Album Review | Leaders Of The New School – T.I.M.E. (The Inner Mind’s Eye)

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This album was released on October 12th in 1993. To be honest, I’m really not expecting to like this. I didn’t even really enjoy A Future Without A Past that much, and this album apparently got worse reception than that one. It’s also pretty damn long. Daamn… I just read the Wikipedia page for this album. Apparently the A&R of Elektra Records, Dante Ross, KNEW that this album was wack. He didn’t wanna drop the album, but apparently Leaders Of The New School insisted that it had to be released. They ended up breaking up after that. There were also some internal conflicts within the group. Busta Rhymes was clearly the standout member, and I guess the other members were getting jealous. Dante Ross was trying to get Busta Rhymes to go solo even before they broke up tho. Damn… Is this album really that bad? I guess I’m about to find out…

Track 1: Eternal

This intro really didn’t need to be here. A lot of old school albums had unnecessary skits and interludes like this tho. The production sounds a little cleaner on this album. This beat in particular is really disjointed and awkward sounding tho. I hope the next song doesn’t use the same beat. Jesus. This is annoying as fuck. Alright. It’s over.

Track 2: Understanding The Inner Mind’s Eye (Prod. Charlie Brown)

This beat is actually pretty dope. I think that’s Charlie Brown on the first verse. I can tell from his annoying ass delivery. His flow sounds pretty good tho. Woooah. Busta’s delivery and vocal tone sounds a lot more aggressive than it did on the first album. This is pretty dope so far. Goddamn. Busta sounds like a fucking monster on this shit. Wow. His insane delivery actually kinda reminds me of Ol’ Dirty Bastard. He killed that second verse. If it wasn’t clear enough on the first album, Busta definitely made it known here that he was the standout member. Dinco D’s delivery actually sounds pretty crazy too. It’s not as attention grabbing as Busta’s performance, but it’s still dope. Damn. This is actually a really fucking good song. That was a great way to start the album. It kinda reminded me of Wu-Tang for some reason. I guess it’s the darker production. Their over the top deliveries probably had something to do with it too. I definitely fuck with this song. It’s dope af. 5/5

Track 3: Syntax Era (Prod. The Vibe Chemist Backspin)

This hook is kinda lame… The beat’s dope tho. The production on this album is definitely better than that of their debut album. Charlie’s on the first verse. Nah… His verse was fine I guess. His delivery is just so annoying to me. This hook is really bad too. Dinco’s verse was actually dope af. He’s actually a really technically skilled MC. I think the only member that I dislike is Charlie Brown. Jesus Christ. This hook is annoying as fuck. Damn. Busta’s flow on the final verse was fantastic. Holy shit. He fucking killed this shit. FUUCK. Damnit. I really wish I liked this song more than I do. The verses from Dinco D & Busta Rhymes were phenomenal. I just can’t stand that hook, and I didn’t really like Charlie Brown’s verse that much either. Fuck. Whatever. This song’s alright I guess. 3/5

Track 4: Classic Material (Prod. The Vibe Chemist Backspin)

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Oh shit. Cut Monitor Milo’s goin’ in on the first verse. He only had one verse on the previous album. I thought he was just a producer, but I guess he occasionally spits a few bars too. That’s fine I guess. His verse wasn’t bad. This beat is nice. Dinco’s verse was dope. The hook is pretty bad tho. Man… They’re really bad at hooks. Charlie Brown’s verse was okay. Busta Rhymes fucking killed this shit. Goddamn. He really outdid all the other members on this whole album didn’t he? I liked him on the first album, but he wasn’t constantly stealing the show like he is on this project. He has such a great voice. That probably has something to do with it. I would probably like this song if the hook weren’t so bad. The beat’s dope. Busta & Dinco had really good verses too. The other two verses were decent. I just really don’t like the hook. This is an alright song I guess. 3/5

Track 5: Daily Reminder (Prod. R.P.M.)

