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Album Review

Just before Big Noyd dropped his long-coming sophomore album, Only the Strong (2003), a timely compilation of his best (mostly underground) performances to date surfaced quietly, titled Armed and Dangerous: Best of Big Noyd. Mixed by J-Love, the album is quite disparate, drawing some of its inclusions from other albums — "Give Up the Goods" (from Mobb Deep's The Infamous), "Give It Up Fast" (from Mobb Deep's Hell on Earth), "Shoot 'Em Up" (from Only the Strong) — and most others from underground mixtapes. Many of the tracks feature guests — chief among them Mobb Deep, who are all over this compilation, and most notably 50 Cent ("Bump That"), Rakim ("Hoodlum"), and Nas ("Give It Up Fast"). As such, Armed and Dangerous should delight Big Noyd fans, for sure, but also anyone with a taste for Mobb Deep and other likeminded East Coast hardcore rap artists. The major-label polish is certainly missing here, but this gives the album an underground feel that seems fitting given Big Noyd's street reputation, as does J-Love's mixing. In the end, Armed and Dangerous: Best of Big Noyd fulfills its promise, bringing together the rapper's best collabos (the aforementioned tracks), freestyles (over Mobb Deep's "Burn," for instance), and solo tracks ("Shoot 'Em Up") as well as a welcome street sense.

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Can't believe this is on ITUNES!!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I had this CD a long time ago. I absolutely love this mix tape. Rapper Noyd defines what underrated means. Had to cop.

Oh my god.

One of my favorite albums ever. Quite frankly, i'm surprised it's on iTunes. But as long as it's here, cop it. For some reason, a few tracks are missing appearances. Mobb Deep should be in "Burn", but they're not. Anyhow, check out Usual Suspect, Recognize and Realize, and Episodes of a Hustler. As i said, this is an all-time best album. QUEENS.

The Most Underrated Rapper

Big Noyd is the most underrated but yet, the hottest and in my opinion, best rapper. Ask anyone who is familiar with Big Noyd about a whack Big Noyd song and they will struggle to find one.
Even in his cameo with Mariah Carey's The Roof, he was restricted to 2 nice lines and all fans were waiting for him light up the remainder of the song.

Big Noyd is the unofficial 3rd member of Mobb Deep. Big Noyd is the combination of differences of Havoc and Prodigy. Havoc is the best story teller (especially with the female scenarios) and Prodigy is the best fight rhymer. Big Noyd is both!

Although he has appeared on many tracks as a guest artist, he remains underrated. Rhymes are always sharp. If you want to treat your ears to something on the rough side and introduce yourself to Big Noyd, check out this album. Also, check out Only the Strong which was called the long-awaited debut from Big Noyd.

From this album, one of my favorite songs is Facts of Life. This song he rhymes about struggles to raise his daughter.

"The woman that I lay with and raised my kid / hate my guts and can't stand to see me live / running with other dudes tryin' to spray my wig / get me hit but I got news for that..."

So many others to name on and off this album so stop reading and purchase it!


Born: New York, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s

Big Noyd first made his name as an MC on the Mobb Deep albums The Infamous and Hell on Earth. After the release of the latter in 1996, Big Noyd released his own album, Episodes of a Hustla, for Tommy Boy Records....
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