LAZY EFFORT FROM LYNCH
E | 04/16/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
In a sentence, "EBK4" may arguably be the album upon which Lynch's downward spiral began. It was extremely disappointing to hear this subpar release from him, especially after the pristine "Loaded" (1997). Even more disappointing is the fact that this release could've been A LOT better had Lynch (and management) ousted the annoyances that make guest appearances on the album (yes, I referred to the guests in the third-person as impersonal adjectives, and they're barely worth that accreditation).
I don't know about you, but the excellent first song "Catch You" goes to crap when the low-class lyric spittin loser Cocaine (what kind of name is that anyway?!?) does the last verse. He has that disgusting Cali drawl, couldn't author a convincing lyric to save his life ("...dump this clip/on yourself I make you sh**..."), and given his trashy ways, tries to make slapping a prostitute sound "gangsta." No Coca-Leaf, it sounds stupid, and yes, we are all chuckling at your dense and brainless nonsense.
Next up, is the second song "Hunter Killa," the opening verse of which Lynch murders! ::yawn:: Then some no-name cat, Kyel, spits the last verse, ruining the track! You would think Black Market [Records] and Lynch would've wisened up after featuring Coca Plant on "Catch You;" why did Lynch and management let these no-talent having ingrates on his album?
Compounding the severity of matters, there are some very forgetable moments on "EBK4" as well. For instance, "Every Single B****" features a beat Phonk Beta should've thrown out; producers are NOT supposed to keep EVERYTHING they make, and it seems like Beta just wouldn't let this one go (he should have).
However, I'll let "Every Single B****" slide, because the life sentence serving X-Raided (aka Nefarious) is credited with authoring the lyrics Lynch spits on his behalf. I was somehow relieved when I saw that in the album's credits because Lynch has NEVER wasted an ENTIRE song talking about ::gasp! surprise!:: scandalous females (because rappers talking about women has never been done before, right?). Although we can (and should) blame the author, which is X-Raided for such garbage, Lynch is still held accountable because he either could've asked management to cut the song from the final mix, or have done it himself.
"Raw Meat" was another beat Beta should've thrown away because it SUCKS, not to mention it features the very weird Keak da Sneak (aka Mr. Sicaluphacous?!??) from the very forgetable trio 3X Krazy (remember that song they had back in the day, "Keep It On Real"?). Hey, if you can understand half of what Mr. Keak da Freak says in his insanely stupid verse, you're a better listener than me; 80% of his dumb-speak is nearly indecipherable.
"One Time" is another bunk Beta beat (I'm starting to sound repetitious). It features an annoying synth bass noise, looping over and over and over and over......Bad Azz is on this song, and while he's never been an exceptional rapper, he's definately at his worst here. Lynch and Bad Azz must've come up with the tired chorus upon waking up one morning - it's that crappy.
Both thumbs and big toes down to Beta for giving Lynch these stanky, putrid, repulsive beats, and a head slap goes to Cedric Singleton for allowing this crap to make the final cut! -- I suppose being an "executive producer" is just another title carrying no meaning in gangsta rap. With releases like this, no wonder Black Market went belly up (because their sales went "barely up" after Lynch finally left).
The last track, "Blood On da Rug" is the exact same song as "Evidence 2000" (featured on the terrible compilation "Book III: The Best of Lynch") with a different beat...okay, different the beat is not - just listen to it. Doesn't the beat for "Blood On da Rug" sound just like the one for "Raw Meat" (feat. Keak da Sneak)??!?!? Having produced every song on this album, maybe his overall mediocrity was a sign for Phonk Beta to go ahead and hang it up. Featured on "Blood" is the not-even-worth-mentioning T-Mac; I guess they figured he was so bad, they'd just put him on the last verse to the last song.
Disregarding the ones I just blew on, most of the songs on "EBK4" don't suck, but they are slightly below average compared to what we're used to hearing from Lynch. These below-average songs include "Naked Cheese," "Holding On," "My Love" (although the concept was cool), "Dogg Market" feat. Snoop when he was still on No Limit, and "Dramatic."
Standouts in my opinion are "Split Yo Face," "Can't Have It," and the classic "Excalibur" (Lynch murders this song, especially the first verse!).
Again, this album begins Lynch's downward spiral into mediocrity and ultimately obscurity in comparison to the music he created in his heyday. Only time will tell if Lynch rises from the ashes and is able to redeem himself, especially after releasing the REPUGNANT "Lynch By Inch," the latter which I wouldn't even shake a dirty penny at. I bought "EBK4" for about $6, which is about all it's worth, $2 for the 3 really dope tracks on this album. On top of that, I spent sack lunch money on this CD knowing what I was getting - my aunt took my first copy of this CD.
You can if you want, but I wouldn't purchase "EBK4" for any more than about $6. If you want GOOD Lynch siccmade music, go for the albums "Season of da Siccness: The Resurrection" or "Loaded," both of which you'll be heartily satisfied with. Also as a side note, if anyone purchases or watches the "Ghetto Celebreties, Vol. 1: Brotha Lynch Hung" DVD from Amazon, please post your review so I can know how it is. Everyone stay up!"
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DarkAudio | San Diego, CA | 10/25/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ok the main reason I am writing this review (one of the reasons I usually do) is because I see other people who are total morons writing long stupid reviews. Namely the one by "E" (I think it's right under me) giving this CD 2 stars and runnin his mouth with a bunch of crap. I clicked on all his reviews and guess what? this cat is also reviewing books about calculus, trigonometry, and stuff like that. SO THAT TELLS YOU HOW WRONG some of these rap critics are. I have been a Lynch/Sactown rap fan for years now and this CD is one of Lynch's best, right up there with Loaded/Season of the siccness. Top 3 of Lynch cd's, definitely worth pickin it up and bumpin it, don't believe the haters this one is dope."