CD Bigger & Blacker [PA] (CD 839182), Audio Other
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Bigger & Blacker [PA]

  • 1. Clermont Lodge #1
    2. Black Mall
    3. ODB - W.O.W. #1
    4. Crazy White Kids
    5. Monica Interview
    6. Porno Psa
    7. No Sex
    8. Taxes
    9. ODB - W.O.W. #2
    10. Savion Glover
    11. Insurance
    12. Clermont Lounge #2
    13. Nerd & Fly Girl
    14. Race
    15. NYPD
    16. ODB - W.O.W. #3
    17. Roger & Zapp
    18. Two Women
    19. Table Dance
    20. Snow Flake
    21. Women
    22. Me & ODB
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 50055

  • Credits
    ProducerPrince Paul
    EngineerScott Harding; Andy Carr

    Personnel includes: Chris Rock (spoken vocals); Don Newkirk (vocals, piano); Gerald Levert (vocals); Bimos (rap vocals); Jeremy Vicari (guitar); Ol' Dirty Bastard, Ali LeRoi, Wanda Sykes, Prince Paul, Kaz Silver, Ice Cube, Horatio Sanz, Kali Londono, Kate Wright, Biz Markie, Nneka Morton.
    BIGGER & BLACKER won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Comedy Album.
    Photographers: Leslie Henderson; Alison Dyer.
    Using a play on words to reference LL Cool J's BIGGER & DEFFER, Chris Rock reteams with production genius Prince Paul for his third comedy album. Like its predecessor, BIGGER combines live excerpts from Rock's stand-up, hilarious song parodies, and clever sketch comedy not unlike what shows up on his HBO series. Although some of the live bits also appear in Rock's one-hour stand-up video special of the same name, there's no denying his skill at holding up a streetwise mirror to such topics ranging from Columbine ("Crazy White Kids") to the battle of the sexes ("Two Women").
    When Rock isn't riffing to a crowd, he's making studio magic with Prince Paul and a bunch of running buddies including Ol' Dirty Bastard, Ice Cube, Gerald Levert, and Biz Markie. Among the highlights are brilliant parodies of "Brown Sugar" ("Snow Flake") and Baz Luhrman's "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" ("No Sex"). Being as controversial as his comedic forefather Richard Pryor, Rock's language is on the salty side. But once you hear the Dickie Goodman "Mr. Jaws"-influenced "Monica Interview," in which rap samples are used in response to Rock's interviewer persona, the profanity becomes secondary.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (10/99, p.154) - 7 out of 10 - "...Rock's rep may be as hip-hop pundit, but his real strength is mic skills: Sound, timbre, and inflection are next to everything....[his] preacher tone carries plenty of emotional buckshot - bug-eyed incredulity, insane zealotry, psychotic optimism..."
    Entertainment Weekly (7/16/99, p.70) - "...his live material is bluer...than an old-school Redd Foxx party record....for his dead-on riffs on the Trenchcoat Mafia and the NYPD alone, you'll...cut him all the slack in the world." - Rating: B
    Alternative Press (12/00, p.128) - Included in AP's "10 Essential Comedy Albums" - "...BIGGER hits the rap community right between the eyes with observations and hysterical musical parodies..."
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