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Slaughterhouse Review

Posted by tyltempest on 08/11/2009

It’s amazing this album is even out.  Supergroups never usually get anywhere, let alone a simple collaboration album.  T-Wayne hasn’t amounted to much except for a t-shirt, and the Wayne/Juelz album isn’t coming out anytime soon, that’s for sure.  Slaughterhouse takes a complete 180 with this, recording their self titled album in only six days.  You may think they’re sacrificing quality, which isn’t very apparent, and if they are, then a little more time and they could have one of the greatest albums ever.  Onto the review.

Sound Off
9.5/10 – This is the craziest into track I’ve heard in a long time.  They all spit over a beat composed of blaring horns and just go off.  Joell goes off on this track and takes the title of best verse easily.  The only flaw is that Joe Budden can’t seem to keep up with the rest of the groups rapid-fire flow on this, but he holds his own.

Lyrical Murderers
9/10 – It’s just what it sounds like.  The members of Slaughterhouse spit over a sinister sounding beat to prove their namesake, and it works.  Crooked I takes the crown on this track, opening with lines “Lyrical murderer, blame Rakim/I’ma sniper, shoot my way into your lame top ten/pistol to your head if I ain’t next to Eminem/and I’ma bust it in your face like I’m fucking Lil Kim”

Microphone
9/10 – Similar to Lyrical Murderers, Slaughterhouse shows what they do with that microphone.  The beat is more minimalistic that the others, consisting of a simple piano loop, but it fits the track, and each artist spits a dope verse.  Joe Budden shines on this one, despite being considered the worst of the group.

Not Tonight
9.5/10 – A change of pace and production from the first three tracks.  This one has a more mainstream sound, using the same sample as Joe Budden’s own Now I Lay off of Padded Room.  That should have been an interesting recording process for him, but he definitely felt comfortable on a beat he’s already been on, taking the cake for best verse on the song.

The One
8.5/10 – The first single off of the album and still a banger.  The artists spit over the guitar laced beat sampled from Lenny Kravitz’s Fly Away.  I’m not a fan of the hook, but they spit dope verses over the track.  Noticing a pattern yet?  Crooked I is crowned best verse on this one.

Cuckoo
8/10 – There’s definitely a love/hate relationship going on with this one on the internet.  I wasn’t a fan at first, but it grew on me.  This is a punchline filled track proving how “Cuckoo” each artist is, and they don’t need a hook to show you.  You’ll hate it or love it, but I became a fan, so you never know.  Royce opens the song with the best verse.

Onslaught 2
9.5/10 – The sequel to the original Onslaught.  This track is crazy.  Dope production, and dope verses all around, but you should expect that by now.  Crooked I has the best verse on this one.

Salute
9/10 – Pharoahe Monch joins the part for this one, but he assigned hook duty.  The beat is nice and laid back.  Joe Budden opens this track, unlike the rest which seem to all open with Royce.  Their flow matches the beat, dropping the high energy seen on the rest of the tracks for a more laid back flow.  Joell spits the best verse on this one.

Pray (It’s A Shame)
9.5/10 – It’s a shame that Joe Budden is reduced to hook duty on this one.  That’s right, he doesn’t have a verse on this one, instead spitting the hook: “Lord can you please shine that light on my sons/they done sent you a million prayers, you ain’t answered near one”.  It’s a shame too, because this is the kind of track that Budden would shine on.  Here, Slaughterhouse is showing that they’re not all punchlines, spitting some reflective verses here.  Crooked I has the best verse here.

Cut You Loose
9/10 – Like Not Tonight, this one has a more mainstream sound, and an overall similar feel to that song.  The beat can get kind of repetitive, repeating the same sample over and over again: “You’re no good, I have to cut you loose”.  Other than that, it’s a dope track, like everything else on the album.  Joell has the best verse here.

Rain Drops
10/10 – I love this track.  It’s the best track on the album and one of my favorite tracks this year so far.  From the amazing hook to the dope production to the emotion-filled verses spit by each artist, this track is amazing.  Like Pray, Slaughterhouse is showing that they’re more than punchlines.  Crooked I in particular spits one of the best verses on the album, with emotion like he was possessed by 2Pac: “Every day it makes me sad, angry, mad/how you were sent to heaven’s sacred path/duct taped and gagged plus raped and stabbed/body draped in blood, what a fate to have”.  Amazing song.

