“ Artist: The Re-Up Gang / Genre: Hip Hop / Label: Re-Up Gang Records / Release Date: 2008 „
Clipse firstly caught my attention after the huge hit single Grindin and after it, the very sucessful album Lord Willin which came out in 2002. However the group has been through a lot of label issues since that point and this has led to a distinct lack of new albums.
This release was an attempt to not just highlight their own talents but to showcase other rappers from the label which they have created. The beats range from the dark to the more bouncy.
The highlights from the album include Re-Up Intro which showcases the sharp intelligent rhymes of the Clipse group but in stark contrast, Liva and Sandman stand out as the weak links here.
Roll With Winnter stands out because of the bouncy beat selection in addition to the delivery of the two main rappers and this followed by the dark Play Ur Part which again stands out because of the beat.
On the other side of the coin, a lot of the beats are quite disappointing, many are understated, not providing a substantial stage for the rhymes, or sounding particularly catchy. There are plenty of boastful and menacing rhymes here but they sound quite fragmented. This feeling of being fragmented is heightened by the inability of Liva and Sandman to either capture me with their rhymes or their delivery and therefore they undermine the rhymes of the main two rappers.
It's okay but I wouldn't advise purchasing this unless you are a huge fan of the Clipse.