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Roc-a-fella's Dream Team/Paid In Full Soundtrack is a two disc set containing a mix of classic old school joints featured from the motion picture and brand new/unreleased material from the entire Roc-a-fella staff. However, both discs are sloppily put together, and while each one tells a different story, both end up as dismal.

Disc 1 is dedicated to the "Paid In Full Soundtrack", consisting of 10 classic songs such as Eric B & Rakim's monumental "Paid In Full", the classic collabo of Slick Rick & Doug E Fresh on "The Show", BDP's classic Juice Crew diss of "The Bridge If Over", and Special Ed's "I Got It Made. Just looking at such a lineup one would think this disc would be a guaranteed success. However, instead of a classic showcase of our cultures legends and pioneers, instead we get is a sloppily thrown together mixtape hosted by The World Famous Brucie B. While no one will question Brucie B's statues, his performance on the mixtape is ultimately its main cause for downfall, which is something that hurts me to say. Instead of just playing all these legendary songs and letting it seep into your ears, Brucie decides to go the other route and basically make it a showcase for him to talk, shout out, and pay homage to what seems like every person he has ever seen, met, saw or came in contact with. He literally talks throughout the whole disc, making it unbearable to listen to. If you thought DJ Clue and Kay Slay were annoying, wait until you hear "The Paid In Full Soundtrack", as Brucie B makes them seem like a quite church mouse in comparison. Brucie's constant rambling and shout outs become annoying and irritating real quick, as I doubt anybody bought this album to hear him talk. It seems as if DJ's haven't learned that nobody buys their mixtapes to hear their voices. They buy it to hear great music, which is something that cannot be accomplished with Disc 1 due to the reasons just mentioned.

Unfortunately, it doesn't get any better on Disc 2 entitled "The Dream Team" side. While The Dream Team album was rumored to be a collabo of The Roc's finest such as Jay, Beans, Bleek, Cam & Freeway, what we get instead is a platform for the Roc's young, up and coming emcees to perform. But as critics and fans alike have noticed, these up and coming emcees just aren't any good. They lack almost all the necessities needed to become great emcees, which almost makes you scratch your head in amazement on how they got signed to The Roc. Newcomer Peedi Crack is especially horrific as seen on "One For Peedi Crack" along with Oschino & Sparks for "On & Poppin". The Diplomats are heavily featured on the album brining down any chances of it being a success. Camron's bad attempt to recreate Master P's "Bout It, Bout It" is just plain awful, along with "You Know What I Want" featuring Rell, the horrible concept of "I Am Dame Dash" and "I'm Ready" by the Diplomats. While Cam is a nice addition to the Roc, his pathetic Diplomats crew must go, as Juelz Santana & Jimmy Jones are two of the worst emcees ever seen on this earth.

Even M.O.P. disappoints with their track entitled "City", which features a more toned down version of the Mash Out Posses, one that diehard fans will definitely not appreciate. And as the album continues the more filler tracks we get. "Ghost" by Rick Vocals, "Home Of Philly" by Beanie Sigel & Young Chris, "Alright" by Allen Anthony, "Fantasy Real" by Frankie & Freeway and "Brooklyn Girl" by M.A.J. are all boarder line pathetic.

The only remotely successful tracks featured on the album come from the Queen sampled "Champions" featuring Dame Dash, Kanye West, Beanie Sigel, Camron, Young Chris and Twista. Kanye West utilizes the magnificent "We Are The Champions" sample by Queen, making the track one of the more memorable seen on the album. "Roc Army" & "1,2 Y'all" are nice group collabo's that feature some great production by Zukhan Bay & Shime & E-Bass. The album's finest moment comes from who else but Jay-z on the Just Blaze produced "Don't You Know". The only disappointing aspect is that it didn't end up on "The Blueprint 2".

Overall, it seems as if Dame Dash rushed this album in order to get it out on time and the results are evident of that. One would be better to make there own mix of the classics seen on disc 1 and add the only 4 remotely good songs featured on disc 2. Unless you are a huge fan of The Roc's young talent on the roster, you should definitely stay away from "The Dream Team/Paid In Full Soundtrack" at all costs.







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