Benzino ‎– The Benzino Project

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1 617 Intro
2 Who Is Benzino?
Featuring – Puff DaddyProducer – Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie
3 Bang Ta Dis
Producer – Hangmen 3
4 Feel Your Pain
Featuring – The OutlawzProducer – Hangmen 3
5 We Reppin Ya'll
Featuring – Made MenProducer – Hangmen 3
6 Halfway (Skit)
7 Figadoh
Featuring – Scarface (3), Snoop DoggProducer – Teddy Riley
8 Got No Weed (Skit)
9 Nobody Liver
Featuring – P!NKProducer – Hangmen 3
10 Phone (Skit)
11 Picture This
Featuring – Foxy BrownProducer – Trackmasters
12 Any Questions
Featuring – Black RobProducer – Hangmen 3
13 No Parts Of Us
Featuring – ProdigyProducer – Hangmen 3Vocals – Bobby Brown
14 Road Rage (Skit)
15 Ghetto Child
Featuring – Mr. Gzus*Producer – Hangmen 3Vocals – Bobby Brown
16 JB's Floatin' (Skit)
17 G-A-N-G-S-T-E-R
Producer – Hangmen 3
18 Big Trev (Skit)
19 Boottee
Featuring – Mr. Gzus*Producer – Teddy RileyVocals – Teddy Riley
20 The Jump Up
Featuring – Cormega, Raekwon, SuperbProducer – Hangmen 3
21 Shine Like My Son
Featuring – Ray Ray (2)Producer – Hangmen 3Vocals – Case
22 I'm Fucked Up
Featuring – Mike McNeilProducer – Hangmen 3
23 Nate's Place (Skit)
24 Throw Dem 3's (Boston Niggas)
Producer – Hangmen 3

Notes

Executive Producers: Kedar Massenberg and Ray Benzino.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
440 014 981-2 Benzino The Benzino Project(2xLP, Album) Motown 440 014 981-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
440 014 981-1 Benzino The Benzino Project(2xLP, Album) Motown 440 014 981-1 US 2001 Sell This Version
WKS59173 Benzino The Benzino Remix Project(CD, Album) Surrender Records (4) WKS59173 US 2002 Sell This Version

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SirBonkers91

SirBonkers91

June 15, 2010
edited over 6 years ago

Despite it still all being unproven, it is safe to assume that the rumors that Ray got his many record deals because of his connection to Dave Mays, Ya know, the guy who used to run the Source, are true. The many high profile guests on here are in it for good publicity. Ray Dog certainly did get some questionably high ratings in the Source for his albums for a man who "professional critics" spit on and Funkmaster Flex once called "the absolute worst rapper ever". This certainly wasn't the first time Ray fucked up. The same thing had happened to three previously released posse albums.

If only the rest of the media weren't such partypoopers and would've shut up about that messy Source-affair this album might've done okay both critically and commercially because even if Snoop Dogg, Scarface, Prodigy, P!nk, Teddy Riley and some of rap's lesser gods were in it for personal gain that doesn't mean their contributions are worthless. Matter of fact they mostly bring their A-game to this project. This is one of the albums main strengths. It feels like a lot of people coming together to make some good music.

The beats on this are bangin' courtesy of the Hangmen 3, a production outfit of which Benzino himself is a part. The beats on this are like a smoothed out version of those on classic mid '90s hardcore rap albums like "Ready To Die" or "Reasonable Doubt". This is for hiphop heads only though. There are very little crossover songs. Actually, the only really bad songs on this are those outdated "club bangers" courtesy of R&B-producer Teddy Riley: "Figadoh" and "Boottee"

Did I miss anything? Right! Benzino himself. Well the Flex-quote is a bit harsh but he's a vexingly mediocre lyricist, a decent rhymer and okay spitter. He's mostly harmless but rarely sounds like the main star.

As a whole this album works extremely well. Songs like "Bang ta Dis", "Feel Ya Pain", "Any Questions","No Part Of Us" and "The Jump Up" are would-have-been-classics-if-Benzino-didn't-behave-like-such-a-Jackass-all-the-time.

Alas, he fucked that up for himself. This however doesn't make this a bad album. If you find this on e-bay or amazon or in the used or discount section of your local record store for a few bucks by all means do give it a chance. This isn't really a classic piece of art but rather a well made piece of industry clout-showing product and despite being more hit than miss there are some songs on here that are plain stupid because 'Zino takes centre stage and suddenly isn't that entertaining or because they are bad crossover attempts.

That still leaves this album miles above anything Soulja Boy has, is and will be doing EVER.

Rating: 7 outta 10
Best tracks: "We Reppin'", "No Part of Us", "Ghetto Child", "Any Questions", "The Jump Up"