Big Noyd - On The Grind     
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Patience is a virtue that Big Noyd must possess. With over ten years experience and only two albums under his belt, rapper Noyd has stayed relatively low-key his entire career. As Havoc and P's sidekick, Noyd has patiently waited for his time to shine and that time is now. The clock is ticking for Noyd, and with his third LP On The Grind, Noyd looks to finally get his solo career off the ground. However, Noyd's gusty performance is tainted by less than stellar production, making for his worst album to date.

With Havoc and Ric Rude producing most of On The Grind, the album is split between two distinct styles. With Ric Rude, Noyd delivers his usual assortment of edgy street tales that have become commonplace within the Queens Bridge community. However, on the other hand, Havoc's disappointing production strays away from his usual style. Those expecting to hear Havoc's distinct dark and haunting production will definitely be disappointed, as his cookie cutter and watered down production is some of his worst material to date.

Hav's bubbly production effort on "Kill Dat" features a weak combination of light keys and inept drums that epitomizes Havoc's simplistic beats on the album. Following in the same footsteps is the coerced and awkward playa tales of "Off The Wall". While things get worse on "Ain't Too Much", which is about as cute and watered down Havoc has ever gotten behind the boards. The song's dreadful hook does little to help, as does Noyd's switched up flow.

With Havoc failing to come through with some heat, the burden falls on the shoulders of Ric Rude, who thankfully puts forth some great beats. Big Noyd takes it back to his Episode Of A Hulsta days with tracks like the grimy street anthems of "Hoody Like Dat", "Hu, What" and "Trust Em". While most of On The Grind's highlights fail to provide anything new and innovative from Noyd, you will be hard pressed to find a better street emcee coming out of Q.B. today.

For ten years Big Noyd has been known for tearing down tracks with his crazy 16 bars. However, Noyd's talent on the mic has never really translated into the full-length album we hoped for. While he has an amazing lineup of producers surrounding him, for one reason or another they fail to come through for him in the clutch. This is never more evident than on Noyd's third release On The Grind. With better production, Noyd is certainly capable of producing a classic Q.B. album. However, until then he will only be remembered for his standout guest appearances and not his own solo material.

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