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Reel to Reel
Grand Puba
Reel to Reel
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
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All Artists: Grand Puba
Title: Reel to Reel
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Elektra / Wea
Original Release Date: 10/20/1992
Release Date: 10/20/1992
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
Styles: East Coast, Pop Rap, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 075596131421, 075596131445

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Rhymes Light as Air from a Lyrical Terrorist | New York, NY USA | 09/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It is odd hearing Puba's rhymes now some 15 or so years since we used to stage battles in the New Rochelle HS (Now Rule Son!) lunchrooms on Friday nights ("M A X W E double L, ... who can't spell call me Grand Puba Maxwell!") Well, gone are the days of the Tre Bag MC's and rhymin over the analog 6 button beat box, but Puba manages to catch the frenetic, sometimes threatening flashes of virtuosity that defined NY street hip hop in the early 1980's (long live the Cold Crush 4). On Reel to Reel (they might have considered naming it Real to Reel by the way) Puba represents a variety of true MC styles with his signature wit and verbal dexterity. The brother's rhymes must be heard to be believed. Ironic thing about Puba is that though he clearly has touched on some eastern knowlege (5 Percent Nation), he is still not above dropping some old banging beats on the table, off the head, freestyle rhymes - check out Proper Education with Red Alert for some of this classic material. A common thread to his overall lyrical approach to this album is that most of his verses, even on the more structured cuts, retain that freestyle imrovisational flow. On the other hand, Puba is fully capable of identifying the injustice and treachery that is still afflicting most urban black communities today and conveying it with eloquence and polish -- Soul Controller has some of the deepest lyrics on the album. Yet, throughout this recording, Puba's personality and distinctive style prevades. He seems to posses an inner metronome that allows him to play on or with the beat as he kicks his lyrics. On this solo follow up to the underground bomb - One for All (Brand Nubian), Puba is at his lyrical and imaginative heights. This is one of the finest hip hop albums you will ever find - stictly East Coast material here. I am proud to have known this man when he developed this style as a teenager - he has become a true asset to the landscape of black musical virtuosity."
The Big Kids Don't Play
supastar | brooklyn | 06/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"na na na, Grand Puba is one of the most underrated rhymers ever, his melodies and styles that can go from ragga to r&b and slow to lightning speed, talking bout hittin skins or droppin knowledge with a confidence and relaxed flow that just lay on you all day, this is a great cd, as good as the first Brand Nubian cd, if not better. Big Kids, Honey Dont Front, 360 degrees are among the great tracks that make up this great cd."
supastar | 12/26/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great CD. It has a very low-key style and excellent lyrics. It reminds me of early De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest (my favorite), and Jungle Brothers. I'm amazed that no one has ever written a review of this album. This is definitely a must have if you are a fan of one of the previously mentioned groups."