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Soundbombing 2 Explicit Lyrics

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Editorial Reviews

As the home of Black Star and Company Flow, Rawkus has made a name for itself as the label for any late-1990s discerning hip-hop fan. But DJs have come to know Rawkus as the home of some of the underground's best singles--tracks that were available only on vinyl until the label started the Soundbombing series. Soundbombing II opens with Beat Junkies J-Rocc and Babu working their magic on Eminem's "Any Man"--and while it's a strong track from the wack-minded MC, it's clear that the men behind the wheels of steel are hosting this party. That's not to imply that the MCs aren't doing their part--Mos Def is the best part of a great track on "B-Boy Document"; his partner in Black Star, Talib Kweli, busts out with his other crew, Reflection Eternal, and the sultry-voiced Bahamadia on "Chaos"; Medina Green displays a nice flow on "Crosstown Beef" (produced, incidentally, by De La Soul's Posdanuos); and Dilated Peoples drop their science over minimal backing on "Soundbombing." There's more (from Company Flow, Grand Puba, Sir Menelik, Common, and Sadat X, among others), and it's consistently interesting, if not consistently overwhelming. --Randy Silver

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Intro
  2. Any Man Intro - The Beat Junkies
  3. Any Man - Eminem
  4. B-Boy Document 99 - High And Mighty feat. Mos Def & Mad Skillz
  5. WW II Intro - The Beat Junkies
  6. WW II - Pharohe Monch & Shabaam Sahdeeq
  7. Stanley Kubrick - RA the Rugged Man
  8. A Message From J-Live & Prince Paul - J-Live & Prince Paul
  9. Crosstown Beef Intro - Kid Capri & The Beat Junkies
  10. Crosstown Beef - Medina Green
  11. 7XL Intro - Marly Marl / Pete Rock / The Beat Junkies
  12. 7xL - Sir Menelik feat. Grand Puba & Sadat X
  13. Chaos - Reflection Eternal
  14. Soundbombing - Dilated Peoples and Tash
  15. Brooklyn Hard Rock - Thirstin Howl III
  16. Mayor - Pharoahe Monch
  17. Patriotism - The Beat Junkies
  18. Patriotism - Company Flow
  19. 1999 Intro - Q-tip and The Beat Junkies
  20. 1-9-9-9 - Common / Sadat X
  21. When It Pours It Rains - Diamond
  22. A Message From - Mos Def / The Beat Junkies
  23. Next Universe - Mos Def
  24. (Every Rhyme I Write Intro) - The Beat Junkies
  25. Every Time I Write - Shabaam Sahdeeq / The Cocoa Brovas
  26. On Mission - Reflection Eternal
  27. Outro - Rawkus Presents Soundbombing II

