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This album was released on March 3rd last year. Honestly, I have no idea who DJ EFN is. All I know is that he’s from Miami, and that he works with N.O.R.E. & ¡MayDay! a lot. That’s all I can tell you tho. When I saw the fuckin’ tracklist of this album tho… I just had to give this album a shot. Also, that album cover is really dope. For whatever reason, I didn’t really see anybody talking about this project when it dropped, which is really strange when you look at the insane track list. I’m expecting this to be dope af.
Track 1: Intro (Performed by Umar Bin Hassan) [Prod. NonMS)
Umar Bin Hassan is a member of The Last Poets from Ohio. It’s pretty cool that DJ EFN got somebody like that on this album. To be honest, I didn’t even know that The Last Poets was still a thing. It’s starting now. Alright. It just ended. This track is basically just Umar talking about who DJ EFN is over a djembe. It’s not really a song. I’m not gonna rate it.
Track 2: Another Time (Performed by Inspectah Deck) Feat. Guilty Simpson, M.O.P. & Bernz [Prod. Nomadic Trackz]
This beat isn’t bad. Bernz is on the hook. It’s not amazing, but it does its job. INS is goin’ in now. He did his thing. The way his verse transitioned into the hook sounded a little off. Guilty Simpson’s verse wasn’t bad. M.O.P. definitely had the best verses in my opinion. They did a good job. I fuck with this song. The production was dope, and each MC did a good job. I think the hook from Bernz definitely could’ve been better, but it wasn’t bad. I fuck with this shit. It’s dope. 4/5
Track 3: Selfish (Performed by King Tee) Feat. Fashawn & Kurupt [Prod. Miami Beat Wave]
This beat is alright. I’m not really feelin’ this uncredited hook from The Music Luvas. King Tee killed the first verse. I always love it when super old school MCs make new shit that isn’t wack. Fashawn’s verse was dope af. Kurupt’s goin’ in now. He killed it. He sounded just as gangsta and misogynistic as he did on 2001. The misogyny didn’t really bother me that much for some reason tho. That’s probably a bad thing, but I fuck with this song. It’s dope to me. 4/5
Track 4: Lane 2 Lane (Performed by Gunplay) Feat. Denzel Curry [Prod. Hazardis Soundz]
This beat is dope. I’m not the biggest Gunplay fan, but I enjoy his music every now and then. I liked what he did on Cartoons & Cereal. Hopefully I’ll be able to enjoy this shit too. The hook isn’t that good. He did his thing on the first verse. He didn’t really have any lines that stand out. Well… “I come from the bottom where you’re dead before you reach the top / Yo homies phony and your bitch is just a greasy thot.” He always says crazy, dumb shit like that, but it never really bothers me for some reason. I don’t know. I feel like if Drake said that I would get really pissed off. Maybe I’m just used to this kinda shit from Gunplay. The beat is pretty underwhelming. Denzel Curry’s verse wasn’t bad. It wasn’t really that good tho… I don’t know… This track is just kinda boring. The hook & beat aren’t doing anything for me, and the verses just weren’t that good. This song is boring. I’m not really feelin’ it. 2/5
Track 5: South West (Performed by MC Eiht) Feat. Blu & Kam [Prod. The Guild]
This beat is dope. MC Eiht killed his verse. This is so fuckin’ gangsta. Blu did his thing. Kam’s verse was gangsta as fuck. The hook is a little fucked up. The scratches would be fine, but the instrumental from the sampled record sounds pretty bad over this beat. It doesn’t mix very well. It’s still a good song tho. I just wish the hook was done a little better. I fuck with this shit tho. It’s dope. 4/5
Track 6: Crazy Dope (Performed by Sean Price) Feat. Murda Mook & Milk Dee [Prod. Nomadic Trackz]
I’m kinda nitpicking here, but I wish this intro with Sway introducing DJ EFN wasn’t here. If this ends up being a good song, I’m not gonna wanna here that shit every time the song starts. This beat kinda sucks. It heavily samples Boyz-N-The-Hood. The hook is alright. It was kinda cool to hear Milk Dee, but the just isn’t that good. It should’ve just been the intro or a bridge or something. I’m not gonna wanna hear this more than once. It’s already gotten old. Sean Price is goin’ in now. He fuckin’ killed it. It’s always bittersweet hearing dope new verses from MCs that have passed away. Murda Mook’s verse is alright. Sean Price definitely had the best verse tho. Honestly the only reason this song is dope to me is because of Sean Price’s verse. I fuck with this song tho. 4/5
