jt | tucson,az | 06/17/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this cd is very good. lynch is the best rapper out there in the underground and any where else. this cd is the best he has along with season of da siccness. i reccomend it for its tight beats and awsome lyrics. also look into x raided, mr. doctor, sicx, and c.o.s. who are good artists. pick up lynch's new album suicide note that is also a good cd"
The Best Of The "Black Market Bootlegs"
Bryant Ward | L.P., Washington | 12/06/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This collective album was put out in 2002 by Black Market Records's greedy owner, Cedric Singleton. Everything made by BMR after Loaded is garbage, meaning its all unofficial or stolen material. This album is compiled of all stolen tracks from other artists' albums, hence the title 'The Appearances: Book I'. All "books" to follow are all bootleg or stolen songs as well. Not to say that the songs aren't excellent and some definite classicx, just to say: DO NOT SUPPORT CEDRICK SINGLETON OR BLACK MARKET! If you've heard "Bleeding House Mystery" off the official Brotha Lynch Hung album 'Lynch By Inch', you know exactly what I'm talking about. Black Market is dead, obviously, or they wouldn't have to steal Brotha Lynch material. Its sad, because Black Market birthed classicx such as X-Raided's Psycho Active and Sicx' Dead 4 Life, not to mention '24 Deep', 'Season of da Sickness' and 'Loaded' by Mr. Lynch.
Before I became a fan of Sickmade, I'd heard a couple Lynch tracks here and there, and liked what I heard. So I decided to buy a Lynch album, and, me being cheap, I bought the cheapest one I could find on Amazon. Thats when 'The Appearances' became a staple in my collection.
The first track to grab me was 'It's Real' featuring Master P and Mr. Serv-on. This track was stolen from Mr. Serv-on's album 'Life Insurance', with whom Master P hooked Lynch up with. Brotha Lynch and Master P go back to the beginning, with P helping Lynch on his debut Ep 24 Deep. 'Life Insurance' was not well received, however, I've heard many people say 'It's Real' is the best song overall from the album. I love the beat, the style is very different from what you'd usually hear Lynch spit to. Lynch's verse is just as hard as any you'd hear on his own albums. Master P and Mr. Serv-on also have dope skills, and they shine on this track.
A constant favorite well-received by all Sickmade fans I know of, is the Delinquents-featured track 'Holloween', stolen from West Coast based group The Delinquents' album. The beat, produced by Lynch, samples the classic Halloween beat. I wasn't feeling the Delinquents, but Lynch definitely banged one out to this. 'Like Jason at Camp Crystal, with a pistol, chainsaw and a machete.'
'3 Da Hard way' features First Degree-protégé Be Gee and Loki. Stolen from one of First Degree's Fahrenheit compilations. Interesting to note, Be Gee is also from South Sacramento but is from the Meadowview Bloods, and you can also catch his freshness on the Sactown Bloods/Sactown Crips album, as well as numerous Fahrenheit releases. The next stolen track, a personal favorite of mine, was stolen from Sicx' album 'If These Walls Could Talk', titled 'Tremendous'. The production was pounding, with Lynch on the beat. This was also the first time I'd heard my current favorite rapper, Lynch's younger brother Sicx. This track was made in promotion of a group they were trying to get cracking at the time, the Swartzaniggas, starring Sicx, Lynch, Tall Cann G, Fig Naytion, among several other 'brothers'. Check this track on Sicx album, which is also full of other bangers.
'Betrayed' also featuring Da Unda Dog, was stolen from a movie soundtrack called 'Unforgiven'. Dope beat and Sicx and Lynch lace up some wickedness and steal the track from Unda Dog(just to be honest).
'Psycho Dream' is as well a sickening track, with the lyrics overtaking the beat. This was stolen from a rapper named Gangsta Profile's album titled 'Fire Redrum'. Interesting also to note, the booklet's credits claim this as a Lynch/Sicx track. Gangsta Profile, while obviously being influenced by Sicx's sound, is NOT Sicx but another underground Sac-Rapper.
All in all, this albums better then having to buy all those other artists albums just for the one feature, but probably equals out to an easily burned CD-R. I'd love to recommend it if it weren't labeled with the Black Market logo."