This beat kinda sucks. It’s fine I guess. I’m not crazy about that hook. Oh shit. Damn. Actually, I was trippin’. This beat is actually really dope. I guess I couldn’t really hear it that well during the hook. Dinco’s on the first verse. Woah. His flow is really cool. Holy shit. Busta fucking snapped on this shit. His flow was fucking awesome. It sounded like he was trying to do that double time flow that he’s famous for. This must’ve been the first time he used it. That was really fucking dope. Charlie Brown’s verse wasn’t bad either. This is actually a good song. I’m still not really feelin’ the hook, but the beat is nice and the verses were great too. This is dope. 4/5

Track 6: A Quarter To Cutthroat (Prod. Charlie Brown)

The sounds you’re about to hear can be devastating to your ear.” That’s probably not a good thing… This beat is pretty dope tho. Charlie Brown’s verse at the beginning was actually pretty good too. The hook’s fine. Okay, Dinco D is a really good rapper. It sucks that he never had a successful solo career. Wait, who the hell is this? Oh shit. That’s Cut Monitor Milo again. I wonder why he’s only on a handful of their songs. He wasn’t even on the intro. He wasn’t on the album cover for their first album either. He has a Jamaican accent. It sounds pretty cool. His verse wasn’t bad. Busta Rhymes is ripping this final verse apart. EW. Jesus fucking Christ. “Go and suck the clitoris of a trichomonas; discharge cheese.” That’s so fucking gross. Wow. His verse was still really fucking good tho. He killed this shit. This is another dope song. I’d probably give this a perfect rating if the hook was less annoying. I fuck with the song tho. It’s dope. 4/5

Track 7: Connections (Prod. Cut Monitor Milo)

This hook is pretty annoying. God, their hooks are awful. It’s always just them yelling some annoying ass shit. Busta’s on the first verse. This beat isn’t very good. Busta’s verse was dope. The second verse from Charlie Brown was alright. Dinco D’s verse wasn’t bad. This is probably the wackest song on the whole album so far. Nothing about it really stands out in a positive way. I mean, Busta’s verse was dope, but that’s to be expected. I think that was Cut Monitor Milo on the last verse. His accent disappeared. It just ended. Nah… I’m not feelin’ this track at all. It just sounded like noise to me. It’s just a really annoying track. This is wack to me. 2/5

Track 8: What’s Next (Prod. Dinco D)

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This beat is dope. Busta probably should’ve toned down his absurdly aggressive delivery. It sounds kinda weird over this smooth beat. His verse was fine. The hook’s actually not bad. Charlie Brown’s verse was decent too I guess. Milo’s goin’ in on the third verse. It wasn’t bad. Dinco D’s verse was kinda cool. I don’t know. This song just isn’t that good. I liked the beat, but I don’t really think any of these MCs sound that great over it. None of the verses were that great to me. It’s not that bad of a song. I’d never wanna listen to it ever again tho. 3/5

Track 9: Droppin’ It-4-1990-Ever

This track is just another annoying and unnecessary interlude.

Track 10: Time Will Tell (Prod. The Vibe Chemist Backspin)

This hook isn’t good. I guess it’s tolerable tho. What the fuck is this beat? Jesus Christ. Oh. Okay. It was really discordant at first, but it kinda switched up after the first few seconds. Dinco D did his thing on the first verse. Charlie Brown’s verse wasn’t bad. Dinco’s goin’ in again. God. This hook is really bad. Busta’s verse was cool. I’m sorry yall. This just isn’t good. The structure is really weird. I’m not crazy about the beat either. The verses were fine, but the hook was awful. I’m not feelin’ this track. This is wack to me. 2/5

Track 11: Bass Is Loaded (Prod. Busta Rhymes)

What the fuck? “And the bass keeps runnin’ runnin’, and runnin’ runnin’…” Wait a minute… Leaders Of The New School came up with that line? Huh. That’s interesting. That’s the hook. I guess The Black Eyed Peas were fans of this song. That’s kinda cool I guess. I’d probably care more if The Black Eyed Peas weren’t fucking terrible. Anyway, this beat is really bad. I think that’s Milo on the first verse. He just sounds like Busta Rhymes with a higher voice. I’m pretty sure he’s Busta Rhymes’ cousin tho, so I guess that kinda makes sense. One of their grandparents must have had a super strong voice. Charlie Brown’s verse was fine. Dinco D’s verse wasn’t bad. Busta fuckin’ spazzed on this shit. He sounded like a damn monster. I’m not really fuckin’ with this song tho. The verses weren’t bad, but the hook was wack and I’m really not feelin’ the beat either. If the verses weren’t good I would call this a bad song. Busta really came through tho. I can’t call a song with a verse like that wack. This is just an okay song. 3/5

Track 12: Spontaneous (13 MCs Deep) Feat. Cracker Jacks, Rumpletilskinz, Rampage, Blitz, Pudge God & Kollie Weed [Prod. Sam Sever]

