I've had this LP for about 3 months now. I've only really started paying attention to it in the last couple of weeks as it has been released. The only difference I've noticed between the previous version of this LP and the retail version is the addition of two tracks including 'How To Rob,' which to me has gotten a little past its 'this is a funny track' date.
I think the Madd Rapper (not D-Dot, his alias) first surfaced back in '97, doing comedic interludes. Since then there were various controversy's related to him, including him beating down the former Blaze editor for featuring a picture of him. Over the next couple of years various joints were leaked and received radio airplay, plus exposure on some hip-hop websites. Co-incidentally, one of the best tracks on here I originally obtained from a Silver Surfer mixtape I think it was, it was entitled 'The Enforcers' and just had Nature and Black Rob on it. It appears here entitled 'They Just Don't Know' featuring The Madd Rapper adding a verse, and the hook over a beat which I really think is dope.
Initially the LP appears to be a very mediocre one with I'd say about four decent tracks, the rest appearing to be pure shit. However, if you do listen to this a fair amount of times, the various track quality's do grow on you. But cuts like 'How We Do' with Puffy, 'Esta Loca' and 'Shysty Broads' really do the LP no favours whatsoever, they provide a considerable amount of irritable hooks and below average rhymes.
'Not The One' and 'Whateva' are tracks which I can best refer to as being 'in-between' tracks. One minute you'll love them, the next minute you'll hate them, or maybe it's just me, my opinion on these tracks consistently varies. The don't fall into the feeble category though.
There are a fair share of reasonably humourous interludes, but they're not too funny.
Tracks like 'Wildside,' 'Ghetto,' 'Stir Crazy' and 'You're All Alone' are actually pretty dope. 'Wildside' and 'You're All Alone' are tracks which grow on you a lot, initially you may not notice them much, but they end up standing out quite nicely as some of the better tracks. 'Ghetto' features Raekwon over a very somber, mellow beat, with some abstract rhymes by Raekwon and a nicely sung hook by TMR. The best cut though, without a doubt, is 'Stir Crazy.' Eminem comes off excellently over a brilliant beat, and Madd Rapper doesn't come off too badly. Unfortunately, Eminem is the highlight of someone else's LP. It is both a good and a bad feature here, which one is up to you to decide.
Essentially, The Madd Rapper has come out with a reasonable debut LP, I don't think anybody really had high expectations for this album, and subsequently, high quality levels weren't met. It is worth peeping if you're into, basically average material, but it isn't particularly impressive.