Filed under: Albums,Bronx Bombers,Mix Tapes,Reviews
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
In theory, this should be the best shit ever. Panchi and Shabeeno kicking that Bronx hustler shit over Premier tracks, right? That’s what I thought when I got this advance CD in the mail a couple of weeks back. Turns out that this is more of a mixtape/street CD type of complilation (which explains the inclusion of their feature on the final Gangstarr album and that old Ill Kid track) to serve as a prelude to the Pros and Cons LP, with seven Premo cuts. Not a huge problem, but that means that I’d already caught a decent amount of this material on Premier mixtapes and whatnot. Expectations aside, NYG‘z are more than just a bootleg M.O.P, as some might assume, as they deliver solid street-level subject matter over 22 selections. Refreshingly, they point out that they “ain’t no thug, that’s for Pac and the Outlawz” as they unleash superior non-progressive content for the hardcore audience.
Although they don’t quite reach the high-octane levels of emotionally-charged “survival rap” that Bill and Fame produce, nor the slick wordplay of fellow Pelon representatives Boss Money Gangsters, when given a worthy track (such as the previously released “Giantz To This”) the Giantz can show and prove with the best of ’em. Further down the tracklisting, there are some below-par inclusions (such as the dated Ragga-flavor and some weak R&B hooks), but most of these missteps can be blamed on the producers not named DJ Premier. If listened to from start to finish, this CD starts to drag, but if you catch three or four songs at a time it’s all gravy. There are enough good moments to build some hype for the “official” album, but don’t hold your breath (I’m still waiting for that Best That Never Did It album from Poet).
Gangstarr feat. NYG’z and H.Staxx – “Same Team, No Games” video:
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