Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
One Stop Carnival
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
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A good album that sadly had no chance to make it.
J. Williams | Riverside, CA | 09/16/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Being a life long Hip-Hop Head I will admit I chuckled when I heard "Brian Green" was releasing an album. I'd like to think of myself as somebody who doesn't judge people. But, this was one of those cases where I was. I hated Bev Hills 90210, and was skeptical (to say the least) that he could rhyme. My interests in this album came only because I saw who was involved in it. LA JAY, Slim Kid 3 from Pharcyde, J Swift & Black Eyed Peas. Mind you this was YEARS before anyone into radio and MTV had an idea who BEP was. I loved everyone I named, so I thought I would give this album a shot.
I was impressed. I think more-so because I expected Brian to be completly skil-less on the mic (think David Faustino) I'm big enough to admit I was wrong. Brian's no Kane or Ras Kass. His lyrics are simple, his flow is pretty on point. He sounds like Imani from Pharcyde to me. Content wise the album touches on nothing new. He talks about a girl he likes, hip-hop. Partying, really it's all unoriginal. But, his flow is cool, and the production is really tight. It's mostly made up of smooth jazzy beats, just what you'd expect from LA Jay & J-Swift. But the fact he was known for being on a Television show, he never really have a chance to blow up.A decent album, I love the production, the album is easy to listen to, you don't have to think or pay attention too hard. Just lay back and vibe."
Review of the actual album...not the TV character
Staring At.... | Ohio | 08/12/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Ignore all the fake one and five star reviews. I would have been tempted to praise the CD as a joke or blast it because some prettyboy Hollywood actor dared to a rap album....but I actually listened to it.
All preconceptions aside, the CD's actually on the good side of average. Brian Green isn't great on the mic, but unlike most of the rappers out today, he actually has a flow and put some effort into the album. The lyrics are dated and corny at times (he probably had A LOT of help with his best verses), but the production is the high point. Most of the album is produced by Slim Kid Tre, with LA Jay and the Black Eyed Peas doing a few tracks.
I know 75% of you are just going to dismiss it as straight garbage, but I suggest that anyone who was feeling the Pharcyde and similar artists around the mid-90s check it out. There are 4 or 5 solid tracks that make it worth picking up out of the bargan bin."
It's better if you actually listen to it.
DylanJ | 08/12/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"OK, the 2 biggest problems with this album is that Brian Green is white and an actor. Other than that, it's not this huge train wreck that it's made out to be. Being a white actor and rapper in 1996 is not an easy way to make it as an emcee. Green was featured on some white rapper segment on VH1 and they said something about "the guy from Beverly Hills 90210 rapping about street life." That proves right there that people criticize without having a clue what they are talking about. This album has absolutly nothing to do with street life. It doesn't even talk about money, being famous, or anything. He's just rapping. Old school, and he's pretty decent.
The cd has solid production from The Pharcyde and Black Eyed Peas members plus guest appearances from both. Brians flow gets a little annoying, but it's credible non the less. He goes more the jazz/rap route such as Digable Planets, The Pharcyde, or even a little Tribe Called Quest. There's more thought into this cd than there is to a lot of the club rap that's out there now. He doesn't hold back on the mic. Not that he's the most hardcore rapper, but he doesn't keep it clean for 16 magazine fans either. He raps about girls, chillin, partying, drinking, and just anything that comes to mind. That probably why he's credited on the cd as Brian Green with the Austin taken out. So people will see him as a rapper and not actor. Brian Green has no less skill on the mic than Nelly or E-40. But it wasn't the right time for this to come out. People weren't ready. You think Bubba Sparxxx would have been famous 10 years ago even with Timbaland?
Anyway, this is a really good cd if you like this type of rap. If you can get past who it is and actually listen to the cd before judging it, then you can see that it's a good effort. With the explosion of rap over the past years, this would definetly be more excepted today."