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Album Review

For his second album, Jay-Z protégé Memphis Bleek makes small strides forward from his debut album, Coming of Age. Yet like Coming of Age, the tracks on The Understanding may be a level above those of most rap but still aren't in the same category as those of Jay-Z or the other superstars from New York's hardcore school of rap: Nas, Ja Rule, Mobb Deep, and Raekwon. [Understanding was also released in a "clean" edition, containing no profanities or vulgarities.]

Customer Reviews

I Hate It!!

I do not like this download album because it does not have my favorite song in the explicit version other than that it's ok. Come on itunes get the entire album in the explicit version.


I just want this album to be more than one star.

Well @ least he had 2 good songz......

I think we can all honestly sey dat he tried....jus nott enuff!!!


Born: June 23, 1978 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

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

Rapper Memphis Bleek was raised in Brooklyn, NY's Marcy Projects housing community, making his recorded debut in 1996 on Jay-Z's Reasonable Doubt. A member of the Roc-A-Fella Records stable, Bleek made his solo debut in 1999 with Coming of Age. While his debut did warrant plenty of attention, he wasn't able to capitalize on the hype surrounding his debut, resulting in a questionable collection of songs -- powered primarily by its Swizz Beatz-produced lead single -- that didn't live up to the lofty...
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