Review Summary: Despite a parasitic DJ and a tag-along (practically non-existent) MC, Cam kills this tape. Boss of All Bosses 2 is a musical garden with quotables ripe for the picking.
Cam’ron is regarded by many (including his fans) as a self parody. He popularized “no homo,” was one of the first rappers to start the now-corroded swagger movement, defeated Bill O’Reilly in a debate about the corruptive ability of rap on youth, and makes up words just because he can. Cam’ron is the funny man’s kind of rapper, and easily retains the listener’s interest on Boss of All Bosses 2
with his blizzardous, pompous rapping.
Silly Cam’ron gets an A+ in the lyrical department, giving you your pick of goofy coke musings (“Like Sylvester, I’m bird chasin,”) or hilarious boasts (“They tell me I’m the one like Neo on the first Matrix,”) and he hits the nail on the head seemingly every time. To further enhance the comicality of Boss of All Bosses 2
Cam’s arrogant delivery; fun, at times intricate flow, and somewhat deep, cocky, and (at times) rough voice send the funny level through the roof, as they perfectly compliment Cam’s lyrics.
Killa Cam tries his hand at all different sorts of beats, succeeding with each beat. While there’s nothing absolutely epic that will top your favorite beats of all time list, there’s definitely some really cool stuff. The rapid Nintendo keyboard-and-synth assault of Point the Finger
is great, as is the slowed down Tetris theme song beat (with enhancements) of Whistle
or the orchestra’s symphony on Intro
But, for some odd reason, this mixtape is lesser than the sum of its parts. The skits certainly don’t help the cohesiveness of the album; the last one-third of the album falls off, resulting in the mixtape going out in a quiet whimper (despite Whistle
); and the entire mixtape, though entertaining and great for several dozen chuckles, as you would expect, fails to send the listener into a deeper train of thought or mindset. Not to mention a seeming ghost MC (Vado, only appearing on choruses) and an idiot DJ (curse you, Drama) sort of raise some questions about one’s feelings about the album after a complete listen. So, while it still wouldn’t be a classic, Boss of All Bosses 2
fails to be superb because of a few minor setbacks that cumulate to a major one. Boss of All Bosses 2
is an excellent mixtape, equivalent to a final draft of an A paper – pretty darn good, but ends up a B+ because of the lack of revisions.