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5.0 out of 5 stars The type of album that reminds me why I love hip-hop..., 4 April 2004
This review is from: The Listening (Audio CD)
This album won two awards for me. The first was that it was by far the best album of 2003. The second (and more significant) was that it cemented a place in my top 3 hip-hop albums of all time.
In a period of hip-hop where respect is earnt through rapping about violence, drugs and sex, this album seems unbelievably refreshing. They label themselves "Little Brother" as they feel that they are the younger siblings of hip-hop legends such as "A Tribe Called Quest" and "De La Soul". While this is a statement that may prove to be bold, this album will prove that it does carry weight.
The album's flawless production stands out over the lyrics of Big Pooh and Phonte, although both MCs deliver throughout. 9th Wonder's soulful and jazzy beats are reminiscent of those produced by Pete Rock in the early and mid-nineties.
Unlike nearly all albums that are released in this era of hip-hop, this is the type of album to deal with subject matter that is very likely to relevant in 10 or more years time. The standout song on this album to me would have to be "Speed". In this track, Phonte uses his verse to explain the pressures of the industry and how far he has yet to go to achieve what he wants to with his position in hip-hop.
This is an independent release so you will be getting it for a bargain price. Pick this up immediately without hesitation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 19 April 2003
This review is from: The Listening (Audio CD)
one word: Amazing
The whole album is quality, and the production by 9th Wonder is excellent.
stand out tracks are:
The Yo Yo
Whatever You Say
Speed
Away From Me
Groupie pt. 2
The rappin is decent enuff, phonte and big pooh have a decent flow and it aint the standard guns, money, hos and ish like that, but they talk about their life, and on songs like 'away from me', you can feel the pain they express. This song is about a father bein away from his son and all the good times they shared together.
Its no Common or Talib Kweli but the subject matter is a breath of fresh air.
The standard of production stays high throughout although some tracks do sound kinda similar to each other, which some may not like. But this isnt too much of a problem cos the songs are brilliant anyway, u probably wont care if they sound slightly similar.
I couldnt believe that 9th produces his stuff usin fruityloops, the same software i use for my stuff! it shows what an amazin producer he is, that he can do stuff like this usin a computer and i reckon he's definitely one to look out for in the future.
His sound that he gives on this album is reminiscent of some Jay Dee stuff and i hope he can grow to be as high caliber as him as a producer.
These cats may be pretty unknown to most people, especially in the UK, but if ya dont know, now you know!
Check em out, this is mos def a contender for best rap album of 2003!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what it's all about!!, 18 Aug 2004
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This review is from: The Listening (Audio CD)
I bought this album recently on the back of hearing a couple of their tracks on the Okay Player True Notes Volume 1 compilation. I'm glad that I did!!!
This is what hip hop is all about! Phat, laid back beats that instantly get your head nodding, great lyrics and superb production.
I would love to highlight the stand out tracks, but for me the entire album is a standout. Even the less than original radio style skits fit in nicely, without irritation.
This album hit me like hip hop albums used to back in the early-mid nineties, and I haven't stopped playing it since!!
If you're a fan of acts like People Under The Stairs, A Tribe Called Quest and Pete Rock, you NEED to own this album.
Dope!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars originality and substance over gimmicks, 14 Dec 2005
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what a refreshingly good hip-hop album by atlantas new trio of soulfull hedonists. they truly deliver an album worhty of a mention with the classics of the laid back hip hop variety.the only complaint i can level at the guys is that the album can become monotone after a periodic listen but its just a minor irritation rather then a major musical flaw. i reccommend any hip hop fan go and purchase this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Little Brother, 6 Jan 2006
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One word sums this album up. Phat with a capital P!
This album takes you back to the early to mid ninties when hip hop was going through its golden era. Reminds you of the summer of 1996 when England had three lions on a shirt and everyone was dancing to dope beats like the opne on this album.
If you like that era get this album!
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album since Dre 2001, 29 May 2003
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This is a CD to which you can listen from start to finish. The lyrics are amazing and the beats are fantastic. This has to be the most amazing album since Dre 2001. The album has a very laid back theme with tunes such as "Whatever you say" and "Shorty on the lookout". If you love Hip-Hop then you will buy it and keep it pumpin through your system.
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