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Man Vs Machine
Man Vs Machine
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Future Ryhming, October 21, 2002
This review is from: Man Vs Machine (Audio CD)
When X to the Z dropped his Likwit Crew-affiliated debut in 1996, At The Speed of Life, I believed I was looking at the future of Cali hiphop: hard ryhmes about drugs and chicks over beats with more East Coast thud than West Coast slap. To a certain point, X has made a profitable career out of this formula and has collaborated with other Westsideriders like Snoop, Dre, and Nate Dogg on his last two releases as opposed to the more "backpacker" sample-oriented smokefests on his first two albums. I preferred those two first albums because X was still starving, his voice had that edge of a dude rhyming to save his life, rapping to prove to the Westsideriders that a underground guy from Detroit could swing harder than them. That underground guy shows up on Losin Your Mind, Harder, and Break Yourself but the rest of Man versus.. is bland even the MOP joint which should make me wanna tear the club up but instead all I wanna do is nod...off. Dr. Dre oversaw this project and contributes a dope verse on Symphony... but East Coast dudes like Bink and MOP provide some of the best moments so maybe X's past is his future, but hey if this albums sells well like 2000's Restless which Dr. Dre also executive produced, maybe his future is supposed to be anti-climactic.


Greatest Grooves of Chocolate Milk
Greatest Grooves of Chocolate Milk
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4.0 out of 5 stars Do that dance!, September 26, 2002
From New Orleans, comes this cool cutter funk disc. This septet never made any super hits like Superfreak or Boogie Wonderland but they created alot of heat between the years of 1974 and 1985.
Produced by funk doctor Alan Toussaint (he produced many of the Meter's first albums), you won't be able to stand still. The drums are hard and the horns and the vocals are too sweet, especially on Actions Speak Louder Than Words and Take It Off.Let the good times roll.


Mosaic
Mosaic
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to love, September 11, 2002
This review is from: Mosaic (Audio CD)
Blakey used the three horn lineup on 1963's Ugetsu (on Riverside) as well, but I think these songs are slightly trickier to play so when the Jazz Messengers blaze through them like they're on the Indianapolis Speedway, this Blue Note release is slightly more pleasurable to listen to. Exotic. Confrontational. Sublime. These are adjectives that turn up in my pocket when I think of this album. Great early 60s bop from one of the best small band of the early 60s. Wayne Shorter and Fred Hubbard both contribute songs and truly amazing playing here, also.


Seance
Seance
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzling display, July 19, 2002
This review is from: Seance (Audio CD)
This is jazz the way I envision it. With a live audience mumbling in the background and a super-swinging rhythm section of Red Mitchell and Donald Bailey and a technical master at the piano: Hampton. Recorded in LA in 1966, this is a beautiful trio album. Every tune is lively and full of brilliant dialogue between Hampton and his band.


Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections
Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections
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4.0 out of 5 stars Let him take you on a fonkey ride! All around the world!, June 3, 2002
Cee Lo wrote and produced all the songs on this wonderful album. I categorize it with Digable Planets and Outkast's debut as albums that will change the sonic menu for hiphop records. After this album, more so called rappers will be singing like they Donny Hathaway but I doubt if they have the worldly wisdom and the courage to fly that Cee Lo has. This is one of the years best, definitely bump this joint in your bucket. The sure shot hits are Closet Freak, One for the Road and Follow Me.


The Best of The Jimmy Castor Bunch: The Everything Man
The Best of The Jimmy Castor Bunch: The Everything Man
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Funk Champion, June 3, 2002
The Jimmy Castor Bunch had a dynamic salsa/soul/funk sound that gets better with each listen. This guy Castor wrote hit songs with doowop pioneers The Teenagers and he created the legendary 70s B-boy anthem Its Just Begun and he introduced us to the Butt Sisters-three great sisters Bertha, Batsheba and Betty-whom I've had the pleasure of meeting. The highlights here are plentiful and his wonderful band will set you in the boogie zone: Experience "Dont Do That", "Troglodyte", and "Supersound".


Abdullah
Abdullah
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart of Rock n' Roll, April 26, 2002
This review is from: Abdullah (Audio CD)
Abdullah are amazing. The vocals and guitar are perfectly mixed. Everything is lovely, especially Path... and ...the Colossus. These guys are from Cleveland,OH and I believe they should be placed next to Black Sabbath in the bleepin' Hall of Fame tomorrow night. Fans of the Obsessed, should be happy to know Abdullah will be playing on Spirit Caravan's summer tour. Check them out.


Ozma/Gluey Porch Treatments
Ozma/Gluey Porch Treatments
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sick Beast Metal, April 9, 2002
Dark, Heavy and Loopy can describe the Melvins from WA State. They combine Iommi's guitars with a drunken, demented lyricism over a drummer who stops and starts and breaks up the backbeat like a jazz trapman. Ozma is slow and low with enough devestating riffs to occupy any fan of Kyuss or Pantera but there is something screwy going down. Buzz ain't right in his head. Gluey Porch Treaments is Ozma's predecessor from '87 and you can tell by the intensity of Eye Flys that this is not a mentally healthy rock and roll disc. I add both albums on this disc to my favorite rock albums list right next to Master Of Reality.


Master
Master
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old Dog, Great Tricks, April 3, 2002
This review is from: Master (Audio CD)
Rakim has been dropping cutting edge lyrics over spare, hardcore beats for almost 16 years, and now that he is working with the world famous Dr.Dre of The Chronic, many new listeners will see what this dude can do. This album is his most recent work and though Eric B is not involved, the lyrics are still full of fury. Alot of heads criticize the beats, but I think they are all parrots: saying what somebody else said. There are two Primo joints here and some dope work from Amen Ra of BadBoy and old school New Jersey producer Mark the 45 King, so what you want? I mean this is a dude who Mike Tyson once listed as his favorite rapper. Buy this and cruise the streets playing Flow Forever loud than a mother.


The Sting
The Sting
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4.0 out of 5 stars Buzz Clips, March 25, 2002
This review is from: The Sting (Audio CD)
Wu Tang Clan is number one. No one else shows a united front to create uncompromising East Coast hiphop with creativity but them. There are plenty of talented rhymers on this Wu-family compilation with Solomon's Child, Shyheim and Lord Superb ( from Ghost's two classic albums) being the standouts. RZA provides most of the music but 4th Disciple and Doc Doom also contribute bomb beats. For some fans of Iron Flag, this CD's production may be a little more synthesized and California-flavored but the swords are still sharp and with joints like "Outthink me now" and "KB Ridin'", the Killa Bees are stinging haters. BZZZZ!


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