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Tuesday, March 31

Spyda performs "Expose It"

**TooKnown's Video of the Day**

From tha Rudebwoy's keys...
"Needs EVERYONE'S help urgently more than ever before. Please watch this video and leave a positive comment. I'm in a contest and the person with the most positive comments wins a spot on THE biggest reggae mix CD Reggae gold. So PLEASE if you believe in what I'm doing at all I really and truly need everyones support right now! Thanks."

Streets on Beats: Vol 25


**TooKnown's Leak of the Day**

Dont know much bout dude..but the tape looks good...would of liked to see more non mainstream, its all good..ENJOY!!!!
Shouts to K.S....

01. Lil wayne - Maybach music pt2
02. LIL WAYNE - NO MORE
03. JULEZ SANTANA - WORK
04. MAINO - HATERZ
05. JAYZ - MAYBE
06. LUDACRIS - CANT LIVE
07. OJ DA JUICE - I TALK
08. LIL WAYNE - NOT LOVE
09. JUSTINE FT LIL WAYNE - I HEARD
10. CURRENCY - WAVE RACE
11. FRED - U DONT WANA WAR
12. LIL WAYNE - IM NOT HUMAN
13. T-PAIN - FREESTYLE
14. SHAWNNA - FREESTYLE
15. JUELZ SANTANA FT LIL WAYNE - ROCK HARD
16. QUIC N TEASE - STRAIGHT OUTTA STATEN
17. OUT THE BAG - SHE BANGIN
18. FLO-RIDA - MAGIC
19. YOUNG DRO - IM SO PAID FREESTYLE
20. GS BOYZ - BAIT ( exclusive )
21. DRAMA SQUAD - STRIPES
22. G-DUFF - FRESH AZ I WANA BE

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Monday, March 30

Thats Why You Love Me....


**TooKnown's Leak of the Day**

Scott's album "Gorilla Monsoon" is coming this May so be on the look out for that. But for now..check this cut and ENJOYY!!!!
Shouts to BFochs...

Scott Knoxx feat. Mike Payne - That's Why You Love Me [Fire]

Asher Roth Interview...

**TooKnown's Video of the Day**

Im soo fuckin jealous of these dudes...I hold down their grind as well as they do mine...but Im fuckin jealous. Ha, I have worked with Ross and Flo, but damn Asher Roth is one dude that I really wanna interview. Asher if you ever cross my blog HIT ME UP!!!!

From the keys of TCC..
"After a recent performance headlining the famous Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO, Asher was gracious enough to sit down with us and chop it up for a while. Here’s what he had to say."

Sunday, March 29

Boss of All Bosses - Review


Slander's Review of the Day


"Ain't dropped in three years but I'm back. Where the money at?!" Yeah man, Slim Thug is finally getting back in the game! Contrary to those lyrics, he actually hasn't dropped an album since his debut four years ago! Slim Thug is one of the realest dude's around though, it's no surprise that he's been busy outside of music. Regardless of street cred, Boss of All Bosses has a lot to compete with to garner any of the spotlight from a myriad of more well-known Texas artists. Knowing this, Thug pulls out all the stops in terms of features. I'm not sure if you're aware of exactly what I mean by 'pulling out all the stops'. Slim Thugga has NINETEEN features on this album! We got Devin The Dude, Yelawolf, Mannie Fresh, Paul Wall, Pimp C, Bun B, J-Dawg, Z-Ro, Scarface, Killa Kyleon, Chamillionaire, Mike Jones, Lil Keke, Trae, Rob G, Lil O, Big Pokey, Mike D and Yung Redd. Despite some real Houston bangers worthy of attention, there are a lot of tracks with average beats and generic lyrics which made the album look a little forced overall. Slim Thug is clearly a thug with some talent, but a big-time hip hop artist? I'm not so sure.


Album Art

Pretty much what you'd expect from someone proclaiming the "boss" image. It's Slim Thug up close in black and white smoking a cigar. Not really anything original.


Album Length

No intros or interludes, we have a solid 13 tracks here.

 

Top 5

1. I Run (ft. Yelawolf)

2. Welcome 2 Houston (ft. Chamillionaire and many more)

3. I'm Back (ft. Devin The Dude)

4. Thug

5. Boss of all Bosses

Honorable Mention: I read that "I'm Back" was originally produced by Dr. Dre and his beat was so much more raw. Hopefully it gets released as a remix in the future or something.


