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Version 7.0: Street Scriptures
Version 7.0: Street Scriptures

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GURU'S FIRST HIP HOP SOLO EFFORT ROCKS!!!, 6 July 2005
If you're reading this you're probably familiar with how Guru started with the legendary DJ Premier as the 'lyrical' half of the legendary Gangstarr foundation. As part of Gangstarr, their work has been incredible, thanks to DJ Premier being the best producer on the planet. Bear in mind that it is a universal fact that Guru is not as good a rapper as DJ Premier is a producer. Still, he's better than all these new rapper monkeys u probably c on the tv today and has made a solid album with very good lyrics. I have seen guru in concert and have met him, he is a top performer and puts heart into his performances, as he does his music. If some of the weaker tracks were removed then this would be worthy of a Gangstarr level rating. However, it seems that Guru has made this album on a budget and has released it with a small-time Indie label, who couldn't really afford top class beats. However the beats are still pretty tight. Doo Wop of the Diaz brothers, one of the best mixtape DJ's in the world drops a solid verse on the lead single. It has to be said that Talib Kweli's verse is truly disappointing, Talib Kweli is one of my favourite emcee's but fails to deliver on that track. Styles P of the Lox/Ruff Ryders delivers a strong verse and provides a decent chorus. Overall, this is not as good as any of the Gangstarr albums but is still a solid effort and better than 99% of the bullsh*t that MTV puts out. If this is the first time your trying the Guru experience I would firstly suggest GANGSTARR- step in the arena or the ownerz, or Guru's critically acclailmed Jazzmatazz Vol.1 Peace. Support real hip hop.
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Stillmatic
Stillmatic
Price: £3.98

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE REBIRTH OF NASIR JONES - MODERN RAP HISTORY, 18 Jan. 2005
This review is from: Stillmatic (Audio CD)
Firstly, let's clear this for good - NAS DESTROYS JAY-Z ON THIS ALBUM. With previous weak efforts at crackin the charts (it was written, i am, nastradamus), since the groundbreaking greatest album of all time illmatic,Nas was considered to be falling off, leaving 'rappers' like Jay-Z to take his throne. But this made Nas madder. This seems to be what nas needed, when he returned to his status and won the respect of hip hop fans all over the world with this outstanding album. Highlights include, Rewind where nas tells a strory of a murder backwards, in crystal clear detail, one mic,youre'da man and the premier produces genious track 2nd childhood. Nevertheless, every track is amazing. The only criticism is that it could have done with better guest rappers (excuding AZ - much love) Nashawn and Bravehearts just drag him down. This is easily the best album in modern rap history and nas will never again explore the commercial roots, let's leave that to jay-z!!
COP THIS ALBUM, AND MAKE SURE YOU LISTEN TO THE LYRICS


Illmatic
Illmatic
Price: £5.99

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHY R U READING THIS? DO U NOT KNOW BOUT THIS ALBUM?, 18 Jan. 2005
This review is from: Illmatic (Audio CD)
OK, Illmatic. This means - 'beyond ill'. This album is the most important album in hip hop history with some of the BEST LYRICS EVER WRITTEN IN ANY FORM OF MUSIC. Every music fan should have this album - DO NOT BOOTLEG IT, IT'S AN INSULT, BUY AN ORGINAL EVEN IF IT'S USED. There are too many wild verses to quote on this album, but here's one of the 2nd track 'New York State of Mind'
"Rappers, I monkey flip em', with the funky rhytym I be kickin, Musician, inflictin compositions of pain"
Of It Ain't hard to tell: 'I smoke the yellow smoke of budddah throught righteous steps, deep like the shinin, hit the earth like a comet, nas is like the afrocentric-asian, half man-half amazin!'
This album to will forever hold a place in the heart of hip hop fans. It has been critisised for being short, but each track is work ten tracks on filler albums such as 'all eyes on me' etc. THIS ALBUM HAS SO MUCH HEART, NAS IS THE ONLY RAPPER WHO CAN BE CONSIDERED AS A POET. MOST PEOPLE WON'T APPREACIATE THIS BECAUSE MOST DO NOT LISTEN TO LYRICS, MOST DO NOT UNDERSTAND HIP HOP LYRICS
There's nothing left to say - BUY IT NOW!!!! BUY IT!!! BUY IT!!!


Street's Disciple
Street's Disciple
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.96

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CHECK 1-2, 1-2, WHO GOT MORE STYLE THAN SON DO? - NONE DO!!!, 18 Jan. 2005
This review is from: Street's Disciple (Audio CD)
There is no doubt nas is the greatest rapper to have walked this planet and an incredible musician, there's no stopping this man, i just wonder where he gets his ideas from. When hip hop is going in one direction, you can most certainly rely on nas to turn it round. Lyrically, nas is in a league of his own. BUT DO NOT BELIEVE THESE FOOLS WHO THINK THIS ALBUM IS PERFECT OR THE BEST EFFORT SINCE ILLMATIC. Whatever nas does, he will never get that illmatic flare, but his music and lyrics are maturing in spirituality.
This album provides a good variety of tracks, but like most 2disc albums there are a few skippable tracks. However, there are a few bangers, the obvious, briging the gap, the excellent remix of theive's theme with the uk's own rising son - check out rising son's first few bars 'this is the theives theme, for the underground criminal street teams...' sick track!! The inccredible virgo, where I have to admit, even though being a die hard nas fan, ludacris outshines him on this track, maybe just because his quirky southern charm suits this excellent beatbox beat by Doug E.Fresh so well (for those of u that don't know, Doug E.Fresh basically invented beat boxing - a true hip hop legend). There are a few awful tacks with the horrible raspy voice of 'scarlett'. Overall this is a wicked album, with great producers L.E.S, Salaam Remi, Q Tip, Chucky Thompson and Buckwild, BUT SOME OF THE BEATS ARE VERY WEAK.I would most definately have liked to see a wider variety of producers, especially for such a long album. Where is DJ Premier? Where is Alchemist? Havoc?
A VERY GOOD EFFORT FROM THE KING OF HIP HOP COULD DO WITHOUT SOME TRACKS, SOME BETTER PRODUCTION. LYRICALLY - 50000/10. BEATS - 7/10. JUST A NOTCH OR SO BELOW THE LOST TAPES, GOD'S SON AND STILLMATIC


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