Killaz
8.5/10 – Slaughterhouse breaks from the heartfelt stuff and goes back to the punchlines.  A track with the same kind of concept as Lyrical Murderers, they close the album well with a raw track where they all go hard.  Crooked I steals the show here on this.  While I felt that the intro could have been stronger, it’s a good track, it just feels like it should have been somewhere in the middle of the album.

Overall, this is easily one of the top albums to come out this year so far, and will probably remain up there.  The album could have done with more tracks like Rain Drops and Pray, but it’s a small complaint in an otherwise excellent album.

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Mixtape Messiah 7 (Disc 1) Review

Posted by tyltempest on 08/11/2009

On the week of August 4th, Chamillionaire released his seventh and final in the Mixtape Messiah series.  Although the mixtape was four discs, the first disc was the longest and my favorite (and I’m pretty sure most people’s), and therefore the focus of my review.  After a few listens, I’d definitely rank this among the top three in the series.

This is a track by track review with a quick thought about each track with a rating alongside (copied and pasted from my original post on streetsofrap.com; I’m surprised the smilies actually came along with it as well).

Intro
N/A – Wish he had one of his usual intros. The reversed speech says: “Next time I’m telling you something, you need to listen. Cause I mean business. I don’t play games.”

Famous ft. Famous
7.5/10 – Like the hook, Cham is good on it. Not a fan of Famous.

Internet Thugs Attack
8/10 – A lot different from the other Internet Nerd’s songs. He doesn’t change his voice up as much, and it’s structured more like a normal song with a hook. Not as good as the original, but I like it more than the ones that came after.

100 Million
9.5/10 – Cham kills this. One of the best songs on the tape. He steps up his flow on this.

Best She Ever Had
8.5/10 – I don’t like the hook too much, but the verses are great, and his singing is good as usual.

Breathe
8.5/10 – I love this beat, and he does great on it. I wish is was longer though, and he could have done a good hook on this.

I Know Ya Mad ft. Bun B
10/10 – The beat on this is sick, the hook is good, and they both kill this. One of the best songs on the tape.

Denzel Washington ft. Z-Ro
8/10 – I didn’t like this as much as some of you, but it’s good. Cham’s verses are pretty good, and I like them trading lines while singing on the second verse.

Day Dream
8.5/10 – Great song, hook is dope, but again, I wish it was longer.

Jewelery Skit
N/A – I don’t really care about skits, so I skipped this

Gucci & Fendi
8.5/10 – The beat is sick, and Cham’s verses are dope. I like the lower voice he uses on this too

Playa Status
8.5/10 – Cham’s verses are good on this, and I like what he did with the hook.

This Morning
9/10 – One of the best songs on the album. I love the hook. The melody he uses sounds familiar to me.

Coming Down Candy
9/10 – I kind of skimmed over this one the first time through but on another listen it’s a great song.

Solo ft. Crooked I
9/10 – My favorite version of Creepin even though it’s the shortest. I like the new hook and Crooked I kills it as usual. It’s also Cham’s best verse on the song.

The One
8.5/10 – Dope song. Don’t have much to say about it

Still Hustlin
9/10 – The song had a typo when I imported it into iTunes
Verses are dope, and I like the hook.

Bike Skit
N/A – I don’t really care about skits, so I skipped this

Scratch That
9/10 – His rhymes during the beginning reminded me of Ran Out Of Autotune from MM5. Song is great.

Dead Presidents
8/10 – Good song, didn’t grab me as much as the other songs on the tape.

Successful
8.5/10 – Cham said hoes Hook is the same as the original only Cham is singing it… I like Trey’s hook better Verses are good though.

One The Grind
8.5/10 – His singing voice is weird on this to me, but I like what he did with the song. His verse at the end is pretty good too.