1. I Run - The only track on the album with this sort of upbeat feel, of course due to the production by Miami's Jim Jonsin (haha, no knock on Houston's producers!). For real, this track was engineered for single status using a sample from the highly successful 1982 hit, "I Ran (So Far Away)". Slim Thug's lyrics are pretty on-point, "I'm writin' a book, how to survive in the recession. Mr. Obama, we so tired of sellin' crack, if you lookin' for me just ask the streets where I'm at." I told you, dude is real. Combine all that with both Thug and Yelawolf on a bangin' hook and you got a hit right here!


2. Welcome 2 Houston - This is the definition of why hip hop is better than every other genre in music. You read how there's 19 features on this album, well, THIRTEEN of them are on this track alone! (Features: Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, Mike Jones, Pimp C, Bun B, Lil Keke, Z-Ro, Trae, Rob G, Lil O, Big Pokey, Mike D & Yung Redd) To accompany a verse for every one of those artists, Welcome 2 Houston is close to 9 minutes long! Every verse is fire, Houston gets represented harder than I've ever seen. If you were to cop just one song from this album purely for the love of hip hop, this is the one to get. Get familiar!


3. I'm Back - Slim Thug shows what he's all about on this one. Slow-paced vibin song about the rise to riches of a gangsta. Devin The Dude hits a laid back, smooth chorus well, but unfortunately doesn't contribute much more than that. A well done song overall that'll probably fly under the radar.


4. Thug - I love the sample "He was once a thug from around the waayyy" from Eazy-E's "Eazy-Duz-It". It really gives it that extra edge. Slim Thug delivers solid lyrics on a solid beat, although his topics of discussion are starting to get a little repetitive from his other tracks.


5. Boss of all Bosses - The chorus definitely can be a bit annoying towards the end of the song, but Thug's verses are hot fire. With a pretty epic sounding beat with that Lord of the Rings' style choir in the background, this title track represents the album well.


Best Feature

Damn, I'm gonna give it up to Chamillionaire. Contributing both a verse and the hook to "Welcome 2 Houston", he does the most of any other artist on the album and keeps a 9 minute track fresh with a such a smooth chorus.

Saturday, March 28

Gimme Some More feat. Casely


**TooKnown's Leak/Video of the Day**

New banger from that dude Lil One. Met dude thru Nicess and is raw as fuck.
Plus a lil studio video compiled of the actual recording of the track and the hard work put in my the engineer, producer and artist. Lil One got the help from smooth R&B artist Casely to add his nice vocals on this track. This is deff a banger, and one to not sleep on!!!!

Lil One feat. Casely - Gimme Some More [Hot Fiya]

Lil One the Making of "Gimme Some More"

Stackin C.R.E.A.M. Too....


**TooKnown's Leak of the Day**

This dude just sent this to me in the email...and damn. Not gunna lie this dude rips this track. Deff not one to sleep on. This is a cute from his up coming tape "The Jukebox: Prelude to Class Clown" hosted by DJ Nice, DJ Haze & DJ Capcom. This dudes no joke. Peep and DONT SLEEP!!!!!

Mac Miller - PA Hustla [Hot Fiya]

Friday, March 27

Milwaukee + Memphis Collabo


**TooKnown's Leak of the Day**

Got a new Milwaukee + Memphis Collabo from that dude out the MIL. Peep and DONT SLEEP!!!!!
Shouts to BFochs...

Drez feat. Yung Kee - Bout That [Fire]

Trip Season Pt. 4...


