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Alternative Press (12/99, p.105) - 3 out of 5 - "...sets its sights on the streets, as [he] devises hip-hop tracks for a variety of guest-star MCs and DJs....But prepare for an extraordinary and harrowing appearance in Killah Priest's brilliant apocalypse ode 'Temple Of The Mental'..."The Wire (11/99, p.58) - "...what is compelling about [the album] is its fluid ability...to plug into all manner of antecedents....Rather than offering a blueprint for the future, it presents a map of the present - confused and chaotic; dense, wayward and untrustworthy....a genuinely thought-provoking album..."0.7271869

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Alternative Press (10/99, p.92) - 5 out of 5 - "...the first clear indication...of where the most important act of the hip-hop decade want to take their legions of followers....[RZA's] a master of structure and strategy..."CMJ (7/12/99, p.26) - "...solid fusion of RZA-esque string play and thumping jeep beats provide an equally formidable backdrop for the Genius's ever-heady lyrical chessboxing....SURFACE is a family affair with impressive guest spots....Behold the first true Wu-Banger of 1999."Rap Pages (9/99, pp.172-4) - "...an album for thinking individuals....GZA is masterful at wordplay, and the accompanying music makes the listening all the more pleasurable..." - Rating: A0.4512631

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Spin (4/98, p.123) - 8 (out of 10) - "...Killah Priest's jump-cut preaching adds Book Of Revelation bluster and astronaut daydreams to the Wu view, more consistently metaphysical than Ghostface's blunt confessions but still in line with the Wu belief that black soul is more interesting than black violence..."The Source (4/98, p.168) - "...HEAVY MENTAL, mindfully weaves a tapestry of Five Percent-speak, Hebrew Isrealite interpretations of the holy books, and a hip-hop purist's dissatisfaction with the present state of hip-hop..."NME (Magazine) (2/28/97, p.44) - 8 (out of 10) - "...Gruffly swerving from conspiracy theory to street politics to arcane lessons in Egyptology, Priest is as happy imparting down-to-earth truisms as he is astro-travelling through the cosmos....this is not your standard Wu-Tang Clan release..."0.4408859

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Rolling Stone (9/18/97, p.104) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...an exotic, multilayered soundscape that is often melancholic, but also melodic....the Gravediggaz deliver plenty to sink your pick into."Spin (12/97, p.160) - 7 (out of 10) - "...THE PICK, THE SICKLE AND THE SHOVEL is less hyperbolic satire than playfully serious caution--for Gravediggaz, the ghetto's particular nightmare has now come to Main Street. Grieving over lost lovers, friends, and family, the group observes the culture of death as part of the everyday landscape..."Entertainment Weekly (10/31/97, p.108) - "...guest rappers Killah Priest, Omen, and Hell Razor spin oblique horror stories from ghetto hell over bruising beats by RZA and Prince Paul..." - Rating: BQ (1/98, p.112) - Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1997."Vibe (11/97, p.149) - "...This second offering from Gravediggaz...finds the Wu-Tang boardsman moving away from production and immersing himself fully in the power of words....RZA is a master MC..."Option (11-12/97, p.100) - "...Individually, it seems the Gravediggaz are trying to outdo each other (and every other MC) by writing and rapping denser, more complex rhymes than anybody....they maintain remarkable flow..."Melody Maker (09/13/97, p.50) - "...machetes injustice, decapitates the real criminals, and burys the lot of 'em in a festering, snake-filled pit."Rap Pages (11/97, p.110) - "...There's a lifetime supply of meta-force wordplay for the heads, enough braggadocio for the hard-core and plenty of hooks for the pop quadrant..."NME (Magazine) (12/20-27/97, pp.78-79) - Ranked #20 in NME's 1997 Critics' Poll.0.3149185

