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Album Review

With Dipset brothers Jim Jones and Cam'ron showing little brotherly love for the past year or so, 2008 seemed the right time for Jones to face the "What color is your parachute?" question, because there's a chance it isn't Diplomats purple. Jones is in the weird position of being half hype-man, half rapper with a massive crossover hit — "We Fly High" — two years previous. He followed it up with the Dipset Christmas EP, a bad idea featuring a "We Fly High" remix, plus the underwhelming full-length Harlem's American Gangster. M.O.B.: The Album gets him back on track, not by aiming for the charts but by focusing on the hood and the quirky gutter rhymes that launched the man's career. Besides putting Jones in a comfortable, complementary setting, the album also introduces his crew, Byrd Gang, who are talented and hold plenty of promise. While listening to the on-point opener, "I'm the Man," and hearing lines like "We got money like the Reagan era," it's easy to imagine members Freekey, Chink Santana, Sandman, Mel Matrix, and the great NOE as an eventual replacement, or at least an alternative, to Dipset. They offer the addictive hits — "Splash" and "Byrdgang Money," which originally appeared on Harlem's American Gangster — along with the deep album cuts that bring some experimentation to street music. Jones' love of different sounds is found in the skittish, computer malfunction beat of "Throwin BG's" and the radiant "Money Right," a track brightened by Majik's innovative — busy sequencer, slithering melody — production and lines like "I feel like the constitution/I got the law on me." Producer Green Lantern brings a G-Unit flavor and nocturnal bump to the NOE showcase "Mobbin'," and Chink Santana helms a handful of tracks with skill. The album could do a better job sorting out the individual personalities within Byrd Gang, but a little overanxiousness is to be expected. Jones, on the other hand, is the big benefactor, proving he can return to the streets and thrive whether or not Cam and his purple gang still have love for this aloof, accidental platinum master of the ringtone.

Customer Reviews

Jim Jones & Byrdgang - M.O.B. The Album

Jim Jones is back with a new group, Byrdgang. I'm not very familiar with who these people are or what the group is all about but let's see how they sound. I'll keep my mind open. Track By Track: 1. I'm The Man: Jim Jones starts off the album nicely along with Noe and Mel Matrix. The song is a definite hit as Jim Jones flows nicely. The beat is hot; the track is hot. 4.5/5 2. Mobbin': Juelz Santana is by far my favorite Dipset member so I had to give this song a chance. It wasn't what I expect (as good as I expected) but the song was alright. I was just hoping for better production and a better beat. 3.5/5 3. Only 17: Ironic track here as Stack Bundles has passed away (R.I.P.) and the track being about dying young. Solid track here as Jim Jones flows nicely and Stack Bundles does alright along with Mel Matrix. 3.5/5 4. Blasphemy: Jim Jones is in this track again but it isn't good. With a singing and annoying hook, the track suffers. The production wasn't good and the track was a definite downfall. 2/5 5. Money Right: Oh yeah; definitely the best track right here. The production is amazing as the beat is pure fire. Jones sounds great and the song is a definite hit. 5/5 6. Throwin' Bg's: What is the heck are bg's? The hook is annoying once again and the beat gets really irritating. The track isn't very good as I'm unfamiliar with the people featured and am very annoyed with the production. 2/5 7. She So Gangsta / Freaking You: Yet again, another lackluster track. It's too long, first of all, and is just too slow. Jim Jones doesn't sound good in it and the rest don't either. 2/5 8. Splash: The first single off the album and the second best on the album. Juelz completely and utterly owns the track as the production is definitely top form. 4.5/5 9. Hustle: Jim Jones is my favorite rapper in Dipset so I was excited to see that he was in charge of all the verses as NOE just took care of the hook. The song wasn't good though as the beat was too slow and Jones did not sound good with the beat. Lackluster track yet again and the worst track on the album. SKIP. 1/5 10. Oopsy Daisy: Another track that just isn't very good. Jim Jones does sound a little better but slow beats just don't work well for him. 2/5 11. Heartbeat: Hell Rell is my third or fourth favorite member of Dipset and at least this track was a little better. It was defintely a breath of fresh air as the singing sounded nice and the track worked as a whole. 3.5/5 12. Byrdgang Money: This also appeared on Jim Jones's album mixtape, "Harlem's American Gangster". It was good then and is good now. Jones sounds great in it and is one of the better tracks on the album. 4/5 13. Gizzang: What is up with the track title? Anyway, not a good song. It drags out too long (six minutes) and just gets old. The beat is boring, the lyrics are bland. 2/5 14. We Flying: Okay, this song isn't bad. It's pretty good actually. Jim Jones sounds great and the production shows a good sign of improvement. 3.5/5 15. So Cold: Not the way I picture an album to end. The song isn't good, yet alone ending the album with it. No one sounds good in it, the production is bad, the beat is too slow yet again. 2/5 All in all, I was disapointed with the album, although I didn't expect much. Jim Jones sounded okay in some songs but it needed more Juelz. No one in the group showed star potential what so ever and I don't see any of them having future in the genre. Jim Jones will definitely stay around as he as earned his recognition seperately but I don't see any one else pursuing a career. They all need Jones's help and they can't suceed as solo artists if thats all they can rely on. Anyway, the album wasn't good; sure there were a couple hits, but only download those tracks. Die hard Dipset fans will be disapointed and this album will not help bring in any new fans. Download: I'm The Man, Money Right, Splash, Byrdgang Money. Overall Score: 2/5


jim jones is nothing.

juelz is good but wheres cam'ron

jim jones cant do anything with beats, juelz can kill it but they need cam'ron to make this a banger

M.O.B., ByrdGang
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