Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Whatcha Gonna Do
Genres: Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
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peruviannigga | USA | 01/20/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's obvious this album was meant for the mainstream (not that there's anything wrong with that). Appearances by Method Man, Redman, DMX, and Ice Cube prove it. I don't think it'll really make that big of an impact on mainstram rap fans who listen to DMX and Ja Rule, and it might dissapoint some underground Jayo fans, but in my opinion this cd still holds ground. The beats ain't bad at all, and then lyrics are above average. The skits are woth skipping and there might be a cut or two that you'll find a little boring, but tracks like Watcha Gonna Do (and the remix), Easy To Get It In, Nitty Gritty, J.A.Y.O, and How Angry are really dope and the guest appearances on each come off nice.
The thing I thought was missing in this album, was the gangbanging element Jayo adds, but it's understandable since it's supposed to be a mainstream record, but oh well, it's still a good cd."
Another Jayo Classic
G$ | B-More, MD | 12/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Even though it has been 3 years since his last release and he went "mainstream" and put out the album on Def Jam, he makes his 2nd classic album in as many tries. I think "Take A Ride" is ever so slightly better but this is still a 5 star classic. His lyrics, as always, are tight and his style is different and unique but he leaves his gangbangin' element out of most of the album unlike his other 3 albums. Def Jam did not promote it how it should've (like they do with all there west coast arists - Richie Rich, Warren G, South Central Cartel to name a few). The beats are great and pure west coast - produced by DJ Silk (7 songs) E-A Ski & T-Phunk (3 songs each) and Jayo does 2 songs. The guests are from east, west, and south and they're on 7 songs. It has 5 classic tracks, 8 good/great songs and the other 2 are o.k (on Jayo isn't even on). None on here I skip other than the few skits. A must have album for all rap fans.
#2 - 10 (classic w/ great beat)
#3 - 8.5 (f/ eightball & MJG)
#4 - 10 (classic w/ great beat -- f/ Method Man & DMX)
#5 - 9
#6 - 10 (another classic w/ great beat -- same beat as #4 -- f/ Redman, WC, Mack 10)
#7 - 10 (Classic w/ great beat)
#8 - 8
#10 - 7(short "song" by Crook of the DuLow gang -- no Jayo rapping on it)
#11 - 8 (f/ Anthony (T-Phunk) Pearyer -- relaxing beat)
#12 - 8
#13 - 8 (f/ kokane)
#14 - 8.5 (f/ mack 10)
#15 - 10 (classic w/ great beat -- about hustin')
#16 - 9
#17 - 7.5 (f/ e-40 & ice cube)
James Savage ---- b. around 1973 ---- San Diego, CA
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The last time I heard Jayo
Nuisance | Miami | 07/11/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I think that its sad that Jayo got shelved by Def Jam. The fact that they can sign Jeezy and all these other nonrappers speaks volumes of the type of record company they are. Jayo has a slew of guests on this album but make no mistakes, he can and does hold his own. Tracks like Nobody On Dry Land, Nitty Gritty(whick samples Whodini's Six Minutes Of Funk), Easy To Get In, Hustle In My Genes and End Of The World prove my point correct. DMX and Method Man join Jayo on Whatcha Gonna Do, Mack 10 and Jayo give a good perfomance on Finna S*** On Em and Eightball & MJG show up on the second best song on the album How Angry. The best track on the album is J.A.Y.O. which features E-40 and Ice Cube who rip the track in half right along with Jayo Felony. The album has flaws like the awful Bumpin Bullet Loco, the awkward sounding ode to a girl Lovely and the Gettin Loop Loop skit is just pointless. The Whatcha Gonna Do remix with Redman(whose verse was tight), Mack10 and WC sounds forced but thats about it. Bottom Line: Jayo Felony's Whatcha Gonna Do album is easily his best album and wins the award for most slept-on album by a westcoaster in 1998. Jayo Felony has potential that a stupid label like Deaf Jam could care less about. This album was one of those proofs of his potential. Standout Tracks: WHATHCHA GONNA DO, NOBODY ON DRY LAND, NITTY GRITTY, IM DEADLY, FINNA S*** ON EM, END OF THE WORLD,HUSTLE IN MY GENES AND J.A.Y.O."