Alright, this should be interesting. As the title suggests, there are 13 different MCs on this track if you count Cut Monitor Milo. It’s starting now. There’s thankfully no wack hook. The first verse from Cool Whip was dope. Brittle did his thing too. The third verse from Capital LS wasn’t bad. Jeranimo & Rampage had some decent verses. Blitz only spit 8 bars but I really liked his verse. Sha-Now The Remedy Man’s verse was fine. Pudge God’s verse was nothing special. Kollie Weed’s verse was dope. Milo’s verse was cool too. His accent’s back for this song. Charlie Brown’s verse wasn’t bad. Dinco D & Busta Rhymes both had nice verses too. Alright. It’s over. That was actually pretty dope. I don’t know how often I’ll be returning to this, but I definitely enjoyed it. I fuck with this track. 4/5

Track 13: Noisy Meditation (Prod. Busta Rhymes)

This beat kinda sucks. I’m not feelin’ this hook either. The way they’re all trading bars on this first verse is pretty cool. Jesus Christ. This beat is so fucking bad. Especially during the hook. Milo’s on the second verse. Holy fuck. This song is really fucking annoying. The beat is cacophonous, and it doesn’t help that they’re all yelling over it. Busta’s verse was cool tho. I guess they knew it was a loud, obnoxious track. That’s why the title has the word “noisy” in it. The final verse from Charlie Brown was fine. I just can’t, yall. This song is so fucking annoying. It’s just way too obnoxious for me. This shit is wack. 2/5

Track 14: The End Is Near (Prod. Raheem Isom)

This beat is tolerable. I’m so ready for this album to be over. I think that’s Dinco D on the first verse. It was actually pretty dope. Charlie Brown’s verse was fine. His delivery is just really fucking irritating to me. Busta Rhymes’ verse was cool. I don’t know, man. I’m just over this shit. I’m not enjoying this at all. The beat’s wack. The verses aren’t bad, but I’m just really tired of their obnoxious style. Milo’s verse at the end was fine. This song just isn’t very good to me. It’s decent tho. I guess… 3/5

Track 15: Zearocks

This is yet another unnecessary and obnoxious interlude. Why the fuck is it so long? Nah. This is annoying. Actually, the scratches are kinda dope. The actual beat was really bad tho.

Track 16: The Difference (Prod. Busta Rhymes)

Alright, last song. Here we go. This beat is actually kinda cool. Dinco D’s goin’ the fuck off on this first verse. He definitely loses points for the F bomb tho. Charlie Brown’s verse was nice too. Cool. I’m actually enjoying this song. Milo’s verse was dope too. Busta Rhymes killed it. It’s over. Nice. That actually wasn’t bad. This isn’t my favorite song on the album, but I definitely liked it. The beat was cool, and all the verses were nice too. This is dope. 4/5

Track 17: Final Solution

This was just an outro. Busta Rhyme’s said some bullshit I don’t care about. Actually, he talked about how they wish they could control time. So do I.

Final Thoughts:

Nah. This isn’t a good album. I don’t really think it’s that bad tho. It’s just okay. It’s probably the most annoying album I’ve ever heard in my life if I’m being real. I really don’t think it’s that much worse than the first album tho. Actually, this is honestly a little better to me. It still suffers from all the same problems tho. The beats are loud and obnoxious, and the same thing could be said about each MC. I think if they learned to control their deliveries better, and then they stopped making those terrible hooks, and chose better beats, they could perhaps put together a good project. This isn’t something I can really recommend to other people tho. Just like with their first album, I would only suggest this to huge Busta Rhymes fans and people who are curious. If you don’t give a shit about Busta Rhymes, there’s absolutely no reason to check this shit out. It’s not good.

Favorite Song: Understanding The Inner Mind’s Eye

Least Favorite Song: Noisy Meditation

Verdict:

64%

60-69

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3 comments

  1. I think it’s honestly a good thing this album got lost under the shuffle in between projects such as Doggystyle, Ready To Die, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z., It’s On Dr. Dre, 36 Chambers, Shock Of The Hour etc.

    Nothing about LOTNS was universally appealing, except for a certain dread wearing wild muhfucka lol.

    Honestly you’d have a better time listening to Bone Thugs N Harmony’s underground debut that dropped around this time. Or Eazy-E’s Jewish rap group Blood Of Abraham’s debut which dropped a month after this joint. Honestly both better listening experiences than this.

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