**TooKnown's Leak of the Day**

01.Massive Trip - Trip Season 4 Intro
02.Gillie Da Kid & J.R. Writer - Move (Massive Trip XCLSV RMX-BLND)
03.Uncle Murda (feat. Sheek Louch, Raekwon, Styles P. & Joe Budden) - We Ain't Playin (Massive Trip XCLSV RMX)
04.Slaughterhouse - Wack MC's
05.Jadakiss (feat. Stack Bundles, Cassidy, Swizz Beats & Joe Budden) What Would Happen (Massive Trip XCLSV RMX)
06.Jay-Z (feat. Foxy Brown, Fabolous, Joell Ortiz, Uncle Murda, Sauce Money & Santogold) - Brooklyn We Go Hard (Massive Trip XCLSV RMX)
07.Jadakiss (feat. Swizz Beats & Fabolous) - Who's Real (Massive Trip XCLSV RMX-BLND)
08.Red Cafe (feat. Jeremiah) - Birthday Sex
09.Fat Joe (feat. Akon & Cory Gunz) - One (Massive Trip XCLSV RMX)
10.Keri Hilson (feat. Fabolous, Jadakiss, Maino, Busta Rhymes & Jim Jones) - Turn My Swag On (Massive Trip XCLSV RMX)
11.CNN (feat. Ron Browz, Joell Ortiz, Max B, Jadakiss, Freeway, Cory Gunz, Uncle Murda, Maino, Spliff Star, Hell Rell, Swizz Beats & Busta Rhymes) - Rotate (Massive Trip XCLSV RMX)
12.Jadakiss (feat. Method Man & The Notorious B.I.G.) Can't Stop Me (Massive Trip XCLSV RMX)
13.F.P.G - When My Fingers Get To Touchin (Massive Trip XCLSV RMX-BLND)
14.Styles P. (feat. Notorious B.I.G. & Raekwon) - Kick In The Door (Massive Trip XCLSV RMX-BLND)
15.Red Cafe (feat. Raekwon & Joe Budden) - Hottest In Da Hood (Massive Trip XCLSV RMX-BLND)
16.Ryan Leslie (feat. Keri Hilson, Cau2G, Red Cafe & Jadakiss) - How It Was Supposed To Be (Massive Trip XCLSV RMX)
17.Busta Rhymes (feat. Jadakiss, Freeway & Cam'ron) - Conglomerate (Massive Trip XCLSV RMX-BLND)

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Thursday, March 26

In A Perfect World... - Review

Slander's Review of the Day


Who knew about Keri Hilson before hearin' her featured on "The Way I Are"? Keri's been writing songs since 2001 for some big time artists, including Britney Spears, Madonna, Beyonce, Usher, and even Ludacris (yea I wouldn't have thought that). Anybody remember Xzibit's "Hey Now, Mean Muggin"? She had vocals on that track as well. Keri's been around for awhile, she's just never realized her potential as a singer-songwriter until now. Her debut album, In a Perfect World... is nothing short of HOT!! Seriously, we got club bangers all around mixed with some slick pop/r&b tracks, I'm feelin' this album like crazy! Features include Lil Wayne, Keyshia Cole (sick r&b tandem!), Trina, Timbaland, Kanye West, Ne-Yo and Akon. Yeah, Keri wasn't playing around when selecting hot artists to work with. Expect big things to come, this is only her first album!


Album Art

Listen up, Keri Hilson is hot, so regardless it's gonna be some damn good art haha. But real talk, she's lounging on some expensive leather chair with an ocean sunset in the background. The color alteration gives it that club feel.


Album Length

We got 14 tracks on here. First track is a 1:29 intro, which actually could've been a full length song.

 

Top 5

1. Turnin Me On

2. Change Me

3. Knock You Down

4. Set Your Money Up

5. Energy

Honorable Mention: "Return The Favor" is hot too, but I wasn't feeling Timbaland too much. Also, just a note, "Where Did He Go" definitely contains elements of Bobby Valentino's "Stay With Me". I don't see any documentation anywhere of that as a fact, but check the melodies. Very similar.


1. Turnin Me On - Yo, when you get Polow da Don, No I.D. and Danja all on the same track for production, this is what you get. This beat is SO tight! Keri shows off her voice and her swagger all over this track. The song woulda been a hit all by herself, but then leading into Weezy... it's just almost swag overkill (always a good thing haha). Wayne KILLS it, as usual. Top song climbin' the charts quickly.


2. Change Me - Surprisingly not a single yet, but wait for it. I love this track. It's not really Keri's strongest showing of her voice on the album, but Akon on the other hand... dude gives it his all. I've never heard him belt it like that before. Coupled with his harmonies with Keri, dammn, its just music baby! It's definitely more of a pop song, but if you're into that too, you'll love this.


