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Wu Massacre
Wu Massacre
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good album for hip hop, but it falls short, March 31, 2010
This review is from: Wu Massacre (Audio CD)
An entire album by Method Man, Raekwon and Ghostface Killa should be a classic. The hype for "Wu Massacre" was high. Like many, I expected the album to be a classic. While it's a solid hip hop album, this album just didn't meet my expectations for this project.
Anyone who likes these three as solo artists or the Wu Tang Clan will appreciate this album. All three rappers are on point throughout the album with good rhymes, and the album has solid production.
That said, there are several flaws with this album that prevent it from being a classic. First, there are only a few songs all three rappers appear on the same song. It would have been better if these three deleted the guest appearances and kept the songs to themselves. Second, the album is short, clocking in just over 30 minutes. Keep in mind, two of the twelve tracks are worthless skits.
As a fan of Wu Tang, all three artists and hip hop, I expected more for this album. No regret in buying it, but I wish the label would have given these guys a longer time span to creat a classic rather than this. This album seems rushed to cash on Raekwon's recent hype for "Only Built For Cuban Linx 2," released last year. Ultimately, these three are capable of so much more.
Buy this album if you are a die hard Wu Tang fan, because all three rappers spit heat. But do not purchase this album if you aren't into these artists, because you won't find anything ground breaking on "Wu Massacre."

Raymond v. Raymond
Raymond v. Raymond
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4.0 out of 5 stars His Swagger Is Back, March 30, 2010
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Usher's sixth studio album, "Raymond V Raymond" is a solid album for Usher and music in general.
This album is a good mix of his previous two albums, "Confessions" and "Here I Stand."
What is most likable about the record is that Usher gives listeners plenty of party/upbeat tracks, such as "Little Freak" featuring Nicki Minaj, "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)","She Don't Know" featuring Ludacris, as well as his signature ballads like "There Goes My Baby," "Papers" and "Making Love (Into The Night)."
His guest appearances are on point, with T.I. showing up on "Guilty," Ludacris on "She Don't Know," Will.I.Am on "OMG" and Nicki Minaj on "Little Freak." All of the guests shine, however, Minaj is by far the best in this case.
Usher is focused on this album, touching on issues including love, sex and cheating, much like his 2004 "Confessions" album.
Flaws with this album is the previously mentioned "OMG" featuring Will.I.Am. The song sounds like it was recorded by The Black Eyed Peas for their "The E.N.D." record, but was cut and then given to Usher. It seems a little out of place.
Also why was the song "More," which he performed during the NBA All Star game and used as a promotional single, not on the phyiscal album? It is easily one of the best recorded songs by Usher in these album sessions and would have been better than "OMG" or "OKAY."
Overall, if you like Usher, you'll like this album. It's not his greatest, but it's another solid body of work. He proves he hasn't lose his touch with this record. Anyone new to Usher's music should start with "Confessions."

The Essential 3.0 Michael Jackson (Eco-Friendly Packaging)
The Essential 3.0 Michael Jackson (Eco-Friendly Packaging)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect, November 28, 2009
For someone who enjoys Michael Jackson's music, but isn't a diehard fan, this is a perfect way to get your MJ collection started. Almost every Michael Jackson song from his career (ranging from The Jackson 5 days to his last album "Invincible") is found here. There are a few MJ hits that should have been included, but the songs that are on here are definitely excellent!

Battle Studies
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Battle Studies" is a solid body of work, November 28, 2009
This review is from: Battle Studies (Audio CD)
John Mayer's fourth and 2009 effort "Battle Studies" is a solid album that captures the story of man dealing with recent heartbreak.
It's interesting: Mayer is usually an artist who branches out with song topics on each track, but on "Studies" each song is another form of him venting about heartbreak. The funny thing is, this concept and album hardly grows dull and actually works.
The album starts with "Heartbreak Warfare," a great opener with a title that suggest the theme. From there, the album is a good mix of catchy tunes and a few filler tracks. Standout tracks include the first single "Who Says," my personal favorite "Assassin," a Robert Johnson cover in "Crossroads" and "Perfectly Lonely."
Like almost every Mayer album, there are a few tracks that just don't standout - but they aren't bad tracks either. "Half of my Heart" (feat. Taylor Swift) is catchy, but Swift fans will be hurt she doesn't do more than background vocals and part of the song's chorus.
Any John Mayer fan is going to enjoy this album. Is it his most inspiring body of work? No, but it's entertaining and an easy listen. Although the concept of dealing with heartbreak is strong, Mayer finds a way to do it while making the songs pretty upbeat considering the song topics. If you're looking for some new music and don't expect a classic album, try this out. It's definitely worth a listen. Mayer does a good job of entertaining his audience.

