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Ready To Die
Ready To Die

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best rapper ever., 17 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Ready To Die (Audio CD)
Biggie Smalls/Notorious BIG is possibly the greatest rapper of all time, touched only by other greats such as Tupac.
This is the perfect album. Excellent production complete with Biggie's unique rap stlye and also a ranghe of happy, sad, gangster, deep, touching, romantic, pimp, sex, gun and just plain rap songs.
The best 5 songs are:
One More Chance
Me & My Bitch
Big Poppa
Definitely buy this record.

2Pac - Greatest Hits
2Pac - Greatest Hits
Offered by leo of johnson
Price: £28.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Pac CD to buy., 23 Dec. 2003
This review is from: 2Pac - Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
2Pac is an extraordinary rapper, but also a very versatile one. His albums range from deep (The 7 Day Theory, Better Days) to gangsta (Still I rise)
To get the best 2Pac experience, you should buy this CD first. It has a whole range of songs, so you can see which style of Pac you like best, and then go out and buy the other album that fits in with that style.
The best 5 songs on this album are:
Life Goes On
Hit em Up
Brenda's Got a Baby
All about U

N.W.A Greatest Hits
N.W.A Greatest Hits
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £7.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old skool gangsta greatness., 22 Dec. 2003
This review is from: N.W.A Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
N.W.A is a dream team of rappers - Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, the 2 main attractions, with the subtle inclusion of the brilliant MC Ren and the excellent Eazy E (RIP), with production by DJ Yella.
The style of music is quite hard-hitting, explicit stuff, but it's good and raises more than a few smiles, but also features some quite serious topics and some good stories.
The top 5 songs on this album are:
Gangsta Gangsta
Straight Outta Compton
If It Ain't Ruff
100 Miles and Runnin
This song will only really appeal to fans of old skool gangsta music, make sure you like it before you buy it but it's a very good album.

Born Again
Born Again
Price: £5.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem., 22 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Born Again (Audio CD)
This is probably the least famous of the Biggie albums, but that doesn't mean its the worst.
This is a great album which is solid throughout and hardly slips up, with only a few weak songs. There are lots of famous faces making appearances, like Lil Kim, Puff Daddy, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Too Short, Method Man, Redman, Junior MAFIA, Mobb Deep and Nas.
The best 5 songs on this album are:
Dangerous MCs
Rap Phenomenon
Can I Get Witcha
I Really Want To Show You
Also the intro and outro are very deep and moving if listened to at the right time.
This is a great album that will appeal to all tastes. There are gangsta songs, comedy songs, songs about hos, just basic rap songs, story songs and hardcore songs.


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that many good songs., 22 Dec. 2003
This review is from: I Am [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Nas is seen as one of the best rappers out there at the moment and so you'd expect his albums to be really good all the way through.
This album is good, dont get me wrong, but there are several weak tracks that let the side down, which are boring, pointless and at times cringeworthy (see KISSING). Appearances from legends like Scarface, DMX and Aaliyah can't save this from being under the expectations.
The best 5 songs on this album are:
NY State of Mind Pt.2
Favor for a Favor
We Will Survive
Nas is Like
Undying Love
There are some classic songs here, notably Nas is Like, but you should only really buy this album after you've got God's Son and Illmatic, which are both much better.

Price: £4.39

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid album, 22 Dec. 2003
This review is from: 2001 (Audio CD)
Dr. Dre's 2001 is a solid collection of West Coast rap. However, when it says Dr. Dre, don't think your getting an album full of Dre's rapping - this album is mainly Dre's (and Mel Man's) production with other rappers lending the lyrics.
However, don't be put off. The other rappers from the all-star line-up of Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Xzibit, MC Ren, Devin the Dude, Knoc-Turn-Al, the excellent Hittman, Kurupt, Kokane, and Mary J. Blige. (And a few others!)
The top 5 songs to watch out for on this album are:
The Watcher
Fuck You
Still DRE
The Message
This album will appeal to all fans of gangsta rap and just normal rap as well.

