You gotta love the BBE 'Beat Generation' releases - Pete Rock's
'PeteStrumentals', Jay Dee's 'Welcome To Detroit', Marley Marl's 'Re-Entry',
Will.I.Am's 'Lost Change', and now Jazzy Jeff, the legendary other-half of
Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff.
Jeff's ear for loops, breaks and relaxing sonics is unparalleled - no one
can front on his legacy from "Parents Just Don't Understand", to "I Wanna
Fight Mike Tyson" to "SummerTime" to "Shake The Room" - now he gets to test
his styles with a whole bunch of other artists. The album features vocals
from everyone from Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men through to Jill Scott and
The Last Emperor. The hottest track on the album undeniably is "Scram"
featuring Freddie Foxxx. Foxxx comes through and bangs out ferociously on
Jazz's track and being the track in the middle of the album, it serves as
the introduction to the more 'popular' artist side of the album, leading
into "Mystery Man" which works as the return-to-form track for The Last
Emperor, also a Philly native like Jeff, along with fellow Philly-ite Jill
Scott on "We Live in Philly" which serves as the fix between here last and
Other artists featured are J-Live, Baby Blak and Pauly Yamz, and soul
sensation Rahiem (no, not the old school rapper). With it's lyrical ups and
downs, please believe Jazz laces the album with straight fire that
excentuate the best out of the very worst artists - like dude from boyz to
Men and Chef.
Mark 'Eastbase' Thompson of
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