"Crime, Life, Bitches, Money", so run the opening lines of Nas's atmospheric "Find Ya Wealth". Throw in a bit of drug dealing and you have the full flavour of this collection, bringing together the rap talents--and otherwise--of Queens, New York. Inevitably for a label showcase, this is an album of variable quality, but it has some genuinely strong stuff on it. Perhaps it doesn't bode well for the Ill Will roster that this is by Nas himself, along with other long-established names whose gifts are undebatable: Mobb Deep, Roxeanne Shante and the legendary Marley Marl. The major exception among the new blood seems to be Bravehearts, who join Nas for the ferociously pornographic stand-out track, Oochie Wally--as catchy and savage a piece of hip-hop as has come snarling out of NY in many a year. Also notable are Mr Challish's mellifluous "Money" and Millennium Thug's contribution to the pessimistic "Teenage Thug". --David Bennun
is any one else feeling wiz as an mc? i think hehas a unique way with the polysyllabix, beenaround forever too.as far as d.o.e. i hope they include "truedialect" another pre-illmatic one, my copy isshit. i don't know all that he has in the vaults,though. i would like to see the ORIGINAL projectwindow get a release, did any body notice howthey "updated" beat for nastradamus? the originalhad more of a quiet swing to it, w/o thatannoying grand piano shit, it was a differentpiano sound, drum pattern, and i think nasrerecorded the vocal (same lyrics), they shouldhave left the fiduckin thing alone.in any case, like most of y'all, i hope nas keepsup the level of fire that he's displayed lately - "b ez", that clue anti jigga freestyle, "theonly nigga sade dated/ the most hated/nasnigga" ;let my niggaz live, qb album shit, etcblood out, y'allSent via Deja.com
looking at the shit that got jacklegged, 'i am' had five micpotential. think about it...Fetus (Belly Button Window)Blaze a 50Gotta Love ItWe Will SurviveN.Y. State of Mind Part IIGhetto PrisonersPoppa Was a PlayerHate Me NowNas is LikeSometimes I WonderDr. KnockbootEveryday ThingDrunk by MyselfWanna Play (Rough?)Hardest Thing 2 Do is Stay AliveUndying Lovethat's a dope ass album. what could've been...anybody know the name of this joint? it's nas, nate, and somebodyelse. i had it on a sampler tape that i lost in l.a. about 3 years ago.nas' verse startsboss of the bosses/rhymes in my mind like pearls in oysters/jew-els,you jel cause we bail in porsches/of course it's the firm/this court isadjourned/my thoughts is confirmed, y'all little nas's/middle guys ismouthin off/i need to speak to y'all leaders/after we smoke cheeba/ishoot em in they 2-seatersand nate's shit goes1 for the money, 2 for the weed spots/undercover cops follow me thoughthey need not/it's like i'm rick james/stuck in the mix, rockin thickchains/from hood 2 hood, ain't shit changed/supplyin whips/type of catthat hold iron dipped/trickin the same dough y'all niggas try and flipi been lookin for that joint since i lost it, but since i don't knowthe name i can't find it anywhere.--2 wrongs don't make a rightFuck your whole cassette, 2 songs don't make it tightNeed at least 8 or 9 of em, possibly 10Stay rewindin em, the shit pops? You cop it again
"Essential," the first single from the project dropped last month and is produced by multi-platinum producer Havoc of Mobb Deep. The Realness II will be produced by The Alchemist and Sha Money XL, with features from Nas, Havoc, and more. Cormega recently inked a partnership with NYC-based label Viper Records to release the album, which is the highly-anticipated follow-up to 2001's The Realness.
"I was going to put out the album myself, but my friend, Dove Clark, a project manager at Viper, called me, and we spoke about the possibility of merging to help the album reach its fullest potential," he said in a statement. "I'm thankful for the opportunity, this partnership, and the value Viper brings to The Realness II. It's awesome to have a team helping elevate The Realness II to higher heights." 2b1af7f3a8