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  • Audio CD (June 17, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Traffic (The Orchard)
  • ASIN: B00198J58A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,942 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. Reintroduction
3. Quality Work feat. Will Pack & Rakaa of Dilated Peoples
4. Made The Change
5. Deep Down
6. We Gets It In feat. Talib Kweli
7. Just What I Need
8. All Seasons
9. War Going On feat. Cormega
10. Skates
11. Stay In Ya Lane feat. Sadat X
12. Open Ya Eyes
13. Regrets
14. Not A Word
15. Rock Dis feat. KRS-One
16. Don't Make Me Laugh
17. The Day Music Died
18. How Bout the Mic (Bonus track)

Editorial Reviews

Legendary Juice Crew members Craig G & Marley Marl team up once again to release Operation Take Back Hip-Hip. On the heels of Marley Marl's successful album Hip-Hop Lives from 2007 with KRS-One and the announcement of a major motion picture entitled The Vapors based on the Juice Crew's story, a full fledged renaissance is under way. The albums instantly catchy single "Made The Change" (also available from Traffic on June 17th) has already been lighting radio waves on fire, while "The Day The Music Died" shows why Craig G is still one of the most respected lyricists in the game and why he was chosen to write key portions of Eminem's "8 Mile" and 50 Cent's "Get Rich Or Die Trying" movies. Operation Take Back Hip-Hip features a top notch lineup of guest emcees that includes KRS-One, Cormega, Rakaa of Dilated Peoples and Sadat X. Craig G and Marley Marl first worked together way back in 1985 with the release of the two classic 12" singles "Shout" and "Transformer." In 1988, their undeniable chemistry was cemented with their legendary effort entitled "Droppin' Science", from the Marley Marl In Control album. This led to them working together on Craig G's major label solo albums at the turn of the decade. Today, the two effortlessly prove the magic is still there.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Borowski on June 20, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The Juice Crew. Started back in the mid 1980's, over 20 years ago, and still going strong. Members Craig G and Marley Marl team up for a new release, focused on the revival of pure hip hop in 2008. Craig G has always been seen as more of a freestyle or battle rapper than one who creates complete albums. His catalog is decent at best. Marley Marl is one of the pioneers of producing and DJing. He has produced many great, even classic, albums, from MC Shan's Down By Law, to his most recent work with former nemesis, KRS-One, Hip-Hop Lives. Back to the album, the title, "Operation Take Back Hip Hop" is a perfect fit for the theme of the record. Craig G talks mostly about the current state of hip hop; with the abundance of ring tone rappers and gimmick rappers. The actual lyrics aren't anything to write home about, but the subject matter is first class. Some may think that this subject is played out by many emcees these days, but this album tells what the others do in a special way; it's hard to explain. As mentioned before, Marley Marl handles the production. This is always a good thing for an album. He uses signature Marley Marl drum patterns and heavy sampling; it sounds terrific. Hardly a misstep with the production. On to the guests, and what a lineup here: Will Pack, Rakaa, Talib Kweli, Cormega, Sadat X, KRS-One, and Cold Heat. Everyone featured on the album drops a great verse that adds perfectly to their song. Overall, Craig G and Marley Marl have a certified banger for the summer of 2008. Better than "Hip Hop Lives", Marley Marl shows that he can still produce a great album after 20+ years.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Powell on July 16, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Craig G??? Hmmm where do I start to discuss a guy that has been in the game well over 10 years....well he used to run with the Vernon Posse outta Queens...Queensbridge to be exact and he also used to run with a little click called THE JUICE CREW..which is only the GOAT hip-hop posse of all-time..(In my opinion anyway)...and he was able to shine on those posse cuts with the likes of Kool G. Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Masta Ace, MC Shan....etc..etc, so you always knew the talent to produce quality hip-hop was there....so why is his first memorable recording occurring in 2008? I don't completely have that answer, but he was a freestyle/battle MONSTER....that was where he really shined probably the most....he destroyed Supernatural in a battle(1994) which was very memorable because Supernatural at that time was known as the truth, but Craig disspelled that theory rather quickly..anyway his battles won-lost record didn't translate to well over to his recording career until NOW! He finally makes something on wax..or cd/digital format in this case that you might see as very GOOD....he returned to his roots by teaming up with Marley Marl, who blessed him on this effort with some stellar beats...cuts that stand out for me are "Quality Work" with Dilated Peoples.."Made The Change" with the phat Beatnuts sample riding underneath the beat.."We Gets It In" with Talib Kweli...."Rock Dis" with KRS-One....and "Stay In Your Lane" with Sadat X....he has some quality guests appearances here....I couldn't give it a full 5 stars because he has about 3 filler tracks on it, but this is still BANGIN hip-hop....hot beats by the LEGEND Marley Marl and Craig G finally showing that recording talent that we knew he could display....hey better late than NEVER right?? All true hip-hop heads need to have this in their collections.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Michel on September 5, 2008
Format: Audio CD
For those of you longing for fun, creative, scientific, and statement-makling hiphop to return...IT'S HERE!

Scratching, MC's trading rhymes back and forth, science-droppin'...It's HERE!

Craig G and Marley bring back the magic and they do NOT disappoint.

Some real fun tracks and some very powerful stements made.

This is a more playful followup to Nas' Hiphop is dead.
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