This release starts off strong with all three members having strong verses, but some safe choices later can make a full listen through disappointing. Some of the more mainstream options takes this edge off this gritty album that could have been solid without them.
The production is good with the right atmosphere on every track helping to make this have more of an impact. While some of the beats are perfect for the group, the attempt to seem more radio friendly makes the group seem like they are trying to grow their audience. However by doing this they may have lost some of the core group that liked their old stuff. By sticking to what they know, they may have created a more cohesive project.
The lyricism is fantastic with all three members trying hard to be the best. They also try hard at the performance aspect with their individual delivery making the tracks stand out slightly. On the downside, the hooks are not as hard hitting as the verses and can be repetitive in places. While there are no major works to be done, this is not a totally smooth ride.
The features are the weakest part of this release because they don’t necessarily fit with the style of the group. While none do particularly badly, some do not gel with the chemistry of the group and sound a little out of place. Some singers would have been a better way to show the softer side than radio attempts.
Overall, this is an enjoyable release if you can sit through the few rough patches. Sheek Louch, Styles P and Jadakiss should be proud of their individual performances as well as how they work as a team.
This album is great for the most part and does exactly what Capone-N-Noreaga are aiming for. The only marginal downside is the over use of the hooks on some songs, but the project still works well overall.
The production is good and is textbook New York. This helps the duo to stay close to thier roots and keep making music that will connect to the audiance. A few more backings that are a touch further afield from thier comfort zone could show more of a diverse ability, however these beats fit very well with thier ethos so they can not really be blamed.
The lyricism is great and helps to make the descriptive portions of the album much more effective. While they are not in the absolute elite catagory of lyrical ability, they are above average and really show it on this album. Some more varied techniques could help to show a higher level of ability, but both Capone and Noreaga do great work here.
The features are great and help to add additional points of view to the project. Especially on the emotional songs, these guests bring in more depth that accentuate the impact of the wordplay. A few more big name features or some singing ones could add yet another dimension to this project, however Capone-N-Noreaga have good chemistry with those they have selected.
Overall, the elements on this album come together to make a lot of great songs that show Capone-N-Noreaga can still work effectively as a duo. A great goal for all long standing groups in Hip Hop.