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      21.09.2001 23:26

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      Beanie Sigel doesn’t need much of an introduction since hooking up with the “Jigga” man himself Shawn Carter—better known as Jay-Z. In his album “The Reason”, Beanie is continuing to try to make his solo mark on the world with a little help from his friends: Memphis Bleek, Daz and Kurupt of Dogg Pound fame, and Scarface. Unfortunately, this album will only be considered a speed bump in Beanie’s road to success based on its lackluster songwriting. The album starts with the powerful “Nothing like it”, a self-portrayal of Beanie Mac’s rise to fame. It continues with “Beanie (Mac Bitch)” the requisite head banger, and definitive club favorite. Regrettably, the album takes a dive southward, with the old skool flavored “So what you saying” with Memphis Bleek. Minor peaks on the radar: “Gangsta, gangsta” with Kurupt and “Man’s World”. For the absolute in un-originality however, there is a track that borrows the beat loop from “Change the Game”. See if you can spot the track on this short album! Overall the experience leaves you wanting more from the executive producing credit that Jay-Z takes. His appearances on the tracks: “Think it’s a game” and “Still got love for you” can’t save this uninteresting album. It’s almost as if anyone involved in this project expected listeners to not get past the first couple songs. Beanie Sigel needs to sit in the oven a little longer before he’s ready for solo primetime.

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      15.09.2001 05:09

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      "'Bout to take over the city of Philly like John Street," declares South Philly's Beanie Sigel on "Beanie," the first single from his sophomore album, The Reason. As arrogant and outrageous as that remark sounds, this album may actually prove it to be an understatement. The Reason contains all of the strengths and none of the missteps of Beanie's outstanding 2000 debut, The Truth, including an intense street focus and enough consistent, exceptional production to guarantee lots of radio play. The album is book-ended by two extremely introspective songs. In its soulful opener, "Nothing Like It," Beanie shares his perspective on fame, how it helped him escape the street life, and how his children inspire him to continue bettering himself. On "What Your Life Like 2," the album's closer, Sigel's hauntingly graphic lyrics about the day-to-day thoughts and observations of a prisoner doing a 25-to-life bid are magnified by the track's pensive violin and piano chords. The tracks preceding the closer, "Mom Praying" (featuring Scarface) and "Still Got Love for You" (featuring Jay-Z) are equally thought-provoking, but much more personal, as Beans and company sincerely express love for their mothers in the former and candidly explain the resentment they have for their fathers in the latter. On "So What You Saying," Beanie teams with Memphis Bleek to remake an EPMD classic. Although the Beans/Bleek version is more thuggish than EPMD's, it still captures the raw energy of the original. It's fitting that Beanie covers them on this album, because The Reason actually has the same hard-edged, anti-pop feel of EPMD's

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      14.09.2001 04:15

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      "'Bout to take over the city of Philly like John Street," declares South Philly's Beanie Sigel on "Beanie," the first single from his sophomore album, The Reason. As arrogant and outrageous as that remark sounds, this album may actually prove it to be an understatement. The Reason contains all of the strengths and none of the missteps of Beanie's outstanding 2000 debut, The Truth, including an intense street focus and enough consistent, exceptional production to guarantee lots of radio play. The album is book-ended by two extremely introspective songs. In its soulful opener, "Nothing Like It," Beanie shares his perspective on fame, how it helped him escape the street life, and how his children inspire him to continue bettering himself. On "What Your Life Like 2," the album's closer, Sigel's hauntingly graphic lyrics about the day-to-day thoughts and observations of a prisoner doing a 25-to-life bid are magnified by the track's pensive violin and piano chords. The tracks preceding the closer, "Mom Praying" (featuring Scarface) and "Still Got Love for You" (featuring Jay-Z) are equally thought-provoking, but much more personal, as Beans and company sincerely express love for their mothers in the former and candidly explain the resentment they have for their fathers in the latter. On "So What You Saying," Beanie teams with Memphis Bleek to remake an EPMD classic. Although the Beans/Bleek version is more thuggish than EPMD's, it still captures the raw energy of the original. It's fitting that Beanie covers them on this album, because The Reason actually has the same hard-edged, anti-pop feel of EPMD's

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      24.07.2001 04:35

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      Nobody thought the void in Hip Hop created with the death of Pac and Big could never be filled.....thank godv Beanie Siegal came along whne he did!!!!!! On his first album, the truth, siegal say g'give me just a second my flow aint yet perfected..'da,mn when it is'..the reason is siegal with perfected flow...DAMN!!!!The album is simply a masterpiece...pure and simple and carrries on where 'the truth' left off. The Reason agagin speaks of gritty ghetto stories, but, siegal is able 2put the listen in2 his own minds eye amnd that is his uniquness..you only have 2 listen 2 'tales of a huster'2 see this....this track also debuts Sparks..an up coming siegal protage..thats all u have 2 say...he us a SIEGAL protage...keep yo' eye in this guy, he is gonna be BIG!!!! sigal again teams up with southside guuru 'scarface, this says it about you...scarface wants 2 work with u..his is a legend!Moreover the song regards his mom and grandmother, 'm,mom's praying'..this again shows his greatness, few MC's can be that gabnfster and then flip the script and talk about an issue like tha and still have hardcore integrity, the other onlt 2 exceptions is 2pac, with 'dear mamma' Siegal aso works with westcoast pioneeers 'daz dillinger adn Kurupt.,on 'for my ni****s' and this agaij shows his skill as a lyricst....siegal can make u cry and laugh at the move of a pen and this album is by the far the best thing 2 be realeassed this year...jadakiss ais gonna have 2pull out all stioos 2 beat this...jus go out and nby it..and if it lets u down....u can come and i'll give u yo' money back...siegal is just 2 great an mc..

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  • Product Details

    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Nothing Like It
    2 Beanie (Mack Bastard)
    3 So What You Saying - Beanie Sigel & Memphis Bleek
    4 Get Down
    5 I Don't Do Much
    6 For My Niggaz - Beanie Sigel & Daz
    7 Watch Your Bastard
    8 Think It's A Game - Beanie Sigel & Jay-Z/Freeway/Lil' Chris
    9 Man's World
    10 Gangsta Gangsta - Beanie Sigel & Kurupt
    11 Tales Of The Hunter - Beanie Sigel & Sparks
    12 Mom Praying - Beanie Sigel & Scarface
    13 Still Got Your Love For You - Beanie Sigel & Jay-Z/Rell
    14 What Your Life Like 2

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