For a long while now, I've been waiting for this album. Joints have been dropped on websites across the internet, slick radio and club promos and everything that was showcased you would actually come around to the way of thinking meaning that you would genuinely think that the man who is nicknamed 'Soul Brother no.1' would come out with a brilliant album, well guess what. He did!
There is one thing which I have to say is getting really tiresome. Guests. Don't get me wrong this album is filled with brilliant guest rappers ripping it. However, it seems that every 'solo' album these days means maybe one 'solo' track but the rest of the album is the artist with a whole host of guests. Rather than contradict these happenings and to move with the times, Pete Rock has too. He has enlisted an army to feature on this album consisting of Method Man, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, CappaDonna, Big Pun, MC Eiht, Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz, Large Professor, Loose Ends, Miss Jones, Common, Heavy D, Noreaga, Tragedy, Kool G Rap, Sticky Fingaz, O.C., Rob O, Vinia Mojica, Black Thought, Beenie Man, CL Smooth and Prodigy. Quite a list.
Pete Rock made a mistake though, enlisting the help of practically everyone in hip hop. Well not really a mistake but I think Pete Rock creating a SOLO album would have been great, he flows so well on this album, each verse he drops is befitting and his solo track '#1 Soul Brother' is part of the proof that Pete still has it. But check the examples that you've probably already heard. 'True Master' (although outshined by Deck) has this man flowing excellently, I could go on for ages about the verses but I guess you know that his rhyming is dope within my mind.
In terms of tracks (or posse cuts) you can not possibly go wrong with this, each track is phenomenal in terms of quality, both as an emcee and as a producer Pete Rock covers tracks excellently.
One of my favourite cuts is 'Verbal Murder' featuring Big Punisher, Common and Noreaga. Look at the line up (minus Noreaga) doesn't it just spell dope out to you? If it doesn't you're experiencing a problem or two but check the track. All emcees do their thing and they do it very, very well.
This isn't a strictly hip hop/hardcore hip hop album, it has some of the more mainstream/club orientated tracks, 'Massive(Hold Tight)' featuring Heavy D & Beenie Man is one of those. Beenie Man is dope on that though.