Philadelphia Freeway (2003)
On PHILADELPHIA FREEWAY, rapper Freeway debuts with an enigmatic, instantly recognizable vocal style that eschews the gruff, slurring, tough-guy shouting of many gangsta hip-hop artists in favor of a punchy, higher-pitched style that often recalls the Old School pioneers. Don't ...
Memphis Bleek's 1999 debut album COMING OF AGE, besides being the only hip-hop album of the year that didn't include any intentional misspellings in its title, signaled the rapper's emergence from the shadow of his more experienced mentor Jay-Z. THE ...
Chain Gang, Vol. 2 (2003)
"Can't Stop Won't Stop" was nominated for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group.
State Property, a collective built around troubled but talented Beanie Sigel, were first seen by most of the public in a 2002 movie (fittingly enough titled ...
B. Coming (2005)
On the opener, "Feel It in the Air," producer Heavy D provides a lush jazz-funk backdrop that starts the album off on a high note. Over a trademark Neptunes beat, Beanie addresses the charges leveled against him swiftly and defiantly ...
Sex Therapy (2009)
Sex Therapy is an evasive maneuver to prevent Robin Thicke from being pigeonholed as a "grown folks" R&B singer. It's evident that hits -- more specifically, appealing to younger listeners -- is the goal. While Thicke's previous album, Something Else, ...
Track Listing: Through the Rain; Boy; One, The; Yours; You Got Me; I Only Wanted; Clown; My Saving Grace; You Had Your Chance; Lullaby; Irresistible; Subtle Invitation; Bringin' on the Heartbreak; Sunflowers for Alfred Roy; Through the Rain;
He's back again. With help from such luminaries as Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot, Method Man, and none other than the venerable but no less crazy George Clinton on the Parliament-influenced hip-hop shopping list of "J.U.M.P." Redman takes us all on yet ...
||Best of Now That's What I Call Music! 10th Anniversary (2008)
This 2008 collection celebrates a decade of the American version of NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC!, the popular compilation series that was originally started in England. Among the many massive hits presented on the 20-track set are Pink's energetic ...
"Satisfy You" was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance By Duo Or Group.
Sean "Puffy" Combs gets behind the mic once again for his sophomore solo effort, FOREVER. Packed with guest appearances from such artists as R. ...
Road to Revolution Live at Milton Keynes (2008)
Captured in front of a massive crowd in England during their Projekt Revolution tour, the music on Linkin Park's ROAD TO REVOLUTION finds the platinum-selling nu-metal survivors in peak form. At 18 tracks, many of the band's most popular songs ...
Track Listing: Right Above It; Heavenly Father; Execution Style; Light Up; Spit In Your Face; Loyalty; No Love; Money or Graveyard; Yeah; Miss Me; Everything Red; Fresh I Stay; Back To the Money; Just Feel It; My Generation; Currency; Pussy Niggaz; I'm Single;
Beyonce had little to prove on her second solo outing, B'DAY, having already demonstrated her taste, (solo) vocal prowess, and sparkling star quality on her first post-Destiny's Child release in 2003. Nevertheless, the singer and her crack team of producers ...
Wonderful World of Cease A Leo (1999)
Lil' Cease, the don of Junior M.A.F.I.A., drops his debut solo album THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF CEASE A LEO on Lil' Kim's Queen Bee Records. With guest spots from artists like Total ("Dolly Baby"), Redman ("Future Sport") and Lil' Kim ...
Black and White America (2011)
Lenny Kravitz has walked the musical line between Black and White America ever since 1989, when he cannily crafted his persona through strands of Prince, Curtis Mayfield, David Bowie, John Lennon, and Jimi Hendrix. Kravitz has never been shy about ...
Come Home with Me (2002)
"Oh Boy" was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group.
Cam'ron has been around the block a few times, having worked with Puff Daddy, Notorious B.I.G., and Ol' Dirty Bastard in his time. ...
Venni Vetti Vecci (1999)
From the opening "The March Prelude," a ghostly, lugubrious call-and-response number that references field recordings from the beginning of the century, one can tell that VENNI VETTI VECCI is not going to be a picnic in the woods. Slow, grinding ...
Greatest Story Never Told (2011)
It's hard to believe that The Greatest Story Never Told is officially Saigon's debut album. The Brownsville, Brooklyn MC first started talking about it, by name, back in 2004, in his Warning Shots mixtape, posted updates about it in 2006, ...
Greatest Hits (1999)
GREATEST HITS is an anthology of the most popular tracks by 1990s R&B girl group SWV (Sisters With Voices).
Recording information: Bam Jam Studios; Daddy's House Recording Studios, New York, NY; Greensweep Recording Studio, Sacramento, CA; Hit City Studio, New York, ...
More Malice (2010)
A companion to Snoop's 2009 album Malice N Wonderland, More Malice features five new songs plus two remixes, including the very necessary "Kings G-Mix" of "I Wanna Rock" with special guest Jay-Z. Adding Bun B to the "G-Mix" of "Pronto" ...
Last of a Dying Breed (2000)
Brad Johnson is originally from The Geto Boys, the rap trio who put Houston on the map. In this dark and brooding collection, written as a very personal diary, over the course of 15 tracks Johnson sets the record straight.
Free at Last (2007)
Four years after his debut solo release, the Philly representative and Ice City crew member Freeway sounds as hungry as ever on his follow-up, FREE AT LAST. Keeping it gully with that trademark vigorous flow bubbling up with gangsta posturing ...
Way I See It (2008)
Recording information: Blakeslee Recording Company, North Hollywood, CA; Harmonie Park Studios, Detroit, MI; The Music Shed Studios, New Orleans, LA.
Photographer: Norman Seeff.
Personnel: Raphael Saadiq (vocals, guitar, sitar, piano, bass guitar, drums); Charles "CJ" Hilton, Jr. (vocals, piano, drums, bongos); Joss ...
From Nothin' to Somethin' (2007)
Three years after his commercially successful 2004 release, REAL TALK, Brooklyn's own Fabolous returned with FROM NOTHIN' TO SOMETHIN' in 2007. On his fourth full-length, Fabolous continues with the same smooth player posturing, detailing the various ways he runs the ...
Greatest Hits (2002)
Here's the daddy of them all at his absolute best, the dirtiest cuts from the Don of the Dirty South. Though Scarface's influence hasn't been matched by commercial sales, he's been enormously influential by simply refusing to budge from what ...
Raymond V Raymond (2010)
Track Listing: Love 'Em All; DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love; Hot Tottie; Lay You Down; Lingerie; Get In My Car; Somebody To Love; Stranger; Dirty Dancer; More;