Label : ABB/Atlantic (2005)
Production : 9th Wonder
1. Welcome to the Minstrel Show
2. Beautiful Morning (3,5)
4. Not Enough (3)
5. Cheatin' (3)
6. Hiding Place (feat Elzhi) (3)
7. Slow It Down (2,75)
8. Say It Again (3)
9. 5th And Fashion (skit)
10. Lovin' It feat Joe Scudda
11. Notepad of a Mad Black Daddy (skit)
12. All For You (2,5)
13. Watch Me (3)
14. Sincerely Yours (2,5)
15. Still Lives Through (3)
16. Minstrel Closing Theme (skit)
17. We Got Now (3)
I loved "The Listening"!!! Let's just make that absolutely clear. I thought that was an amazingly fresh album and in my oppinion "Gods Stepson" was a lot better than the actual album,
I liked "3:16 The 9th edition" as well. Sure the beats weren't as good as the other tow but 9th & Murs was a great combination.
It's always nice to see the underdog make it so when JayZ enlisted 9th Wonder for The Black Album I was happy to see an underground producer make it and I truely enjoyed the beats he did for De La Soul, Masta Ace and Jean Grae.
So in between releasing two Chitlin Circuit mixtapes, a collabo album with Buckshot, doing beats for the entire Justus League plus various other semi talented emcees 9th apparently found the time to produce another real LB album.
Unfortunately it's not any good
This has to be the most boring production ever. It doesn't come as a surprise though becasue that has been the case with most his beats for the last year but this is still extremely weak. I've listened to this non-stop for 3 days now hoping that it would grow on me but I'm still having problems telling the tracks apart.
The 1st single ("Lovin' it") is great no doubt but that is the only above average track.
The only thing keeping this album from total disaster is Pooh & Phonte. Sure, none of them will ever get a quatoble in The Source but who cares. They may not have a million witty punchlines or super clever lyrics but they are down to earth and have a great chemistry (unlike 9th and Buck....). Unfortunately the weak beats hold them back and you're left thinking how much better they would sound over some better beats (unfortunately both their solo albums were almost as boring as this...)
Overall : 2,75 / 5