#Banggang is an album by Cedar Rapids hip hop act Big Bang DBT. This marks Big Bang DBT’s 3rd official group album following “We Are Big Bang” and “The Bangover”.
Fans of the group will hear their signature sound on the title track “#Banggang” and “Bounce.” ”Stress Reliever” & “Single” brings the R&B touches fans are familiar with the group
The group is unlike many in the Iowa area, set apart by their A-List collaborations. In the past, the group has worked with Young Buck, Lil Chuckee, & even the late Nate Dogg. #Banggang is no different, and the group sounds in place on the high profile collaborations.
The Wiz Khalifa assisted “Yo Bitch Love Me” is a nice mellow entry, but members really shine with Cyhi The Prynce “B.B.G.W.” They also deliver a club banger on the Huey collaboration track as well.
“Smash-N-Dash” & “Bring Dat” highlight the album, with their bassy & lyrical combinations showing the best of the groups rap skills.
Whats different about #Banggang is the experimental tracks. The whole album is produced by their longtime producer Tony T. ”Throw Yo Hands Up” could have easily been an Outkast/Organized Noize track. ”Party All Night” is a rock fusion track that might make Darryl DMC grin.
At 20 tracks, the effort is long. The groups throws in new tricks, signature records, and the eclectic mix of club/R&B infused songs. The outcome assures that there really is something for everyone on this album, while not alienating the growing fan-base.
The Verdict: 4.5/5
While not a picture perfect effort, it’s clear to see Big Bang DBT is #1, and the best is yet to come.
So dropping almost without a leak. Until the week before its release. I’d still say most of the songs on this album were released anyway. From Mercy, to Clique, the I dont like remix which I’m surprised wasnt on Chief Keefs album but was a smart move since its getting radio play and had a huge response. To Theraflu (renamed Cold due to a lawsuit by the medicine company) but neway I thought that song was going to go on Khaled’s Kiss The Ring album. I think Kanye gave him Wish You Would tho featuring Rick Ross as a trade off.
Anyway to the album. I bought this album with high expectations but finding out it was only 12 songs was a little bit disapointing. And with that cardboard album cover there isnt a tracklisting on the back so not only did I have to buy it first to find out it was 12 songs but atleast 6 or 7 songs I already heard and the ones I havent heard I was actually disapointed in.
I really liked “To the World” featuring R. Kelly. What surprised me the most is him working with Kels after the huge fiasco between Kelly and Jay-Z on the best of both worlds 2 tour. I also hear there were some other controversy between Kanye and the King of R&B. I think Teyanna Taylor is the girl singing at the end who isnt credited
bliss, sing city, creepers, and higher are all too drowned by the hooks. The verses are practically buried in the singing and long hooks. To me this is what I consider sleep music. The morning is long but pretty good verses on there
Best Lines – Kanye – To The World ” R. Kelly and the king of rap, sh**ing on em, Holy Crap”
Jay-Z – Clique ” Yea I’m talkin bossy, I aint talkin Kelis” .. got her @$$
Kanye Clique “My girl a superstar all off a home movie
Big Sean – The One “I dont wait i marinate”
Cruel Summer tracklisting:
1 Kanye West and R. Kelly: “To the World”
2 Kanye West, Jay-Z and Big Sean: “Clique”
3 Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha-T and 2 Chainz: “Mercy”
4 Kanye West, Pusha-T and Ghostface Killah: “New God Flow”
5 Raekwon, Pusha-T, Common, 2 Chainz, Cyhi the Prynce, Kid Cudi, D’Banj: “The Morning”
6 DJ Khaled: “Cold”
7 The-Dream, Pusha-T and Ma$e: “Higher”
8 John Legend, Travi$ Scott, Teyana Taylor, Cyhi the Prynce and Malik Yusef: “Sin City”
9 Kanye West, Big Sean, 2 Chainz and Marsha Ambrosius: “The One”
10 Kid Cudi: “Creepers”
11 John Legend and Teyana Taylor: “Bliss”
12 Kanye West, Chief Keef, Pusha-T, Big Sean and Jadakiss: “Don’t Like”
Click Link to Download – http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/kanye-west-presents-good-music/id561355996
Best part about this is we have a record with Good Music’s own – Cyhi The Prynce featured on track 5 and 8
Download this track on iTunes here – http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bad-bitches-good-weed-feat./id508581404?i=508581483&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Once again ladies and gentlemen it is Tuesday Reviewsday. This weeks victim is my album of the year Slaughterhouse Our House, executive produced by one of my favorite rappers Eminem.
