In a year where the producer grew to a level of prominence increasingly closer to that of the MC, with Dr. Dre, Mannie Fresh, and Swizz Beatz getting substantial acclaim and other producers such as Muggs and Dame Grease crafting their own full-length albums, it's not surprising to see a DJ as prominent as DJ Hurricane getting the chance to release a full-length album. Like Muggs and Grease, DJ Hurricane recruits a large roster of MCs to bring some personality to his beats, and, again like Muggs and Grease, his album ultimately falls short with its number of lackluster MC performances despite the excellent beats. It's been said before: Not even the best production can overcome dull rapping. There are a few shining moments here, such as "Freeze the Frame" featuring a charged Public Enemy, "Make Things Better" featuring Talib Kweli, "Connect" featuring the near-but-not-quite gangsta charisma of Xzibit, and "Blow It Up" featuring the West Coast stance of Hittman. With 18 tracks, there are quite a few solid beats spoiled by mediocre rapping, and the inclusion of "We Will Rock You," a cover of the Queen classic featuring Scott Weiland, is a looming mistake. In the end, if you can look beyond the oft-poor rapping, there are some great East Coast neo-old school beats here; note though that De Roc and Swift C assist Hurricane with production on every track.
Some good stuff here,but choose wisely.The only track I can absolutely recommend is Kicked Wicked Rhymes with Adrock and Black Thought."Call the paramedic cause my man is sick"Look at the mom and pop store bargain bins for this one or just buy track 14.
I beg to differ!!! DJ hurricane and this album was underrated and not enough promotion!! I loved every track... I like the artist he used!! Powerful!! I was totally inspired!!!
Born: Queens, NY
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s
Top Albums and Songs by DJ Hurricane
||ExplicitWe Will Rock You||Don’t Sleep||3:05||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitKickin' Wicked Rhymes||Don’t Sleep||3:04||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Come Get It [Street]||Come Get It||4:28||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitCome Get It||Don’t Sleep||4:24||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitKeep It Real||Don’t Sleep||3:18||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitConnect||Don’t Sleep||3:21||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Come Get It [Instrumental]||Come Get It||4:26||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitMake Things Better||Don’t Sleep||3:04||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||CleanGuitar Tables||Guitar Tables - Single||3:57||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Connect [Street]||Connect - EP||3:23||$0.99||View In iTunes|