14 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Like Beanie Sigel’s prior releases, The Solution displays a lyrical mastermind who nonetheless faces an identity crisis when it comes to marketing himself. The album jumps from radio crossovers (“All of the Above”) to concrete body slams (“You Ain’t Ready for Me”) to party songs (“Pass the Patron”). Beanie appears with the most unlikely range of guests imaginable, from Ozzy Osbourne (the Black Sabbath-sampling “Judgement Day”) to soft rock crooner James Blunt (“Dear Self”). Even on the song in which Beans plays ladies’ man (“I’m In”) he goes from buying surprise gifts for his women to “abusing ‘em and losing ‘em.” The album’s multiple layers of conflict culminate on “Dear Self,” which presents a conversation between Beanie’s split personalities: “Are you that plain ignorant? / You’re so indignant / Please come off that high chair you’re sitting in / Before you’re smashed from it or strapped to it / Your body used as a conduit / A thousand volts flow through you / Your life gone over something foolish.” While he may be far from finding a lasting solution to his inner turmoil, Beanie’s lyricism is more focused than ever.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Like Beanie Sigel’s prior releases, The Solution displays a lyrical mastermind who nonetheless faces an identity crisis when it comes to marketing himself. The album jumps from radio crossovers (“All of the Above”) to concrete body slams (“You Ain’t Ready for Me”) to party songs (“Pass the Patron”). Beanie appears with the most unlikely range of guests imaginable, from Ozzy Osbourne (the Black Sabbath-sampling “Judgement Day”) to soft rock crooner James Blunt (“Dear Self”). Even on the song in which Beans plays ladies’ man (“I’m In”) he goes from buying surprise gifts for his women to “abusing ‘em and losing ‘em.” The album’s multiple layers of conflict culminate on “Dear Self,” which presents a conversation between Beanie’s split personalities: “Are you that plain ignorant? / You’re so indignant / Please come off that high chair you’re sitting in / Before you’re smashed from it or strapped to it / Your body used as a conduit / A thousand volts flow through you / Your life gone over something foolish.” While he may be far from finding a lasting solution to his inner turmoil, Beanie’s lyricism is more focused than ever.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
87 Ratings
87 Ratings
btaznpride ,

Beanie Sigel-The Solution

Finally free of legal troubles and the various barriers to Beans from his music career, he's back. Delivering The Solution, he drops to keep the Roc going strong.

All The Above: The Runners produced banger, R. Kelly has an excellent appearance on the hook and verse, as Beans just flows on this club cut. Anybody could have rapped on this, Beans does a solid job. 4/5
Bout That (Let Me Know): Cool & Dre produced, the beat is a simple drum pattern and soul sample that gets annoying. The track isn't that great, not really memorable and the braggacio of money, cars, clothes is a little tiresome. Decent. 2.5/5
U Ain't Ready For Me: This is the Beans that you know, hard hitting Dame Grease soldier snares, grimy horns and guiding piano. Beans & P brings some heat for the streets with a simple hook but lyrical barbs. Back and forth, they tear it up for a street banger. 3.5/5
Go Low: Banging production that has a nice dark feel to it, courtesy of Eric Hudson. Rock City smoothens it out on the hook with an unusual, decent hook that goes straight to Beans menace. Decent track that mixed a little oddly. 3.5/5
Gutted: Organ and strings combine for decent production. The hook was a little weak but the lyrics aren't bad as Beans combines with Jay. Jay shines spitting "your salary is like celery, we eatin over here, you like salad to me, get your weight up, get your steak up, those little acres, get your estate up!" 3.5/5
Shake It For Me: Rockwilder produced, the drum filled track wasn't that great. Club aimed and for radio appeal, Diddy sounds horrid on the hook, as Ghost & Peedi fire on all cylinders with solid appearances. Decent club joint. 2.5/5
I'm In: Smooth Chad West beat, Sigel steps into the slick spitting game playa. The R&B sample for the hook is nice, but the track is only decent. 3/5
H.H.E.H.: Relaxed and laid back, Beans flows smoothly over Dre & Vidal's saxaphone and piano smooth creation. One to just ride to, it's a feel good joint, that is a little odd without a hook, but smooth nonetheless. 3.5/5
What They Gonna Say To Me: Dre & Vidal bring some heat, menacing synth stabs that just ooze, Beans brings that grime and spit. He spits "I might get a Jime, just for spikes, very seldom do I do the right thing, that's for Spike, I don't play with you kids, that's for Mike, you n***as paper thin, that's for Lyte". With a Jay sampling hook, this is a street banger. 3.5/5
The Day: Seems a bit forced, but Beans tries his best to bring some matching and fitting fire. Lyrically it is well done, but the track still lacks, with a strong hook, the guitar metal backing when he spits, just didn't work. 3/5
Rain (Bridge): Piano backed production that features rainstorm sound effects and Raheem DeVaughn's smooth crooning over snares makes this track nice. Best at talking about hard times, Scarface drops by for a worthy guest spot. Good track here. 3.5/5
Dear Self: The James Blunt sample does seem a bit odd and out of place, but the beat isn't bad and Beans writes to himself touching on various topics. Interesting battle within Beans, as he gives a full self examination. 3.5/5
Prayer: DeVaughn is back to croon once again over a guitar laced and bass guitar Dre & Vidal production. Beans digs deep inside and discusses some real talk, about his faith and problems. Some deep stuff here, that makes you feel for Beans pain. 4/5
Creep Low: Decent production, Beans gives a solid bonus cut here. 3.5/5

Beans delivers a solid album here, in The Solution. With Roc releases coming strong this late 07, Beans album is strong but not as good as Free's Free At Last, Ye's Graduation or Jay's American Gangster. For one, the album at times is a little too commercial and glitzy for Beans, which shows experimentation, that sometimes works. "All Of The Above" is a tailor made club banger, that serves its purpose, "Go Low" is club with some fire, but a softer hook makes for an odd mix. "Shake It For Me" has a horrid hook and looks more like a club attempt rather than decent club joint with worthy Ghost & Peedi appearances. "Bout That" is a weak track about the same old cliched topics, but when Beans really brings the heat is where he shines. Take "U Ain't Ready 4 Me" an excellent Beans & P street banger, "Gutted" with Jay as they speak of their dominance, "What They Gonna Say To Me" that is grimy, all showing Beans hasn't lost his street fire. Ladies track "I'm In" is smooth and all, but lacks something, "H.H.E.H." is a decent smooth joint that is relaxing. "Rain", "Dear Self", and "Prayer" are all serious tracks that feature struggle, examination and a calling to God, all solid tracks. "The Day" is a bit forced, but isn't totally a miss. Beans delivers a solid album, with the little promotion and small fanbase, hopefully it is recognized for what it is. Strong release, that does suffer some flaws, but nonetheless a worthy release.
Rating 7.5 out of 10

sarkoxy ,

Great album

Everyone who said hip hop is dead is just dumb, its was just sleeping.
Recomended downloads:
All the Above
'Bout That
U Ain't Ready 4 Me
Go low
H.H.E.H
Dear Self

jesse077 ,

Solid Album from Beans

He stays consistant download The Day.

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