status of some [former] Roc-A-Fella artists (i.e. Beanie Sigel, Freeway, Kanye West, etc.) As being Jay-Z's close friend, Jay always says he's one hit away. But giving him the benefit of the doubt, I decided to check out this album for only one reason. The hit song "Is That Your (Chick)" with Jay-Z, Missy Eliott, and Twista. It's ironic because the song was origonally Jay's and was supposed to be on the "Vol. 3: Life And Times Of S. Carter" album, Bleek was just thrown in there...thats why it's subtitled "The Lost Verses".

Anyway there are many other songs on the album too that are below expectations. "We Get Low" is one of these tracks. "Bounce B****" will make you laugh, because of how horrible it sounds, along with the production. And "Everyday" with Carl Thomas, is a prime example of how wack Bleek is. And his good friend Jay-Z doesn't make anything better either on some tracks. "Do My" is one of those tracks that are below both Jay's and Bleek's expectations. But Jay, Beanie Sigel and H. Money Bags will outshine Bleek on the track "My Mind Right".

There are some good songs here thought that I have a feel for. "I Get High" is a laid back track about smoking weed while driving. Bleek and Beans will do a decent job on the song "Change Up" (I wouldn't credit Jay-Z on what he does though). "They'll Never Play Me" Bleek actually flips his word play and makes it a good song. The album's closer "In My Life" is a real good emotional track that I like very much.

As you can hear, Bleek can pull some tracks on his own on this album, but he fails to do on others. In most songs that he makes with a guest, he is outshined (see next album M.A.D.E.). I won't lie though, Bleek has had a somewhat successful career, because he stood in Jay-Z's shadow. Trust me, if he was on his own, he would have fallen off real fast, and would have never have made it to "534". I guess if you're a Bleek fan or want to hear one of his albums, go ahead and cop this. Otherwise, save your money.

Lyrics: C
Production: C+
Guest Appearances: B-
Musical Vibes: C-
Overall: C

Fav Tracks: I Get High, My Mind Right (Remix), They'll Never Play Me, Is That Your (Chick) [The Lost Verses], In My Life

Peace Everyone!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you love Memph Man, you'll love this 6 Dec 2000
By Big Poppa DMC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Memphis Bleek returns for his sophmore album hotter than ever. This CD is what Roc-a-Fella is all about. If you are a big fan of Jigga, Memphis Bleek, Beanie Sigel, and the rest of the Roc-a-Fella family, than this CD can not be missed. Bleek is back with rhymes tighter and beats doper than his first, Coming of Age. While that was a great CD, The Understanding shows how Memphis Bleek has matured in his career, with songs that seem to have more meaning, but still holding true to the ROC ways of making money and getting those guns. If you enjoyed the first Memph CD, or even Jay-Z's Dynasty, as well as the summer single of Hey Papi, than this is what you need. And speaking of Jay-Z, if you get your jollies off of him rapping in on tracks, he's all over this one. The only downside to this cd is that it's missing DJ Clue shouting and claiming to be the one that brought us Bleek. Wait, that's a good thing. To go with today's lingo, "this cd is off the hook, yall."
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