Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
Cooking up all sorts of gangsta grooves and other rap goodies, Mack 10 offers up The Recipe. Without taking this food metaphor too far, The Recipe is rather like a buffet--Mack 10 works with different artists and producers... more »
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Cooking up all sorts of gangsta grooves and other rap goodies, Mack 10 offers up The Recipe. Without taking this food metaphor too far, The Recipe is rather like a buffet--Mack 10 works with different artists and producers on practically every song and, as a result, the quality can be uneven. Musically, there are few surprises on the album, though Mack 10's gangsta-izing of the familiar "Heartbeat" sample for his duet with Snoop Dogg on "LBC and the ING" is flavorful enough, as is the sugar-sweet pop of "You Ain't Seen Nothin'" (which features Jermaine Dupri and Foxy Brown). Despite cameos by Big Pun and Fat Joe, this is still an album made for those yelling, "Westside till I die!" The Recipe neither embarrasses nor elevates the reality-rap world. --Oliver Wang
All up, a mad album, nothing else to say.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Mack 10, "The Recipe", is an all out phat album. Although he makes it mighty clear he does this "gangsta s**t" only for the money, how can we argue? Okay, okay, so the lyrics arent the "realest", they are "gangsterish", and lets face it, Gangsta Rap, I mean good gangsta rap is hard to come by since the death of N.W.A, alot of groups emerging putting out wack stuff trying to make money, and fail, but, Mack 10 does a very good job. Keeping it gangsta lyrics, yet without the same gansta beats, he is mixing funk with gangsta rap, which to me is, just, great. The most surprising thing to me was the track Mack did with New York goodies, Fat Joe and Big Punisher. It is obvious the crap between coasts is over, especially after the freestyle Mack and Cube kick on Funkmaster Flex Volume Three. Combining East and West is unbeleivable. Why they bothered arguing in the first time, I dont know, but together, they are unstoppable. A few other tracks, such as "You Aint Seen Nothin" with Jermaine Dupri and Foxy Brown, and "For The Money" featuring the ODB and Buckshot kill it. They are funky, dope and just the sh*t. Another goodie is when Mack and Mc Eight do a song with the late, and the greatest Eazy E. It is a gangsta stuff at its best, well, its best in a long while! But for me, the best song on the album is "LBC with the ING", featuring Snoop Dogg. What can I say? A funky beat, a sing along chorus and just dope rhymes, and lets face it, Snoop is the king. Overall, The Recipe by Mack 10 is perhaps one of the best releases to me in 1998, along with Funk Flex 3, Tribe and a few other goodies. Nothing else to say, but BUY IT."
Mack 10's Recipe For An Average Album (Rating: 5 out of 10-
Chandler | Atlanta (College Park), Georgia | 05/15/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Mack 10's third album "The Recipe" is nothing special for this reviewer. On this album I find Mack 10's gangsta style lyrics to become repetitive and brings nothing new with this album, not to mention a guest appearance on almost every track. A lot of this album has a lot of skip that flows throughout. The first song that stood out was "Money Just A Touch Away" featuring Gerald Levart (R.I.P.), as he rhymes about him comming up in the rap game. Another dope track would be "Ghetto Horror Show" with Ice Cube and Jayo Felony. Mack 10 teams up with Snoop Dogg over an old school beat for the song "Long Beach & Inglewood". Mack 10 teams up with a lot of guests. Many East Coast and Down South, as well as some West Coast rappers who hit (Big Pun, Buckshot Shorty, ODB, MC Eiht), and some who miss (Jermaine Dupri, Foxy Brown, Master P, CJ Mac (sorry I can't stand him)). That can really cause an imbalance on the album and have some filler tracks like "Made ******" and "You Ain't Seen ****". Mack 10 closes the album with him addressing the critics on "The Letter", followed by a rock sounding track "Should I Stay, Or Should I Go" featuring Korn and Ice Cube. I enjoy Mack 10, but personally believe that he lacks charisma of carring an album by himself, and find it better when he is either rhyming in a group (Westside Connection), or being a guest on someone else's album (which might explain the high amount of tracks that feature guests). This album has your average dated topics and common material that might have sounded good back in 1998, but years later is dated. There are a few tracks here and there, but not enough to keep the album togeher. I find that this album is more suited for east coast listeners than it is for west. I understand the unity that was going on back then due to the circumstances of recent events, but this album pulls too far from it's west coast sound that makes the music sound the way it should. Unless you're a hardcore fan of Mack 10, I recommend that you find this album at a used price. Peace.
Guest Appearances: C-
Musical Vibes: C
Top 5 Favorite Tracks:
1. Long Beach & Inglewood (LBC and the ING) (featuring Snoop Dogg)
2. The Letter
3. Money Just A Touch Away (featuring Gerald Levert)
4. Ghetto Horror Show (feauring Ice Cube and Jayo Felony)
5. Get Your Ride On (featuring Eazy E and MC Eiht)"
26 | Temple Hills, MD | 12/04/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This Mack 10 album is a must have.The beats is some of the best I've heard,and of course Mack 10 makes them gangsta songs which is the best.It's so many appearances on here I'm not even gonna try to name any.(...)even some of them eastcoast rappers was fittin in good on there songs cause I don't even like eastcoast rap like dat.It's so many tight songs on here,so the people that always have a favorite song can't even pick one on this joint.The only and only song Mack 10 didn't need on here is that song wit Jd and Foxy Brown.But it's still all good and if you don't got this album go get this joint and his other albums to for real.If you wanna convince someone who don't like Mack 10 like that, just play "Gangsta (...) like A Drug" ,like I said I don't have a favorite song on here but that song just haves that flavor that can make anybody like it.So go get this joint right now......Go!"