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Album Review

An experienced MC with piles of mixtapes and other underground releases in his past, Chamillionaire follows Mike Jones, Slim Thug, and Paul Wall as yet another Houstonian to surface aboveground in 2005. He's immeasurably superior to Jones in every aspect but self-promotion, isn't quite as imposing as Slim Thug, and, compared to childhood ally and former Color Changin' Click partner Wall, he's much sterner than sweet, indicated by the title of this album. The Chamillionaire that Southerners and other rabid followers of Southern rap have been hearing throughout the past few years hasn't made many concessions with this major-label release. He goes relatively soft on a couple tracks, but the tradeoff is that he continues to get better with time, and an overwhelming majority of the material here is only a slightly polished spin on what can be heard on his mixtapes. Even when the MC is at his most vengeful, he boasts an easy flow that's as easy to listen to as a warm, fluid bassline. Though he occasionally sounds as defensive as someone backed into a corner (hear the vicious "Frontin" in particular) and pens a few abjectly vigilant rhymes, his voice always slides through the ears with almost as much effortless composure as a Nate Dogg hook. Speaking of hooks, Cham provides almost all of them, switching between rhymes and singsongy vamps on a dime. Lyrically, he has a lot more range than the contemporaries mentioned above, making it evident that he took heed from the gripping narratives and bleak rhymes within the early Geto Boys albums. There's no "Mind of a Lunatic" or "Mind's Playing Tricks on Me" here, but there is "Rain," a track featuring Scarface that's as sobering as it is uplifting. Cham's as incisive and clever and nimble here as he is anywhere else: "Tired of being poor, tryin' to leave the rats/Walk out to see that three of your tires are flat/And that one tire left's a sign, I hope/That helps you to keep on grindin' when you're kind of broke/That helps you to keep composure up around your folk/That keeps you from tryin' to wrap a rope around your throat." The Sound of Revenge is as strong as Slim Thug's Already Platinum and has more dimensions. The Beat Bullies man the switches on six tracks. Scott Storch, Cool & Dre, Mannie Fresh, Play-N-Skillz, Happy Perez, and Sol Messiah also put in time.

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best album of the year by far by the best rapper in the game

Chamillionaire was the king of the underground and got the nickname mixtape messiah cause his flows were so insane. Don't buy that Mike Jones crap where he flows for 15 seconds slows down then repeats the same line 5 times. Chamillionaire has an innate ability to get his rhymes to blend perfectly with the beat. If you don't believe me, just listen to the chorus of peepin me, void in my life, and one of my favorites in the trunk. Ill even tell you which songs you should buy if you dont want to buy the whole album, which you should because its just such a good album. Turn It Up - first single off the album, my favorite record off of the sound of revenge everything about this track is insane get this record first In The Trunk - sick beat and the chorus is insane while chamillionaire flows throughout the entire song without stopping Ridin - Id never heard of Krayzie Bone before, but he delivers on this record and again chamillionaire is just non stop flows here Frontin - real sick beat and do i even need to say it anymore? chamillionaire just flows with the beat so well in all of his records Rain - This is around where the album starts to slow down with the exception of fly as the sky, beat wise not quality wise, and the beat is sick with chamillionaire again delivering with his rhymes very well Fly As the Sky - insane beat, Rasaq and Lil Wayne are FIRE on this record and chamillionare flows like none other once again Void In My Life - chorus really flows well with the beat and the entire record is a non stop flow by chamillionaire with breaks for choruses, insane record Outro - this is the first time i have ever listened to an outro extensively, nice chorus and even when chamillionaire is basically talking, he rhymes so well that it turns into a really good record instead of just an outro There's a reason why there was a bidding war for this guy. Chamillionaire is the best lyricist out there BY FAR and if you didn't hear him while he was underground, buy his album NOW and start learnin about the best rapper in the industry. CHAMILLITARY MANE

This Album is fly as a pelican!

Okay, I have to admit that I wrote my last review based on only Turn it Up and Riding, not the whole album. Then I bought the album and I was blown away. Chamillionaire's flow, rhymes and beats are all top notch. Some rappers like DMX and Juvenile can have good careers without good rhyming, and some rappers like Eminem can have good careers without good beats. But Chamillionaire has the whole package, which puts him on a level of his own with Eminem and Jay-Z gone. He will definitely be one of the most important players in the rap game in the years to come. Here is a song-by-song review: The Sound of Revenge: 8/10. Not excellent, but not bad either. Just a intro, but better than some. In the Trunk: 9.5/10. This should be the next single. The beat is excellent. Although Chamillionaire is on the familiar topic of "I'm great! I'm rich!" He still delivers some original individual rhymes. Turn It Up: 10/10. Everybody already know's about this. Ridin': 10/10. My favorite track on the album. Although it's long, it never gets old. Who is Krayzie Bone? He's great! I love his rhymes. No Snitchin': 10/10. The chorus on this song is excellent. I like how chamillionaire stays on one topic throughout the song, not switching around like he did in In The Trunk and Turn It Up. Slower pace, but still good. Southern Takeover: 6/10. Not so much. The chorus is a little wack, and the beat isn't great. The rhymes are stale and overdone by hundreds of dirty south rappers. Radio Interruption: 5/10. Nothing to distinguish itself. The chorus and the rhymes are bad. Frontin': 10/10. A nice beat that keeps the tension going throughout the song. Fast and hard-hitting. Grown and Sexy: 8.5/10. Kind of unoriginal, just another song about girls and sex. Okay chorus, slow beat. Think I'm Crazy: 9.5/10. Chamillionaire storytells so well. The topic is so original, and he makes it sound good and make sense with his rhyming. But the beat isn't great, and neither is the chorus. Is this the chorus to some other song? It sure sounds like it. Rain: 10/10. Just incredible. It shows how Chamillionaire can make his songs meaningful. When chingy and nelly are saying how many grills they have for fifteen tracks, this is really refreshing. Picture Perfect: 10/10. The chorus is ridiculous. Bun B also delivers some good and original rhymes. Fly as the Sky: 9.5/10. I expect this to be the next single. I listen to it over and over just to hear rasaq say "I'm fly as a pelican, Ice on my skeleton". I love it! Peepin' Me: 6/10. This song is not good. Slow beat, and unoriginal rhymes. Void in My Life: 9.5/10. Another meaningful song about god. Good rhymes, okay beat. Outro: 7/10. Pretty good for an outro, can't stand up to the other tracks on the CD though.

The Sound of Revenge

This is a very good cd from Chamilitary Man. The next in line from great H-Town rappers like Mike Jones (who?), Paul Wall and Lil' Flip to name a few. Turn It Up is hot and a couple new favorites so far are Peepin Me and Fly As The Sky. This album has catchy beats and the way his vocals sound also intrigue me. Certainly worth buying.


Born: November 28, 1979 in Houston, TX

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Dubbed "the Mixtape Messiah," Houston's Chamillionaire arrived late as a major-label artist during his city's 2005 takeover of mainstream rap -- the Top Ten Sound of Revenge, released during November that year, followed albums from Mike Jones, Slim Thug, and former Color Changin' Click partner Paul Wall -- but he had already built a loyal following outside the South and received significant print coverage. Through a prolific succession of mixtapes, Chamillionaire (born Hakeem Sediki) became known...
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