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"T.I.M.E" dropped in 1993 and came as the second album final album from The Leaders of The New School. An act comprising of DJ Cut Monitor Milo, Dinco D, Charlie Brown and Busta Rhymes, the Long Islanders had split before they had even secured their record deal. Thus it found that their wildest member, Busta Rhymes, was forced into the group and helped in spite of the fact he had already attempted his own solo career (which he would be able to pursue following this album).
1. "Eternal" (Intro)
2. "Understanding The Inner Mind's Eye"
Coming off a short introduction, we see that here they move right into the main body of the album properly as they get down to this one and come out with some more of the hyped material that that came with on their "A Future Without A Past" record. It's a fresh one and we see that all the MCs get a role in things as Charlie Brown takes care of the beats and comes out with some of the heavy stuff that represents the underground sound coming out of New York at the time.
3. "Syntax Era"
This is a head-bopping tune and one that forces you to get lively as we see that on it Charlie Brown performs one where he imitates Chuck D and does a whole Public Enemy thing as they come out with rough material where they attempt to work out exactly they are in the Hip Hop world and what sets them apart from others. You can see from this point already that the sound isn't as strong as what was heard on their first album (and is perhaps due to Busta growing further apart from the rest of the crew).
4. "Classic Material"
Here we are hit with one of the singles from the album, and perhaps the most significant from this album as after this one they announced their official split. It's a rough joint and one that I felt was a good one to leave them on as we see them working to their highest level and showing just how they are able to do damage as they jump over more fly beats and throwback samples to attract lots of fans through the familiarly of joints from way back.
5. "Daily Reminder"
On this one we get a track that I felt took quite a bit of time to get used to as at first the first MC who rhymes over it (Dinco D) comes out with a rather clumsy delivery and I felt that it prevented the listener from engaging. I would, however, have to say that Busta's approach did little to help this as he takes over with the second verse, but his seems to flow much more and force you to feel the way the kick in on this one.
6. "A Quarter To Cutthroat"
The beats slap away as we get one that has all the artists in the crew coming to contribute to the production to assist them as they get down to the rhyming and come out with a rough cut to reflect the connotations that most have with this crew and all that they are about (and the direction that Busta would go with as his career developed - before a major shift later on) with the hardcore material that few could match.
With them shouting-out the hook (in the style that was very popular over on this side of the States in the Hip Hop world), from here Busta comes out with rhymes which have him showing just how natural his flows come out as he picks out a melody and just rolls with it. Following this we see how Charlie Bronw is still messing around biting from Chuck D's style and doing little original stuff, although it still sounds to be very strong material from them.
8. "What's Next"
With production from Dinco D, on this one we are given another single and as joint that I felt hyped things in a way that you really wouldn't expect as we see that they are backed with a smooth sample, and it is made to contrast Busta's rhymes as he shouts out with his half-rhymes and half-toasts as he inputs a little Jamaican Dancehall flow into the thing to set it off before Charlie B comes through and this time jacks from Greg Nice of Nice & Smooth before returning to the Chuck D biz once more.
9. "Droppin' It-4-1990-Ever" (Lude)
10. "Time Will Tell"
On this one we see that they try out something a little different as we see that with this one they come out with a tune with a bit more direction than what you tend to get in their music. However, we see how they don't quite seem ready to hold all this together and so it doesn't quite hold up all the way through and they revert to the generic rhymes which have them just flowing about the strength of their skills.
11. "Bass Is Loaded"
Busta Rhymes takes full control of the beats with this one (the first time where he does it alone on the record) and I felt that it was a great turn as we see that he gives us some of the contemporary Hip Hop breaks to show that they are all down for the heavy underground material and the kind of stuff directed solely for the streets. It goes hard and I can't imagine anyone having any issues with this rough music (that would be interpolated by The Black Eyed Peas on "Let's Get It Started" in 2004).
For this one we get a massive change as we get a posse cut as a range of local rappers out of Long Island, New York come to assist the MCs and although they aren't really coming with anything too special and a load of what has just been heard by many more from around this time, it's nice to get a bit of a change and something refreshing in a load of extra rappers that keep things down to street level.
13. "Noisy Meditation"
On this one we get even more from Busta Rhymes on the betas and we see just how much he plays around with chopping up the Breakbeats and does one that suits what people knew of him at the time where he was essentially the wildest person in the Hip Hop world at the time. All of the Mcs have a say on this one, but it does sound as though Busta started this one off as another solo piece.
14. "The End Is Near"
For this one we get some more of the same sort of material that we've had on pretty much every other tune on the album and I felt that in spite of the fact what you get here is nothing new, when you consider just how exciting their music is, you can't really ignore what you get from it and it forces you to see it out. I expect that anyone who wasn't really as into this period would get bored by this point, but I still felt it had more to offer.
15. "Zearocks" (Lude)
16. "The Difference"
The act essentially end this, "The Inner Mind's Eye" album with this track and another joint that sees Busta Rhymes getting on with the Breakbeats and giving the act something raw to work with. It offers a lot and I felt that it gave some nice closure for the thing. I would say that it does, however, affirm the fact that on this album they haven't been able to match the quality of the last and it seems to be lacking somewhat.
17. "Final Solution" (Outro)
I expected more from this album because their first was so good, but when you bear in mind that the group really were never really on the same page to start with, it was inevitable that by this point it wouldn't quite work in the same way that it had previously. There's still a lot to like about this album and so I would still recommend it to those who liked their first.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Understanding The Inner Mind's Eye
3 Syntax Era
4 Classical Material
5 Daily Reminder
6 Quarter To Cutthroat
8 What's Next
9 Time Will Tell
10 Bass Is Loaded
12 Noisy Medication
13 End Is Near
16 Final Solution