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The Price of Fame
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2006
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I was excited for this CD when the single "Shortie Like Mine" was released. However, that's easily the best song on this album, and most of the other material is far below that level of quality. I'm a big fan of Jermaine Dupri's production, but most of the beats here are pedestrian and very similar to one another. The one beat by Nitti and JD, "Don't Know Bout That", is a nice break in the monotony (though not by a whole lot). The lyrics are the typical pop rap stuff...rims, jewelry, girls, etc. I usually don't mind that, but here it just sounds so worn out; there aren't really any clever twists or anything to keep your attention. Basically, you shouldn't pay more than a few bucks for this CD, and I'm being charitable giving this three stars...I'm hoping it'll grow on me a bit more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2006
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Bow Wow. The last time (I think) I've heard of the dog (ok maybe not) was back around the same time in 2005 when he and Omarion came together and made the hit song "Let Me Hold You". That song was a definite favorite of mine, but that wasd the only song that I liked from his Wanted album. The lackluster "Like You" and the hardcore wanna-be "Fresh Azimiz" were not impressing me enough.

So, why did I buy this album? Three letters, RnB, and the new single right now. "Shortie Like Mine", the current single out right now is pretty good. Bow Wow is a lot like Ja Rule, they sound way better on softer beats and with R&B vocals (Omarion and Chris Brown for Bow Wow) than they do with pure hip-hop ("Fresh Azimiz"). When Bow Wow acts soft he sounds right but when he acts all ghetto it can be a real disaster. Which is similar to my problem with Akon, who is a great singer and terrible rapper.

This is obviously apparent in his latest album, Price of Fame. Now, I'm not saying all of the R&B tracks are good and the rap is all bad, but it's an obvious distant ratio. He can rap but usually his lyrics are lame and/or the production is terrible (So So Def and Dupri anyone?). For example, "Price of Fame" is suprisingly not a bad song, the production is really hardcore, bassy, and full. However, the song is pulled down by lyrics. Like I said, anyone looking at this album's page knows that this album before purchasing is not going to be a lyrical masterpiece, and if you do you need to look elsewhere, like the new Nas album (which is killer, by the way). But what I'm hoping for were some "tolerable lyrics", not "a relationship, a couple rumors get past me". Obviously this has to do with Ciara. But...rumors? The only rumor I've heard about Bow Wow is that he's only 18 and that he's not really from Atlanta which he claims why too many times.

But there are some the completely bad tracks. "4 Corners" is completely wack, just like its production, with annoying repetitive horns which are, yes, as bad as "Get Right" by J. Lo or "London Bridge" by Fergie. That is one of only issues I have with this song. Next, lyrics, totally ordinary and expected of a terrible title like 4 Corners (what drug was used when he wrote this?). Now he's from Texas and drinking crunk juice all day. It's bad enough he's rapping but worse when he continually makes up places he "wants" to be from. "How You Move It" has been done way, way too many times and better and sounds like another "Fresh Azimiz"."Don't Know Bout That" has a really good production; unfortunately it is destroyed with Bow Wow's lyrics like "Takin all of Usher's money. Being broke, yeah well I don't know bout that". (was that an Usher beef?) "Damn Thing" is not even tolerable ("Oh I think I like that" on every verse?) while "On Fiya" is as wack as its purposely misspelled title. "Bet That" talks about how much money he has, while "Give It to Me" is about, well, clubing basically. Yawn.

But, now the cream of the crop, the R&B, which starts with "Outta My System", which as a good set tone on production and is deemed best song on the album. It has a good 90s sound to it like it came from an old Notorious B.I.G. album, and really does sound a bit like his hit "Hypnotize".Bow Wow pulls this off grand, although definitely looking at corporate lyrics Bow Wow shows the best here.And again, "Shortie Like Mine" is a good song, especially Chris Brown's addition.

One standout track is "Tell Me" which is a dance song. I couldn't care about Bow Wow's weak lyrics at that point, the beat of that song was an instant hit.

Bow Wow's new album The Price of Fame would likely not be worth a purchase for those looking for a good, solid hip-hop album. Actually, there are a few good tracks sprinkled into a bunch of hip-hop wanna-bes. Bow Wow is good at attempting different genres like R&B and dance, but unfortunately he seems to not want to do what's best. Maybe a stocking stuffer for the Bow Wow fan, but otherwise download the below. 2 stars.

Track Picks:

"Outta My System"

"Shortie Like Mine"

"Tell Me"
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2006
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One-star reviews are something I rarely give out. I don't like reviewing a product if I have nothing remotely positive to remark about it, but I simply feel obligated to on Bow Wow's latest release, Price of Fame. Front and forward, I've gotta comment on the title of this release; Price of Fame. Bow Wow tricks unsuspecting buyers into thinking this could possibly be a mature, and introspective effort from the nineteen year old who dropped the "Lil'" in his name two LP's ago. Bow Wow's at a good age to offer wisdom from a youthful perspective, as Mobb Deep dropped The Infamous at the very same age.. however, while Mobb Deep were dropping knowledge over hardcore hip-hop backdrops aiming for classic status, Bow Wow's dropping club track after club track over poor, and overproduced beats hoping to rake in some cream with an album that, simply put, is well below subpar.