Track 7: Revolutionary Ride Music (Performed by Royce Da 5’9″) Feat. Your Old Droog, O.C. & REKS [Prod. Buckwild]
This beat is dope af. Y.O.D. definitely didn’t have a bad verse, but I think he could’ve done better than that. The hook from REKS is pretty good. I like the way the beat switches up for the hook. Royce’s verse was dope af. “I’m just a real nigga straight from my mother’s stomach / Ain’t enough cloth for all of us to be cut from it.” The last verse from O.C. was pretty good too. This is definitely the best song on the album so far. I fuck with this. This is dope af. 5/5
Track 8: Crazy (Interlude) [Performed by Umar Bin Hassan]
This is a Spoken Word track from Umar Bin Hassan. It was cool. Y’all know me tho… I don’t really listen to Spoken Word casually. I enjoy it, but I don’t ever come back to it. This is just an interlude anyway, so I’m not gonna rate it.
Track 9: Who’s Crazy? (Performed by Troy Ave) Feat. Scarface & Stalley [Prod. DJ Premier]
Oh God… I know people like to pretend that Troy Ave is a great MC because he spits over old school sounding production, but he’s really not a good rapper. He has decent verses from time to time, but I don’t think I’ve ever said “DAMN! Troy Ave fuckin’ killed that shit!” and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Anyway, this beat from DJ Premier is dope af. This is one of the better beats on the whole album so far. Troy Ave’s verse was decent. Not good. It really wasn’t bad tho. There’s a reason why people call him Troy Average. I don’t know why DJs always put him on projects like this tho. He’s out of his league lyrically. To be fair, I guess you could say the same thing about Stalley. I’m probably just hatin’ because of the shit he said about Capital STEEZ. This hook is dope. Scarface had an alright verse I guess. It wasn’t bad, but he definitely could’ve done better. It was pretty disappointing to be honest. Stalley surprisingly had my favorite verse. He was rapping about the racist ass police. “Klan members turned cops, harassing our youth / Got our backs against the wall, hands up, they still shoot.” I fuck with this song. The only verse that I really thought was great came from Stalley tho. Honestly, DJ Premier stole the show. Troy Ave & Scarface weren’t bad tho. You know something’s not right when Troy Ave & Scarface have verses that are on par with each other tho. I was a little disappointed by this, but it’s still dope. I fuck with this. 4/5
Track 10: Fiyah Gun (Performed by Smif-N-Wessun) Feat. Bittah Sosicka, Kardinal Offishall & Spragga Benz [Prod. Nomadic Trackz]
I can’t tell you who the primary artist of this song is because I’m not really familiar with any of these musicians. I know of Kardinal Offishall & Smif-N-Wessun, but I’m not gonna be able to distinguish them from the other artists here because I haven’t heard that much shit from them. I’m sure this is gonna be more of a Dancehall inspired track tho, so I’m probably not gonna like it that much. I’ll always take Soca & Reggae over Dancehall. Okay, it’s starting now. Oh… This is actually more Reggae than Dancehall. I’m not feelin’ it tho. The beat and the hook are both really wack to me. The beat has this guy singing in the background, and it’s really annoying. It sounds like a West Indian Kid Cudi. I’m assuming that the first two verses are from Smif-N-Wessun. I don’t know for sure tho. Their verses weren’t bad. I wasn’t really feelin’ the third verse. It wasn’t bad lyrically, but… Well, honestly I don’t know if it was bad lyrically because I could barely understand what was being said. That Reggae horn is pretty annoying. The gunshot sound effects didn’t need to be there either. The third verse was kinda cool. Oh, that was Kardinal Offishall on the third verse. I wasn’t feelin’ the final verse. It was really annoying how it was being rewound and shit. I feel like I’m listening to that annoying ass Caribbean radio channel that my Dad is always obnoxiously blasting. I can’t fuck with this shit. This is wack af to me. 1/5
