Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
The Untold Truth
Genres: Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
music by artist illegal
music by artist illegal
Hardcore Kiddie Rap??? (3.5 Stars)
Norfeest | Washington DC USA | 10/04/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"After the success of Kriss Kross in 1992, record companies were putting out kiddie hip hop groups at breakneck speed. Groups like Fam Lee, Da Youngstaz, Quo, and Illegal were all released during this period. I have to admit that all of their LPs sucked with the exception of this Illegal album. And of all of the previously mentioned groups, only Kriss Kross and Da Youngstaz managed to make more than two albums. I find that odd because Illegal had the best album out of all of them. The production was on point and for them to be so young they kept it hardcore as if they had been doing this for 20 years. Illegal consisted of MCs Jamal and Malik. Jamal went on to become an underrated but tight MC on the solo tip and Malik made an appearance on a single from Monica's "Miss Thang" album (Like This And Like That) in 1995 and on Warren G's "Take A Look Over Your Shoulder" LP (What We Go Through....and that song is pretty dope)in 1997 and then disappeared again only to reappear on the underground gangsta rap circuit in Cali as the MC Hershey Locc. Malik would never put out an album on his own that was as good as this group album, but Jamal's solo LP (1995's "Last Chance, No Breaks") is pretty dope. But before all of that, there was this Illegal album. Like I said before, the beats were on point and the lyrics showed a toughness beyond their years. The production was handled by a bunch of different producers. Erick Sermon, Dallas Austin, and Diamond D produce 2 tracks apiece. The rest of the production is handled by Spearhead X, E Locc, Biz Markie & Cool V, Lord Finesse, and Colin Wolfe. Most people would remember this album for its two hit singles "Head Or Gut" and "We Getz Busy" feat. Erick Sermon.
There are some missteps on the album though. "Understand The Flow" isn't a bad song, but it's almost 5 minutes and isn't necessarily good enough to hold your attention for that long. And "On Da M.I.C." features Lord Finesse but it's still boring. But for the most part, the album is pretty good.
Overall, I wouldn't say that this album is essential rap music, but it's a pretty good album that would make a solid addition to your rap collection.
Standout Tracks: Head Or Gut, Stick 'Em Up, Illegal Will Rock, We Getz Busy feat. Erick Sermon (My Favorite)"
Carltouis Stevenson | Angeles Mesa, Los Angeles | 01/21/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"With much success of teen hip-hop / rap act Kris Kross, major labels were seeking other young artist to sign. Here we have Mr. Malik and Jamal also known as Illegal who's lyrics was a lot rougher and painful in comparison to their peers. The Untold Truth didn't have any restraints with it's contents as the duo challenged others acts such as Kris Kross, Da Youngsta's, Chi-Ali, Da Family for example. "Back In The Day", one of the album's classic highlights begins this album off with these 14-year old experiences that was far beyond their age over a West Coast track. Changing speeds and atmospheres, they go to a more crowd influenced track "Illegal Will Rock". Illegal proved their lyrical versatility, yet still keeping their style street on "CrumbSnatcher" featuring Diamond D. "Stick 'Em Up" and "Understand The Flow" shows a more adrenaline rush with hyper choruses and hooks for crowd involvement as they team up for that one-two swing sharing shine. The other highlight is found with the Reggae / Jamaican production by Dallas Austin on "Ban Da Iggidy" as the two attacks Das Efx style clones. The album nearly falls short of solid due to sub par production but with the help of Colin Wolfe, Diamond D. and Dallas Austin they placed a more personal touch to separate Illegal from teenage acts."
These little dudes could spit.
The Specialist | Parts Unknown | 12/20/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Def Squad affiliate Mally G and DPG affiliate Hershey Chocolate Loc Malik dropped this near classic back in 93. They were the hardcore alternative to Kriss Kross & Another Bad Creation. Some people can't get with preteens using profanity, but for those that can - This is the dopest kiddie rap act ever."