3. Knock You Down - "You see that hate that they servin' on the platter, so what we gon' have dessert or disaster?" Kanye son!! Keri, Kanye and Ne-Yo all on one hot track! The beat and arrangement really aren't too special, the beat is probably the weaker aspect of the song. It's purely about Keri and the features carrying the song with some sick lyrics and contrasting flow. Kanye for MVP on this!


4. Set Your Money Up - Ever confuse Keri and Keyshia? This song definitely exemplifies Keri's attitude over your usual pop/r&b singer like Keyshia. Both girls do their thing though for sure! Which leads into.. Trina rippin it!! Self-proclaimed baddest bitch, haha, she tears the track down! Lovin' the trio on this club banger right here.


5. Energy - Lyrically? Not really the most intricate song. But is it catchy enough to get recognition? Absolutely. There's not much to the song other than appealing to the masses of pop music, and it's already an established hit soo, nice job Keri.


Best Feature

Ah, not an easy decision with such a quality selection of features. I'ma give it to Kanye West though. While Ne-Yo was a nice addition on "Knock You Down", Kanye brought it to another level. Hey maybe I'm just a fan of the dude... but I think y'all would definitely agree with me that he went hard on that track.

I'm Gucci...


**TooKnown's Leak of the Day**

Scalez's project "The Fly Report" is coming, so be on the look out for that but for now heres a cut!!!!
Shouts to BFochs...

Scalez - I'm Gucci [Fire]

Wednesday, March 25

I Feel Good, I Look Great!!!

**TooKnown's Videos of the Day**

From the keyboard of Punch....

"THIS ALL WENT DOWN SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE FAMOUS HIP HOP CLUB CALLED THE PYRAMID HAD ITS WEEKLY SHOW " THE END OF THE WEAK " MATH HAD A SHOW THAT NIGHT, IT WAS CRAZY LOL HE DISSED THE FUCK OUTTA T REX EARLIER IN THE NIGHT I ASSUME THAT FOOTAGE WILL BE LEAKING SOON."

Liasonn, D Chamberz, Punch, Iron Solomon & Goodz
PART 2

Kid Coochie - Big Q...



**TooKnown's Leak of the Day**

On some real shit this diss right here...wow. Ok, I co-signed the diss from Jay Burna towards, XXL's Top Ten Freshman of the Year, Ace Hood. But now my dude BFochs is co-signing Ohio's own Big Q, and dude goes so hard. I mean I dig Kudi but damn. Haha!!!!
Shouts to BFochs...

Big Q - The Real Midwest (Kid Cudi Diss) [Hot Fiya]


BONUS TRACKS

Scott Knoxx - Do My Dance

Philly feat. Yung Wize - First In The Morning [Fire]

Shouts to MassiveTrip...
Fat Joe feat. Ron Browz, Red Cafe & Cormega - Winding On Me [Fire]

Tuesday, March 24

Nicess Feat. a Young Money Artist!!


**TooKnown's Leak of the Day**

New cut from the homie Nicess' tape entitled "Musik of All Greatness". But this is a huge shock to me...I did not see this coming, but I'm damn sure glad it did. Nicess, a very wellknown Broward artist, has been accompanied by one of the SICKEST Young Money artists, Drake. And dont get it twisted, this is no sample. Get on our LEVEL!!!!!

UPDATE!!!! - Ok was informed by the artist that it wasnt a sample...but its not a sample its the whole beat! So my fault for stating otherwise I dont have enough time to hear EVERY new freestyle that comes out....so its still nice...ENJOY.

Nicess feat. Drake - Still Fly [Fire]

Keepin it Real w/ Wayne

**TooKnown's Video of the Day**

I havent posted a video, better yet a video segment in a long ass time. I been on my grind....got a lot of shit coming up. So be on the look and check "Keepin it Real" with Wayne!!!!
Shouts to MusicOnPlay...

Keeping It Real w/ Lil Wayne

You a Party Girl....?


**UPDATE**TooKnown's Leak of the Day**

Another banger from that dude Talent. This time with the assistance from R&B artists Lloyd, its not bad at all...dont sleep!!!!
Shouts to BFochs...

Talent Coture feat. Lloyd, Philly & Wize - Party Girl [Fire]

Saturday, March 21

I'm Viben...


**TooKnown's Leak of the Day**

From out of no where Piccalo comes back with some heat. Dude did some work with my homies DarkSide Thugz a minute ago but dude still brings it...DONT SLEEP!!!!!
Shouts to Smirf...

