Friday, July 20, 2012

D-Block (Part 3)

The third and final part of this series.

We begin with what I feel is Jada's best album. Lyrically he was still on point and the production was just as good.

Rating- 4.5 stars

5 favorite songs- Why, Real Hip Hop, Kiss Of Death, By Your Side, & Gettin It In

I like this album a lot and I feel it's his best. Much like Jada's second album, lyrically he was still on point and the production was a little better than the first album.

Rating- 4 stars

5 favorite songs- Street Music, Movie N*****, Kiss Your A** Goodbye (Remix), Maybe If I Sing, & Pain

A damn good second album. Not close to his first, but it damn sure gives it a run for its money, moreso than any other album in his discography.

Rating- 4 stars

5 favorite songs- Testify, Real S***, I'm Black, Favorite Drug, & How We Live

Styles P's most underrated album right here. This was released quietly in 2007, and it's still an excellent album.

Rating- 4 stars

5 favorite songs- Star of the State, Gangster, Gangster, Cause I'm Black, Got My Eyes On You, & In It To Win It

Another quietly released album, this one in 2008. Definitely his most underrated. Some may still not know it exists.

Rating- 4 stars

5 favorite songs- Think We Got A Problem, Good Love, Don't Be Them, Gettin Stronger, & D-Block/Dipset

One of the best albums of 2009, this was another excellent album from Jada, and it's one of those albums that keeps getting better with each listen. Now, there are the attempts at a more commercial sound on this one, as well as more Southern features, but it doesn't take away from the album.

Rating- 4 stars

5 favorite songs- What If, Things I've Been Through, Cartel Gathering, Letter to B.I.G., & One More Step

Oh God, not this one. I pre-ordered this one from Best Buy (along with Ghostface's "Apollo Kids", a MUCH better album), and to say I was HUGELY disappointment would be an understatement. It was clear to me that for the majority of this album Sheek was really looking to achieve additional commercial success, and failed miserably. This is an album that has NO replay value to me and I don't see myself revisiting it at any point in the future. And isn't that album cover one of the worst in history??!!

Rating- 2 stars

5 favorite songs- Yep, I do have 5 favorite on here, which would be Ol Skool, Make Some Noise, Clip Up (Reloaded), Ready 4 War, and Dinner Guest

I think this album was the MOST quietly released album on this list. I bought this one when it first came out, and it's very good, but not on the level of his first three albums. Even he attempted a hit in the form of having a Rick Ross feature ("Harsh"), whom I'm not a fan of, and in this case, it worked for Rick Ross, but not for Styles ("BMF Blowin Money Fast", and I bet the fans of that song probably don't remember Styles was even on it) .

Rating- 3 stars

5 favorite songs- How I Fly, We Don't Play, Children, It's OK, & Uhh-Ohh

Overall, when you take a look at their discographies as a whole, it's mad consistency and straight hip hop here (with the occasional commercial attempt thrown in for good measure). In addition to the studio albums, they have released many mixtapes, especially Styles P and Sheek, however, Jada's tapes stand out more, as the Champ Is Here series was very good, as well as the "I Love You: Dedication to my Fans" mixtape. "Consignment" was decent, but he tried to change things up by going with a more Southern style, production wise, along with more Southern features. 

At this point, I still can't believe its been almost 15 years and we haven't received the third LOX album as of this post, and although I still would love to see it, I feel it's a little too late. I would still buy it if they decide to put it out.

There are some more future projects that have been mentioned, and I want to go into those before I close this:

Jadakiss- Top 5 Dead Or Alive (This album has been mentioned for quite some time now, and it looks as though it's on the backburner right now. I'm still anticipating it though.)
Jadakiss & Styles P joint album (This was announced several months back and hasn't been talked about since. I feel they could pull it off.)
Wu-Block (The "brainchild" of Ghostface Killah & Sheek Louch, according to, this is scheduled to be released on September 11, 2012. Some of the songs I've already heard are very good, but I have the feeling this will be another quality, quietly released album.)

As of this posting, there are currently no plans for albums from Styles and Sheek, and in Sheek's case, it should be a LONG time before he releases another solo album after that atrocity that was "Don Gorilla". LOX, Living Off Xperience, yes indeed!

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