DJ Jazzy Jeff - Return of the Magnificent CD
|Jazzy Jeff returns, packing a whollop of soul-inspired hip hop and bringing along some heavyweight contenders including Kardinal Offishall, Jean Grae, Rhymefest, Posdnous (DE LA), Big Daddy Kane, Method Man, CL Smooth and many more talented vocalists. Also some hilarious skits in between including a phone call to Will Smith's office. This is your summertime ride-to disc.|
|1.||Hip Hop (feat. Twone Gabz)|
|2.||Let Me Hear U Clap (feat. Posdnous) |
|3.||Run That Back (feat. Eshon Burgundy / Black Ice)|
|4.||The Definition (feat. Kel Spencer)|
|5.||Touch Me Wit Ur Handz (feat. ChinahBlac) |
|6.||Jeff n Fess (feat. Rhymefest)|
|7.||Practice (feat. J Live)|
|8.||Supa Jean (feat. Jean Grae) |
|9.||The Garden (feat. Big Daddy Kane)|
|10.||She Was So Flyy (feat. Kardinal Offishall)|
|11.||Hold It Down (feat. Method Man) |
|12.||All I Know (feat. CL Smooth) |
|13.||Go See The Doctor 2k7 (feat. Twone Gabz)|
|14.||My Soul Ain't For Sale (feat. Raheem Devaughn)|
|15.||Come On (feat. Dave Ghetto) |
|16.||Brand New Funk 2k7 (feat. Peedi Crakk)|
DJ Jazzy Jeff solidifies his magnificence in the game (5 Stars)
, March 7, 2008
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Whether or not you indulge in the amusing DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince catalog back in the late 80s/early 90s, one thing has always been apparent in my eyes - Jeff is virtually untouchable. Comparatively, he has always brought the heat as well as legends such as Pete Rock, DJ Premier & Diamond D. And if you disagree, I suggest going back and listening to those albums again. Moreover, Jeff has built an amazing solo career around pure quality and a wealth of versatility. This may only be his second solo joint full of exclusive material, but he has proven himself to make excellent hip-hop mixtapes (see his "Hip-Hop Forever" series). He also flawlessly mixes an essential set of soul music (see "The Soul Mixtape" or Jill Scott's debut), and also a banging deep house mix (see "DJ Jazzy Jeff In The House"). Jeff has proven himself to be one of the most accomplished producers in any genre.
Where some may have seen his early work with Will Smith to be a bit too much "tongue-in-cheek" will find this set of joints very appealing. Jeff brings out the very best in some of these legends and newcomers. The album is a loosely based concept set in a rental car that Jeff is driving down to ATL to meet his son. The only problem is, all the car has is radio. While trying to find a station, "Hip-Hop" featuring the fresh Twone Gabz storms in with one of many dope beats. This is my first exposure to this cat, and he is tight - nice lyrics. The old school, although somewhat ignored Pos performs nicely over "Let Me Hear U Clap". "Touch Me Wit Ur Handz" is one of my favorite joints here. Jeff mixes a soulful beat to perfection here. ChinahBlac couldn't have been a better pick to match the production - a beautiful tune. "Jeff N Fess" captures underground veteran Rhymefest excellently. "Practice" is yet another dope layered gem featuring a stellar performance from J-Live. One of my favorites. "The Garden" featuring Big Daddy Kane is also one of my favorite tracks. Jeff mixes a beautiful atmospheric beat that Kane holds down with ease. "Hold It Down" featuring Method Man is definitely one of the golden nuggets here - Meth always holds it down on the guest appearances. My favorite joint here is "All I Know" featuring C.L. Smooth. A stellar beat and an addictive chorus keeps this one riding with ease. "My Soul Ain't For Sale" featuring Raheem DeVaughn is another smooth joint that hits perfectly in the mix. "Brand New Funk 2k7" - a remake/sequel to the standout "Brand New Funk" on DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's album "He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper" album turns out pretty nice. You seen the video yet? Overall, I still like Will Smith's version more.
Overall, the mixing on Jeff's newest album is simply phenomenal. The track order and smooth movement throughout makes for an incredibly accessible feat. It never feels overwhelming, and always feels enjoyable. Nothing feels rushed or out of place. There is a vast amount of quality control here. The fact that so many of the veteran emcees come out with their best performances in years show just how versatile Jeff can be behind the boards. Don't sleep what may be the most cohesive and shockingly brilliant hip-hop album of 2007.