Piccalo - DJ Crank It Up [Fire]

Piccalo - I'm Gone [Fire]

You Know Who I'm Iz...


**TooKnown's Leak of the Day**

Ray Rizzy's CTE mixtape is coming late spring, so be on the look out for that and for now PEEP!!!!!

Pizzle, Ray Rizzy & P. Money Bag$ - Who I'm Iz [Fire]

Friday, March 20

M.I. Yayo....


**TooKnown's Leak of the Day**

Got some new shit from that dude outa the 305. Comes with straight flame this time. One is a new cut from Flo's new album and its actually not a club track so I'm really feelin it!!!!
Shouts to Smirf...

Cash Chris feat. Rick Ross - I Like That [Fire]

Flo Rida feat. Brisco, Billy Blue, Ballgreezy, Rick Ross Red Eyezz, Bred, Pitbull & Ace Hood - Yayo [Hot Fiya]

I Keep it 100..


**TooKnown's Leak of the Day**

Its not a new one but the tape is on the way and the Team is holdin down B.G. heay. The up coming is..."Too Hood 2 be Hollywood"!!!!
Shouts to BiggaRankin...

B.G. - Keep It 100 [Hot Fiya]

Thursday, March 19

Its the Remix Babyyyy......


**TooKnown's Leak of the Day**

First time gettin some cuts from the dudes over at MassiveTrip...but I guess going up is a good thing. Ha. But here we go with a lil Jada freestyle and then an exclusive remix/blend as well...deff hott...PEEP!!!
Shouts to MassiveTrip...

Jadakiss - Roach Clip Freestyle (On Radio 92Q)

Styles P. feat. Notorious B.I.G. & Raekwon - Kick In The Door (Massive Trip Remix) [Fire]

You Represent?!!


**TooKnown's Leak of the Day**

New trunk banga comin from that dude up north...PEEP!!!
SHouts to BFochs...

C-Plus - Represent [Fire]

Roll On...


**TooKnown's Leak of the Day**

New cut off of his new mixtape entitled "Musik of All Greatness"...soo be on the look out for that...and also new interview from labelmate Lil One and a new video from Nicess coming soon!!!!!

Nicess - Roll On [Hot Fiya]

I'm Gone!!!!!


**TooKnown's Leak of the Day**

If yall dont know who says that quote up there yall need to step your game up. Thats my dude Jay Burna's famous line, and I got a bunch of new shit from him today. I got a call from Mike Beatz as well today...and soon you'll see a new video from me and him. Aside from that...new Jay and yall gon be feelin these too!!!!!!

Jay Burna - Go To Sleep (Ace Hood Diss) [Hot Fiya]


Jay Burna feat. DJ Hi Def - Heat [Hot Fiya]

Sheist feat. Jay Burna - Follow My Steps [Hot Fiya]

Wednesday, March 18

Guilty...?


**TooKnown's Leak of the Day**

New album coming from Mims, entitled Guilt. Don't really get the logic, but I'm still a fan...hah...anyways heres a new cut!!!!
Shouts to Smirf...

Mims feat. Latoya Luckett - Love Rollercoaster [Fire]

Tuesday, March 17

2 Videos This Weekend????


**TooKnown's Leak of the Day**

Got this sent in the emaill....couldnt post it till this morning cuz I have been workin my ass off....soo be on the look out for some sick videos and yall know you wont be dissapointed...!!!!!

GC - Chevy (Snippet) [Fire]

Monday, March 16

Don't Feed Da Animals - Review


Slander's Review of the Day


You probably know him best as the dude with the laid back baritone voice from his huge debut single "Hood Nigga". He was also featured on Yung Joc's successful "Coffee Shop" and "Bottle Poppin". Yeah boy I'm talkin' bout big Z, Gorilla Zoe. Following up modest sales on his first album, Gorilla Zoe comes out a year and half later with Don't Feed Da Animals. Zoe takes a slightly different direction with his sophomore album by taking advantage of the recent surge is auto-tune instead of relying purely on his uniquely deep voice, which I think is a mistake. Sure, almost every hip hop album nowadays uses auto-tune on one of its songs, but Zoe really doesn't need it, especially not on more than half of his tracks! It's unfortunate because between that and lackluster vision in production, most of Don't Feed Da Animals is just plain average. A few tracks stand out, but in a crowded industry with a small reputation you need more than a few above-average tracks to get noticed. Features include Rick Ross, Kollosus, JC, Gucci Mane, OJ Da Juiceman (wtf?), Big Block, Yung Chris (wow, original), Ebonylove & Roxy Reynolds.


