Album Review | Cappadonna – The Pillage

This album was released on March 24th in 1998. I’m just gonna come out and say it. I’m really not looking forward to this album. Cappadonna isn’t really that bad of a rapper. He just doesn’t really interest me at all. Nothing about him stands out to me. I mean, yeah he had that classic verse on Winter Warz, but for the most part he doesn’t really stand out that much. I’ve actually heard good things about this album though, so maybe it’ll be dope. It’s got some Wu-Tang features, which should be good. I’m not gonna get my hopes up too high though. Hopefully I’m pleasantly surprised. I’m expecting this to be decent.

1. Slang Editorial produced by True Master

The album opens up in true Wu-Tang fashion with a sample from an old Asian film. The production on this track isn’t that great, but it works. It sounds like typical old school Wu-Tang production. Cappadonna’s first verse was pretty solid. The hook is simple, but it works. The second verse was cool. The third verse wasn’t bad. The fourth verse was fine. This is a good song. I guess. It’s definitely not bad. It doesn’t really stand out that much in any way, but I enjoyed it to some extent. It’s satisfactory. I like this. It’s dope.

2. Pillage featuring Solomon Childs produced by Goldfingaz

The beat on this track is definitely a step up from that of the previous one. It’s pretty good. The movie sample that ended the previous track segues pretty smoothly into this song. The first verse from Solomon Childs is dope. He actually kinda sounds like Nas. I really like how aggressively they’re rapping on this track. There’s not really a hook. Cappadonna just repeats “the pillage” a few times before going in. His verse was pretty good too. I definitely enjoyed this track more than the previous one. Neither of the verses were super amazing, but they were definitely good. I fuck with this track. It’s dope.

3. Run produced by RZA

The beat on this song is pretty average as far as RZA beats go. I just finished listening to this entire song. I have pretty much nothing to say about it. It was just a solid beat with Cappadonna rapping about running from the police the entire time. It’s just four continuous minutes of nonstop bars. I definitely enjoyed this track to some extent, but I wouldn’t call it “great.” Just good. It doesn’t really stand out in any way. It’s a cool track though. I like it.

4. Blood on Blood War featuring Solomon Childs produced by RZA

The beat on this track isn’t bad. Cappadonna’s flow on the first verse is really… I don’t know how to describe it. I feel like the word “lazy” might be a bit harsh, but it definitely leaves something to be desired. It kinda sounds like he’s freestyling to be honest. Solomon Childs kinda sounds better on this track in my opinion. He just did the hook though. The second verse from Cappadonna was definitely better than the first one. Hmm… You know, I definitely enjoyed this song to some extent, but it’s just another “good track.” It’s far from greatness in my opinion. It’s a cool song though. I like this.

5. Supa Ninjaz featuring U-God & Method Man produced by True Master

The beat on this song is cool. U-God did his thing on the first verse. Method Man definitely has the best verse on this song, but Cappadonna did a pretty good job at the end too. U-God probably had the weakest verse honestly. I like the straightforward structure of this song; it’s just three verses one after another. There’s no hook or bridge or anything like that. This is probably the best song on the album so far. That’s not really saying much honestly, but I enjoyed it. This is dope to me.

6. Money Comes First produced by RZA

This song has the best beat on the album so far in my opinion. I’ve listened to about half the song already. This is just more of the same. All of the verses are sufficient, and the hook is tolerable. The song kinda stands out because the production is better than that of the previous few tracks, but nothing else about it really captures my attention. Hmm… I’m trying really hard to decide whether or not this track is worth keeping in my iTunes library. Will I ever listen to this again? I feel like if this song came on again I’d listen to it without feeling the need to turn it off. I’d never actively go out of my way to put this on though. Ehh… Fuck it. I’ll go easy on Cappadonna. This is a pretty solid track. I fuck with it.

7. Splish Splash produced by True Master

The beat on this track is dope. I just listened to the entire song. This is the shortest track on the album. It’s just one verse over a good beat. It’s pretty good. I like this more than the previous track, but it’s still far from great. I really don’t have much to say about it. I did find it kind of interesting that he opened up the verse by talking about how good his flow is. His flow is super average in my opinion. I do think it was slightly better on this track than it has been on other songs though. So yeah. Overall, this is a solid song. I enjoyed it. It’s dope.

8. Oh-Donna featuring Ghostface Killah produced by Mathematics

The production on this song is pretty nice. It’s a lot more melodic than a lot of the other beats on this project. Ghostface Killah came through with a really dope opening verse. Cappadonna comes in right behind, and he’s SO MUCH worse than Ghostface Killah. Goddamn. Ghostface’s flow is so much smoother and more natural sounding. The hook from Cappadonna is pretty bad honestly. He sings a couple lines, and it sounds awful. I’m glad Ghostface had more than one verse on this track. The final verse from Cappadonna was definitely a step up from his first verse. Ghostface stole the show though. This would probably be my favorite song on the album so far if it weren’t for that terrible hook. I like this song, but not as much as I want to. It’s dope though. I fuck with it.

9. Milk the Cow featuring Method Man produced by True Master

This song probably has the best beat on the whole album so far. The first verse from Cappadonna is pretty solid. Ehhh… I’m honestly not really feelin’ the hook from Method Man. He has kind of a melodic delivery, and it just doesn’t sound very good at all to me. Cappadonna has a pretty sufficient performance on this song, but the hook really ruins it for me. Method Man just should’ve done a verse instead of the hook. It’s a shame that one of the best beats on the album didn’t land on a song that I actually enjoyed. It’s a decent track though. I definitely wouldn’t call it bad. I just don’t think it’s good.

