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7 out of 10
Hip Hop legend Posdnuos from De La Soul, MOP, Busta Rhymes, G-Unit's Young Buck are just some of the class acts who are gracing Jake One's debut album 'White Van Music'.
I've enjoyed some of the solo albums by members of G-Unit, and as Jake One is an associated mainstay with the group, I was looking forward to listening to this album. As I have been into Hip Hop since 1985, I'm getting on a bit now! I'm always up for listening to new rappers and like to see where people are going to take the art form next.
The album starts off with some great samples and just doesn't stop for a break, each track blends into the next one easily. The tracks are so well produced, which is what you would expect from someone who has worked with such world class acts.
Basing his sound on the influencing early rap sounds created by DJ Premier and Dr. Dre, Jake One takes the listener on a journey through various rappers and stories. Jake One doesn't seem to bow down to pressure and allow his sound to be like all other mainstream hip hop, this album would sound as good in a kids bedroom or Mp3 player in the Uk or downtown LA.
I like the fact that the large rap acts are performing alongside newer acts such MF DOOM and Casual among others. The whole album just works and I would recommend this album to older listeners of rap or anyone who enjoys a perfectly put together hip hop album.
1. I’m Coming - Jake One & Black Milk/Nottz
2. Gangsta Boy - Jake One & MOP
3. Truth - Jake One & Freeway/Brother Ali
4. Turn It Down - Jake One
5. God Like - Jake One & D. Black
6. Bless The Child - Jake One & Little Brother
7. Oh Really - Jake One & Posdnuos/Slug
8. Hi - Jake One
9. Trap Door - Jake One & MF Doom
10. Dead Wrong - Jake One & Young Buck
11. Kissin’ The Curb - Jake One & Bishop Lamont/Busta Rhymes
12. How We Ride - Jake One & Freeway
13. White Van - Jake One & Alchemist/Evidence/Prodigy
14. Big Homie Style - Jake One & J. Pinder/GMK/Spaceman
15. Scared - Jake One & Blueprint
16. Great Sound - Jake One
17. Get ’Er Done - Jake One & MF Doom
18. Feelin’ My Shit - Jake One & Casual
19. Soil Raps - Jake One & Keak Da Sneak
20. Glow - Jake One & Elzhi/Royce Da 5’9"
21. R.I.P. - Jake One
22. Home - Jake One & Vitamin D/C Note/Maine/Ish