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by kenn on 3/23/2005 12:28:00 PM

THE B. COMING

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The B Coming marks Beanie Sigel’s return to rap since his 2001 The Reasons. While his name is legendary among heads, the sales were less than impressive. Now almost 4 years later, with album set backs, lawyer fees, jail time and an ever-changing Roc camp, can the first sergeant redeem himself and stay true to form?

The B Coming starts with the first of many melodic songs of regret called “Feel It In The Air.” Possibly the best track on the album, Sigel takes you through his inner thoughts dealing surrounding his fears of loyalty within his camp. It’s clear this jewel was created in the midst on his multiple gun charges and court trials. For those who thought Redman was either finished, missing in action, or waiting for Meth, the Funk Doc reminds us why he saved the Def Jam label from west coast over-exposure. On “One Shot Deal,” Beans and Redman trade verses over the fast paced production of west coaster Bink! Other tracks to check for include the residential crew track “I Can’t Go On This Way” produced by Aqua. This song finds the State Property captain leading off with his Philly soldiers Freeway and Young Chris. The streets’ official first single, “Gotta Have It,” features Peedi Crak’s trademark rapid delivery and is produced by State Property’s house beatmaker Chad Hamilton. Chad seems to have graduated from the Just Blaze school of production on this one, but that’s another story. The attempt to a commercial outing came in the form of “Don’t Stop,” featuring Snoop Dogg. Snoop keeps the hook together, flowing to a lazy Neptunes beat because apparently Pharrell and the gang believe anything they put out these days is hot.

Meanwhile, hip-hops favorite past time is honored in the DJ Scratch produced “Purple Rain” featuring Houston’s underground giant Bun B. Taking a chance, Beans takes a left turn on “Oh Daddy” expressing the power of his pimp walk: “I snatch your heart so easy like valentine/ Can’t get caught up in that loop again/ Never letting cupid in/who you buggin?/ Aint not time to be lovin’/ Man the grip on my pistol only thing I be huggin’.” While “Bread and Butter” has the ever so brilliant Just Blaze providing an off beat track for Sigel to work with. The track features the legendary Grand Puba and Sadat X.

Throughout the album, it’s clear Beans’ strongest quality is his knack for raw details. He doesn’t try to confuse listeners with college level vocabulary. He lays it out to you plain and simple. On “Change” featuring Rell, the broad street bully raps “You went to church and took the different route/ You got your truth from out the bishop mouth/ I drank the juice that turned Bishop out.”

With court costs on the horizon, it’s no surprise he didn’t spend his budget on too many popular producers. Instead, he kept his production team simple, focusing on quality rather than quantity. The album was laced by Just Blaze, Ty Fyffe, Boola Bink!, Aqua, Heavy D, DJ Scratch, Chad Hamilton, The Neptunes, Ruggedness, Da Neckbones, Buckwild and D Dot.

Overall, this album didn’t feature as many gun references and lyrical threats - verbally or physically - but it gave the same honest depiction of street life and substance Beans has always provided.

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