Track 11: If U Run (Performed by Killer Mike) Feat. Webbz & Crooked I [Prod. Davincci & Miami Beat Wave]
Killer Mike’s verse at the beginning was dope af. This beat is pretty underwhelming. It’s not bad. It’s just not very good. I don’t know who this Webbz guy is, but I enjoyed his verse. His hook was alright I guess. It definitely wasn’t bad. Crooked I’s goin’ in now. His verse was dope af. “I’m livin’ like a pair of virgin twins / Attached to each other, I don’t give two fucks.” I don’t know… The verses were great, but the hook and the beat didn’t stand out that much. The rapping was dope af, but the more musical aspects of this song didn’t do shit for me. I really WANT to like this, but it’s just not that good of a song. The verses were good, but that’s all I can say for this. As a full song, this isn’t that good. It’s alright. 3/5
Track 12: Survival (Performed by Dead Prez) Feat. Juvenile & Trick Daddy [Prod. BeatsNdaHood]
I don’t know how I’m gonna feel about this… I love Dead Prez, but I’ve never been a fan of Trick Daddy or Juvenile. This seems like a really weird collaboration. It’s starting now. This beat isn’t that good… I’m not feelin’ the hook from M-1. It isn’t terrible tho. Damn. I actually kinda fuck with this verse from Juvie. His flow is dope on this shit. His lyrics weren’t that great, but he sounded good on this beat. M-1 & stic.man both did a pretty good job with the second verse. They’re basically talking about surviving in a the U.S. as African Americans. They come off a little preachy, but that’s to be expected from Dead Prez these days. Trick Daddy’s on the last verse. His verse was alright. I don’t know about this song… The beat got kinda annoying after a while, and the hook definitely could’ve been better. It’s just not that good of a song. It has very little replay value for me. I honestly don’t see myself coming back to this. It’s definitely not bad tho. It’s just not that good. It’s okay. 3/5
Track 13: When I’m Dead (Performed by Keith Murray) Feat. Joell Ortiz, Chris Rivers & Skam2? [Prod. Miami Beat Wave]
This beat is actually kinda dope. Joell Ortiz’s verse was nice. Yes… Chris Rivers… Yes. He fucking murdered his verse. “My heart’s incarcerated with bars that I jot on pages / The hardest artist regardless my verses are carbon plated.” I swear every time I hear this motherfucker rap he just rips his verse to shreds. The hook from Skam2? & Keith Murray isn’t bad. Keith Murray’s verse was pretty good. This song is dope af. This is definitely my favorite track on the album so far. Every MC went in. Especially Chris Rivers. He killed that shit. This is dope af. 5/5
Track 14: Warrior (Performed by David Banner) Feat. Sizzla, N.O.R.E. & Jon Connor [Prod. Davincci & Miami Beat Wave]
This beat is alright. This hook from Sizzla isn’t bad. David Banner’s verse was decent. His flow seemed a little shaky at times, but I still enjoyed his verse. N.O.R.E. had a good verse. Jon Connor killed his verse. He stole the show. I don’t really have much to say about this one. It’s not bad. I enjoyed the track. Nothing really stands out, but I enjoyed it. It’s dope. 4/5
Track 15: Power (Performed by Sa-Roc) Feat. Masta Ace, Thirstin Howl III & Umar Bin Hassan [Prod. Nomadic Trackz]
This beat’s pretty terrible. It’s just too simple for me. Holy fucking shit… Who is this Sa-Roc chick? She fucking murdered this first verse… Her flow is dope af. This is fucking awesome… Sa-Roc went the fuck off. I might have to check out her next project because that verse was great. Masta Ace’s verse was kinda disappointing. It definitely wasn’t as good as Sa-Roc’s verse. It was alright tho. I guess. I just kinda expected it to be a little better. There isn’t really a hook. I guess you could consider it a hook if you wanted to. It’s more of a Spoken Word interlude from Umar Bin Hassan, but it’s the same every time. That’s why I wasn’t