Unfairly overlooked (3 and 1/2 stars)
Nuisance | Miami | 12/14/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Nice & Smooth's debut album was a classic. Aint A Damn Thing Changed was an excellent follow up but Blazing Hot Vol. 4 set them back as that album was their weakest. This album came and went because at that time hip hop was changing and a lot of those so-called hip hop heads were quick to label the old school veterans of hop hop as hasbeens and washed up. The two singles for Jewel Of The Nile, Hip Hop Freaks and Old To The New failed to gain any attention and caused this album to be overlooked. Its sad because this album is not bad. I will divide this album up between jewels(good songs) and Cubic zirconias(bad songs).
Jewels: Return Of The Hip Hop Freaks is instantly catchy and reminds you of that vintage Nice & Smooth sound. Old To The New is a good track but it was not a good choice for a single. Sky's The Limit, Let's All Get Down feat Slick Rick , Save The Children feat Everlast of House Of Pain are all tight tracks and The No Bones Remix is a gem in its own right.
Cubic Zirconias: Do Whatcha Gotta, Doin Our Own Thang are weak. Blunts and Get F***ed Up are just as bad. But the biggest offense is the track Cheri. Its an R&B track where you know who(Smooth B) tries to SING! Wow, just wow.
Conclusion: Nice & Smooth's Jewel Of The Nile deserves a second listen. Its true that this album is not flawless but its has enough gems to give some rotation. Contrast that with hip hop albums nowadays that have little to no rotation. Its way better than Blazing Hot Vol 4.
Standouts: RETURN OF THE HIP HOP FREAKS, THE SKY'S THE LIMIT, LETS ALL GET DOWN, OLD TO THE NEW, SAVE THE CHILDREN and NO BONES REMIX."