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Magnificent City

Aceyalone & RJD2

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Album Review

For years, underground rap producers have been enjoined to stop creating myopic beat symphonies (often instrumental) and start working with real live rappers. For that reason, it's a rare thrill to see one of the underground's finest producers (Rjd2) providing beats for Freestyle Fellowship veteran Aceyalone on Acey's sixth album, Magnificent City (although the hubris of that co-billing — "Accompanied by Rjd2" is listed on the cover — can be a mite grating). The producer's two tracks on Aceyalone's 2003 record Love & Hate were solid, and his work here is even more impressive. At a time when the average producer rarely gets more than one or two tracks onto the same album, Magnificent City features only a pair of creative talents — rapper and beatmaker. Better yet, this is a set that never sounds like it's come from the same mixing board (or the same head). A bumping, horn-led jam called "All for U" opens the album, the very next track, "Fire," is a luscious piece of smooth soul, and more than a few productions provide the type of slick, West Coast grind that allows Aceyalone to play the Lothario but still sound like he's satirizing the lover-man archetype (best of all is "Supahero"). Ten years after West Coast rap began to slow down, Rjd2 shows he can interpret it for the 21st century, with huge hooks that draw listeners in, but clever productions that allow for all of Aceyalone's talents to shine through.

Customer Reviews

Beware: Edited Version!!

this album is off the hinges but this version is edited mutha uhmfer .. definitely a ball buster after most who would buy this album off of itunes do so. could el music store please thouroughly mark edited versions as well as they mark explicit versions!!

They Did it Again!

when I first listened to the 3 tracks RJD2 produced on Aceyalone's "Love and Hate" I couldn't believe it. it was like AC (one of my favorite rappers) had finally found the perfect sound to match his versatitle flow. This record is like those 3 tracks times a million. the chemistry between these 2 artists is remarkable. if you are hesitant to buy the entire album, then buy "here & now", "supahero" and "all for u". once you have heard those 3 tracks a few times, you will be racing back to get the full record. simply put, this record is AMAZING!

Acey & and RJD2... what more do you need!!??

from 1-16 consistant fire... if you're sick what's on the radio this is your medicine....

Biography

Born: Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s

A founding member of Freestyle Fellowship, Aceyalone played an important role in the evolution of left-field hip-hop on the West Coast during an era when hardcore gangsta rap reigned. Following the dissolution of Freestyle Fellowship, Aceyalone embarked on a solo career that never resulted in enormous success but did allow him to maintain his revered status within the West Coast underground hip-hop scene. He debuted solo on All Balls Don't Bounce (1995) and followed-up with A Book of Human Language...
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