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Most important point first: This album must be judged on it's own merits and not by comparison to "Bizarre Ride"; the artists are older, hip-hop has moved on, etc.
That out the way (and I AM a fan of that album): this album is brilliant. "Runnin" is probably one of the greatest all-round hip hop tracks ever, and should make any fan of the genres top 10, but even without it the album is entirely strong. It sounds amazing production-wise; a smooth and consistent listen from start to finish (even with the skits), the beats all different but with a coherent sound. Lyrically, far from sounding "uninterested" as the main product review suggests, this is one of my favourite group efforts with regards to a mix of conscious and laugh-out loud lyrics. Sometimes the lyrics on a record are just so satisfying to listen to, not just simply one dimensional rapping over the top but almost bending around, playing with words and tones, and for me this is a great example, really emphasising how uninteresting and monotonous modern MCing is. This is one you'll be joining in with after a coupla listens...
I'm not guaranteeing every person would like every single track on this, but if you like this era and style of hip-hop, this is entirely essential. My only regret is waiting so long to buy it!