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 18, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Priority Records
  • ASIN: B00000IIZ1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,938 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By T. Walsh on February 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is the 2nd Soundbombing CD by Rawkus and comparing it with the very well organized first Soundbombing...this one is even better, actually it's one of the best compilations I've ever heard...
With an all-star hiphop cast including: Common, Talib Kweli & Hitek, Pharoahe Monch, Eminem, and Mos Def. It even has some lesser known artists a chance to shine too...
The production, MCing, and DJing through out this whole CD is excellent and yet again shows us WHAT RAP IS SUPPOSED TO BE...not showin off your cash or rappin about how many drugs/hoes you've gone thru in a day...
Pharoahe Monch, Company Flow, and Common are what captured me most on this CD: Monch's explosive "WWIII" and good story on "Mayor" , Comp Flow's EL-P tells a very evil yet true story about the U.S.'s policies on "Patriotism" , and Com's hypnotizing "1-9-9-9"...
PRETTY MUCH EVERY TRACK ON THIS RELEASE WAS EXCELLENT... with a couple exceptions: RA Rugged Man's "Stanley Kubrick" just plain sucked, even though I like Dilated Peoples they just didn't sound good this time on their track "Soundbombing" , Thirstin Howl III had a nice verse but the rest of his track was nausiating "Brooklyn Hard Rock" , and Diamond D "When It Pours It Rains" put me to sleep...
This is probably one of Rawkus's best releases because it showcases so many dope MCs to get into... for example I got into Talib Kweli after I bought this and now Talib's one of my favorite MCs...
basically any CD by Rawkus is good because its REAL hiphop from the heart... xcept Lyricist Lounge Vol 2 (that one's not good)
Speakin my mind...
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By A Customer on May 29, 1999
Format: Audio CD
To that idiot who professed that Rawkus is becoming the next Bad Boy, that this album is the underground's attempt to become commercial, that "Soundboming" isn't even Underground, that Atlanta doesn't know Hip-hop, wa wa wa wa, You're like the snooty intellectual who read lots of contemporary, cutting-edge philosophy but doesn't know Plato from Aristotle. Hip-hop started out in the park, kids rhyming about life, politics and trying to escape the horrors of everyday life...but you wouldn't know that. You probably don't know who Slick Rick, Cee-Lo, Kool Herc or what "Free Israel" is. In the end, Soundbombing captures all of that innocence, naivety and genius. Because whether it's commercial or not, Soundboming is brilliant, from the first scratch to last puttering rhyme.
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When I first heard this album here, I thought it was a tight compliation and gave this a 5 star rating (10 out of 10)(My older review will remain on the reissue of this album). After about 4 of 5 spins I began to see the flaws in this album. First a lot of the members don't bring their A game behind the mic. For example: On The High And Mighty's "B-Boy Document 99", Mr. Eon gets outshined by the guests on that song, in this case Mos Def, and Mad Skillz. Diamond D on the song "When It Pours, It Rains" doesn't come off as strong as I heard him on his solo albums. Also I like the beat on that song, but unfortunately is short. The thing that makes me angry is that Jon Doe produced the track, and there is a rare 12" version where he rhymes making it a full length song, instead of some minute and something short track.

Okay, enough griping. Now for the good stuff. Other artists do bring their A game though. The most rememberable song is the Eminem "Any Man". Other artists that shine are R.A. The Rugged Man on the song "Stanley Kubrick", Dilated Peoples on the song "Soundbombing", as well as the hit single on this comp, "1-9-9-9" by Common and Sadat X, just to name a few. Other artists that appear on this are Medina Green, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Pharohe Monch, Company Flow, Sir Menelik, Grand Puba, and more. There are many other dope tracks that I recommend that you should check out. If you like compilation albums, then this one is perfect for you.

Lyrics: A-

Production: A

Guest Appearances: A-

Overall: A-

My favorite songs: Any Man, WW III, Stanley Kubrick, Crosstown Beef, Chaos, Soundbombing, Patriotism, 1999, Every Rhyme I Write

Chandler (The Infamous) and I'm out. Peace!
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Once again, another fine mixtape courtesy of the late Rawkus Records (late because Kweli's the only artist still on). Before rap became permanently commercial, "Soundbombing vol. 2" was released at the highest point of the rap revivalist movement. DJ's J-Rocc and Babu aka the Bumrush Brothers seamlessly blend various 12" releases like they was born with it, also including the clever idea of putting an instrumental (featuring underground legends giving shout-outs) before the actual song, and scratch the mess out of it with other samples. Like any mixtape for the streets, there are no sweet tracks on this album. For the whole spin, this album is rough and rugged (giving you various images of stories and neighborhoods from New York to LA); beats are dusty to the break and the rhymes are top notch. The highlight tracks are the trancendent "1-9-9-9" with Common and Sadat X, July 4th celebration "Next Universe" with Mos Def, a mystic track "Chaos" with Reflection Eternal and Bahamadia, the caper "Crosstown Beef" with Mos' crew Medina Green, the short but gutter "Brooklyn Hard Rock" with Thirstin Howl III, and last but not least, the banger "Every Rhyme I Write" feat Smif-N-Wessun (aka Cocca Brovaz) and Shabaam Sadeeq. Further guest appearances are Grand Puba, Sir Menelik, Pharaohe Monch, Eminem, Skilz, Dialated Peoples, Tash, The High and Mighty, and Company Flow. If you claim you underground (I mean, below the subway underground), cop this. If you love hip-hop in its purest form, COP THIS!!!!!!!
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