Firstly, Bow Wow's flow is horrendous. His breath control, or lack thereof, is abysmal. The beats he's chosen for his album are commercial rejects; much like everything Bow Wow's mentor, Jermaine Dupree, produces. Bow Wow doesn't even write his only songs, so I'm simply wondering, who the hell is ghostwriting this kid's lyrics, and why on earth does he still have a job? One reviewed quipped that the 'haters' who give this album negative reviews are jealous of Bow Wow's swagger; what swagger? Bow Wow doesn't sound comfortable on the microphone, despite having over half a decade in the game under his belt.

Bow Wow does offer a surpisingly insightful track in Outta My System, but even that one bit of insight can't save this abortion of an album. I didn't come into this release expecting anything more than a more mature, refined Bow Wow, and I came out seeing the same artist, and person he's been for the last six years; there's been no progress, and Bow Wow feels like little more than a persona created by JD, and his horrible entourage of ghostwriters. Even the likes of Nick Cannon could become a respectable artist in the hip-hop community, but Bow Wow isn't dropping any Can I Live?'s on Price of Fame. It's more of the same exact product you've been listening to since Bow Wow was telling you to "Bounce With Me." When Bow Wow says he's going to move all the 'old rappers out of the way' on Don't Know About That, you can't help but laugh at the sheer stupidity of that statement, and cringe at the disrespect. Bow Wow maybe young, but he's more washed-up than legends like KRS-1 or De La Soul, or even mainstream darlings like Snoop and Ice Cube; which is horrible, considering he was far below-average at his peak. If Bow Wow could dramatically, and quite frankly, miracuously, mature between this and his next release, then he maybe able to survive in the game, but if Bow Wow keeps going like this, it's time for this kid to hang up his hoodie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2007
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The other day my friend and I were talking about the career spans of Bow Wow and Kris Kross. I stated Bow Wow has had a longer, successful career because there aren't too many good rappers out these days. My friend said Bow Wow is still popular because of the Internet and media exposure. We both could be right. There's nothing wrong with having self-esteem, but Bow Wow takes it to another level. Just like on his last CD "Wanted," Bow Wow is still boasting about how rich and popular he is and how he's such a ladies man. Not only that, but the music sounds like it was retrieved from a dumpster. There is nothing new, fresh, or mature about this CD and I can't believe that there are people who actually bought "Price of Fame" just to hear that kind of foolishness. Bow Wow needs to get it together- fast. Since he likes to brag about how much money he has, I hope he's learning about saving, investing, and starting his own business because I don't think his career is going to last much longer. "Price of Fame" is just like Kris Kross's "Young, Rich, & Dangerous" but much worse. At least there were a few good tracks off of Kris Kross's album. I don't like anything off of "Price of Fame." Skip this at all costs.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2006
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For someone that is trying to showcase himself as a hardcore thug, this cd is a failure. If you are scared that a cd with parental warning will chase off fans, then don't do it. Nobody wants to listen an edit cd.

That's the main problem with this cd-if this was a new artist, you could learn to like them. However Bow Wow is an established artist that has been in public eye for years and now he's trying to be something that he is not. A 50 Cent starter kit.

The decent tracks are:

Don't Know About That, Bet That and Price of Fame (if you get pasted the editing and bleeping out of words)

Many after this one bombs, his next cd will go back to what made him popular in the first place.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Lets get this straight now. Lil bow wow never had talent. He was just another cute lil kid marketing gimmick. But now he is older and he isn't that cute anymore (at least not cute to a straight male). Bow wow couldn't spit a dope bar to save his mother's life let alone make an album. Whoever is ghost writing for him needs to be slapped twice as hard as bow wow needs to be. I hope this album is the one that delivers a fatal blow to his rap career and sends him into immediate retirement. As a whole the album is weak, lyrics are on k-fed's level, and the beats are average. Avoid this album at all cost in order to spare your eardrums. Check out NaS or Mos Def for some quality music!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2006
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Ok, I'll be blunt with what what I'm about to say in this sentence - Bow Wow's fifth studio album, "The Price Of Fame", SUCKS! You'd think an album with such a title would provide music that dug deeper, both musically and lyrically, than the short-lived Pop-(c)rap he's made a living on for the majority of his career, but it doesn't. Actually, let me ask you this - how many of you really expected this album to be great? How many of you really set your expectations high enough to the point of expecting this album to be some kind of "Illmatic", "Doggystyle", "Reasonable Doubt" and all the rest of those critically acclaimed Hip-Hop album classics?