THE N.W.A. LEGACY Volume 2 (World) (Explicit)
THE N.W.A. LEGACY Volume 2 (World) (Explicit)
Offered by Books-and-Sounds
Price: £14.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The strength of street knowlege!, 21 Dec. 2003
This album is a solid collection of West Coast gangsta tracks, with lots of legendary rapper included like Ice Cube, Eazy-E, MC Ren, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Master P, Bone Thugz N Harmony, and the excellent, but relatively unknown, Ras Kass.
Their are a lot of good tracks here, theres not much variation though cos its all like the same thing. The best 6 songs are Hello, Chin Check, Lay Low, Just Dippin, Amerikkkas Most Wanted and For Tha Love of $.
You should definitely buy this album if you like West Coast or Gangsta music, it's a solid album that has some songs you'll listen to over and over.

He's Keith Murray
He's Keith Murray
Offered by rixrecords
Price: £4.95

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's all good., 1 Nov. 2003
This review is from: He's Keith Murray (Audio CD)
Keith Murray, although not a big name in Hip-hop, has had a fairly rough time of late. Having handed himself into the police and served a 3 year sentence, been released and then parted from his label Def Jam, his life has been a rollercoaster ride for a very long time now. However, amidst all this drama, he has managed to release an album. Will the stress of his life mean the album is half-done, or is it true how they say that deep in the mind is where you find the deepest treasures?
Keith Murray's rapping style is very unique. He can perform deep lyrics as well as he can perform comic lyrics. He almost sounds like he's singing at times. If yuo want a feel of how he sounds, imagine Redman, with a slightly less squeaky tone.
This album has a very Redman feel to it - produced by Def Squad's Erick Sermon, you'd pretty much expect it to.
The album kicks off with The Carnage, a harcore style song with a vicious, hard-hitting feel to it. This is a good song, although not easy listening.
The album carries on with Oh My Goodness and Yeah Yeah U Know It, both of which are above average but nothing remarkable.
Candibar is a nice change from the flow of the album before it - it’s a ncie easy song with instant appeal.
Christina tells the story of a girl with the same name as the song. Fairly good, but not the best on the album.
Sucka Free is one of my favourite songs on the album, it just works.
Say Whattt is again another good song, with Redman providing a chorus and some really good production.
Da Badunk song will have it’s fans, who i am one of, but many people will feel this track doesn’t compare with the rest of the album.
Swagger Back is the weakest piece on the whole album.
On Smash is the second best song on the album, it buzzes from the presence of Murray and Busta, with Kell Vicious along for the ride as well.
The album ends with Child of the Streets, the deepest piece on the album.
This album is good. There’s nothing mind-blowingly good here, but it’s a nice little collection of songs by a rapper who proves here that he can be very versatile. This album is definitely worth picking up at the right price.

Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £14.72

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice surprise!, 25 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Cheers (Audio CD)
With so much of the current Hip-hop being insanely average, it's hard to find a new artist with any shine. When 50 Cent is considered one of the best in the game, it's a sad state of affairs, though no disrespect to 50, he's a good rapper, it's just that compared to the likes of Tupac and Biggie these current rappers fall flat on their faces.
Well step up Obie Trice, new kid on the block backed up by the wise village elders on the block. Backed by the likes of G-Unit, D12, Eminem, and the legendary Dr. Dre, Obie's going to actually be more impressive if he actually managed to make this album rubbish, because with Dre and Em on your side it's pretty impossible to fail.
Dre and Eminem produce all of the songs on this album, so expect only the best quality. When I say all of the songs, a few songs are produced by Eminems protege Emile and one song is produced by someone you may have heard of. He goes by the name of Timbaland. Ever heard of him?
Anyway, onto the album itself. The album opens with two songs, Average Man and Cheers, which are actually pretty unattractive, they just lack spark and I never listen to them whenever I play this album.
Things get onto the right foot starying from track 3. Got Some Teeth is a catchy song, just a light-hearted song about women, with a catchy chorus and some of the best lyircs of the album.
Following on from that, Lady kicks in, featuring a slightly less comic story about women, also featuring a very catchy lyrical from Eminem.
Don't Come Down is a deep song in which Obie talks about the relationship he has with his mother. It's not a particularly easy song or catchy like the others, but there are some touching lyrics in there, just amke sure to listen hard.
The Set Up is the first real story song, in which Obie tells the tale of a girl from his hood who used a dude and traitored him in the end. It's a very interesting song, and features the silky smooth voice of Nate Dogg in the chorus.
Bad Bitch is a very unique song. Firstly, I want to reference that all the songs so far besides the first two on the album refer to women in some way. But Bad Bitch is the Timbaland song, and it's such an incredible beat. It's actually all humans making the sounds, besides the obvious synthesizer effects. It's like beatboxing, and I actually listen to this song to listen to the beat, I couldn't actually tell you any of the lyrics if I tried.
S--- hits the Fan is the main attraction of the album. Featuring a stretched out, relentless beat and the lyrics of the Godlike Dr. Dre, Dre and Obie launch an attack at all the peeps in America taking shots at the Shady/Aftermath empire. And Dre manages to sweep off all the said people in one lyrical. It's the kind of song you'll like if oyu like to involve yourself in all the current beef-related side of Hip-hop.
The ninth song, the title of whcih has escaped me at this point, is a weak song.
We All Die One Day gets it back on track, with some powerful lyrics in the chorus. 50 Cent's voice booms down so chillingly that it's almost scary. This song is about the gangsta side of things, with Lloyd Banks, 50 Cent and Eminem all stepping in to assist Obie in this song.
Songs 11 and 13 are two more fairly weak songs on the album.
Look In My Eyes is one of the best songs on the album again featuring Nate Dogg. It features some nice, smooth beats, and some good, sharp lyrics.
Hoodrats and Oh! are fairly average songs, better than the weak songs on this album but not quite up there with songs like S*** hits the Fan.
Never Forget Ya is the perfect ending song, it's deep, nice to listen to, which is surprising because all it is is a glorified shout outs list. Still worth listening to.
In terms of lyrics and production Obie Trice's Cheers is one of the best albums this year, and if Obie can keep this up he may go down as something special in Hip-Hop. I think you can guess whether or not you should buy this album.

