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Lyricist Lounge 2 Explicit Lyrics

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Classic Rawkus Album On Cd Lyricist Lounge was the name of an illegal New York hip hop event that launched the careers of artists such as Notorious Big, p Diddy, mop, Eminem, Mobb Deep & many more

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Biggie is back again--freestyling like only a dead man can on the intro to this second volume culled from the archives of NYC's Lyricist Lounge. You have to wonder why hip-hop can't let the man rest in peace? Must be something to do with the papers. Same could be said of this record's transparent attempt to keep a franchise alive and help push the Rawkus label further into mainstream consciousness. Aside from the aforementioned intro and Q-Tip's "live" outro, there's precious little evidence that the Lyricist Lounge is, in actuality, a freestyle forum with a monthly live event in New York City. The pairings of established and lesser MCs are suitably uninspired: Big Noyd and Prodigy's "The Grimy Way" and Royce Da 5'9"s "Let's Grow" even sound as if they're retreading 1980s retro-synth soundtracks. And, predictably, Mos Def (Rawkus's would-be prophet and biggest seller) is all over the record. He pairs up first with Ghostface Killah (on the previously released "Ms Fat Booty" remix), then with Pharoahe Monch and Nate Dogg (on "Oh No"), and cameos on the Gang Starr remix of Macy Gray's "I've Committed Murder." It seems that the only people that really get it are Last Emperor and RZA, whose resurrected creature-feature "He Lives" performs radical psychic surgery on this comp's rotting corpse. --Chris Campion

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. 16 Bars - Notorious B.I.G.
  2. Oh No - Mos Def/Pharoache Monch
  3. Makin' It Blend - Q-Tip/Words
  4. Get Up - Cocoa Brovaz
  5. Get That Dough - Beanie Sigel
  6. Let's Grow - Royce Da 5'9in
  7. Ms. Fat Booty 2 - Mos Def/Ghostface Killah
  8. W.K.Y.A. - Saukrates
  9. Sharp Shooters - Talib Kweli/Dead Prez
  10. Lengendary Street Team - Kool G Rap/M.O.P.
  11. The Grimy Way - Big Noyd/Prodigy
  12. Battle - Erick Sermon
  13. Da Cipha Interlude
  14. Still Here - Big L
  15. Right And Exact - Dilated Peoples
  16. Watcha - Master Fuol
  17. I've Committed Murder (Gang Starr Remix) - Macy Gray
  18. Outro Live At The Lounge - Q-Tip
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 28, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Priority Records
  • ASIN: B000050XI0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,673 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Immediately, you have to notice the change in the lineup from the original L.L. 2-disc set. Not just the individual artists, but the type of artists. The Lyricist Lounge started as a haven for underground and unsigned artists. When it was compiled into album form the label that released it, Rawkus, was also a haven for the underground set. The L.L. album was a landmark release for underground hip-hop. This second volume is not that. A quick look at the lineup (Pastor Troy, J.T. Money, Beanie Siegel, etc.) will tell you that Rawkus was trying to make a more commercially viable change and the Lyricist Lounge went right along with it. While that isn't good for the underground heads, there were certain tracks you just can't front on. The lead single "Oh No" is one of the strongest songs of the year. Does Nate Dogg belong on the Lyricist Lounge? Hell no. But does he add personality and a dope hook to compliment two of the best MCs in the game (Mos Def, Pharoah Monch)? Hell yes. Similarly, Redman shouldn't be here, but "W.K.Y.A." is still a great song. The album does have lots of downpoints, though and shouldn't be recognized as a great compilation. It is an "pretty decent" compilation, that becomes a bad compilation if compared to it's predecessor. Commerical rap heads will enjoy this if they forget its supposed to be an underground release and underground heads might like it if they look past the lineup to find the small handful of songs that are just damn good.
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The 2nd installment of the Lyricist Lounge volumes strays completely off track from the first. The volumes, named after a NY club for underground lyricists and emcees, choose to go commercial this time, which has it's advantages and disadvantages. It is ironic that Mos Def be all over this cd, because it is a Rawkus release; it is obvious they are trying to showcase him over all the rest. One of the best tracks, He Lives, was taken off the cd in later pressings because Rza's record company did not want him on this cd. Overall, Lyricist Lounge 2 proves to be a run of the mill, usual collaboration. Nothing on this cd can be looked down upon but the cd could have been much more creative and inspiring.
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I have to be honest. I found this second installment of the Lyricist Lounge series to be an absolute snoozer of an album. Sure it has some high profile verbal slingers in Mos Def, Redman, Monch, Ghostface and Kweli to name a few. But what ever happened to shining some light on the lesser knowns like the album's predecessor did? I suppose the cheesiness stems from Rawkus' apparent newfound dedication in becoming the next juggernaut of hip-hop labels ala Def Jam. Apart from a few bearable tracks like "OH NO" featuring a nice hook from Nate Dogg of all people and "WKYA" which features some hot rhyme interplay between Redman and Saukrates, the rest of the material here is rather uninspired. By taking a look at the production credits (Hi-Tek, Premier and Alchemist to name a few) you'd think there would be some scorchers on this project. So you'd THINK. It sounded more like throw away tracks in my opinion, forgettable. I suppose I'm more disappointed in the fact that Rawkus, once vanguards of indie hip-hop, have decided to become more conventional by showcasing established talent rather than introducing new up and coming talent. What happened to love? Anyway, the album is just mad bland. Straight up and down. Rawkus fails to bring the ruckus on this one.
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First of all i would like to point out there are two versions of this album. Nothing major, but the copy i own, has a track with big L & C-town (called Still Here) in the place of The Last emporer. Both tracks are worthy of the cd yet the big l is doper.
With that being said the album itself is bangin, some commercial heads are featured which is okay since we all got to make money, but this is dope hip hop and you should buy it, not only is it mad cheap used, the album is worth every cent of that four dollars.
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This was the only CD off Rawkus Records that I didn't like...it was possible maybe because of my high expectations or that I don't mesh with semi-commercialized artists. There were even a whole bunch of MCS on this compilation that I'm usually feelin' normally, but even some of their tracks didn't amaze me either...the whole project was just dissapointing to me...
- Mos Def is overused on this cd and he's not very impressive on any of the 3 tracks he's appears in...
- Pharoahe Monch should've been used more on this...he was amazing on "Oh No" totally outshined Mos (even Nate outshined Mos)
- Q-tip just shows us again that he's gone commercial
- For the first time ever HiTek mixed a rubbish beat on "Get That Dough" but look who he had to work with on it...
- Talib Kweli and Dead Prez held down the mic ok on "Sharp Shooter"
- Dilated Peoples showed some underground potential on "Right & Exact"
and the Lyricist Lounge veterans: Wordworth and Master Fuol got stuck working with bad artists (Q-tip, JT Money, Pastor Troy) ... remember Consequence (he was on a couple TRIBE CALLED QUEST tracks back in 96) makes a decent appearance in "Cypha" which happens to be one of the best and underground sounding tracks accompanied with 5 other dope lyricists....
so overall -- if your a mad underground hiphop head you might be disappointed and this would be the cd to buy on clearance or borrow off a friend...
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