Will Smith
Lost and Found


2.0
poor

Review

by thecabstandreviews USER (3 Reviews)
February 18th, 2008 | 15 replies | 11,408 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Will has some brief flashes of brilliance, but is mostly trapped in the realm of mediocrity.

It may be a shock to the younger hip-hoppers reading this, but Will Smith is a hip-hop legend. With an impressive track record spanning back to the ‘80’s, he’s been through it all: classic albums, mainstream success, and – ultimately – failure.

Despite his amazing collaborations with DJ Jazzy Jeff – arguably the greatest DJ of all time – and his impressive lyrical capabilities, Will don’t get no respect, no respect at all! Why? Well, it’s partially because he hung up the mic to pursue his acting, and partially (hell, mostly) because of bragging that he got a Grammy without doing something awful, like swear. You could think about it for days, weeks, and months and it not be able to come up with a stupider thing for a rapper to say. That’s basically disrespecting three generations of rappers all at once.

But is all this hate really justified? Has Will sold out, or has he just become too “real” for mainstream rap? Enter “Lost & Found.”

Will at least had the smarts to bring back DJ Jazzy Jeff for this one. “Here He Comes” is a well-produced intro to the CD that just reeks of the kind of kiddy-pop bull*** that made the duo so famous in the first place. But that’s the problem –who the *** wants to hear a middle-aged Will Smith harmonize with the “Spiderman” theme song?

“Party Starter” follows and – although it is energetic and a vaguely entertaining – it’s nowhere near the plateau set by Will’s earlier solo work. It’s like a “Getting’ Jiggin Wit It” remix featuring a pissy middle aged guy. “Switch” is pretty similar – the chorus is pretty good, but Will’s verses have no bite or intrigue.

“Mr. Niceguy” – about how Will is just a nice guy when you get to know him – is probably the ***ing stupidest idea Will could come up with to respond to disses from big name artists like Eminem, but, strangely, it works well. The chorus – although generally retarded – features the line “Y’all mistake nice for soft, so before I go off…” and the verses come even harder. Will is clever, flipping dope rhymes like it’s 1990 all over again, and pissed as hell. Peep the bridge where Will mocks his lack of “blackness,” saying “Will’s a nice guy! Why, he’s so nice I let him date my daughter like he was a white guy!” He takes up the guises of his enemies throughout the song, including one who calls him “Uncle Tom.”

“Ms. Holy Roller” is incredibly smart and easy to relate to; I never would have expected something like this from Will. It’s about that one chick who spent her whole life ***ing, cussing, and dosing and then magically transforms into a conservative bitch who tells everyone they’re going to hell for doing the same she did most of her life. Will points out that religious hate is behind innumerable atrocities, including 9/11.

The title track is in a similar vein – Will, known for hip-pop – comes out and spits *** smarter than the smartest of political rappers. The Fresh Prince is back, and better than ever.

Then “Tell Me Why” comes on and you feel your stomach sink. Will raps about 9/11 and is corny as hell. At least for a while. The first two verses are garbage, but eventually Will gets pissed and starts yelling “Why?!”, mourning everyone from MLK to Malcom and Biggie. As he rants, you feel your heart constrict a little and you want to tell him to chill. But then he screams “Why the ***?!” for the first time ever on record and your blood runs cold.

Will then proceeds to take you back to “Party Starter” with another bull*** party record that falls flat on its face with “I Wish I Made That / Swagga.” Skip!

Then Snoop and Will give you just what you expected from a modern day Will Smith – a well-produced song about how you should be nice and not swear. What a letdown.

After a bull*** love song I’m not even gonna waste time talking about, Will weaves the – allegedly true – story of a woman name “Loretta” that’s obsessed with him. It’s disturbing in the same way that “Stan” was, but it has far, far less weight, especially considering the lack of a proper ending to the story. She doesn’t even kill herself or anything.

The two songs that follow “Loretta” are consistently mediocre – not awful, but not very good, either.

Then there are two remixes of “Switch” – fortunately, both are good. His verses – like on the original – aren’t that great, but the beats and choruses are catchy as hell.

“Lost & Found” is a mixed bag. On half the tracks Will shows a newfound maturity and lyrical agility far superior to his previous releases, and on the other half he does garbage party tracks that are ***ty knockoffs of his previous releases. Don’t call it a comeback, but don’t call it wack, either.

Best Songs: Mr. Niceguy, Telll Me Why, Lost & Found, Switch (R&B Remix)

Classic Songs: None

Worst Songs: If U Can’t Dance (Slide), Could U Love Me

Rating: 2/5: Worth Checking Out


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kattunlover69
February 18th 2008



1194 Comments


Oh snap we got a hip hop person on this site, anyways I skimmed through your review and 2/5 don't mean worth checking out on this site.

RJayZ
February 18th 2008



84 Comments


I was so dissapointed you didn't bel air yourself half way through the review. So dissapointed.

ninjuice
February 18th 2008



6760 Comments


Will Smith is a hip hop legend? huh. Didn't know that. Decent review.

Eliminator
February 18th 2008



2067 Comments


You could think about it for days, weeks, and months and it not be able to come up with a stupider thing for a rapper to say.


Electric City
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2008



15732 Comments


Switch rules.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2008



17920 Comments


I was so dissapointed you didn't bel air yourself half way through the review. So dissapointed.

would've been genius

RJayZ
February 18th 2008



84 Comments


Beyond genius.

Cloverfield
February 19th 2008



16 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Will Smith hater?

It was a pretty good album, in my opinion. I'm not a hip-hop fan, but I liked this one. Very original, unlike you guys who only live up to lyrics consisting of pimps, cars and hoes.



Iam138
February 24th 2008



76 Comments


......

Eliminator
February 24th 2008



2067 Comments


I'm not a hip-hop fan, but I liked this one.


kattunlover69
September 3rd 2008



1194 Comments


will smith arm wrestling with kat-tun

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nH9FFHxyysc

MeloProgcore
September 3rd 2008



53 Comments


wow, still gay

kattunlover69
September 4th 2008



1194 Comments


will smith approved of kat tun...y cant u

qwe3
January 30th 2011



21355 Comments


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Chesse
September 2nd 2013



529 Comments


I want will to start rapping again but against all odds and by the grace of god he's like legit and stuff idk I think it'd be neat



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