The Hip Hop Mortuary

"I wax lyrics so poetic even the most narcoleptic skeptic feels awake and perceptive"

You knew it was just a matter of time before I got to this album, and honestly I don't think there's much more I can say beyond "Tupac and Biggie are both insanely overrated"... bet someone will be leaving me hatemail at the bottom:

The Good:

2. Things Done Changed- This song is still over-played, and I for one do not mind in the least bit... it still sounds uniquely like Biggie Smalls.

3. Gimme The Loot- This is the unique storytelling that made Biggie's dark and suicidal lyrics appear artistic and hard... this track is still great 14 years later.

4. Machine Gun Funk- This is Easy Mo Bee proving that not all Bad Boy instrumentals are pure shit... in fact this instrumental makes Biggie sound real good (not that he needs a good instrumental for that).

5. Warning- Another great storytelling effort that would later be quoted countless times... and Easy Mo provides his 3rd straight sick-ass instrumental. And the hook although simplistic, is great.

6. Ready To Die- And Easy Mo Bee's 4th straight instrumental, and this shit is sick as AIDS... and Biggie illuminates this dark-ass beat with his flow-tastic rhymes... and only the weak hook detaches from this superb song.

10. Juicy- The message is admirable, but it's delivery and execution is somewhat spotty, and it's not as much Biggie as it is Total.

11. Everyday Struggle- Probably the most introspective song off the whole album, and thus it's probably my favorite... and remember how people were on Weezy's dick for this line on "Fireman": "I see she wearing them jeans that show her butt crack
My girls can't wear that why, that's where my stash at"... Listen to this track again, and see how Weezy stole that line almost directly from Biggie.

12. Me and My Bitch- The whole "I sell rocks to get out of the struggle, and support you (my bitch)" lyrics are getting a bit old...

13. Big Poppa- There's no possible way you haven't heard this song before. I was also really surprised to find out that Puffy produced this track (really)?

14. Respect- And it's just obvious how Biggie actually overpowers this terrible instrumental.

16. Unbelievable- Insert the guaranteed to be hot DJ Premier track... if Preemo produced, I shouldn't even have to tell you that this track is hot.

And that will conclude this review... shouldn't be anything new, because I'm assuming everyone has already heard this album, and if you haven't yet, then there's a download link at the bottom. Now, I want to set things straight, Biggie released this one album before he died... comprehend that, one album and he's a legend... everything else is posthumous. Now think about 2Pac, who released over 50 albums, all of them pretty average, and consider his legendary status. And now consider the rap game if both of them were alive today... imagine a 2Pac/Weezy track... you don't want to? Neither do I.

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 91. It's fun to listen to, but you can tell it is a debut album, with lots of little missteps (P Diddy cough)...

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OJ Deadwood said...

Completely true about Pac and Biggie being overrated. I'm still not feeling ambitious but when I do I'll have a review for you.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe you didn't put suicidal thoughts into the good...and 'PAc insanely overrated?He recorded more songs in 5 years than any rapper ever will...given better production(I ain't feelin' dre or the posthoumus album production)like Premo, Large Professor, Pete Rock most of his songs would be classics...As for Biggie...His abilities are not overrated, but he didn't record that much...I wouldn't say they are overrated, but that the rappers that are on their level or higher are insanely underrated...Not hatemail just an opinion

Guy Fawkes said...

I feel what your saying... but at the same time Lil' Wayne is doing the same thing 2Pac did 10 years earlier and that's flooding the market. I don't think that really qualifies him to be one of the greats, 2Pac had charisma and heart that remains unmatched, but when it comes to lyricism he is pretty average. I also don't see any reason why Preemo, Pete Rock or Xtra P would come running to produce his tracks... especially with the east-west thing at the time. Biggie needs more under his resume to be one of the greats... I can name probably 30-40 rappers with great debut albums, but that doesn't qualify them as legends. This album was great, maybe classic? His next album was also great, but definitely not classic...
But at the same time I respect your opinion, and thanks for writing

J said...

the fact that you don't include "The What" with Method Man in this write-up seriously causes me to question your worthiness as a hip-hop reviewer... fail!

Anonymous said...

The What was boring as fuck. the Mostest boringness track on the album. Even more boring than your mom, but she makes a good sandwich.

Anonymous said...

you bumped your head!