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Album Review

Mr. Cheeks' solo debut finds him having grown substantially since his days fronting the Lost Boyz. Where he used to rap about "Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimaz & Benz" back in 1995 to much success, he takes a disparaging view of materialism and sensationalism here. It's a refreshing change, particularly given the glamorous state of hip-hop in 2001. Yet as wonderful it is to hear Cheeks speak knowledge, express passion, and represent mind over materialism, he could really use some new producers. Granted, there are some amazing tracks here courtesy of Bink!, Stephen Marley, and Easy Mo Bee, but this trio only handles a fraction of the tracks here. The other tracks aren't nearly as effective, and it's not because of Cheeks — he's stellar throughout — but rather because of the producers. It's tough to take a disparaging view of John P. Kelly because Cheeks obviously has invested substantial emotion and effort into this record, and he truly shines. You just wish Bink!, Marley, and Mo Bee would have handled the entire album rather than just a song or two apiece. Despite the musical shortcomings, though, Cheeks' solo debut still impresses more than it disappoints, and it's a definite step forward from his days in the Lost Boyz — a step in the right direction. And besides, the stellar hit single "Lights, Camera, Action!" may be reason enough for some to champion John P. Kelly.

Customer Reviews

John P. Kelly

First of all, if you knew John P. Kelly (a New Orleans native, and grandfather of Mr. Cheeks), you'd understand-- the music is varied & raw. Don't knock Cheeks because he's a maturing artist. Mr. Cheeks collaborated with Stephan/Damien Marley to produce,(2 cuts) "Mama Say," and a tribute to the late "Freaky Tah" in "Till We Meet Again." Jam Rock met Hip Hop. Mr. Cheeks is an underground innovator. Proof again? Remember how Puffy joined him onstage performing "Lights, Camera, Action!"? Nuff said! Other hits to pump- the New Orleans jazz riffs in "I Remember," the hilarious intro to "Unanimous Decision," "Major" "Bump Heads," etc. Don't sleep on this artist. He's ahead of the game. DJ's need to get on the job. (c)2006

Better then these clown say

I like how people can not put together constructive critisism, they just mouth off about balls and childish nonsence. This album isn't anything spectacular, but the Lost Boyz were never a mind blowing act. Just smooth rhymes and simple raps. Just nice hip-hop to roll to. But this album has a few high spots, especially the song dedicated to Cheeks younger brother and Lost Boyz memeber, Freak Tah, who was gunned down on Cheeks birthday, Till we meet again.

Queenz katz still run rap!!!!

I ran with framerz fam/lost boyz 4 years worked as a intern 4 def jam as a intern on verick st. this is what the game is missing today. No matter what crew you wheir down with from g-unit 2 lefrek nigz (cnn) back up to da 40 p'z we all rocked each other sh!t!

Biography

Born: March 28, 1971 in Queens, New York, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s

Before establishing himself as a solo artist in the early 2000s, Mr. Cheeks made a name for himself as a member of the Lost Boyz in the mid- to late '90s. Cheeks and the other members of the Lost Boyz practiced a sincere, literate, non-sensational style of New York hip-hop. As a result, they never attained substantial commercial success, yet garnered substantial critical acclaim and were underground favorites. But when Freaky Tah met an unfortunate demise, the Lost Boyz soon broke ranks and remained...
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