really sure whether or not I should call it a hook. I wish he would’ve said something different each time. It’s not entertaining enough for me to wanna hear it more than once. Thirstin Howl III was alright on the last verse. I guess this song is alright. The first verse from Sa-Roc was dope af, but the other two MCs didn’t really do as well as she did. Her verse was so dope that it ALMOST made me like the beat. Her aggressive delivery sounded great over the powerful percussion. The other two MCs’ deliveries were pretty boring. I would call this wack if it weren’t for Sa-Roc. She wasn’t good enough for me to call this dope tho. The first minute and ten seconds of this song are dope. That’s it. Overall, it’s alright. 3/5
Track 16: Role Model (Performed by Eric Biddines) Feat. Amber Monique, Bun B & Jarren Benton [Prod. Big Drain]
The only other time I’ve heard Eric Biddines was on that song Famous by Sy Ari Da Kid, but I really enjoyed his verse, so hopefully this’ll be just as good. His voice really reminds me of Andre 3000. This beat isn’t bad. Eric’s verse was cool. He did a good job with the hook too. It’s nice to finally hear some different sounding production on here, but this beat itself isn’t that good. The subject matter of this song is kinda corny. It’s not terrible. I guess. They’re just rapping about being good role models. I didn’t really start noticing how corny it was until Bun B started goin’ in. “We got to let the next generation know what’s up / We got to give them the game they need to survive / Make sure they don’t just exist, but that they thrive.” Jarren Benton did his thing I guess. I just can’t really fuck with this shit. The subject matter is too corny for me. Especially with this corny, Pop sounding beat. I’m not really feelin’ this song. This is wack to me. 2/5
Track 17: Paradise (Performed by Wrekonize) Feat. Talib Kweli & Redman [Prod. The Guild]
This beat is dope. Talib Kweli was dope on the first verse. Wrek sounds good on the hook. He did his thing on the second verse. Redman’s verse wasn’t bad. It’s over. I don’t know… I mean, I definitely fuck with this song, but… Nothing is putting this album on the next level. It’s just a large collection of decent songs. You would think that it’d be amazing especially with these features. Sorry. I’ll save that shit for my final thoughts. I just don’t have anything to say about this song. It’s just good. Definitely one of the better tracks. 4/5
Track 18: Motivation (Performed by Defari) Feat. Cormega & Boaz [Prod. Big Drain]
This beat’s pretty boring. Defari’s on the first verse. His hook kinda sucks. It’s really simple. It gets the job done tho. I guess. Cormega’s on the second verse. Damn. His flow is pretty rough on this one too. It’s like he doesn’t have enough syllables in each line. There are some awkward pauses between certain words. His verse wasn’t bad lyrically. His flow was pretty distracting tho. I’m not sure how I feel about his verse… Boaz’s verse wasn’t bad. I feel like this isn’t that bad of a song. I didn’t like it tho. It was boring. I’m not feelin’ this. This is wack to me. 2/5
Track 19: G Shit (Performed by Prez P) Feat. McGruff & Grafh [Prod. Matt Harris]
I’m gonna be honest; I have no idea who the fuck these motherfuckers are. I think I might’ve heard of Grafh before, but I don’t know for sure. I just looked up McGruff on Google, and it lead me to this…
Okay, it’s starting now… This beat is actually pretty dope. I think McGruff’s on the first verse. He did his thing. The hook from Prez P isn’t bad. His verse was fine. Honestly, I’m bored as shit right now. Most of the songs on this album are decent, but they’re all so… basic. Fuck… Sorry. I gotta save this shit for my final thoughts. WHY THE FUCK IS THIS ALBUM SO LONG. Alright, I’m done with this track. Grafh’s verse was… “Your girl ass shots look like a shitty diaper.” …Yeah, I didn’t really like his verse that much. This song is AVERAGE. 3/5
Track 20: #HomeTeam Feat. Garcia, Dynas, Heckler, Mother Superia, Skam2? & Society (Prod. Big Drain)
