Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
While Mase is perhaps better known for his monotone lisp than his rhyme skills, he shepherds through a surprisingly likable pop project with his Harlem World protégés. Don't expect the Harlem World crew to deviate much fro... more »
While Mase is perhaps better known for his monotone lisp than his rhyme skills, he shepherds through a surprisingly likable pop project with his Harlem World protégés. Don't expect the Harlem World crew to deviate much from the standard litany of ass, cash, and gun blasts, but even if the album doesn't break new ground, the Trackmasterz production crew keeps the ear-candy jar full of tasty treats. In particular, the steel-drum melodies on "Across the Border" and "100 Shiesty's" add a festive Caribbean touch, while "Cali Chronic" resurrects the familiar slinkiness of the Ohio Players' "Funky Worm" for a superior thugged-out track. Humor plays a strong role, too, including the self-parody "We Both Frontin'" and the unintentionally corny "Mamasita Interlude." --Oliver Wang
A Change Never Did Come - Same Bad Boy Sound
retro_styled_crooner | Tustin, CA USA | 07/08/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"A frequently asked question, "What is Hip-Hop?" Hip-Hop usually refers to the culture - graffiti-spraying, breakdancing, and turntablism in addition to rapping itself - surrounding the music. As a style however, hip-hop refers to music created with those values in mind. Mase is not reminiscent to the Golden Age (the six best years in hip-hop history) era of Hip-Hop, but his style harks back to the "Old School Rap" era - identified by it's relatively simple raps. The main emphasis is not lyrical technique, but simply on good times and Mase is all about good times. The production on "Movement" is simply fun and playful on numbers such as "I Really Like It" and "We Both Frontin'" - the first is based around the biting sample of Debarge's "I Like It." Kelly Price provides vocals to the catchy instrumentation, while Jermaine Dupri controls most the action from behind the mixx board. The Neptunes supply The Movement with two-cuts in "One Big Fiesta" and "Not the Kids" - which the duo's notable sound is in the process of developing, but clearly evident to the pairs distinguishable sound. "You Made Me" features Carl Thomas, who shows-off his Stevie Wonder inflections and Luther Vandross ability to turn any slow song into a love song and this number is not a love song. The track is bitterly emceed by Huddy Comb, Meeno and Nas - it's a distressing number. The album ends on an interesting note, the great rendition of Sam Cooke's legendary "A Change Is Gonna Come" - which is performed by the Harlem Boys Choir. The track is beautifully arranged, harmonized and sung. The emcee's play their part and from a production standpoint it hurdles retro beat making and the NYC party rap sound. The release shockingly tanked, but Movement shouldn't be overlooked because of it's lack of success. Though not the "crew of the year," the majority of the album is well-crafted, but far from extraordinary."
retro_styled_crooner | 05/02/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"this CD is not all that, but I give it 3 stars because it's worth it for about 3 to 4 tracks alone, especially I Really Like It, that song takes me back to the 80's because of the New Edition sample and it gives me a blissful feeling."
This is not worthy to be called an album!!!
manslorta | Bronx, NY | 09/19/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, I'm a make this short and sweet... This LP SUCKS!!!!!!!!!! Big Time. Don't waste your hard earned dough. Go get a Wu-Tang album. Thank You."