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on 9 December 2003
from instant club classic as 'nothin' and 'grimey', to the harsh reaility of being bought up in the ghetto. 'the life of a ...gangster' doesn't glorify gangsterhood, but instead goes through the stages of which capone was bought up, to selling crack to his uncle, to making it big time, but the album doesn't focus on breaking through the barries life hurls at you, instead sttays true to what nore stands for, clubs, hip hop and woman. the neptunes add the new age hip hop generation beats to the hard htting, excitement of nores lyrics.with skits done with busta rymes and nelly, the album focusses on nore, and no-one else. he raps about the change to def jam records, as well as dedicating a track to his mother, following the tracks made by the late tupac shakur, and classic snoop dogg.
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on 17 July 2002
Noreaga is back again!!! This time, he releases 'Grimey...God's Favorite' under the name N.O.R.E. What can I say? This is the album we have all been waiting for! We have all heard the oustanding tracks on heavy rotation by Westwood. The highly addictive beats are persistent throughout the whole of the album. Beginning with 'Nothin'', the addiction starts with a bang on this Neptunes-produced masterpiece. It is then immediately followed by another Neptunes classic - 'Grimey'; the single that was massive in the US. Then, N.O.R.E delivers another classic in the form of 'Nahmeanyaheard' - another outstanding track, which adds to the extravagant opening to this album. Every track is amazing and purely addictive, through and through. This flawless LP then delivers 'Live My Life' featuring Ja Rule, 'Now I Pray' and 'Consider This' featuring Kelis. Those are just a few of my favourites. Really, that is an overstatement, as every track on this CD is truly out of this world! To sum this up then? All I would have to say is: THE LP of this year, and the next, and the next.......A Timeless Classic!
Grimey!
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on 11 July 2002
To say i was keen to get my mitts on this joint would be the biggest understatement of my life. Due to hearing some choice tracks on Westwood, i was geared up for some more new Nore material. I would have to say that there is more good than bad on the album. There are no fewer than 5 tracks produced by superproducers, The Neptunes (Nothin',Grimey,Full Mode,Head Bussa & Consider This)! Personally i think that Noreaga, like his rapping partner Capone, has always been untouchable lyrically but perhaps lacked imaginative production. He now appears to have that! The 'indian style beat' of the track "Nothin" is refreshing and just plain Big, but all the Neptune tracks are sound. Swizz Beatz also comes in on three tracks and does himself justice in my opinion. But perhaps my favourite track is "Love ya Moms" which is, as far as i can tell, an in house production. However it uses a sample of the Cyndi Lauper track "Time after Time",sounds strange i know but the lyrics are just big. Perhaps this is owed to the appearance of Capone who blends so well with the stylings of Noreaga. A few tracks may seem weak but this is in comparison to some true classics. I urge people to buy this album if they are merely pondering it as i'm sure they will not be dissapointed!
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on 18 October 2002
Being typically unobservant and not having bought any of his other albums, I was unaware that Noreaga had changed his name to N.O.R.E and so bought this album from a friends recommendation.
I was dissapointed to say the least. After looking at the back of the CD, I expected the first track featuring Nelly, Nas and ICE-T to be a collaboration, but no, lo and behold it was a pointless skit, as was the second track "God's Favorite", both of which are now skipped whenever the album is listened to. Anyway on to the songs: the first joint up is "Nothing", his latest single, which is in my oppinion a very dull track, with monotonous backing music and below-par rapping which deteriorates further in the second and third verses. Having listened to this for about a minute and being thoroughly bored, I skipped to the next track "Grimey", which was yet another lazily produced Neptunes beat with loose rapping.
Unfortunately, these tracks set the trend for most of the album, which is extremely repetitive and remarkably poorly rapped, considering N.O.R.E considers himself to be God's favourite. I would have given this album 1 star, were it not for four songs which just manage tosave it from being attrocious: These songs are "Mr CEO", a tightly produced beat that describes the pressure of the Rap business, "Nahmeanuheard", an almost experimental sounding joint from Swizz Beatz that although featuring more bad rapping from N, manages to stay varied enough to listen to, "Live My Life", a real upbeat tune from the Kingpin Irv Gotti featuring Ja Rule (though criminally, only in the chorus) and "Black Clouds", a real soulful track and the best on the album by far, explaining the bad luck that follows N.O.R.E around, and featuring some excellent harmonics from Complexions.
So overall, apart from the four tracks listed above, I didn't think this album was up to much. It has mostly lazy production, the lyrics are meaningless cliche's and N.O.R.E's flow is more like a leak. Therefore if you liked his single "Nothing", then you may just like this, but if you didn't, then steer clear.
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