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After coming with her debut album as a 16-year-old female Brooklyn MC, MC Lyte followed this up the year after her classic first record dropped with this, "Eyes On This", as her sophomore effort. Just as with her first, her brother (The Audio Two - famed for their hit "Top Billin'") come to provide her with the beats with the King of Chill.
1."Cha Cha Cha"
She gets the album under way with a fly tune that shows that she's down to do damage as she steps onto the scene with this one and shows that she isn't about to come with anything that's gogin to be consider a step down from the kind of thing that was heard with the first record she knocked out there (in spite of her young age). It is a fly one and is complete in every way from the scratches to the beats to the rhymes.
2."Slave 2 The Rhythm"
Here we have PMD of EPMD coming to provide the production for this one and rather than going for a little something that went in his 'Funk Rap' direction, we see that here he relies upon heavy Breakbeats that seem to perfectly the kind of rhymes that she comes with here and how exactly she manages to do damage as she takes on all competition (specifically Antoinette) with the flows that she manages to come out with.
Here she kicks out a tune that keeps the fire that was heard on the last couple alive and I felt that if you managed to get down to those then there's no way that you'd want to get out of the swing of things here. As she goes down hard over some fly, contemporary beats which hold up all that Brooklyn's Hip Hop was about around this period in the late eighties as Hip Hop blew up worldwide.
4."Stop, Look, Listen"
I felt that this was a stand-out track from the album and I think that much of this is down to the fact that we get a tune from her where she is backed up by progressive production that is seen to bridge the gap between the late eighties sound and the nineties sound as the Hip Hop world would be completely transformed from this point until around 1991 when anything before it would have sounded out-dated.
5."Throwin' Words At U"
After being hit with two of the album's singles consecutively, here we see that we are given a little something that I was pretty representative of the album as an overall piece and it goes hard again. Here we have her rhyming directly towards Antoinette (who "10% Dis" was pointed at after the Queens rapper did a female response to her brother's hit single, something Lyte didn't take kindly to).
6."Not Wit' A Dealer"
For this on we see that Lyte lays down a straight kiler of a tune and one that I thought did a lot for the thing as we see that she shows just how strong her skills are when it comes to delivering a story in rhyme format. She shows that no other female MCs deserve to stand on her level as she straight kills off all competition (even at a time when she was just a teen). The flowing drumloop holds it all together and makes it another banger on this album.
7."Survival Of The Fittest" (Remix)
A remix to a track she previously recorded, here we see that she gives her half-brother Milk D (of the Audio Two) the chance to take over with the beats and we find that he comes through with the same sort of cold percussion that had been heard on the debut album he and DJ Gizmo pulled out in 1988 and it seems to fit in perfectly with her style of rhyming, in spite of the fact it was slightly outdated by this point.
8."Shut The Eff Up!"
With stripped-down beats from DJ Gizmo for this one as we see that he opts for more of the minimalist stuff where percussion is all that's really needed to assist the MC, this one has her showing that she doesn't have any time to mess aroudn with her stuff and just wishes to take out everyone who stands in her way. I felt that she went further than expected and threw donw another killer here.
9."I Am The Lyte"
She keeps it all rolling here as she comes with a jam that has her attempting to re-start the album, in regard to the way she demands that you pay her full attention as she gets down to things, and so isn't messing around with anything that isn't going to completely blow away her listeners with the way that she is able to show that she can stand up there alongside some of the biggest and baddest MCs in the game in spite of her gender and all that comes with it.
10."Rhyme Hangover" (Lude)
After a short one from her where she sees how she can work around a smooth sample with her hard rhymes which contrast it so heavily, we see that on this one she goes off on top of a funky Breakbeat and just does as she does. I have to say that I don't think her hardcore rhyming style suits the Funk of the beats here, but it doesn't mean that the tune is held back in any way as it keeps you interested as to where she can take it.
On this one we get some light prodcution as this one is all about the rhymes as its all about MC Lyte getting down to a nice little story to once again show just what she can do with the skills that she had developed since she stepped into the game the year before (in spite of writing "I Cram To Understand U" when she was just 14 years old). It's a track I would have expected as a single, but as its not, its a nice surprise here for the final proper track before a fresh instrumental.
13."K-Rocks Housin" (Outro)
I felt as though this was a great way to come off her debut album as she shows that she has everything that Hip Hop fans look at for a female MC who doesn't particularly use the gender thing as a defining feature and simply gets to things in just the way she has seen by all the Hip Hop greats up to this point.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Cha Cha Cha
2 Slave 2 the Rhythm
4 Stop, Look, Listen
5 Throwin' Words at U
6 Not wit' a Dealer
7 Survival of the Fittest [Remix]
8 Shut the Eff Up! (Hoe)
9 I Am the Lyte
10 Rhyme Hangover
11 Funky Song
12 Please Understand
13 K-Rocks Housin'