The only reason I didn’t say who this song was “performed by” is because I have no idea who the fuck any of these people are. This beat is actually dope. The first verse was pretty good. I liked whoever the hell that was’ aggressive delivery. I guess these guys are all in DJ EFN’s Crazy Hood group. Okay, the song just ended. None of the verses were bad. Each MC had a decent verse. I just wasn’t blown away by this. I don’t see myself ever coming back to this song either. I’m ready for this album to be over. 3/5
Track 21: We Earned It (Performed by Ras Kass) Feat. Black Milk, Black Collar & Cory Gunz [Prod. Hazardis Soundz]
This beat is okay. Ras Kass’ verse was dope af. It was nasty as hell. I liked it tho. Black Milk’s verse was alright. I don’t know who the hell Black Collar is. Oh. I guess it’s a group. It sounds like three different guys. They did an alright job I guess. This hook isn’t very good. I’m already getting bored of this shit. Cory Gunz’s verse wasn’t very good. I’m done with this album, man. This track isn’t that good… 3/5
You know, I was actually kinda enjoying this album at first, but once I got to the track with Troy Ave I just couldn’t do it anymore. This album is boring as FUUUUUCK. Seriously, I haven’t been this bored in a long ass time. That really sucks too because I was looking forward to this shit. I think I’m starting to understand where the disconnect is tho. DJ EFN just got together a bunch of dope MCs and threw them over some mediocre production. It’s a collection of songs. I get bored when any album is this long. This one was especially boring tho. On almost every track, I was bored by the time I hit the second verse. It’s incredibly incohesive too. The… Okay, hold on. I feel like I’m trying to say too much at one time. Lemme just make one point at a time. First of all, the production was just bad. I tend to go easy on production, but damn near every beat on here was super simplistic and boring. I’m not in love with that old school style of production, but I don’t get bored when people like 7L do it. I don’t get bored when people like Large Professor do it. I just don’t think that Hazardis Soundz & Nomadic Trackz are that good. Second, it doesn’t really sound like any of these artists had any chemistry with each other. It doesn’t sound like DJ EFN came to them with an idea for a song. It sounds like he just took a bunch of dope MCs, gave them these mediocre beats, and told them to rap. I’d MAYBE be okay with that if every verse was incredible, but a lot of these verses weren’t even that good. It sounded like a lot of these MCs really half assed their verses—especially people like Scarface, Joell Ortiz, Masta Ace & Your Old Droog, who I KNOW could’ve spazzed on these tracks if they really wanted to. This album was actually pretty disappointing to me. I still think it was decent because it had a good amount of dope tracks on here. It was just too much tho. 21 tracks is way too long for an album like this. He didn’t even really switch up the song structure at all. I can’t remember what half of these songs sound like, and I JUST listened to this shit. I think this album is worth skimming, or listening to in short bursts. Don’t listen to the whole album all at once. Also, the hooks were pretty weak throughout this whole album. It’s a decent album. I guess. It’s definitely not terrible. It’s just REALLY boring. Also, towards the end he started putting on all these less known rappers. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I just wish he would’ve had them on a little earlier in the album. I was already bored to death by the time I reached the end; it would’ve helped to catch my attention if he put more people like Killer Mike, Chris Rivers & Sean Price at the end. This album is very incohesive too. How do you end an album that has features from Sean Price, Talib Kweli, Killer Mike, Chris Rivers, Crooked I, Scarface & MC Eiht with Cory Gunz? It’s just not a good album. I mean, I definitely think there are a lot of people who would enjoy this, but it was just too boring for me. I don’t even think it’s a bad album. It’s just average.
Favorite Song: When I’m Dead
Least Favorite Song: Fiyah Gun
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