21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 1999
I have nuthin but mad love for all them "Hot Boys." Lil' Wayne has mad skills and some of the tightest lyrics I've ever heard. "The Block Is Hot" is real tight and the beat be bumpin. It's cool to see rappers like Lil' Wayne who be representin to da' fullest for all da' peeps from that DIRTY SOUTH!
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 1999
Lil Wayne continues a hot 98-99 seaon for Cash Money Records. After dropping gems on Juvenile's,B.G.'s, and The Hot Boys album, Lil' Wayne presents "The Block Is Hot". If No Limit isn't careful CMB will be taking over the block. Lil Wayne has too many good songs on this one. Most noticeable, "The Block Is Hot", "Loud Pipes", and "High Beamin'". Mannie Fresh is the "Swizz Beats" on his side of town. All the Cash Money Brothers contribute on Lil Wayne's debut. Even the Big Tymers share quality mic time with the Hot Boys this go around. I would suggest to Master P, to a) break Soulja Slim out of jail b) Make sure Beats By The Pound produces EVERY song c) Have Fiend, Macadon, Mia X, Silkk, C-Murder, Snoop and Mystikal on more songs. d) Have Magic, Ghetto Commission, DIG, Popeye, and Lil Italy take a chill pill and give them a rest. e) Release Da 504 Boyz and the Tank Doggs album ASAP.
If these things aren't accomplished be prepared to "Bling Bling" behind Cash Money for the rest of your career. "THE BLOCK IS HOT! "
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2000
From the first beats of the intro to the last note of "You Want War" Tha Block is hot will have your head spinnig. It is was without a doubt one of the best albums of the year. It has everything, from hard pumping jams to even a bit of Mardi Gras party music. I strongly reccomend this album to anyone who likes rap music.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2000
This album is weak. It has a few decent cuts but most of the songs suck. Mannie Fresh is burnt out now. All of his beats sound the same and they have no pound in the car at all. Don't get Juvenille's new album either its worst than this.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 1999
This c.d.is off the hook,this is Cash Money at its best.Lil Wayne is putting down on this c.d., and showing everyone why Cash Money is Number one.This C.D. is bound to be at the top of the charts for weeks,and the only the you haters could say is Bling,Bling.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2000
'Citizen Kain', 'Birth Of the Cool', 'The Illiad'; Every so often a piece of artwork comes along that is so powerful, so moving, that it transcends the boundaries of its medium to define its generation. Lil Wayne's 'The Block is hot' is one such masterwork. It is perhaps the most important musical statement of our generation. Its musical landscape is lush, rich, and textured. Its lyrics are a delicate invective. The combined effect is an artistic expression the likes of which very few in the history of mankind have ever achieved. 'The Block is Hot' is no mere collection of singles, nor is it a self-indulged concept album. It is hard to imagine that a composition so finely-crafted was not carefully planned and designed years in advance.
With such an album one can, of course, not relish in its entire beauty upon first listen. The music is similar to an orange where one must peel layers before sinking their teeth into the actual substance. What lies beneath the surface is undescribable. It indeed may take several years - if not decades - before this piece of art may truly be appreciated and understood. Finally, Lil Wayne even outdoes himself in what may be called the most epic of songs in the history of recorded media. 'Drop It Like Its Hot' featuring his cohorts of the avant garde, B.G. and Mannie Fresh, takes the listener on a 4 minute journey which, once concluded, leaves them feeling as if they've been bestowed the answer to the meaning of life. The careful listener will note the song's understated beauty. It is as bold as it is subtle.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 1999
Since I'm from New Orleans I have followed them Hot Boyz since they first started. Ever since I first heard Wayne he was my favorite Cash Money rapper. He always uses ad libs to the fullest and it adds a more personal effect to his lyrics. He also seems to keep coming back with the lyrics that keep us waiting to hear what he is going to say next. Plus to say that he is still young, I know your real age, but I ain't hating, he still has a long time left in this rap game. He is already tight, so just imagine later on with of couple more years of experience will do. Then he doesn't curse! The only rapper to really do this was Rakim! And to be compared to one of the greatest rappers is a big accomplishment for Wayne. On this album, though, I think that he was cheated. His beats weren't hype enough. I don't know what happened. I always look forward to getting hype off of Mannie's(Mannie Fresh) beats, cause the boy always handles his bizzness. But this album for some reason makes me wonder if Mannie is loosing his touch. I hope not. Cause he has been around for...damn...almost ten years with different underground groups busting everybodies azz with the tracks. I, personnally can't get into the lyrics if the beat can't make my head nod. Only half of the tracks on this album fulfilled that. Anyway, Wayne keep handling your bizness and keep coming with the lyrics, but next time don't settle for nothing. If you come hard with the tight lyrics, make them come even harder with the tighter tracks!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2003
The debut album from Lil Wayne is straight up a clasic, the youngster had courage to a solo album when only 16 years old, I was really amazed when I heared this record.Everything was just perfect the beats, the good job by the geust appearences (the original cash money members)and Lil wayne was on top of everything with his cocky verses in each song.as you listen to this cd you start to notice the way Lil Wayne raps way outrageous, but calm in sad songs like #7-lights out, #8-f**k tha world,*16-up to me.In those 3 songs Lil Wayne talks about his messed up life and about his father that just died at the time.Also if you notice Lil Wayne's lyrics he does not talk as much of jewelery,cars and women, unlike other members from cmr Lil Wayne has kind of the street mentality talking about the hood and about gangstas,for example I'm a write a lyric he wrote ''woke up straight of the block,heat in my waist, clip in my hand, got my clock cocked.''So I recomend this cd to any diehard cmr fan,or anybody who wants something to listen to, trust me this and other cmr records where the only cmr cd's worth the price.My favorite songs #2,#14,#16
ALSO LOOKOUT FOR;
BONE THUGS N HARMONY-THUG WORLD ORDER
A NEW ONE FROM JUVI COMING OUT SOON
MO THUGS 4-THE MOVEMENT
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 1999
Lil' Wayne is bomb don't hate if anything you should congradulate aight. Cuz thats how it is and to correct everyone he is not 17 he is or was 15 and turned 16(i think)! But i'm sayn 1 more time don't hate cuz when he come out my way again its gon be ALL GRAVY BABY!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2000
Tha Block is Hot is the best cd i now. Lil Weezy debut album has it all. I urge you to go get as fast as you can. If you love any Cash Money artist you'll love this.