Beanie Sigel and Freeway
The Roc Boys


2.5
average

Review

by Bulldog USER (114 Reviews)
March 27th, 2010 | 30 replies | 6,897 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Basically, this is Freeway and Beanie Sigel charging valiantly into battle, with no army backing them up, and getting slain for it.

1 of 2 thought this review was well written

Obviously, Beanie Sigel and Freeway make a good tandem. After a decade of sharing the same label, the two Philadelphians have formulated some great chemistry. During their happy tenure on Roc-a-Fella, Free and Beans always saw technical success. But after Sigel’s beef with Jay-Z, things aren’t looking so good. With The Roc Boys the old Roc Boys prove that the watchful eyes of Damon Dash and Jay-Z, no matter how scrutinizing or disrespectful, are pertinent to albums’ values. That being said, it’s not Freeway’s fault, and it’s not Beanie’s fault either. It’s the fault of a poor guest artist lineup and qualitatively inconsistent boom-bap instrumentals.

I’m uncertain as to whether this is a self-showcasing album and Freeway and Beanie are just trying to ‘prove themselves,’ but it would make a lot of sense if it is. Inherently, Freeway and Beanie are the stars of the show. Through Freeway’s loud, passionate yelp and Beanie’s defeated, gruff bark, the duo delivers clever street hop lyrics with their contrasting vocal styles.

But despite the fact that they have great chemistry, doesn’t mean they’re great chemists. The formula for their beats is poor, and boom-bap isn’t a substance you want to mess around with. With displeasingly, overly-EQ’d percussion (take your pick,) simplistic productions (there are only three sounds on “Boss,”) and the front-side of the album riddled with poor cuts, this album is highly inaccessible in terms of production. On top of that, the guests list is full of poor rappers (Wale, Peedi Crakk, Jay-Z wannabe Young Chris,) and that makes it even worse.

Much to the chagrin of Beans and Free, and to my disappointment, the surrounding components of The Roc Boys are quite subpar. Somebody should just rip the accapellas of Beanie and Freeway off of this, and remix it with better instrumentals. OHH DJ DANGERMOOOOOUSE.



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Bulldog
March 27th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This album is stupendously simple and easily describable.

Urinetrouble
March 27th 2010



5754 Comments


freeway is awesome; other guy is lame asnd totally ruins this.

have you heard freeways mixtape "freelapse"

Bulldog
March 27th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yea, I agree. Freeway > Beanie Sigel

But I think it's not their fault.

And no I haven't. I'm not extensively familiar with either of their works.

What's your rating for "Freelapse"?

Ire
March 27th 2010



41746 Comments


Good review. Have a pos.

Bulldog
March 27th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks dude. Have you heard the album?

Urinetrouble
March 27th 2010



5754 Comments


freelapse id [put as a 3.5/5. its basically freeway spitting over eminem beats. most of the beats were taken from encore and the eminem show though

Bulldog
March 27th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

hmmmm.

so long as they arent relapse beats though. amirite?

Urinetrouble
March 27th 2010



5754 Comments


no relapse beats. some relapse beats were good. dre doesnt try hard to make good beats anymore. he just throws some dumb funk line down over keyboards and violin esque stuff

Bulldog
March 27th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

dre doesnt try hard to make good beats anymore. he just throws some dumb funk line down over keyboards and violin
esque stuff


This this this this.

This brings one to wonder. What the fuck is delaying Detox so long?

Urinetrouble
March 27th 2010



5754 Comments


dre says hes working on other projects. he said somethin like january 2011. detox better hav sick beats and no t.i. appearance. then i'll be happ. The chinese domecracy of rap

Bulldog
March 27th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Lololol. Dre cant be trusted when it comes to his detox announcements.

Urinetrouble
March 27th 2010



5754 Comments



Lololol. Dre cant be trusted when it comes to his detox announcements.




this

Bulldog
March 27th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

At this point, I really don't want Detox to come out.

Urinetrouble
March 27th 2010



5754 Comments


yeah i know; its been worked on since 2004 and no one cares

Urinetrouble
March 27th 2010



5754 Comments


did ya check out the freelapse thing

Bulldog
March 27th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

naw dude. i have a long to do list. (e.g. yet to listen to Deltron 3030)

Urinetrouble
March 27th 2010



5754 Comments


deltron 3030 you havent listened to? fr shame

go to hqhiphop.net

lots of albums to download there

Bulldog
March 27th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Listening to Deltron 3030 right now.

Urinetrouble
March 27th 2010



5754 Comments


epic stuff huh.del is sick rapper with a goold flow

Bulldog
March 27th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

People were telling me that if I liked Binary Star, I'd love Deltron 3030. It's pretty great so far. But Deltron 3030 is conceptual, and Binary Star isn't.



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