Rated R
Rated R
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4.0 out of 5 stars Her best effort yet, November 24, 2009
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Rihanna's 2009 and fourth effort, "Rated R," is the best album of her career and one of the best albums of the year. Why? This album dares to be different from the masses and previous Rihanna efforts, as she presents herself with more edge, sexier, daring, and more truthful than ever before.
The album starts with a small interlude titled "Mad House," which really does a good job of setting the album's tone. "Wait Your Turn" is the first song on the album and it gets the listener vibing quickly. Rihanna gives no time for breath, as the album turns to "Hard" feat. Young Jeezy, followed by "Stupid In Love." All of the tracks are creative, outgoing, and some of her best work. "Rockstar 101" is a bit corny, but the albums picks up again with the lead single "Russian Roulette." The rest of the album continues like the first half, as all the songs present themselve with an edge and passion.
Rihanna really sheds her pop image with this album, as majority of the songs have a hard rock edge about them, with the exception of a few tracks. She's also cursing, as well as proudly presenting her bold personality and sexuality throughout the album's lyrics, and liner notes.
In my opinion, this is Rihanna's best album and one of the best albums I've heard this year. She took artistic chances with "Rated R," changing her whole persona and agenda. This album seems more truthful than her previous three efforts.
Rihanna fans may not like this album if they're looking for her bubble-gum/pop albums of the past. She's definitely grown as a person and as an artist with this record. If you're wanting to hear a good album and have no preconceived notions going into it, buy "Rated R."

Before I Self Destruct
Before I Self Destruct
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5.0 out of 5 stars His best since his debut, November 17, 2009
This review is from: Before I Self Destruct (Audio CD)
In 2009, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson released his fourth album on Shady/Aftermath, "Before I Self Destruct." Despite some delays, the album proves to be worth the wait and easily 50's best since his classic debut album "Get Rich or Die Tryin'."
The album starts off with the hard-hitting "The Invitation," which sets the tone for the entire album. The album continues with "Then Days Went By" and "Death to My Enemies." 50 then starts his typical diss record, this time targeting former G-Unit members Game and Young Buck. The song is good and in my opinion, is different from previous diss records like "Piggy Bank." 50 was simply responding to his peers this time, rather than starting the insults.
The whole album's tone is dark and gritty, until we reach the third single "Baby By Me" feat. Ne-Yo. The song is similar to previous r&b records from 50, such as "21 Questions" and "Build You Up." And while the record is an obvious pop attempt, it's creative and a standout. "Do You Think About Me" is another similar record, but another standout. The album wraps up with the street single "OK, You're Right," a heavy, up-tempo Dr. Dre produced track. And of course, "Could've Been You" feat. R. Kelly, which was originally set to appear on Dr. Dre's "Detox."
If you've missed the "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" 50 Cent, who showed appearances on "The Massacre" and "Curtis," you'll love this album. It's 50 at his gritty best, with seldom guest appearances. And when the guest appearances do happen, they work great. Eminem murders "Psycho," while Ne-Yo and R. Kelly fit the songs they're on. "Before i Self Destruct" might not be as great as his debut, but it's right up there. Well worth your money and time.

Street Hop
Street Hop
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4.0 out of 5 stars Street Hop is easily one of 2009's best rap albums, November 6, 2009
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Royce Da 5'9" returned as a solo artist in 2009 with "Street Hop," just months after releasing Slaughterhouse's debut album. The Slaughterhouse album had one of my favorite album's of the year, but Royce stepped it up a notch with his latest solo effort.
The album is gritty, entertaining, solid and easily one of the best rap albums of 2009. "Gun Harmonizing" (feat Crooked I) really sets the album's tone and things only get better from there. Other standout records include the DJ Premier produced "Shake This," "Gangsta" (feat. Trick Trick), "New Money", "The Warriors" (with Slaughterhouse," and "Minez In Thiz" feat. Mr. Porter. But that's really just scratching the service, as nearly every song on the album is great.
What's great about the album is that Royce seems to have finally put together the complete package, providing outstanding lyrics over excellent production, as well as bringing in good guest appearances who bring something to the table, but don't outshine Royce. Guest appearance include Slaughterhouse, Crooked I, Bun B, Busta Rhymes, Kid Vishis, Mr. Porter, Trick Trick, and a few more).
If you're a Royce Da 5'9" fan or a Slaughterhouse fan, buy the album. Royce has really stepped up and put together a great album, any fan will enjoy. If you're a fan of hip-hop, buy this album. Royce has demonstrated the essence of hip-hop with this record - it's creative, interesting, entertaining throughout the entire album. Something that is hard to find today.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, But Not Great, November 6, 2009
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, But Not Great, November 6, 2009