Im just gonna start by saying is I was very excited for this release however I honestly was expecting to be a little bit disapointed because this is Slaughterhouse’ commercial album debut. Again people Slaughterhouse. 4 of the most lyrically talented, gangster rap, metaphor, punchline using artist out there.
Crooked I from the West Coast. He sounds just like Royce but may have him beat in wordplay.
Joel Ortiz this dude is the funny mexican of the group but he kills it. With several references to his Grandma he was close to that passed away in the album I feel like I can relate to him the most
Joe Budden. I honestly never knew Joe Budden was this good until Slaughterhouse. Before then I knew him from Pump it Up back in 01 and beefing with the game and 50. And on this album he kills it and his metaphor game is uncomparable.
And last, my favorite rapper Royce Da 5’9. He combines all of the things the other members bring to the table in one and adds the best delivery. He recently killed it on the album with Em Bad meets Evil, but that album almost every song was fast paced filled with metaphors crazy scenarios, and punchlines. That album was my favorite prior until this one.
The Slaughterhouse album starts off with a crazy intro where somebody is rap battling and it sounds like a competitor that just lost to this person comes back, interrupts his battle and SLAUGHTERS him. Alot of the album consisted of 3 members sometimes 4 going in over a hot beat with a female singing the hook. Rarely with the exceptions of Hammer Dance Frat house and a couple others. But usually its a feature on the hook like the track featuring Busta Rhymes. I woulda loved to hear his verse on that one but didnt happen. They got a hook from Swizz, a couple from Em, and the deluxe version featured one from B.O.B. that really could have been the commercial single. The rest were female singers and samples which actually works for them. I really love the songs where they get in touch with real life situations such as Goodbye, The Otherside, and Our Way.
What I was afraid of is them catering to being commercial for the record sales but the group is known and is good because its street music, its lyrical, metaphorically unchallenged, and wordplay is just unbelievable. They keep all those key things intact in this album and make it something thats appealing to even those who are not your average Hip Hop head. I’ve honestly listened to it front and back and have little to no complaints. I woulda liked to hear Royce get more agressive in his verses like he’s known for. More of them doing the hook or maybe everybody getting a solo record. Also Ems verse was hot but he could have went harder because its him.
Favorite Tracks: Goodbye, Frat House, Throw That and Walk of Shame
Best Lines: “I’ll have ya girl eating my $5 footlong on a Subway “- Royce Da 5’9, “I felt like beef that got shot up Ironic I was on tour with Tech N9ne and Slaughterhouse” – Joel Ortiz , “Head aint even fun no more unless its two of them” – Joe Budden, “I put a nine out blow my mind out is the end of me really serenity” – Crooked I
Worst Track: None
Hip Hop DX gave it a 3.5, Allhiphop gave it an, billboard wise it came out at #1 with 52,000 sold. PRobably wont go gold but definitely better than alot of gold albums I’ve bought.
So I’d give it a 4/5 rating. Wanting to give it 5 but its really hard for a street group to be commercial/catchy and not sell out. With Em executive producing it I would have loved to see him produce a single featuring himself that will be commercial, silly, but lyrical enough to produce sells. Almost like how 50 did with G-Unit and even on their solo albums.
Heres how Joe Budden replies to this review and many others
Before the album released we actually got to do a show with them back in April which was phenomenal. They not only killed it, they keep the crowd entertained and we got to meet Royce since we were all staying at the Sheraton. However it was one of the most embarassing celebrity meeting momments for me. We were on the elevator and I asked Royce if he remembers doin a track with Big Bang from Iowa and he said yea that Midwest Collaboration joint. We got the talkin and I let him know if he need any drink smoke or whatever come to the room, me not thinking anything of it walked off the elevator, he then stops the elevator from closing and said what yall got to drink… I thought about lying but then I had to think what if he comes to the room now so without thinking and a few stutters I let him know it was Smirnoff and some other week shit we was drinking. He then replied oh and let the elevator close slowly and awkwardly lol. Shoulda said Ace of Spades or Hennessy or something I guess but oh well. Below is the midwest collab track check it out.