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Sadly this was the final album from the duo although with rumors around about a possible 6th you never know, Code Red was released in 1993 and only climbed to 64 on The Billboard 200 and 39 on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts, one of their more popular songs 'Boom! Shake The Room' was the only single released.
1. Somethin' Like Dis. From the off i could tell this was going to be a great album its a party track with a amazing beat and great random rapping from the prince.
2. I'm Looking For The One [To Be With Me]. A nice dance to, prince raps about generally partying and looking for the perfect girl, the chorus features a various amount of people chearing and singing.
3. Boom! Shake The Room. No one hates this song but it will probably appear on a greatest party cd somewhere, one of there most successful singles ever, it certified Gold and went to number one in the UK and Australian Charts [which was the first for the duo in the UK], it climbed to 13 in the US Billboard Hot 100, all i can say is a great beat with great rapping enough said!.
4. Cant Wait To Be With You. One for the lovers, all about the girl prince loves and tells all the things he likes. A nice hip-hop style beat with some sampled hits and a feature from Nuttin Nyce who sings throughout.
5. Twinkle Twinkle [Im Not A Star]. Hip-hop at its best, with Jeff speaking on the chorus with scratching throughout, the prince raps about how his life has changed and how he is recognized more.
6. Code Red. Finally the comedic side of the duo kicks in, produced by legendary pete rock the beat is brilliant, Jeff adds his scratchs here and there and the prince describes why you shouldnt take a date to the same restaurant your girl is at.
7. Shadow Dreams. The darker side of the album, a deep bassed hip-hop beat, all about following your dreams you want to achieve and how you should try and get them no matter what.
8. Just Kickin' It. A great track featuring an upbeat tempo and various samples which make the track brilliant, the rap is nothing specific but just to have a good time.
9. Aint Not Place Like Home. The most melow track, a slow beat to a slow rap, the prince raps about coming home and remembering all the good times he had throughout life in his hometown.
10. I Wanna Rock. This is what hip-hop truely is, the whole track Jeff and Prince bounce off one another using a sample from ' It Takes Two ' jeff constantly scratches and the prince repping jeff throughout....truely amazing.
11. Scream. Similar to track 1 the track is more a dance/party song to get the crowd moving to, a nice classic hip-hop beat and a simple backing loop with random rapping. Snippet - " Say hoooo.....hooooo....say ho ho......ho ho"
12. Boom! Shake The Room [Street Remix]. Better than the original? probably not but comes very close, the beat features a great organ loop with various samples featuring a piece from LL Cool J's Mama Said Knock You Out a great outro track.
My final thought
I really wish this wasnt the last album i would probably say this was there finest yet, its hard to not like any song as they are all different in style, Jeff and The Prince didnt hold anything back on this and it clearly shows and is worthy of anyones cd collection.
"Code Red", released in 1993, is the final album by the duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. This is a nice Hip hop album which uses what had seen from the duo in each of their previous albums, no explicit lyrics, so the album is likely to be appreciated by a larger range of people and not just Hip hop heads, who tend to find this too mainstream in comparison to other artists in this genre.
1. Somethin' Like Dis
This track uses one of the most sampled lines in Hip hop hisotry, Slick Rick's "...as we go a little somethin' like dis", and moulds an entire track around this.
As such a classic Hip Hop sample from "La Di Da Di" is used, it forms
a great basis on a track which talks about the requirements for such a track, referreing to legends like Run-DMC and using Dj techniques which formed the genre. The Fresh Prince also hits us with some quick rhymes.
2. I'm looking For The One
This has the feel of the good old days of R&B during the 90s when people such as Jodeci, BLACKstreet, and R. Kelly reigned, but though days are long gone, so it's nice to here something of the time which takes you back to the era even when I haven't heard the song before.
The Fresh Prince relly kills this with his rhymes and his feel for the rhythm which allows his lyrics to become one with the music to make it all sound together and not a load of separate elements which all come together to make something which sounds over-complicated.
3. Boom! Shake The Room
This must have been the first track I ever heard from the pair as it was the first CD I ever asked for, and I was only 3 a the time, so I love this track and I had no idea of the popularity of this track before recently, so I expect that most will enjoy listening to this too.
It is a massive party tune which will get everyone on there feet incorrectly shouting out "Boom Boom Shake Shake The Room", (which really annoys me), but I really love it. It has endless energy and keeps you engaged throughout with the variation in rap approaches and tempo.