I've always been a Weezer fan, so I decided to pickup their latest release, "Raditude." The album is catchy, fun and enjoyable. But while it has its positives, it ultimately fails to completely satisfy the listener.
The album starts off with the catchy first single "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To." It's a good pick-me-up way to start off the album. The album continues with some more enjoyable, up-beat tunes like "I'm Your Daddy," "The Girl Got Hot," and "Can't Stop Partying" (feat. Lil' Wayne). Yes, a Lil Wayne collaboration seems odd and an attempt to connect with a new fan base, but he does fit the song and delivers a short, memorable verse.
The remainder of the album slowly loses steam, but is still entertaining and picks up strong near the end.
Problems? While the songs are catchy and entertaining, they seem to be some of the most uninspired records I have heard from Weezer. "I'm Your Daddy" and "The Girl Got Hot" are prime examples of a catchy tune, but really lacks originality. "Can't Stop Partying" was originally on River's solo disc (different beat, without Lil Wayne verse), and "Love Is The Answer" can be found on Sugar Ray's latest album, "Music For Cougars."
The album's length is also a flaw, clocking in under 40 minutes. A buyer is essentially purchasing each record for a $1, like on I-Tunes.
"Raditude" provides listeners with an opportunity to hear some up-beat, catchy Weezer tunes. But you're going to find a lack of creativity (using previous released songs) and an attempt to connect with main stream (a Lil Wayne appearance), which ultimately hurts Weezer. What has made them so great over the year is the risks they take musically. A Weezer fan can a decent album here, just not a classic.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tech continues to improve with "K.O.D.", November 2, 2009
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Unlike most artists, Tech N9ne has improved as an artist with every album. I didn't think he could top "Killer," but he definitely proved me wrong with his newest release "K.O.D. (King of Darkness)."
Like the album title suggest, this LP is extremely dark when it comes to his lyrical content (murder, death, depression, etc), more so than any other Tech album. But fans shouldn't be alarmed, as the dark mood is often mixed with incredible production and clever punchlines throughout the album.
I am personally a fan of every song on the album, but standouts include "Show Me A God," "Demons" (feat. Three 6 Mafia), "In The Trunk," "Leave Me Alone" and "Strange Music Box" (feat. Brotha Lynch Hung & Krizz Kaliko).
If I had to pick a flaw, it would be some of the skits. Most of them fit with the album's concept, but the interview with Jason Whitlock doesn't offer anything new that Tech fans wouldn't know, besides a reminder that Tech is often criticized and accused of worshiping the devil. I understood the purpose of it, but I believe it could have been left off.
Despite that, this album is worth purchase for any Tech fan. Once again, Tech has stepped up his craft and created another solid body of work. Listeners looking to hear raw emotion and creativity should buy this album.

Music Inspired By The Film More Than A Game
Music Inspired By The Film More Than A Game
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better soundtracks to come out recently, September 29, 2009
NBA superstar LeBron James compiled songs from his friends in the music industry, that he felt matched the feelings of his new documentary "More Than A Game."
I haven't seen the documentary, but the soundtrack is pretty solid. Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Drake, Lil' Wayne, Soulja Boy, Kanye West, Eminem, T.I. are just some of the many people who can be found on this release.
There's some real solid music on this soundtrack, starting with the mega-hit and posse cut "Forever" by Drake, Eminem, Lil' Wayne and Kanye West. It's easily one of the coolest collaborations on this album and in hip-hop. Jay-Z shows up for "History," a song he released as promo to his "The Blueprint 3" last November during the Presidential Election. These two songs easily make the album worth the purchase.
Surprisingly, there are a lot of good cuts on the album though. Mary J. Blige delivers the powerful ballad "Stronger," and the Soulja Boy record "I'm Ballin" isn't bad either. The album ends with a huge r&b collaboration "If You Dream," which is a cool idea, but too many people on a record can cause it to suffer. That's what happened in this case.
This album is a good mix of proven popular artists like Jay-Z, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kanye West, but also has contributions from newer artists like Jared Evan and Hayes.
Overall, buy this album if you're looking for some new music to entertain you for a few months. This isn't an album you'll listen to for years to come, but there are multiple songs that you'll want in your collection if you're a fan of hip-hop and R&B.

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