Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The BCC Files: Smif N Wessun's "The Album"

Release date: October 23, 2007

Produced By:
 Ken Ring and Collen & Web (Songs 1-3, 7, 9 and 14)
Tommy Tee (Songs 8, 10, 11 and 13)
Rune Rotter (Songs 5 and 6)
Soul Theory (Song 12)

1. "See The Light"

Tek and Steele begin the album with a more mature, reflective tone, while at the same time still keeping the stand strong and never giving up themes relevant and in perspective. Very good way to start the album.
*4 out of 5*

2. "Gotta Say It"
Featuring Chuckii Star

They're not bragging about their past experiences, they just "gotta say it." I feel that. Good song here and the reggae styled hook brought a nice touch to this one.
*4 out of 5*

3. "Trouble"

Patrick Taylor of rapreviews.com accurately described this song in his review of the album:

"The song sees the duo reminiscing about their rough upbringing, from a twin brother who died at birth to a childhood of crime and drama."

Not only is it another very good song, but I always appreciate songs with a reflective tone/vibe/state of mind, especially when it's done right. Tek and Steele give an interesting account of their past compared to where they were circa 2007. (They also give an "RIP" shout to MC Trouble and Trouble T-Roy at the end of the song in a thoughtful touch.)
*4 out of 5*

4. "K.I.M. 2000"
Featuring Loudmouf Choir

Granted, this sequel to the original from their 1995 debut "Dah Shinin" is nowhere near close to matching the quality of its predecessor, even though they were younger and more hungry in the mid 90s, The one thing this 2000 version has over it is the level of maturity, introspection, and (again) sense of reflection brought to the song. Through it all, you just gotta keep it moving, and I can personally testify to that.
*4 out of 5*

5. "P.N.C. 4 Life"

These two men have been close since day one and that strong sense of brotherly love and being there for each other through thick and thin is on full display with this very good song. You couldn't deny the loyalty even if you tried.
*4 out of 5*

6. "Gangsta Prayer"
Featuring Million Styles

Another very good, apply titled song. It doesn't have the biblical touches you may think, but it certain comes close.
*4 out of 5*

7. "Stomp Thru"
Featuring Rock of Heltah Skeltah and Joell Ortiz

 This joint is about as hardcore as you would expect, I just wish Rock would've spit a verse on this one; he definitely would've killed it.
*4 out of 5*

8. "Who Gonna Save Us"

Excellent song here and probably one of the deepest songs they've ever done. They essentially talk about the shape the world was in at the time, notably taking our government to task for the complete failure of the citizens in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina ("Reports said they knew the levies would break in New Orleans/So why wasn't people given a warning?"), saying the world wasn't ready for a Black president (respectively this was the complete opposite considering the job Obama has done, but that's another story), and better informing men and women of all ages, colors, and creeds about what they're really fighting for before they're sent off (to die) in some war. Speaking of war, they touch on the wars against the streets, drugs, terrorists, guns, illegal downloading of music, most of which are still being waged today, as well as global warming. Possibly the best song on the album.
*4.5 out of 5*

9. "Still Fighting"

Another deep song, which nicely builds on the strength of the prior song, no doubt.
*5 out of 5*

10. "Yeah"

 While a fairly ok song, this was a low point on the album, mostly because of the forgettable beat provided.
*3 out of 5*

11. "Movie"

 This was the most creative song on the album. Tek and Steele effectively use movie titles and plotlines to create a DOPE, BCC audio motion picture.
*5 out of 5*

12. "Can't Stop"

Take what I said, verbatim, about song #10, and the same things apply here, the second low point on the album unfortunately.
*2 out of 5*

13. "Can't Feel My Face"
Featuring Loudmouf Choir

Decent song, complete with somewhat of a West Coast sound.
*3 out of 5*

14. "Still Here" 

This was truly an appropriately titled way to close the album. Smif-n-Wessun, still here and still standing strong!
*4 out of 5*

While Tek and Steele didn't break any new ground with this album, it's still very good for what it is, and what makes it work so well is the level of growth and maturity, as men and artists. Unfortunately I don't think this album was on anyone's radar at the time, which would attribute to it being highly slept on in 2007 when it came out. It's a much better effort than the one that came before it ("Smif-n-Wessun Reloaded"), clocking in at a solid 4 star rating overall.

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