Album Art

Zoe's posted at his office with a cash counter stacking his money, smoking a cigar. I like it, it's how I imagine Zoe because of his style, just chillin' with his money.


Album Length

We got 14 tracks on this, just under an hour of playing time. Standard.

 

Top 5

1. Lost

2. Man I

3. Untamed Gorilla (ft. JC)

4. Talk Back (ft. Ebonylove & Roxy Reynolds)

5. Echo

Honorable Mention: I'm Dumb. Yes that's the song title. Really Zoe, whoever oversaw the writing of that song is dumb, and not in any sort of 'cool' way. Because of that though, it is kinda entertaining to listen to haha. The song "What It Is" is only good because of Rick Ross, so I can't really make that a top track.


1. Lost - Released way before this album, makes sense haha, it's pretty much the only song worth being a single. Production is up there and auto-tune actually works for Zoe this time. If the first 3 seconds reminds you of T.I.'s "What Up, What's Haapnin", it's because it's the same sample; Drumma Boy produced both tracks. Chorus is pretty catchy and the pre-chorus leads in very nicely. "I'm caught up in a world, a labyrinth of maze, where yes men can easily be no." Hmm, think about that line for a second. Yeah I have no idea what he's saying, and labyrinth is already a synonym for maze, but hell if I care, we need him to have at least one top song, GO ZOE!!!


2. Man I - Something about this beat and Zoe's style on this one makes it stand out. I haven't really heard another track like it and that's what we need right now in hip hop, new ideas. Props right here, even if it is mostly about the production, wouldn't be possible without Zoe's voice. 


3. Untamed Gorilla - I'm feeling Zoe changing up his flow throughout this track. No auto-tune on Zoe with this one, which pretty much automatically makes it a better song than the others haha. The chorus is bangin', idk who JC is but he does his thing! Solid track overall.


4. Talk Back - Reminds me of Yung Joc's "I Know You See It", not because of the beat or production, just the whole idea of the song and the use of the female features. The beat is kinda tight, the chorus flows pretty well, overall not a bad song to vibe to. It'll never hit the radio though, for obvious lyrical reasons haha.


5. Echo - Is this hip hop or is this some sort of 80s trance featuring a large black male version of Cher? Dude I don't even know what comparison I'm trying to make, but this song is just WEIRD for a rap artist. I mean, it's not bad per se, that's why it made #5 on my top tracks, but it's like... not hip hop.


Best Feature

Ehh, no one really deserves to be known for best feature, but I'll give it Rick Ross even if he is on an average track that didn't even make my top 5 (What It Is). He's clearly the best rapper whether or not he shined with little competition.

Midwest Gems!!!


**TooKnown's Leak of the Day**

In the email theres soo much crazy shit but some midwest gems...yea i stole that from Prime himself! Haha only tru bloggers know what im talkin bout..soo peep these Kayo and Phoenix tracks!!!!!
Shouts to BFochs...

Yea...thats the shuttle...YA!!!

Kayo Alcatraz - I Feel Like A Kingg

Kayo Alcatraz - Rumors [Fire]

Phoenix Jones - U Know Z-Mix [Fire]

Phoenix Jones - U Know (G-Spot Remix)

Call Me??


**TooKnown's Leak of the Day**

New track sent via email..of course...PEEP!
Shouts to Smirf...

Oscar Black feat. Raw Smoov - Call Me [Fire]

Sunday, March 15

Love v/s Money - Review


Slander's Review of the Day


"Radio Killaaaaa... R&B gorillaaaa!" One of the more talented artists in the game today, singer-songwriter and producer for tons of hits, The-Dream releases his second studio album entitled Love v/s Money, following up the success of his first album Love-Hate. I anticipate this album making it even bigger than his first. The-Dream enlists the production skills of No ID (renowned producer), Los Da Mystro (produced much of Love-Hate, and J. Holiday's hit single 'Bed'), and his old friend Tricky Stewart (who produces most of the tracks on the album). The-Dream really pulls out all the stops with voice modulating techniques and production; you can tell he put a lot of effort into this album to make it stand out from much of the imitation in the industry nowadays. Features include Kanye West, Mariah Carey and Lil Jon. Overall, I found this to be one of the best r&b albums in a long time, almost all the tracks are worthy of radio play. 2009 is still pretty young but I don't think we're gonna see other artists top this album!