4. Can't Wait To Be With You
This uses the beat of Luther Vandross' "Never Too Much" effectively to create a great sound which is funky and can be compared to "I'm Looking For The One", as they are quite similar in their style by using R&B to create a smoother ersion of Hip Hop. This diversity in style certainly improves on the overall sound from the album.
I bet that just about anyone would be able to get itno this track as it isn't too hard, discouraging non-Hip Hop listeners, but it isn't too far from normal tunes that we would here in this genre, so don't be put off no matter what you usually listen to as you are likely to enjoy this regardless.
5. Twinkle Twinkle
The Fresh Prince Wil Smith brings a song which displays his modesty
as he doesn't accept himself to be a star as everyone else believes, and at this time he would be overwhelmed by the attention he receive when he thought he was just like everyone else, but he definatley isn't.
i really liked the arrangeemnet of this by Jazzy Jeff as he used lots of samples to make it seem as though conversations were occrring during the track and Will would respond to them. I can see that he knows his music as the sources come from everwhere in music from a variety of era.
6. Code Red
This is a head-bopper, the best type of Hip hop in my opinion, where you can just sit back and relax, yuo aren't forced into getting into any lyricicism as the Fresh Prince comes with his unique light-hearted comic lines which he is most known for.
This one isn't just about Will though as DJ Jazzy Jeff has a little solo in the middle when he shows us his skills, apart from regular production, and how he uses the old techniques of scratching which Hip hop was made from.
7. Shadow Dreams
This track track contains a sample of "A Date In The Rain" and this alonmg with the way, unlike usual the Fresh Prince comes with some rather hard lyrics with little emotion, which an ominous undertone.
I didn't really like this, because it doesn't do much of what I like the duo for, in fact it's the opposite of this, as if they have heard some Harrdcore Hip Hop and attempted to recreate this, but without such a violent dark lyrics, but the softer way which Will raps in genreal prevents him from achieving what I believe he tries to bring out here.
8. Just Kickin' It
Roy Ayers' "Mystic Voyage" is used as a ssample and this nice soul groove acts as a good foundation for the track and Jazzy Jeff adds to it with some good bass which as Will says, forces you to bop you're head along to it.
I feel that these settings just create an atmosphere for the listener to listen to the track in the correct mindset as it is just a track to cotch to, you don't need to concentrate aat all, it just flows with you it's designed to relax to. This type of track has its place in this album as quite a lot is hyped, so just one like this is welcome, but it doens't really impact you.
9. Ain't No Place Like Home
"La Di Da Di" is sampled again here alongside "Melody For Thelma" by Blue Mitchell which creates a dreamy state for the listener and it makes you eel as though you are floating around, this again acts as a good set up for the theme of the track.
The subject of this is reminising upon the good old days at home and actually makes you relate to these times in your life, and Will even makes the point that eventhough we may enjou travelling around, you cannot compare to your home, where your family are.
10. I Wanna Rock
If you purchased "Willenium", one of Will's solo albums, you will here "Pump It Up", using Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five's legendary track, where Jeff plays around with the track on command of Will, and this is the same, but with "It Takes Two" by Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock.
DJ Jazzy Jeff comes with what the foundations of Hip Hop were built on as people played around with James Brown, but he uses something which the second generation of Hip Hop heads would be more familiar with and he plays around on the turntables to come out with excellent results.
"That's The Way I Like It" is used as a sample in this jingling track which shows what Hip Hop was like in its early days, prior to the addition where you would have to rely on call-and-response from the audience upon the funk beats.
This one isn't really as funky as what I would like it to be if it was going to create the ideal retro feeling, but apart from this, I get a strong feel of the seventies in New York, where Hip Hop was developing.
12. Boom! Shake The Room (Street Remix)
This is exactly the same as the original apart from the fact that the beat in the background has been replaced with that of LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out", which gives the duo a little added street cred, but it doesn't compare to the original recording.
This is a well-rounded album by the pair and certainly displays the strength of the artists. Although it wasn't thjhe last time they workjed together, as Jazzy Jeff produced many of Will's later albums, it's a shame that the duo didn't stick together after this to continue to bring some real Hip Hop, and not pop rap that we heard with "Switch" and Will Smith's later singles.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Somethin' Like Dis
2 I'm Looking for the One (To Be With Me)
3 Boom! Shake the Room
4 Can't Wait to Be With You - DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Christopher Williams
5 Twinkle Twinkle (I'm Not a Star)
6 Code Red
7 Shadow Dreams
8 Just Kickin' It
9 Ain't No Place Like Home
10 I Wanna Rock
12 Boom! Shake the Room [Street Remix]