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"Take A Look Over Your Shoulder" was released as the second album from the West Coast rapper and producer Warren G. Half-brother to former-N.W.A member Dr. Dre, the artist first made an impact with "regulate", a track featuring fellow Long Beach, Californian Nate Dogg and featured on the "Above The Rim" soundtrack to give him his breakthrough in 1994 before he would bring this and continue on his career with this 1997 album.
1. "Star Trek Intro"
2. "Annie Mae"
He gets the album underway with a fly jam that has him continuing through with all the kind of G-Funk material that the listeners had come to grow with since he made his debut. You find that here he comes out with more of his simplistic rhymes that borrow heavily from others, such as The Sugarhill Gang and Snoop Dogg and from here you see that he also link-up with Nate Dogg as he does his thing.
3. "Smokin' Me Out"
He gets another big-name R&B guest on this one as you see that Ron Isley (of the Isley Brothers) on this laid-back joint. I felt that it did all you would have expected it to have done, as a generic track on Warren's sophomore album as we find him sticking to his preferred ways and although he's unable to compete with big names in the West Coast Rap game he brings stuff that you have to find satisfying.
4. "Ricky In Church" (Lude)
Here we get a gentle and rather passive track from him as we see that he brings out one where he throws out beats that you wouldn't really be missing out if you didn't hear and where the rhymes are concerned it sounds as if he's doing nothing more than recycle stuff than has been heard before to show that he hasn't really got much further than his average debut record from 1994 where it went from massive highs down to tracks without purpose.
6. "Ricky And G-Child" (Lude)
7. "Young Fun"
Knee-Hi and Jayo Felony both come up to help the rapper out, at a time when he once again appears to be struggling as he begins this one off with more rhymes that use things that have been heard by many others in the past, and with the influences being so obvious, it pulls it down significantly before Knee-Hi does pretty much the same and then Jayo goes off with some pretty strong Gangsta Rap.
8. "What We Go Through"
Mr. Malik, Perfec and Bad Azz all come to show some support for the G-Child on this one and I felt that this was essential once more for this one as he would have been able to carry another track, but with a range of relative unknowns (aside from the latter) it doesn't mean that the change to it with these guests actually improved anything as he brings out some Old School Hip Hop-inspired beats.
9. "We Brings Heat"
It was god to see Tha Twinz return onto this album (as they appeared on his debut three years prior to this one) and this comes as Da Five Footas also step up onto the thing, and with a rather crowded set, it was nice to see a recording that remained relatively calm and showed that he doesn't get overexcited at a time such as this and so it makes for some decent results, but doesn't take it any further.
This jam goes hard and although by this stage it is far too blatant what he does in his flows (with lots of things that have been heard in past music brought back directly, almost unchanged) as he does his thing, you still get something fly from him as he comes with that light, two-stepping-paced G-Funk that takes you in with its overall gentle jam that would be welcome in his area at the time.
11. "Reel Tight Intro"
12. "Relax Ya Mind"
Reel Tight come through on this one to offer their nice, soulful R&B vocals on this one and I felt that it was valued as it gives a different twist on this album as we get a track that is their simply to cool out to. I do have to say that its not really needed when you consider how most up to this point have been at a tempo close to what you get from this one and so it seems like even more filler on the record.
13. "To All D.J.s"
This is a pretty hard track from the G-Child here and has him taking from Blondie's "Rapture" on what I would consider to be a track that really doesn't fit in with the direction of the album that much at all as he makes a clear attempt to appeal towards the East Coast club scene when all others out on that side had made it a priority to separate their sound from what came out of the home of the originals.
14. "Back Up"
This is a smooth groover on the thing and one that I felt did quite a bit for the album as we move towards the end of the thing as it gives him the chance to show that he has a little more to offer to the listeners and so as he gets some local Gangsta Rap talent to do their thing alongside him, he is able to reconnect to the people who I believe he completely ignored on the track prior to this one.
15. "Can U Feel It"
Hearing "Knick-Knack Paddywack" (This Old Man) on the introduction to one of the tracks from his first album, but to see him to revert to the alphabet on this one takes it a step further down for Warren, who appears to be getting desperate where the rhymes are concerned, however the overall results of the material that you get here really can't be said to be really that weak at all and seems welcome here.
16. "I Shot The Sheriff"
The album ends on one of the singles from the album and one that has him once again coming out with a track that has a distinctive East Coast feel (in spite of the fact that what he attempts to do in this themed work- that uses the Bob Marley song of the same name as a sample on the hook). It didn't really do much for me here and I felt that it was a track that may stand out, but doesn't have much quality to it.
With the key G-Funk period over by this point, you see that he makes slow, yet clear steps towards advancing his sound so that he doesn't get pulled up on the fact that he is playing out stuff that has passed its peak years. However, it didn't really seem as though he could cope with these changes as a result and so it felt it to be a very average-sounding record by the end.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Annie Mae
3 Smokin' Me Out - Ronald Isley, Warren G
4 Reverend Eazy Dick
7 Young Fun
8 What We Go Through
9 We Brings Heat
10 Can You Feel It
12 Reel Tight Intro
13 Relax Ya Mind - Reel Tight, Warren G
14 To All D.J.'s
15 Back Up
16 What's Love Got To Do With It - Adina Howard, Warren G
17 I Shot The Sheriff
18 What's Love Got To Do With It - Adina Howard, Warren G