Album Art

Nothing special, similar to Love-Hate, it's just a front shot of him wearing sunglasses but this time with his hands up instead of down haha. Personally I think Love-Hate's cover was cleaner and had that quality of freshness, this cover is basically a rehash.


Album Length

Okay let's get one thing straight. The first track entitled 'Money Intro' is 9 seconds of The-Dream's bed shaking back and forth. If you include that 'song' haha, there are 14 tracks on the album. Extras to iTunes include a remix to 'Rockin' That Shit' and a bonus track 'Hater'.

 

Top 5

1. Rockin' That Shit

2. Fancy

3. Love v/s Money

4. Mr. Yeah

5. Walkin On The Moon (ft. Kanye West)

Honorable Mention: Love v/s Money Part 2 is also an excellent song. I wanted to give the other great songs a place on my Top 5 because Love v/s Money Part 2 is obviously very similar to Part 1. The main differences between the two are the slight tweaks to the drums and different choruses. Also, Right Side of My Brain was a pretty solid track as well.


1. Rockin' That Shit - I don't have to write much about this one, it's been blastin' the radiowaves for a while now, you already know its a winner! "There's nothing I could say..." this track is just pure quality from the great production to The-Dream just being on top of everything. It's catchy and immune to sounding old, this track has staying power for sure. Oh and if anyone says the beat has elements from Bobby V's 'Hands on Me', keep in mind this track came out first!! Yeah Bobby V get your own shit haha. The-Dream baby!!


2. Fancy - Sickest production on the album. Also the longest, over 6 and half minutes long!! How can a song keep your attention for that long? The-Dream. I can't even explain how perfectly his voice matches the music and the arrangement of the song, it's beautiful. "I can see her beauty with both eyes closed". I love how the last few minutes of the song pick up with more and more energy, but I hate how it all collapses so fast with that abrupt ending! Seriously, you'd expect a song THAT long to have planned a better ending haha. Oh well I'm probably just nitpicking, it's a great song. (By the way, try fading it into 'Right Side Of My Brain', fixes that abrupt ending with a smooth transition, sounds good!)


3. Love v/s Money - "I wanted to take you home to my momma, but nope!!" The beat is TIGHT and The-Dream finally sings an emotional song but with an upbeat tempo. The best part of this track is the fact that it extends into Love v/s Money Part 2 which I think has an even more emotional chorus. We all know Plies & Ne-Yo's 'Bust It Baby Pt. 2' was a sick song but has anyone heard of 'Bust It Baby Pt. 1'? I doubt it. The-Dream proves you can make a two-part r&b song tandem and get BOTH on the album. Major props.


4. Mr. Yeah - "C-c-cupid ain't got shit on me", haha I love The-Dream. This song has a strong pop feel, but I mean most of The-Dream's tracks do so it's not a big deal. The-Dream uses his voice to bounce all over this track, stuttering with the drums, doubling and fading on certain syllables, pulling out all his techniques. The last few minutes are pretty unique where he slows the whole track down, takes out a lot of the music and just serenades his girl purely with his voice. You think he's all heartfelt until the last SECOND on the track, I won't ruin it for you but its hilarious, check it.


5. Walkin On The Moon - There's something about this track. No ID and a bunch of other producers collaborate on this gem right here. It's got this futuristic electronic/techno type beat, while still maintaining it's r&b feel. For some reason it feels like it would be on Kanye's 'Graduation' album, probably because of how Kanye raps on it. Anyway, both Kanye and The-Dream hit this track very well with contrasting flow and I'm feelin' it!


Best Feature

This wasn't much of a competition, Kanye West. 'My Love' (the song Mariah Carey was featured on) just wasn't anything special and Lil Jon didn't really add much to 'Let Me See The Booty'. Let's be serious here, Lil Jon is way past his time now, he needs to move on. But back to Mr. West, let's see more of this Kanye, this is what he's supposed to be doing!