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Thursday, Feb 13 2014 | 15:27
Image: 1586855 The first act signed to The Neptunes' newly formed Star Trak label was a Virginia based duo known as the Clipse.
The first single “Grindin’” impacted the streets with its bare boned but infectious drum beat in the same way that
“Sucker MC’s” did almost 20 years earlier. These brothers - Pusha T and Malice combined with The Neptunes
groundbreaking production sent a clear message to the rap world – “we are not the same” (as rapped by Malice on
his opening verse on “Cot’ Dam”). Clipse brings an authentic Virginia sound into the game and created a movement,
with not only their darkly layered raps but The Neptunes as well. Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo were able to
combine their cyberpunk production with just the right group to create a street masterpiece. Following in the
footsteps of such rap criminologists as Kool G Rap, Nas, Jay-Z, and Mobb Deep, the Clipse offer the Virginia
hustler's viewpoint with clever, hard-hitting lyrics that is sprinkled throughout the entire album.
With so many standout tracks on Lord Willin’ the album starts pulling no punches. On Track 1 simply (or maybe
not) titled “Intro” you get a very personal and deep testament of crack and the drug game, a theme that is
throughout this album…HEAVY. Songs like “Virginia” or “I’m Not You” (featuring Jadakiss, Styles P and Roscoe P
Coldchain), have lyrics that play as a musical notes alongside The Neptunes tailored beats. “Young Boy”, “Comedy
Central”… all fit perfectly alongside “When the Last Time” and “Cot Dam” as each song plays its part as chapters
to the Lord Wilin’ masterpiece. “Gangsta Lean” (another one of the albums standout tracks) features a slightly
lighter feel while paired with Pharrell's trademark falsetto hook. The truth of it is, it’s hard to just pick one track, or
point out which is the albums star. Each song on Lord Willin’ is essential to making it the classic that it is.
The Neptunes (who were busy turning out every other Pop hit on the radio) crafted an album that was deemed an
instant classic, and cemented Clipse as Rap’s newest superstars.

SIDE ONE:

Intro • Young Boy • Virginia • Grindin’
SIDE TWO:
Cot Damn (feat. Ab-Liva & Roscoe P. Coldchain)
Ma, I Don’t Love Her (feat. Faith Evans)
Famlay Freestyle (feat. Famlay) • When The Last Time
SIDE THREE:
Ego • Comedy Central (feat. Fabolous)
Let’s Talk About It (feat. Jermaine Dupri) • Gangsta Lean
SIDE FOUR:
I’m Not You (feat. Jadakiss, Styles P & Roscoe P. Coldchain)
Grindin’ (Bonus Remix feat. N.O.R.E., Baby & Lil’ Wayne)
Grindin’ (Bonus Selector Remix feat. Sean Paul, Bless & Kardinal Offishall) Available from 24.01.2014
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