Re-Up Gang - We Got It 4 Cheap Vol.3Album Review by:
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Pusha T nips in the bud inevitable criticism afforded he and his Re-Up Gang upon release of the foursomes’ third installment of ‘We Got It For Cheap’.
“I rhyme for me and my niggas on the corner!” -a loud response from Pusher to “tree-hugging-ass-bitches” who dig the gang’s carefully penned coke tales but frown on glorification of the hustlers’ ambition.
The Clipse, Sandman and Ab-Liva go in best over tracks like “Emotionless,” “Rainy Dayz,” and “Fuck You,” when a humbler reality sets in and their stories go beyond major shipments. Sandman levels the subtle keys and dark bass in “Emotionless” with a visceral chorus.
The gang’s most impressive beat-jack is “Good Morning;” it smartly keeps Kanye West’s chorus as Pusha T laments the stagnant state of hip hop penmanship and Sandman lays bare the real. “Pulling 400 months, some got forever/ trade everything you treasure for some nice weather/ a kiss from a whore, a trip to the store/ wake up young bauw!”
The gang’s “Roc Boys” remix is no “ah ha” moment-all four emcees go through the motions with precision.
“Scenario 2008” would be nice if the gang actually used the original “Scenario” track, but Ab-Liva sets the table right lyrically and Sandman follows up like a true homie’s supposed to.
“20K Money Making Brothers on The Corner” is a standout, stomping music fit for a victorious armies’ homecoming parade. But how can Malice say “I’m not apart of your coke-rap genre?” He bookends the line with “big chain around my neck like I’m fresh off the Amistad” and “we won’t stop till you give us free like Jena 6-” foolishness from such a high caliber writer.
The coke tales may all be true: the Paddy Cake Man and his Twin Pusher may indeed be stuck on the street grind. If so, there’s no wonder why The Clipse’s musical creativity seems stuck in 2002 (“Grindin”). ‘We Got It For Cheap Vol. 3’ is no spectacular mix; the Re-Up Gang avoids back and forth lyrical exchanges within verses. And, while there’s no shortage of nice cadences and hustlers’ broken language, the project as a whole is stale.
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