Def Squad - El Nino      
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written by Philip Oliver    
With EPMDs reunion I didn't think that this album would ever materialize but obviously i was wrong. What they would come up with had me puzzled, i mean their collaborations on the solo joints for Redman, Keith Murray and Erick Sermon were OK but not spectacular, they showed their true excellence on 'Keep It Movin' from the EPMD album released last year. The album kicks off with a nice intro skit but i won't go into what happens.

The first cut 'Check N Me Out' blasts off with the muddy production from e double (Who produced all the album except the skits which Redman did) and its just what you'd expect from the squad. The singles are also on here, the 4321 sounding 'Full co-operation' and 'Rappers delight' (Renamed here as 'Def Squad Delite') have all been heard before this album dropped. One of the best tracks 'Countdown' features PMD on the hook and much improved part time Squad member Jamal, the production here is tight, the guitar loop present here is similar to the one used on Jay-Z's 'Streets is watching' but its more bassy and distorted. Other joints include the Too $hort collabo 'Ride wit us' which is OK and the 'Rhymin wit biz' track which features none other than Biz Markie. Sermon tries flipping it Bone Thugs style on the track 'Ya'll Niggas Ain't ready' but doesn't succeed, luckily Keith and Redman save the track which also sounds bone like. 'Say word' is another strong track with its heavy bass and pounding beat rounding the set off to a nice end to the 3 man collaboration. A must for anyone who likes Keith Murray, Redman or Erick sermon, if your just curious pick it up you won't be wasting your cash.

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