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Rolling Stone (9/14/00, pp.172-4) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A nonstop barrage of battle rhymes....the beats are as aggressive as [his] lyrics....A cut above his debut..."Rolling Stone (9/14/00, pp.172-4) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A nonstop barrage of battle rhymes....the beats are as aggressive as [his] lyrics....A cut above his debut..."Spin (8/00, pp.147-8) - 8 out of 10 - "...He sticks to his strengths and spits nonstop battle rhymes....[He] upholds the New York mic-slaying tradition of KRS-One, L.L., and the mighty Rakim..."Spin (8/00, pp.147-8) - 8 out of 10 - "...He sticks to his strengths and spits nonstop battle rhymes....[He] upholds the New York mic-slaying tradition of KRS-One, L.L., and the mighty Rakim..."Q (9/00, p.97) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Beats and samples ranging from soul to classical romanticism. Long vowelled and nasal...and with a tasty line in mortuary slab terminology, he's never knowingly caught short of a rhyme."Q (9/00, p.97) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Beats and samples ranging from soul to classical romanticism. Long vowelled and nasal...and with a tasty line in mortuary slab terminology, he's never knowingly caught short of a rhyme."Uncut (10/00, p.79) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A precisely honed blend of melodramatic orchestral beats with mercilessly savage battle rhymes..."Uncut (10/00, p.79) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A precisely honed blend of melodramatic orchestral beats with mercilessly savage battle rhymes..."CMJ (8/00, p.55) - "...[He] plays to his strengths, delivering an album filled with crisp, Premier-esque beats and snarling, pugnacious rhymes..."CMJ (8/00, p.55) - "...[He] plays to his strengths, delivering an album filled with crisp, Premier-esque beats and snarling, pugnacious rhymes..."Vibe (8/00, p.172) - "...Shows vast improvement [beyond his debut]....[He] has chosen beats more befitting of his style: operatic street opuses with melancholic bass. Lyrically, however, it's the same ol' song..."Vibe (8/00, p.172) - "...Shows vast improvement [beyond his debut]....[He] has chosen beats more befitting of his style: operatic street opuses with melancholic bass. Lyrically, however, it's the same ol' song..."The Source (6/00, pp.212-13) - 3.5 mics out of 5 - "...13 tracks brimming with enough verbal venom to last most rappers a lifetime, 2000 B.C. proves Canibus is still one of hip-hop's supreme wordsmiths. His visciously articulate lyrics are delivered with guttural clarity..."The Source (6/00, pp.212-13) - 3.5 mics out of 5 - "...13 tracks brimming with enough verbal venom to last most rappers a lifetime, 2000 B.C. proves Canibus is still one of hip-hop's supreme wordsmiths. His visciously articulate lyrics are delivered with guttural clarity..."Rap Pages (7/00, p.49) - "...It's obvious that he has talent, that he has a strong command over the English language and that he's as intense as they come..."Rap Pages (7/00, p.49) - "...It's obvious that he has talent, that he has a strong command over the English language and that he's as intense as they come..."NME (Magazine) (7/29/00, p.28) - 6 out of 10 - "...One of the best freestyling lyricists of his generation..."NME (Magazine) (7/29/00, p.28) - 6 out of 10 - "...One of the best freestyling lyricists of his generation..."0.2977564

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Rolling Stone - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "On track after track, he blows dust off some dirty-soul loop, with boasts as inspired as ever and street-crime storytelling as vivid as ever..."Entertainment Weekly (p.80) - "[With] zany free-associative zingers over scratchy soul, funk, and rock samples." -- Grade: A-0.2977564

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CMJ (4/23/01, p.26) - "...YIN has an arc, pulling listeners up from the dark, minimalist 'The Grits' to the multi-layered, Big-Willie-style 'Love Is The Message'...and back down again to the gritty and menacing 'Revenge'..."NME (Magazine) (4/7/01, p.42) - 7 out of 10 - "...Steeped in cryptic Wu rhetoric....Over shady street parables, Cappadonna makes a genuine claim fo A-list lyircal greatness..."0.2977564

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Vibe (4/98, p.142) - "...This soundtrack has something for every hip hop head....well-crafted..."Rap Pages (5/98, p.117) - 4 (out of 5) - "...With CAUGHT UP, you're able to visualize the scenes....The fast-forward/skip button on your player won't be summoned much while you ride this Hip-Hop narrative..."0.2605368

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The Source (12/98, p.224) - "...NEXT MILLENIUM promises more of the high caliber firepower Bounty Killer keeps cocked at the ready..."0.2605368

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Vibe (4/98, p.142) - "...This soundtrack has something for every hip hop head....well-crafted..."Rap Pages (5/98, p.117) - 4 (out of 5) - "...With CAUGHT UP, you're able to visualize the scenes....The fast-forward/skip button on your player won't be summoned much while you ride this Hip-Hop narrative..."0.2605368

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Rolling Stone (12/29/94-1/12/95, p.181) - "...With second guitarist Judah Bauer and drummer Russell Simins...[Spencer] wails fractured postmodern bluesoid stuff that's as weird, fun and spooky as original blues-dripping rockabilly."Entertainment Weekly (11/25/94, p.77) - "...New Yorker Spencer and his two bandmates jam like it's blues night in the psych ward....The resulting cross between rock and insanity can be thrilling in its fervency..."- Rating: BQ (10/94, p.126) - 3 Stars - Good - "...Blues Explosion manage to work on entertaining, lurching variations on the power trio format with Spencer himself exhibiting a hectoring deference to both Mark E. Smith and Jerry Lee Lewis..."Alternative Press (12/94, p.86) - "...ORANGE is an ambitious, well-executed release that shows growth while still shaking some action..."Option (3-4/95, p.135) - "...the third official Blues Explosion album peppers its scrungy, bar-based blues with funk, rockabilly, disco, Stax soul, several Elvis shudders, a bit o'white noise, and Beck's infamous phoned-in guest rap....More importantly, it works..."Village Voice (2/28/95) - Ranked #16 in the Village Voice's 1994 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.Billboard (p.36) - "Fast, punky and laced with nods to the sounds of the '70s..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.58) - Ranked #68 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "Beefheart, Stax, James Brown: all get stomped under the Cuban heel of Russell Simins' monster beat."Mojo (Publisher) (p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "ORANGE was the blues as heard from the streets of Manhattan, post-Public Enemy, punk rock and all that other New York noise."NME (Magazine) (12/24/94, p.22) - Ranked #16 in NME's list of the `Top 50 Albums Of 1994.'Pitchfork (Website) - "The Blues Explosion were honest, organic experimenters -- fusing tons of different styles into their musical assault without compromising their ferocity or making any of it sound forced."Record Collector (magazine) (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[The] balance of rough with smooth, the comic with the deadly serious, was perfect."0.1860978

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