Born & Raised
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Born and Raised is Cormega's highly anticipated follow up to The True
Meaning which won the Source Magazine s prestigious Underground
album of the Year award in 2002 and his critically acclaimed 2001 debut
Cormega, real name Cory McKay, grew up in the Queensbridge Housing
Projects, forming childhood friendships with future rappers such as Nas,
Mobb Deep, Nature and Capone-N-Noreaga. Noted for his vivid and
poignant narratives about inner-city life, Mega gained notoriety in the 90s,
despite still being incarcerated, following a shout-out from Nas on his
song One Love on the classic Illmatic album.
After his release from prison in 1995, Cormega became determined to
pursue rapping. Nas featured Mega as a guest on Affirmative Action
from his second album It Was Written. From there Cormega started his
own record company, Legal Hustle Records and dropped the two
Born and Raised features an all star cast of legendary producers including
DJ Premier, Large Professor, Pete Rock, LES, Buckwild, Havoc, Nottz,
Easy Mo Bee, Ayatollah, Fizzy Womack, and DR Period as well as
appearances from EMPD s Parish Smith, Brand Nubian s Grand Puba,
KRS-One, Big Daddy Kane, Tragedy Khadafi, Mobb Deep s Havoc and
Fame of MOP. This album is a must for any true Hip Hop fan.
Top customer reviews
PS: PMD sounds EXACTLY like Prodigy on Mega Fresh X. I literally thought it was P Double when I first played the track.
Standouts include- Love Your Family, Live And Learn, Make It Clear, Journey (personal favorite), Define Yourself, What Did I Do (third in line), Dirty Game (second favorite), Rapture (honorable mention), and Mega Fresh X.
Guest Appearances- 8/10
Overall Sound- 9.5/10
#1 - 10 (CLASSIC -- great beat)
#2 - 8
#3 - 9 (f/ Havoc -- relaxing beat with deeper lyrics)
#4 - 8.5 (f/ Fizzy Womack of M.O.P)
#5 - 9
#6 - 9
#7 - 10 (CLASSIC -- tight beat)
#8 - 10 (CLASSIC -- great beat)
#9 - 9 (f/ Tragedy Khadafi & Havoc -- nice beat)
#10 - 10 (CLASSIC -- great beat)
#11 - 9 (nice beat)
#12 (acapella freestyle)
#13 - 8.5
#14 - 8.5 (f/ Parrish Smith of EPMD, Grand Puba, KRS-One & Big Daddy Kane)
Corey McKay -- b. 4/27/76 -- b. Bed-Sty, Brooklyn, NY moved to Queensbridge, NY
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LEMME BREAK IT DOWN
- The beats are lackluster yet listenable. Its a rare combination that has no standouts, but just compliment Mega's amazing lyrics.
-Mega kept his lyrics street-poetic, so if you have The Realness and True Meaning, this is a VERY WELCOME addition
-NO BAD TRAX including the intro.
THE FINAL VERDICT...
When I write only a lil bit, it usually means there's not a lot to be said. Its just great hip hop. BUY IT, you will not be disappionted. Top notch lyrics with good beats, isn't that what hip hop music supposed to contain?