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Tuesday, Jun 02 2015 | 06:28
Image: 1597572 This limited edition issue of Lord
Willin’ features seven “big hole” 7”s
on white vinyl covering all 13
tracks in the original album sequence,
plus a bonus remix of
“Grindin‘”. The vinyl is housed in a
plastic case featuring the original
album art and each 7” is housed in
a mini Star Trak die-cut jacket –
replicas of the label’s original 12”
The first hip-hop group signed to The Neptunes' newly formed
Star Trak label in the early 2000s was a Virginia based duo known
as The Clipse. The group’s first single “Grindin’,” impacted young
people with its bare-boned but infectious drum beat in the same
way that Run-DMC’s “Sucker MCs” did almost two decades
earlier. MCs 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”). Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo were able
to combine their electro-punk 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 a hustler's viewpoint, with clever, hard-hitting lyrics
that are consistent throughout the album.
The album starts off pulling no punches. On the lead-off track,
“Intro,” you get a very personal testament of crack and the drug
game, a recurring motif. 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” and “Comedy Central” fit perfectly alongside
“When the Last Time” and “Cot Dam” as each song plays its part
as chapters to the Lord Wilin’ masterpiece. And the stand-out
“Gangsta Lean” features a slightly lighter feel paired with
Pharrell's trademark falsetto hook. All in all, each song on Lord
Willin’ – which was certified Gold – is essential to making it the
classic that it. Fans can’t deny that it sounds as good today as it
did when it first hit in 2002.

1A. Intro
1B. Young Boy
2A. Virginia
2B. Grindin’
3A. Cot Damn
(feat. Ab-Liva & Roscoe P. Coldchain)
3B. Ma, I Don’t Love Her
(feat. Faith Evans)
4A. Famlay Freestyle
(feat. Famlay)
4B. When The Last Time
5A. Ego
5B. Comedy Central
(feat. Fabolous)
6A. Let’s Talk About IT
(feat. Jermaine Dupri)
6B. Gangsta Lean
7A. I’m Not You
7B. Grindin’
(Remix feat. N.O.R.E, Baby, & Lil Wayne) Available from 03.07.2015
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