10. South of the Border produced by True Master

The beat on this track is pretty decent. I actually think Cappadonna’s opening verse on this song is pretty good. The second verse was nice too. There’s no hook on this track, which is probably for the best. The previous couple of hooks haven’t been very good. I honestly think this is one of the best songs on the album so far. I really like how the production switches up for the second verse. This is a dope track. I fuck with it.

11. Check for a Nigga produced by 4th Disciple

Oh my God. I still have 6 tracks of this shit left to go? Fuck… The beat on this track is kinda weird. I thought it was gonna be really dope at first, but the melodies that the different instruments are playing seem kind of discordant. It doesn’t really come together that well. It’s definitely the most unique beat on the album. I’m not really sure how I feel about it. The first verse from Cappadonna is fine. The hook is really repetitive, but it’s not bad I guess. The second verse was dope. The final verse was fine. Ehhh… I don’t think I’m gonna be coming back to this. The beat was interesting, but I still don’t really know how to feel about it. It’s an alright song. I just don’t think it’s that good. I honestly have a bigger issue with the hook than I do with the production. It’s annoyingly repetitive. Overall, it’s a decent track, but it’s not for me.

12. Dart Throwing featuring Raekwon & Method Man produced by True Master

The beat on this track is really dope. This is the best beat on the album so far in my opinion. Raekwon did a great job with the first verse. Method Man sounded really good on the second verse too. Cappadonna did his thing at the end. He had the weakest verse, but it was still pretty solid. Honestly, this is my favorite song on the album so far. There’s not really anything I dislike about it. The beat is really good, and all the MCs came through with nice verses. I like the way this song is structured too. There’s no hook. They’re just rapping the whole time. I fuck with this song. This shit is dope.

13. Young Hearts featuring Blue Raspberry produced by RZA

Ugh… I’m honestly not feelin’ this hook from Blue Raspberry. I think she’s a decent vocalist, but I just really don’t care for her dramatic delivery. This song sounds super emotional. The synths sound kinda shitty to me. It almost sounds like something Tyler the Creator would’ve produced in 2011. The verse from Cappadonna was about a relationship with a girl that went sour. He kept alluding to the fact that the girl did something super fucked up and wrong, but he doesn’t really specify what it was. She probably fucked some other dude or something. This is the first song on the entire album that I actually think is bad. There’s not a single aspect of this track that I like. That part where Cappadonna was kind of singing the words “I’m crying” was really bad. I’m not feelin’ this song at all. This shit is wack to me.

14. Everything Is Everything featuring Rhyme Recca produced by Goldfingaz

The beat on this track is really dope. Okay, THIS is probably my favorite beat on the album so far. I know I’ve been saying that a lot. I guess it’s a good thing that the production seems to keep improving. The first verse from Cappadonna on this track is pretty good. The hook from Rhyme Recca is alright. The second and third verses from Cappadonna were cool. Ehh… Forget what I said about this song having the best beat so far. I really liked it at first, but it’s super repetitive, and it gets old really quickly. It’s actually pretty goddamn annoying. You know what? I don’t even really like this song that much. The beat is way too repetitive for me. This isn’t a bad song, but I don’t see myself coming back to it. It’s under four minutes, but it felt long as hell to be honest. It’s a decent track. Just not for me.

15. Pump Your Fist featuring Tekitha & Solomon Childs produced by RZA

Solomon Childs is goin’ in on the first verse. The beat from RZA is decent, but there’s this sound of applause that keeps coming in and out, and it’s really fucking annoying. It kinda drowns out some of Solomon Childs’ words. His verse was decent. To my surprise, Tekitha’s actually rapping on this track. I thought she was just a singer. She sounds pretty good rapping on this song. I liked her verse. The more I listen to this beat the less I like it. It’s really not that good. The hook on this song is pretty simplistic, but it’s not bad. Ehh… Honestly, the best aspect of this song to me is Tekitha’s verse. Her verse wasn’t even really that good. I just thought it was cool to hear her rap. This song isn’t really good to me, but I don’t think it’s bad. It’s just okay. I won’t be listening to it again in the future.

16. Black Boy featuring Tekitha produced by Goldfingaz

I actually really like the beat on this track. It sounds celebratory. The first verse from Cappadonna was kinda dope. I don’t even mind Tekitha’s sung hook on this track. She doesn’t sound bad at all. The final two verses from Cappadonna are cool. I don’t really have any gripes with this track to be honest. It’s not great, but I definitely enjoyed it to some extent. Tekitha did her thing on the hook, Goldfingaz did a great job with the production, and the verses from Cappadonna aren’t bad. This is dope to me.

This is an okay album. I pretty much got what I expected. It’s just a collection of decent beats with a lot of average rapping & some weak hooks. I’ve seen a lot of people saying that this is Cappadonna’s best album, which is bad news for me. I’m not looking forward to checking out the remainder of his discography. Cappadonna just isn’t really an interesting enough rapper to hold my attention for an entire project. This definitely isn’t a bad album though. I liked most of the songs on this project. The problem is I didn’t love any of them. It’s a bit too long too. He could’ve scrapped a lot of the songs here, especially on the second half. I think it’s a decent album. I just wouldn’t call it good.

Favorite Song: Dart Throwing
Least Favorite Song: Young Hearts


Grade: C+

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