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The Soul Purpose [Explicit Lyrics]

7l & EsotericAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Dwight Spits Intro [Explicit] 1:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Verbal Assault [Explicit] 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Terror To Ya Ear [Explicit] 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Operating Correctly (Feat. Mr. Lif) [Explicit] 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Call Me Es [Explicit] 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. My Rhyme Pt. 2 [Explicit]0:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Jealous Over Nothing [Explicit] 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Chain Reaction [Explicit] 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Think Back [Explicit] 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Interlude- Terra What? [Explicit]0:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Mic Mastery [Explicit] 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Public Execution [Explicit] 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. You Know The Concept [Explicit] 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Speaking Real Words (Feat. Inspectah Deck) [Explicit] 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. First Letter [Explicit] 1:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. The Soul Purpose [Explicit] 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Rep The Hardest [Explicit] 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Play It Cool [Explicit] 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Guest List [Explicit] 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. State Of The Art (Feat. Akrobatik, Checkmark, Cadence) [Explicit] 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Hell When I Come Through [Explicit] 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Brain In Gear [Explicit] 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Operating Solo [Explicit] 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 11, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: July 10, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Traffic (The Orchard)
  • ASIN: B000FTJ5P2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,064 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

As one of the most prolific DJ/MC combos since the mighty Gangstarr, 7L & Esoteric have made their mark in true old school fashion. Combining forces with the likes of Wu-Tang's Inspectah Deck, Mr. Lif and the legendary Boston MC Karma, 7LES bring you nothing but the rawness. This formerly out-of-print disc is now reissued, jam-packed with three exclusive bonus tracks from the Soul Purpose era to sweeten the deal!

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5.0 out of 5 stars I guess hip hop hasn't died afterall April 11, 2003
By Deejams
Format:Audio CD
Powerful loops, insightful & intelligent lyrics and good old fashion fun. This album showcases every aspect that real hip hop was meant to represent. It seems as though what the music industry considers "hip hop" today has really altered the definition of the culture, but 7L & Esoteric have truly kept hip hop's glory days alive and vibrant. Funky, soulful beats laid over DJ 7L's talented scratching make the foundation of every song on this album very strong. Particularly notable is "verbal assault", "operating correctly", and "guest list". Each one of these songs display the true talent that this very well rounded duo possesses. Included throughout the album is also a healthy dose of comedy (i.e. interludes and songs such as "guest list" and "jealous over nothing"), something that I personally miss hearing in today's thugish, ghetto-glorifying rap genre. 7L & Esoteric were seemingly inspired by KRS-one, Tribe Called Quest, old school Beatnuts and Tha Alkaholiks just to name a few. I highly suggest that you buy this album if you believe that hip hop should be about making clever lyrics accompanied with head bobbing beats. Check out Eso's flow on the mic, probably the best I've ever heard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some dope Boston Underground March 26, 2004
By Chris
Format:Audio CD
Here is the song by song Review of Soul Purpose by the white
rap group 7L(DJ)Esoteric(MC).
2.Verbal Assault-Awesome it is a verbal assault awesome Beat 10
3.Terror to your ear-Tight 9/10
4.Operatting Correctly-Just awesome Beat Classic 10/10 Single
5.Call me E.S-a single still pretty tight lyrically 9/10
6.Jealous over nothing-another single 8/10
7.Chain Reaction-Tight Beat 7/10
9.Think Back-Awesome Lyrics for heads 10/10
11.Mic Mastery-Another single tight Beat 9/10
12.Public Execution-The Beat and Lyrics like a Jay Z are 93 hardcore song. 10/10
13.You Know the Concept-Pretty Tight 9/10
14.Speaking Real Words-with Rebel INS 10/10 Single
15.The Soul Purpose-Pretty Good 8/10
16.Rep the Hardest-Tight Beat Tight Lyrics 10/10
18.Play it Cool-Pretty Good 9/10
19.Guest List-Okay 7/10
20.State of the art-single are whatever tight beat/lyics 10/10
Lyrics 9/10 Production 10/10 X Factor 8/10 Style 8/10 Voice 7/10
Music 10/10 Innovative 8/10 Classic 9/10 Guest 10/10 Blends10/10
Overall 90 87-94 is 4.5 mics this gets that ****^ stay at 4 stars on review however because Production was a 9.5
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing underground breakthrough July 24, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
7L and Esoteric are like oreos and milk. They have been around for a little bit now, and this is their first album that they have released like this. They are not that well known, at least in the Chi. They both worked with others on the Jedi Mind album which was amazing. This album has some of the most creative hip hop cuts I have ever heard. 7L's beats sond like he went out on the street and listened for the most annoying sounds he heard and them put them together to make very excellent beats that flow perfectly. Then add the strong, distinct, crisp voice of the Eso on top of them and you have powerful music, enjoyable at anytime. This album is one of the best album's I have ever purchased. Just make sure you have your volume up, and your bass punding when you put this on. This team of Boston white boys is a match made in heaven.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Actually 4.5 Stars, Hip-Hop For Real Heads July 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is hip-hop for true fans of the art. It doesn't get any more dope than this! These guys will never be commercial, not that commercial rap is all bad, but this is REAL. Esoteric's rhymes will keep you hitting the rewind button! His lyrical style is comparable to Inspectah Deck's (which makes an appearance on this album) and Rakim's in delivery. Not saying he rhymes like Rakim, but just the way the words are presented in the multi-layered pattern within the verse (like Deck does also). This style may not be suitable for those who like simplicity. Eso delivers each rhyme like a punch line to the dome! His style is aggressive and witty, intellegence mixed with old school. This album has very few flaws. 7L's beats are incredible, seemingly too powerful to fly under the radar. This album is fresh, even as I write this review four years after the fact. Four years from now it will still be some of the best hip-hop around. After you buy this check out DC (Dangerous Connection) and DC2 (Bars of Death). Well worth it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars soul purpose showed potential June 7, 2005
By John
Format:Audio CD
This album is definately not as good as DCI and DCII but it showed 7l potential as a producer and esoteric's potential as a lyricist.

If you hear this album and then the aformentioned ones you can easily hear how 7l and eso have developed into a dope tandom.

The problem with eso on this ablum is that he eats his words so much that sometimes its hard to undestand what he's saying but he does rip it on a lot of tracks like My Rhyme PartII when he does a Run Dmc type of rap to an old eighties type beat

there a alot of fun tracks on this album to keep your head nodding and eventhough this isn't 7l and eso's best ablum it is still better than most other hiphop today
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5.0 out of 5 stars British perspective December 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The production is deep and funky, fresh and innovative, 7L has produced the finest tracks on the album. For me, "Jealous over nothing" is one of the funkiest joints i've heard and is classic in my book, but "think back" (great piano loop) "verbal assault" and "public execution" also are tight. Esoteric's flow is one of the best i've heard and matches the beat flawlessly, it's just a bit of a shame that his lyrics are sometimes limited to macho posing, when they are not witty or profound. But i love this album for its neat, fresh production and i can appreciate almost every track on the album
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