In a time, wherer pop-sells, alot of rappers have given into, changing they're gangsta style, to accomadate what the media wants (i.e. Ja Rule, 50 Cent etc.). Fat Joe has been known to give into this, the recent release of All Or Nothing proves that. But this album proved otherwise, a real good CD, with nothing but hard hitting, quality rap. A surprise, considering there is so much frontin' and pop going on out there. I just wish Joe could have made more records like this. Nonetheless, I definetely enjoy this record.
Track for track:
"Take a Look at My Life" A real good song, with a menacing beat, where he's saying how gangsta he is and telling all haters to shut it. Something tells me that this guy isn't frontin'.
"Bust At You" nice song, basically telling all the haters again to screw off, nice chorus sung by Terror Squad member Tony Sunshine, good verse by Scarface, and an awesome verse by Baby, Joe isn't too bad either. Nice flute as background music.
"Prove Something" Joe's awesome lyrically on this song, again just saying, don't f*ck with Terror Sqaud.
"TS Piece" nice, slower laid back song, featuring a great chorus sung again by Tony Sunshine (real good singer, i think he's way underrated)a cool verse spit by Remy Ma. Songs about the luxuries of being famous, and the relationships you get into. Real cool song
"It's Nothing" real cool song, emphasizing how loyalty from his fans paid off, and how all this fame and accesories, to him is nothing compared to loyalty. Real cool song, with great lyrics
"Turn Me On" sort of an annoying song, some chic sings an annoying chorus, Joe's good lyrically, but overall the song is sort of weak, saying how much of a ladies man he is...sort of an overplayed theme in music these days, gets old fast
"Born in the Ghetto" God i love this song, such meaningful rapping in the verses by Joe, about the struggles of life in the ghetto, and living with prejidices constantly being hurled at you. A great chorus sung, by Lamajic (who is he?), real pain in his voice i like it. Joe raps with a sort of "been there done that" approach, i like it.
"Crush Tonight" Awesome party song, with a beatt, sure to make clubs go wild. memorable chorus sung by Ginuwine and good rapping by Joe.
"Gangsta" Deep song explaining the process of how he turned to the life of a gangster, claiming it was because he saw his father live like that.
"All I Need" Awesome song, Joe and Armagedon (Terror Squad member) explain how their wives assume they are cheating just because they are always on tour, this song is dedicated to explaining that just cause they are on tour that doesn't mean that they are cheating. Joe and Armagedon claim that they're wives are the greatest things in their life, and that they'd be stupid to give that up.Great chorus by Tony Sunshine again.
"Life Goes On" Another meaningful song, about how he had gotten a girl pregnant once, and how he is telling her that he is sorry, but how he can't let that and other mistakes hold him down because life goes on.
"Loyalty" This is a song, with a killer beat, and impressive verses by all Terror Squad members (Armagedon, Prospect, Remy Ma) except Tony Sunshine. All of them claim they're loyalty to Terror Squad, and they'll f*ck anyone up if they mess with the Squad. All they're rhyming is phenominal, especially Armagedon and Prospect. Fat Joe, is rather average in this song...
"We Run This Sh*t" Sort of annoying, all it is is Joe repping the Terror Squad, saying that they run this sh*t. Skippable.
"Sh*t Is Real Part III" Real deep track, adressing, the pain Joe felt after Big Pun's death, the overwehlming amount of disloyalty he has experienced in his life, and the struggle of ghetto life. Memorable chorus but Joe, awesome way to end an awesome album.
This album is really a classic in my book, the genious way in which the tracks where made, how they each had a story to tell, unlike the bull sh*t you see on MTV today, was just amazing. Joe raps with such an amazing "Been there, done that" scheme, it 's hard to believe he's fronting. After hearing this amazing record, i thought to myself, are you people friggin' blind? how on earth could anyone like 50 Cent or G-Unit more than this sh*t. I guess, pop sells, but in my book Joe will always be one of the realest rappers, that didn't give into all this media sh*t until the very end.
Check my reviews on Ja Rule's R.U.L.E., Blood In My Eye, and Last Temptatio, and Mike Jones' album, c ya