The most part of this album is produced by De La Soul themselves and dont do a bad job of it either. This was the groups 4th album and released 3 singles.
Each track reviewed.
1. Intro. Starts off with a few people randomly talking and kicks into a short rap towards the end, very simple.
2. Supa Emcees. From hearing this track i thought it would be tough to beat it on the rest of the album, its definetly my favourite, its simple but effective, beat, bass and rapping, the message to the song is where did all the proper MC's go.
3. The Bizness. Another great track i was really impressed with the start De La have made it features Common on his own verse and as on track 2 its very plain but works brilliantly.
4. Wonce Again Long Island. Alot of familiar samples mixed in the track, from here it gets a bit more upbeat and the tempo is kicked up a little, De La raps about wack MC's around today.
5. Dinninit. A nice beat to chill to, its melow and clear rapping this was one track on the album produced by Spearhead X and not De La, the message is various from not rapping about guns to having a good time.
6. Brakes. Bop your head to on this track its clean and focus' on the beat with a quite piano in the background. De La produced this and add quite a few familiar samples and rap about coming up through hip-hop.
7. Dog Eat Dog. Very quiet, deep bass and a kick, kick, snare. Rapping about a girl in the first part and second about various things happening in hip-hop.
8. Baby Baby Baby Baby Ooh Baby. The shortest track at just 2:10 sounds a bit 1980's, theres a choir-ish part at the start and only features De La on the last bit with a short shout from Fatman Scoop.
9. Long Island Degrees. Another melow-chill-to beat with clear rapping throughout with no specific message.
10. Betta Listen. Sampled from the start but changes once the song kicks in, another song about rappers not having any talent and telling them they "Betta Listen" to whats happening in hip-hop today.
11. Itsoweezee [HOT]. The second released single, not the best one personally but its mainly about the message which is how money controls people and love doesnt matter.
12. 4 More. The 3rd and final released single which features on the greatest hits CD, very laid back featuring Zhane who sings on the chorus, De La rap about nothing specific but mostly about women.
13. Big Brother Beat. Featuring Mos Def who raps in various parts, not a bad track a bit here and there in some parts, it has a weird mixed space hit for the beat its hard to explain without listening.
14. Down Syndrome. The more angry beat, with De La speaking up about how they can rap no matter how many rappers try to bring them down, a diss to most who have doubted them.
15. Pony Ride. Features Truth Enola who sings on the chorus, the song tells how De La have no intention of rushing out albums or singles to suit other peoples needs.
16. Stakes Is High. Produced by the late J Dilla and Co-Produced by De La and was their first released single from the album, and only peaked to 53 on the charts but should of been much higher, the message is on how the state of hip-hop is changeing things around the world and how they are fed of what rappers rap about today.
17. Sunshine. The final song and a nice outro one at that, it has that ending feeling in the music very melow and echoing beat, the crew talk about how they can change hip-hop into a positive influence.
My final thought
From previous De La albums this one is definetly the more toned down and focus's more on the state of hip-hop and how its collapsing insted of jumpy party beats. With a 17 track listing no one will be dissapointed by this especially with features from Common & Mos Def its worth the money.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Supa Emcees
3 Bizness - De La Soul & Common
4 Wonce Again Long Island
7 Dog Eat Dog
8 Baby Baby Baby Baby Ooh Baby
9 Long Island Degrees
10 Betta Listen
11 Itzsoweezee (HOT)
12 4 More - De La Soul & Zhane
13 Big Brother Beat - De La Soul & Mos Def
14 Down Syndrome
15 Pony Ride - De La Soul & Truth Enola
16 Stakes Is High