Nas, Mobb Deep, Capone-N-Noreaga, Cormega, MC Shan,
Nature, Tragedy, Bravehearts's, others.
|1. Jungle & Wiz
|2. Nas, Capone, Mobb
Deep, tragedy, Nature, MC Shan, Marley Marl, Cormega and
Millennium Thug "Da Bridge 2001"
|3. Havoc, Big Noyd,
Shanté "We Life This"
|4. Nas & Ruc "Real
|5. Nas "Find
|6. Jungle, Cormega
& Poet "Straight Outta Q.B."
& Iman Thug "Our Way"
|9. Nature "Fire"
|10. freestyle interlude
featuring Prodigy "Power Rap"
|11. Nas & Pop
|12. Lord Black, Littles,
Craig G. and Chaos "We Break Bread"
|13. Mr. Challish "Money"
|14. Prodigy &
Nas "Self Conscious"
|15. Infamous Mobb
|16. Nas, Braveheart's
and Millennium Thug "Kids In Da PJ's"
|17. Nas & Millennium
Thug "Teenage Thug"
While Queensbridge is
making it, bitches is faking it. The QB has been a brand
name for good thug-streets-projects hip hop for some
years now, with acts like Mobb Deep or Nas being at
the forefront of hip hop's attention. It's either the
mentality or the strong loyalty of people putting other
peeps on, that had a whole army of soldiers follow the
paths paved. And so, almost like a virus, cats been
popping up on each others records, repping their borough,
and making Queensbridge a household name.
And collectively these
cats gather for the first real song, after we bypassed
a track, that gives love to other projects, as it runs
down a list of housing areas. But the posse then rushes
you, turning the love onto the home stomping ground,
with Nas, Capone, Mobb Deep, tragedy, Nature, MC Shan,
Marley Marl, Cormega and Millennium Thug using the classic
"The Bridge" beat for their "Da
Bridge 2001". Of course they don't pick up
the beef with KRS, but L.E.S. hooked this up in true
pride fashion. The Juice Crew is also featured on "We
Live This" as (Roxanne) Shanté spits along
Havoc and Big Noyd. And surprisingly enough she comes
off correct, almost outshining the other two. Or maybe
it's the respect we have for her, like for one of our
aunts, that let us listen more closely, when she addresses
other female emcees, as well as her own status.
The mastermind behind
this record, Nas, appears again on "Real
Niggas", but lets Ruc do the rhyming, while
he sticks to the paying homage to 'real niggas' during
the chorus. Nas stays around for "Find
Ya Wealth", on that he once more addresses
his change from Nasty to Nastradamus. That's interesting,
as if he'd be totally confident with it himself, he
wouldn't excuseingly explain it so often. This, with
an okay beat, leads us to the adaptation of N.W.A's
"Straight Outta Compton", here being called "Straight
Outta Q.B." of course. Cormega, Jungle and
Poet are keeping much within the structure of the original.
And while it not being very impressive and it's unsure
with how much respect they treated this classic, the
result could have been much worse, this actually being
Wally" is more than just wack. It's disgustingly
stupid, with a crap EZ Elpee beat, a ridiculously annoying
hook and Braveheart's rambling does not save the day.
This can't be said about "Our
Way", as Grand Wizard Scott Storch works
his magic and Capone-N-Noreaga still got the chemistry
that got 'em the success in the first place.
The honor of having
one of the few solo tracks is handed to Nature with
"Fire", but he is
held back with a popish beat, that combines some of
the trends of late, to result in something that tastes
like excessively chewed gum. On the lyrical tip, he
goes for the braggadocios and does not fail at that.
Or he makes it work like the nice and downplayed Havoc
beat on "Power Rap",
a freestyled Prodigy track.
L.E.S. then does something
more musical and appealing on "Street
Glory", a Nas & Pop track, Nas doing some
reporting of what happens around the way. To our liking,
another legend enters the arena on "We
Break Bread", with Craig G rhyming with the
newcomers Lord Black, Littles and Chaos (where do these
people get these highly original names, I wonder?).
Still he can't shine too bright, as "Money"
fail to shine, with Mr. Challish doing the rhyming,
and the Alchemist cooked up the beat. He falls short
to do something of the quality that Mike 'Trauma' D.
and Jugrnaut of the Infinite Arkatechz get going on
Seasoned cats Prodigy and Nas are doing a reality check,
do a sit down and thinkingly go through their surroundings,
making sure who they are associated with.
Things go the to be
expected route again on "Die
4", an Infamous Mobb track, with an unexciting
Plain Truth production. Working better is the second
Infinite Arkatechz beat, that Nas, Braveheart's and
Millennium Thug use to talk about the "Kids
In Da PJ's", or remembering how it was when
they themselves were just that. And you wonder if these
cats are any happier now, with their claimed wealth,
hardness and street smarts, than they were back then.
This album then ends with the logical continuance, as
a bonus track, has Nas and Millennium Thug doing some
To no one's surprise,
this record gave us what was to be expected: pure QB
flavor, with all the gun barrels, back ave's, thugs
and leafless trees. And this expectancy, also makes
it easy to say who will enjoy this: all those that already
like other QB releases. It's as simple as that. But
that also means, that with the often stagnant production,
the lyrical revisits, it will be hard for it to recruit
any fans outside of the already committed audience.