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Tarantula Explicit Lyrics

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Mystikal ~ Tarantula

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On Mystikal's last effort, Let's Get Ready, his rapid-fire flows and throaty vocal delivery created two chart-busting singles, "Shake Ya Ass" and "Danger," that became a part of the hip-hop canon for 2000. On Tarantula, Mystikal attempts to duplicate those same sounds and energies with mixed results. "Bouncin' Back (Bumpin' Me Against the Wall)" comes off sounding like a "Shake Ya Ass, Part 2" with much less bite, despite the lyrical potshots hurled at Osama bin Laden and the Pharrell Williams hook. Likewise, "If It Ain't Live, It Ain't Me" reads like a subpar dance-floor equivalent to "Danger." A large bulk of the tracks here are forgettable because of Mystikal's lyrical and thematic limitations. How many different ways can one rap about chasing skirts and boast about sexual prowess? The oversexed rapper juvenalia on "P***y Crook's" or "That's the S**t" come off sounding lame. The collaborations with Redman and Method Man ("Get It Started") and Juvenile ("Settle the Score")--with the latter track soundly squashing any alleged beefs between the two New Orleans-based MCs' former camps--Master P's old No Limit empire, and Cash Money Millionaires save this release from making a fast entry into the bargain bins. Unlike Let's Get Ready, Tarantula carries all bark and little bite. --Dalton Higgins
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 18, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: December 18, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 57 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005TNCR
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,704 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on December 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
For fans of Mystikal's past album, "Let's Get Ready", this album is not a disappointment. "LGR" was a great album, and "Tarantula" tops it. With the help of the Neptunes on a few tracks, Mystikal shows that he's still at the top of the game. His raspy voice is his signature move, along with all of his sexual-pun/rhymes.
"Bouncin Back" is a great track, produced by my boys, the Neptunes, and features Pharrell on the chorus. One of the best songs put out by Mystikal next to 'Jump', and 'Shake Ya Ass'.
"Tarantula" follows next, and it's got a great beat. Mystikal flows nicely, and the addition of Butch Cassidy is great.
"If It Ain't Live It Ain't Me" has another great beat too, reminds me of something you'd drive too. Its got a great chorus too.
"Settle the score" is pretty boring song, but adding Juvenile is cool, but probably one of the worst Mystikal songs. It brings the album down.
"Pussy Crook" - may sound like a crap song, but it's pretty good. Got a good beat, and who else but Mystikal would call himself "the pussy crook"?
"Ooooh Yeah" - The second crap song on the album next too "Settle the score". Bad beat, but Mystikal does a good job rapping on it.
"Big Truck Driver" - A follow up to "Big Truck Boys"? Not too fond of this song, but it's got a cool bass line.
"Smoke One" - Has an R&B feel to it, which contrasts with the album in the perfect spot. A bit different from most of his other stuff, and he doesn't start rapping until 1:50 into the song, which is kind of annoying.
"Alright" - Sweet beat! Love the piano in the background. I also love the way Mystikal flows smoothy on this track. Great chrous too.
"I Get It Started" - I'm happy to see Method Man on this track, he's one of my favorite rappers, and him and Mystikal make a great pair.
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"Tarantula" is proof that Master P and No Limit might have made two very big miscalculations. The first one is obvious--they lost Mystikal, the best rapper they had or ever will have. The second error, while not as obvious, was probably more costly than the first. It sealed the doom of No Limit as a serious contender in rap music. What was this mistake? Well, they fired Beats by the Pound, the producers behind the No Limit jams we all used to love. Fortunately for us, KLC, O'Dell, and the other former Beats by the Pound producers stayed together under a new name--Medicine Men. The Medicine Men do most of the production on "Tarantula," and they do a hell of a job. The beats are booming, stinging, and creative. They work well with Mystikal's voice and style. The other producers on the CD are good too. In short, take "Shake It Fast" and make a whole CD like it, and you have "Tarantula". It's FUNKY--James Brown FUNKY!! Guest appearances include Redman, Method Man, and even Juvenile (the Cash Money exile). This is a great CD, and I'd encourage everyone to give it a shot. You'll definitely become a fan of Michael Tyler.
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I own 'Let's Get Ready' and 'Unpredictable' and I would have to say that this album compares favorably to those two. The beats are fresh and give Mystikal more of a New Orleans feel than in either of the other two that I have. "Tarantula" - the track on the album (#2) - is fantastic in my opinion, and blends the smooth, laid-back voice of Butch Cassidy singing the hook with Mystikal's rough, forceful vocals.
I waited a while to buy this CD and the reason for that was that I didn't see "Bouncin' Back" to be as good of a lead track as say "Shake It Fast", or some of his other lead tracks - perhaps similar to what you may be thinking. Rest assured though, that there is some depth to this CD. I'd say that there are a good 5 tracks that you'll like, depending on who you are, and another 5 you'll think of as average or slightly above.
The vocals get slightly repetitive. Although I respect Mystikal a lot, his constant womanizing theme does grow a little tired after a while. A little versatility is added by some cameos by Cash Money's Juvenile in "Settle the Score" - another fine track - and the buddy combo of Method Man and Redman on "I Get it Started". However, if you are a hard-core vocals kind of person, you definitely want to set your sights elsewhere.
The beats, however, do not get repetitive. While I do sense sort of a jazzy theme, that does not at all detract from the variety of paces of the beats, as well as the way each fits its particular set of vocals. This seems a totally new sound from Mystikal, and while I sense a slight connection to 'Let's Get Ready' - that's just Mystikal evolving as an artist (even if the evolution doesn't include lyrics). Basically put, the beats are good.
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This album is probably Mystikal's second or third best album, but sad to say...its wack. Yes Mystikal rips the mic on almost all of his guest appearances...but on his albums he lacks the beats to match his voice an flow. "Bouncin Back" is a good song but after that the cd runs outa fuel rather quickly. Even Juvenile showin up and providin a beat on this album cant save it. The beats by the Neptunes & Medicine Men fall short as well. Which is why this album is below average. If Mystikal could ever find the "RIGHT" production then he would be cool. But it dont look like that will happen anytime soon.
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