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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Thought I’d try the track by track style on this one….
Straight out the gate, LP starts things off with a bang as he hits the track with an energetic flow over a swift, noisy track.
‘Hot: Sizzling, Scorching, Torching, Blazing’
This sounds like one of the songs that got cut off of First Class – that ‘modern’ style beat with a flow that sounds 99% like ‘Blaze Rhymes’. May also be the most awkwardly titled song since ‘Go Gadget Flow’. Next!
‘Maica Living’ Feat. Killa Sha And Guardian Leep
This is more like it – classic Xtra P material, with Killa Sha delivering as always with his Paypal reference.
‘Pump Ya Fist’ Feat. Mikey D & Lotto
Teaming-up with Mikey is a nice touch considering the whole Fuck What You Think situation. Good shit.
The second worst name for a Large Paul song after ‘Have Fun’. Sorta a ‘Just Hangin’ Out 2008′ vibe, only not as good.
‘In The Ghetto’
Large’s vocal technique doesn’t really work here – sounds like he just rolled out of bed. The run-of-the-mill ‘social commentary’ track that everyone did in the nineties.
Marco Polo kills it on this one, dope hook too. LP shouts out Neek The Exotic but sadly duke doesn’t rap on this. Winner.
An electric guitar chop drives this above-average effort.
Uh oh. Grown Man Rap gone wrong. The chorus is particularly painful.
‘Ru Dope’ Feat. Jeru Tha Damaja
Under a minute long, a quick verse from Jeru. The beat’s quality.
‘Dap’ Feat. Lil’ Dap
Another 45 second spot from Melatchi’s main man.
‘Noyd’ Feat. Big Noyd
This is like a new version of ‘Who’s The Man’ or ‘Speak Ya Clout’, except they’re individual tracks. Noyd’s part is the best of the lot though.
Standard ‘state of hip-hop’ material from P. Rhymes aren’t really setting the world on fire here.
The second song with ‘Hip-Hop’ in the title – not a good sign. ‘Confidence helps you be on a winning team’ insists Xtra P. Oh dear.
‘Large Pro Says’
An attempt to start a new dance craze. It’s no ‘Steve Martin’, that’s for sure.
‘To The Meadows’
Short cool-out shit. Apparently actually buying this on CD will make you ‘hard-body’ if that’s important to you (if not – why not?).
‘The Hardest’ – Feat. Styles P & AZ
This shit is state-of-the-art – I could handle a whole album with this line-up. On the downside, this song makes the some of this record sound pretty weak in comparison.
Verdict: There’s some good material on here but you really need to edit this one down for maximum effect. Far superior to First Class as far as the beats are concerned, but it seems like the first track was the only one where Large really went in on as far as his rhymes. The tracks featuring guests make me want to hear a Large Pro produced compilation.
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