Seriously, Bow Wow has little to no brains. Yes, he's a decent rapper, he's got a natural sense of laid-back cool, he's a millionaire, his affiliation with Hip-Hop legends like Snoop Dogg gives him street credibility, ladies and little female kiddies love him, guys envy his success and the dude managed to hook up with one of today's most successful R&B artists of this decade, Ciara. Unfortunately, none of it amounts up to anything when it comes to his lyrical ability, which is -to (once again) be blunt - awful. The unconvincing "Intro" jacks the beat from his previous mini-hit/Lil' Romeo "diss" "Fresh Azimiz", while the bland wannabe club banger "How You Move It" sounds like an actual rip-off of "Fresh Azimiz", and that track was already bad in the first place. The smooth vocals Chris Brown & Johnta Austin provide on lead single "Shorty Like Mine" can't hide the fact that Bow Wow is a horrible lyricist. For crying out loud, half of the album's tracks feature guest artists, all of whom chew Bow Wow up and spit him back out like the moronic hack he really is.

Even when he tries digging deeper in songs like "Outta My System", where the evidently talented songster Johnta Austin's soulful vocals are forced to play second-best to T-Pain's reedy squeak, he still sounds bland and emotionless. He even ends the aforementioned ode to ex-girlfriend Ciara with this mushy conclusion - "If I could, I would turns back the hands of time / And correct all the mistakes I ever did / But now I guess I gotta move on, right? / It's still hard / And I stick love you to this day / Peace". Really, Bow Wow? If you truly loved Ciara like you said you did, why did you two really break up? Why are you more concerned with tryna pick up dime-a-dozen h*es with radio-bound garbage like "Bet That", "Damn Thing" (feat. long-forgotten rapper Da Brat), "I'm A Flirt" (feat. R. Kelly) & the raunchy "Give It To You"?

If there's one thing that truly shocked me about this album, it's not that Bow Wow co-produced some of these album's tracks, but the fact that he does a GOOD job doing so alongside other producers like Jermaine Dupri. I'm not sure who produced what, but whoever laid down the hard-hitting, synth-heavy beats of the Bow Wow / Cocaine J. / Young Capone collaboration "Don't Know About That" or the Bow Wow / Lil' Wayne / Lil' Scrappy / Short Dawg / Pimp C collaboration "4 Corners" deserves some serious recognition for making the listening experience of "The Price Of Fame" a little less painful.

Altogether, a terrible album that teaches you nothing you don't already know, nor does it provide you with the entertainment you might've been hoping for. 1 STAR!

N.B.:
To Bow Wow,
For the love of love of whatever it is you love most, cut down on the boasting, keep your clothes on and act like the man you continually claim to be. I respect the fact that you have -to some degree- worked for years to get to where you are, there's no denying that your music essentially remains unchanged after all these long years. Where's the ambition, hunger, thought-provoking substance and introspective material that made greatness out of Hip-Hop legends like Nas? Where's the quality music and unexpected surprises you promised to your fans, haters and readers?

On another note, get your facts straight. You evidently can't create a hit song of some kind without the help of someone else, your acting skills are weak, you're not as "gangsta" as you think, you're not the hottest thing to hit the block and you clearly do not possess the talent, dedication, time, talent or focus to find talented musical individuals, nonetheless push them into the mainstream or fund them with the necessary materials or experience required for artistic growth.

Assuming that you're reading this, you're probably thinking that I'm just another babbling hater with nothing better to do, but I'm just speaking what I truly feel - something that I was hoping from you on "The Price Of Fame". If you think I'm wrong, then prove me wrong and do something more worthwhile than shaving your head and flashing your ugly flesh across global TV screens.

From,
CrazyWhacko_88
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2006
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Wow. I really enjoyed this album. It was a great effort and it really showed such a growth from this man. Some of the tracks like Price Of Fame ; I didnt enjoy and the random intro is unneeded. But the rest was really good. I love the song Outta My System ; it was very refreshing from his other duets. T-Pain & Johnta bring some different to the song. I also love the beat. My other favorite song is I'm a Flirt. its a good song and it goes along the lines of every males thoughts. I like that. Also R.Kelly brought his vocals to it and made it sizzle. The reason I gave this 5 stars is because it deserved it ; you can really see Bow Wow's growth from young man to grown man. Not only was he writing on this album he produced some tracks on the album as well. Anyways other songs that deserve a mention is ; Give It To You, On Fiya, Bet That. Also the 2nd single is blazing out as well "Don't Know Bout That" it has a real hood feel that I like. 4 Corners is a song where I think alot of different fans of each artist can enjoy. I'm not really into that track ; but the rest of the songs make up for it. I'm also hugely attracted to the song Tell Me. I love the beat ; its got me hooked. Anyways I recommend this album to everybody who's looking for something fresh and different for this end of the year ; throughout the next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2007
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Excellent CD! I think it contains some of his best music yet. Received in perfect condition, and quick and easy transaction.
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Not really one of Bow's better cd's i prefer Wanted myself. This is one cool though with tracks like "4 Corners w/Lil Wayne, Pimp C", "Outta My Sytem w/T-Pain", Shortie Like Mine feat Chris Brown and "I'm A Flirt". It makes for a decent album but i'm hoping that Bow Wow's collabo CD with Omarion will up the game a little bit. Its not a cd that really does a whole lot besides the tracks i listed and a couple others. Its only average and worth a few listens at best.
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