Get Rich Or Die Tryin'
Get Rich Or Die Tryin'
Price: £3.99

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the hype, but fairly good., 18 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Get Rich Or Die Tryin' (Audio CD)
50 Cent is, I'm afraid to say, overrrated. In Da Club was a hit because it was catchy so school kids could sing along to it, and the same kids went out and got his album to try and look cool, which is the only reason he sold so many copies of this. I don't really like 50 that much, before I got given this album by my girlfriend the only time I liked him was during a remix of Chingy's song Right Thurrr.
I don't like 50 because he doesn't have a good rap flow like many great artists out there, he's barely beyond average. However, enough of the put downs. This album is, I'm afraid to say, actually quite good.
I'm going to start with the bad points, that way you'll read the good points last and leave the review holdiong this review in a positive light, because that's the intention.
Firstly, songs 3, 9, 10, 11, 13 and 14 have no real charms. That includes, lightweight Hip-Hop 'fans' everywhere, the awful P.I.M.P and 21 Questions. Yes, both songs are hits in the pop charts. They are both rubbish. Get over it. Besides that, all the songs just feature blandlyrics, bland beats, bland bland bland.
Onto the good. What Up Gangsta is a nice beat, with a catchy chorus. Many Men is quite a deep song, showing that 50, like many of the self proclaimed gangstas in the industry, actually has human feelings behind his facade. In Da Club is going to get more than it's fair share of listening to from any average joe who sees this album in your collection. High All The Time contains the most catchy lyrics on the album:
"Everytime I roll up/ N****s holla 'Roll Up!'/ Then I tell em hold up/ You ain't needing nothing you ain't smoking in my Benzo/ 20 inch Lorenzos/ Smoking on Endo/ Hiiiiiigh as a mutha**cka."
Heat, only available on the Un-edited version, is quite a to the point account of street warfare, with 50 playing the role of the intimidating gun man as he whispers 'I'll kill you - I ain't Playing' onto the track over the sound of gun clicks replacing the drum beat.
If I can't is a catchy anthem that'll appeal to all who love In Da Club.
Like My Style features the best actual rapping by 50 (those High lyrics are the chorus). "On your marks get set lets go/, teach ya how to turn Yayo into dough/, I'm the original Dandatta nobody bomb harder/" This song is undoubtedly the best on the album for any rap-heads convinced that 50 has no flow.
If you manage to get the Special Edition version you'll get the delights of Wankster, an NYPD song and notably, the excellent Life's On the Line, which features one of G-Unit in it as the only rapper, but it shines through as the best song on the album by far.
Overall, this album isn't all it's cracked up to be. 50 should be made to work harder for that 61 room mansion. However, it holds it's good spots and generally at the right price it's definitely an album I recommend.

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