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7:25 AM

Clipse/ Lord Willin'

Posted by Guy Fawkes

Your family's favorite twin coke pushers seem to be giving Jesus a ride... probably to their cocaine factory. I was apprehensive to give this record a listen because of Clipse's shady affiliation with Pharell (my favorite raspy, talentless singer who befriends today's talented mainstream artists). But once I re-listened to the "We Got It 4 Cheap" series again, I got serious motivation to give Malice and Pusha another chance. These two are probably the only rappers who can honestly get a guest appearance from anybody... from Kanye to Jadakiss to DJ Quik to... you get the idea. This album has 3 remixes so be ready... for what I don't know...

The Good:

1. Intro- How ironic would it be if a song called "Intro" was a single. This is a good song, since I've cheated and heard this album at first... I will say this is one of the better songs off the album.

2. Young Boy- I LOVE this hook!!! And the "Woo-Hoo" sample.... Yay! On the real, it's amazing how Malice and Pusha ride the beat and make a great sounding track even though the hook and aforementioned sample are ridiculous.

3. Virginia- Sounds like a beat Juvenile would spit to, but I liked it. More of a somber and serious song... even though the previous songs were about cocaine dealing.

4. Grindin- Back in 02, this was the song to drive to, people were driving to church listening to this song... it was that big. This instrumental is pretty sick, and the punchlines are ill as hell. Nothing I should have to write about, since you've probably heard this song before.

5. Cot-Damn- A Re-Up Gang posse cut that sounds really good. Now if Pharell wasn't on the hook...

8. When The Last Time- The hook fucking blows, but the instrumental and Clipse verses sound real good.

10. Comedy Central- Clipse would later make a song just like this on Fab's "From Nothin To Somethin". I'll admit that this song is pretty tight. And I didn't hear Pharell once.

12. Gangsta Lean- Clipse seems somewhat out of place trying to make a song for the ladies... but it still sounds really good.

13. I'm Not You- This song has been sampled and freestyled over more than "Dead Presidents II"... and I have to say I like this original version more than any other song on this album.

Neither of the remixes were even comparable to the original, so needless to say they weren't any good. I'm glad I don't have to listen to Pharell anymore... but I will probably do a "Hell Hath No Fury" review soon enough. I can honestly say this album was a good quality listen most of the way through, there was very little filler and the Neptunes production was great. The hooks not so much...

0-20: Terrible listening experience
21-40: Maybe one good song
41-60: A few good songs
61-80: Half are good songs, half are weak
81-100: Great listening experience, almost all are great songs

I give this album a 83. Like I said... give it a listen, you will probably like this album if you haven't heard it before.

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