Lonely at the Top
9.5/10 – Before I heard this I assumed whatever beat he used he would use that part from the original Creepin as the hook I love the original song for this and Cham kills this. One of the best on the tape.

Life Goes On
10/10 – Love this song. Cham and Tony singing together is Wish Tony had a better part in the song but it’s amazing either way.

Say Goodbye
10/10 – The hook is And the verses are excellent too. Amazing outro to the tape

For The Money Outro
N/A – Some blahblahblah from Cham

Overall, Mixtape Messiah 7 is definitely one of the best in the series.  Longtime fans may argue that he fell off, but I think it’s more that he has matured as an artist; he’s clearly gotten better with the more meaningful tracks, looking at the last few on the tape (Lonely at the Top, Life Goes On, Say Goodbye.  He can’t pull off that “gutta” style like he used to, but he can still pull it off better than many artists today.  Lets hope this truly marks the beginning of bigger and better things for Cham, and a third album.  Soon.

You can download and stream all four discs of Mixtape Messiah 7 here.

Intro
N/A – Wish he had one of his usual intros. The reversed speech says: “Next time I’m telling you something, you need to listen. Cause I mean business. I don’t play games.”

Famous ft. Famous
7.5/10 – Like the hook, Cham is good on it. Not a fan of Famous.

Internet Thugs Attack
8/10 – A lot different from the other Internet Nerd’s songs. He doesn’t change his voice up as much, and it’s structured more like a normal song with a hook. Not as good as the original, but I like it more than the ones that came after.

100 Million
9.5/10 – Cham kills this. One of the best songs on the tape. He steps up his flow on this.

Best She Ever Had
8.5/10 – I don’t like the hook too much, but the verses are great, and his singing is good as usual.

Breathe
8.5/10 – I love this beat, and he does great on it. I wish is was longer though, and he could have done a good hook on this.

I Know Ya Mad ft. Bun B
10/10 – The beat on this is sick, the hook is good, and they both kill this. One of the best songs on the tape.

Denzel Washington ft. Z-Ro
8/10 – I didn’t like this as much as some of you, but it’s good. Cham’s verses are pretty good, and I like them trading lines while singing on the second verse.

Day Dream
8.5/10 – Great song, hook is dope, but again, I wish it was longer.

Jewelery Skit
N/A – I don’t really care about skits, so I skipped this

Gucci & Fendi
8.5/10 – The beat is sick, and Cham’s verses are dope. I like the lower voice he uses on this too

Playa Status
8.5/10 – Cham’s verses are good on this, and I like what he did with the hook.

This Morning
9/10 – One of the best songs on the album. I love the hook. The melody he uses sounds familiar to me.

Coming Down Candy
9/10 – I kind of skimmed over this one the first time through but on another listen it’s a great song.

Solo ft. Crooked I
9/10 – My favorite version of Creepin even though it’s the shortest. I like the new hook and Crooked I kills it as usual. It’s also Cham’s best verse on the song.

The One
8.5/10 – Dope song. Don’t have much to say about it

Still Hustlin
9/10 – The song had a typo when I imported it into iTunes
Verses are dope, and I like the hook.

Bike Skit
N/A – I don’t really care about skits, so I skipped this

Scratch That
9/10 – His rhymes during the beginning reminded me of Ran Out Of Autotune from MM5. Song is great.

Dead Presidents
8/10 – Good song, didn’t grab me as much as the other songs on the tape.

Successful
8.5/10 – Cham said hoes Hook is the same as the original only Cham is singing it… I like Trey’s hook better Verses are good though.

One The Grind
8.5/10 – His singing voice is weird on this to me, but I like what he did with the song. His verse at the end is pretty good too.

Lonely at the Top
9.5/10 – Before I heard this I assumed whatever beat he used he would use that part from the original Creepin as the hook I love the original song for this and Cham kills this. One of the best on the tape.

Life Goes On
10/10 – Love this song. Cham and Tony singing together is Wish Tony had a better part in the song but it’s amazing either way.

Say Goodbye
10/10 – The hook is And the verses are excellent too. Amazing outro to the tape

For The Money Outro
N/A – Some blahblahblah from Cham

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