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Following the now-common round of label woes and unnecessary delays, Mike Jones’ sophomore effort has finally arrived, a full four years after his debut. The Voice stays grounded through its connections to Class A Southern hip-hop. The venerable Houston producer Mike Dean delivers “Houston Oilers,” “Happy Birthday” and “Hate On Me,” three tracks that embody all the fat, syrupy goodness of Texas rap music. New Orleans maestro Mannie Fresh brings to the table “Give Me a Call,” in which the good-natured lackadaisical flows of Jones and Devin the Dude blend as if they were long lost brothers. While several tracks err a bit too close to the winning formula of Lil Wayne’s smash Carter III (including “Swagger Right,” “On Top of the Covers” and “Boi!,” the last of which is an obvious, if awesome, re-tread of “A Milli”), all is resolved on “Cuddy Buddy,” a song that shows Jones fits easily within the hit-making tag team of Wayne and T-Pain. Mike Jones is a hybrid of gangsta, jester, and everyman, a rare combination that immediately separates The Voice from the pack.

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Mike Jones-The Voice

Emerging as one of the head rappers in the Houston movement with his city on the map single, “Still Tippin”. Receiving a double platinum plaque for his debut, he returns with The Voice. Swagger Right: Repetitive hook and synthy backdrop, while 808s knock. Jones’ flow is a bit iffy here and the track tends to be a bit dull. 3/5 Houston Oilers: String plucking and grinding bass mixed with rising keyboard couplets make for a decent production. The hook is a bit weak, as Jones spits about relating the former Houston Oilers football team to sipping drank or that oil. There are boasts of getting women, but overall the track can’t get out of mediocrity. 2.5/5 Boi!: A collaboration between hot local up and comers, Young Problemz, a group out of Houston consisting of Chyco, JM, J Yung, Star Struck and Just O. The production is essentially a remake of “A Milli” down to the snare patterns, 808s and chopped and screwed backing of “Boi I got so many”. A poor man’s “A Milli” the track is a decent club banger but seems like a local than national hit. 3.5/5 Cuddy Buddy: Handling the production of lush strings and guitar notes are hitmakers Jim Jonsin & Bigg D. T-Pain serenades with his autotune croon, while Mike Jones, Twista and Wayne get their lovey dovey flows on. Fitting single that’s radio friendly and works off its guests. 4/5 I Know: Trey Songz saves this track from complete boredom, as his emotion filled hook works well. Jones seems to be going through the motion here and it isn’t nearly as heartfelt as it should, with cliches like “I was blind at one time but now I see the light”. Decent track that works because of its hook and production, but at times Jones wavers between boredom and mediocrity. 2.5/5 Drop & Gimme 50: Collipark delivers his typically energized productions as emphatic bass hits and choral vocals make the track a bit epic. Its a decent club joint however, it tends to get dull during the verses, but the hook is on point and Hurricane offers some much needed energy. The corny breakdown of “put your right hand in the air, put your left in your underwear, now tickle the cat, tickle the cat” is disappointing, buts its a decent club joint. 3.5/5 Give Me A Call: The laid back Devin The Dude joins Jones for this track about craving women. The hook is decent as well as the production, with both rappers dropping freaky verses and stories of their women. 3/5 Happy Birthday: Uncreative and forgettable, Jones attempts to find success off the club production, however the track is essentially about nothing and completely boring. 1/5 Next To You: J.R. Rotem serves up a midtempo of strumming guitars and smooth bassline, while Nae Nae croons smoothly. Here Jones sounds heartfelt and believable to his woman compared to “I Know”, as the production, hook and lyrics show why this was selected as the second single. 4/5 Swagg Thru Da Roof: Celebratory and uptempo organs with a repetitive hook create a fun number for the dance floor. While lyrically it isn’t impressive, it gets the job done, as the production supports the track well. 3/5 On Top Of The Covers: A less impressive number, its similar to “Swagg Thru Da Roof”, containing a slower beat and Jones joining the gang of autotune rap. The hook isn’t too appealing and the track is mundane after a while. 2.5/5 Scandalous H**s II: Where the first version of “Scandalous H**s” thrived off Jones compact flow, here he spits with a more mature style. Same producer, same sample and essentially the same hook, the track sounds really similar to its original with an upgrade in commercial appeal with everybody’s favorite hookman, T-Pain and more bass in the beat. Jones speaks some truth here. 3.5/5 Hate On Me: Mike D absolutely knocks out the production, calming strings and a fluid bassline are nicely structured. Tanya Herring plays backup vocalist, while Jones offers a reflective track about his rise in the game and the hate he receives. Jones loveable persona works well here, as he story tells about the hate he received following his debut. 3.5/5 Grandma II: Similar to “Scandalous H**s II”, Jones brings back Amadeus to create the mood for the “Grandma” sequel which pays homage to his grandmother who gave him advice to become successful. Singer Kai who suffered the same situation is a decent singer, who is the main one on the track. Jones’ sing songy flow is heartfelt, but I’d personally prefer the original than this. It’s a much slower version that features good production. 3.5/5 I Got It: Horn laden beat with heavy snares, Mike Jones offers up a worthy banger with Bun B. 3.5/5 S*** On Boyz: Mediocre street joint that features Jones’ Ice Age artists. 2.5/5 Jones’ sophomore release that experienced numerous setbacks, originally planned to be The American Dream, singles failed to chart leading to a 6 track EP. The Voice shows Jones in a much more mature state and softer side, as his first album showed a hungry emcee that kept things underground and street. Glimpses of softness were on the debut, but here it is expressed much more often, the smooth “Cuddy Buddy”, ode to his lady “Next To You”, questioning “Hate On Me” and heartfelt “Grandma II”. Surprisingly the street tracks are quite tepid and lackluster, as well as the club banger “Drop & Gimme 50”. Jones lyrically has improved slightly, but he still tends to come off a bit annoying, not nearly as repetitive as his debut though. While the album expresses maturity, Jones’ loveable character and dream, the overall product is merely decent and lacking of his on point flow from his debut. A few overly commercial shots “On Top Of The Covers”, “Happy Birthday”, as well as the lackluster “I Know”, show Jones faltering from uncreative ideas and cliches. Decent sophomore release but not nearly as many bangers, mainly joints for the ladies. Rating: 6.5 out of 10


My sentiments exactly.

The Voice

Mike Jones really surprised me and a lot of people I think with this one...a lot of variety and his lyricism has improved a lot...nice guest spots....a nice return album from mike jones yes if you agree

The Voice (Bonus Track Version), Mike Jones
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music
  • Released: Apr 28, 2009
  • Parental Advisory

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