For those who don't know Moe Dee is a legend in the realm of Hip Hop and commands respect no matter whom you are, one of my favorite MC's of all time. He is probably best known for his beef with one LL Cool J, the majority of people are wrong on that topic. I believe that Moe Dee won the battle with LL and that L could not handle Moe Dee, and I know L was crushed by Canibus. I believe that this was his forth album and most [including Moe Dee] consider this his weakest effort, whether that is true or not I like it and consider it a great album.
1.INTRO-cool intro nice beat
2.FUNKE WISDON-great horn driven beat by Moe and Teddy Riley that makes the song like he says funky, love the production on this track. Of course the wisdom is there as well as Dee drops nothing but knowledge of this funky production with excellent lyrics and great delivery. One of the best songs on the album.
3.HERE WE GO AGAIN-over a very familiar sample and smooth production Moe Dee kills a party inspired track, even though it really isn't one. This track is kinda a diss to party rappers and tracks I think though I could be wrong. But when I listen to the lyrics I think that is exactly what it is. This is another great track and it still gets play from me in the ride, sounds great.
4.TO THE BEAT YA'LL-Teddy Riley returns to drop a very simple yet catchy production that will have you nodding your head immediately. It has a simple hook and a cool old school feel to it even for that time so it sounds perfect. Moe Dee kills the track with ease with a great flow and delivery, and gets at LL Cool J on this in a laid back way. This is one of my favorite tracks on the album.
5.HOW KOOL CAN ONE BLACKMAN BE-Moe and Teddy reunite to produce this track and do a cool job with a smooth easy going beat. Lyrically Dee does his thing on this track and drops some great verses, still something seems off. I don't know what it is but something about this track is off with me, but the horns in the chorus are wonderful.
6.BAD,BAD,BAD-some cool production on this as it kinda holds back building its self up for a nice drop when it gets to the hook. Still much like the first there is something missing, but the verses are killer for sure. Dee destroys this track unlike he has on the previous tracks, a nice battle like verse. I think that this was kind of another dig a L but you be the judge.
7.RISE `N' SHINE-ah yes one of the singles from the album and what a single it was, I still remember the video for this one. It was like a press conference or something with Dee, KRS-1, and Chuck D from Public Enemy. These three together made for a great group speaking nothing but truth and dropping killer verses like only these three could do. At the time I don't think there was any better as they prove their worth in the grand scale that is hip hop. Moe drops a great instrumental that all three sound great over.
8.MO'BETTER-Teddy returns to drop another smooth production, this time for an interlude.
9.I LIKE IT NASTY-Moe delivers on the production side masterfully once again, this may be my favorite beat on the entire album. It is smooth, cool and catchy especially the little touches added to the hook. Verse wise Dee dedicates this one to the ladies and while it is very different from the rest of the album I have a theory. I think he was dissing L again by trying to out do him in the ladies song department, it is up to you once again to judge. Lyrically it is cool but not up to par with the others but flow wise he is still on point and crisp. Another good song from this album.
10.DEATH BLOW-of course I am sure any hip hop head remembers this song as it was Dee's comeback to L's "Break of Dawn" and "Mama said Knock you Out". I personally think that Kool Moe Dee won the battle as he is much more advanced and on point lyrically and also called L out to battle live, L denied. As if you did not know Moe Dee destroys L on this track with verse after verse of vicious flows. And production wise Moe and Teddy deliver a funky old school battle influenced beat that will have all heads nodding. Love this song right here, especially since he fusses some L's stuff from his songs on here. The video of this was a parody kinda of L's "Mama said Knock you Out", classic.
11.LET'S GET SERIOUS-another funky production here with Dee dropping more battle laced verse with nice lyrics, dope Mc'n if I do say so my self. This may be another jab at L but like I said before it is up to you to decide that. Me I think it could go either way but it does sound like he is getting at L again, of course either way it is nice. Another good song that all should like.
12.POETIC JUSTICE-Moe teams with Keith Spencer and Dale Hogan to drop a fast paced funky instrumental that adds a new level to the album. Moe Dee's flow is still on point speeding it up a bit to match the beat, I love the beat during the hook. Dee kills it as expected and shows why he is respected by all in the hip hop community. Another good track that I listen to a lot, check it out.
13.GANGSTA BOOGIE-even though this track influenced a lot of artists over the years including my favorite rapper Kurupt who had his younger brother's [Roscoe] group Y.A. remake the song or at least sample it I still feel like it is not up to par with some of the other tracks found here. It is a nice track with same production team from the last dropping a harder sound this time, but it still feels off. Dee is in story telling mode here and drops good verses but still.
14.TIMES UP-the album ends on a good note with this old school sounding track, and for so reason I think of the movie "Above the Rim" when I hear this. The beat is catchy and cool and Dee does his thing on here dropping some good verses. This was a good way to end the album with Dee delivering like o other with a great flow, very precise.
Over all this may not be his best album but it is far from horrible and deserves a chance, I think it is close to classic.
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