The 2nd Coming
label: FJ

production: Sure Shot

guests: Ced Gee (Ultramagnetic MC's), Tony Tone (Cold Crush Brothers), Anai, Marie Harper (US3) others.
year of release: 2005
1.
The Intro feat. Marie Harper, Ced Gee, Grafiq
2.
New York's First Hip Hop Radio WHBI Skit
3.
Action Speaks feat. Anai
4.
The 2nd Coming
5.
A-Hole Break Skit
6.
Natural Born KingZ
7.
The Power Of The ProphetZ feat. Anai
8.
The Illest feat. Ced Gee
9.
Unreal Torment feat. Heslin, JPQ
10.
What Is Rap feat. Tony Tone
11. Remedy feat. Anai
12. With FX (Video Mix)
13. Numero Uno
14. Still A Kid
15. Miss Merciless Skit feat. Marc Jr.
16. Da Maddest Style
17. Original Originated Origins
18. The Heist
  Still A Kid
It's kinda interesting that by eloquently talking about how good you are, you can actually show how good you are. At the same time however, just talking about how good you are, does not yet make you good per se. Therefore when these Blak Prophet cats talk about how their metaphors are this and that without ever or only occasionally giving actual metaphors (i.e. not similes) the result is somewhat of a failure: these cats are so busy talking about how good they are, the run out of time to actually show it.
The Blak Prophets are three cats: Sure Shot, Willie B and Retro. While the last of the three does some rapping, Willie B does something and Sure Shot does practically everything. He's the guy producing the joints and spitting the most lyrics. That on the underground favourite "With FX" but also on the upcoming favourite "The Illest" featuring Ced Gee of the Ultramagnetic MC's.
Now not to sound blasphemous, but oftentimes you don't really want the reviewer to listen to the lyrics too closely, cause all that can result in is his dissatisfaction. There are just very few rappers that still say something worthwhile, something new. You know, something you'd be listening to intently. Like let's say you're stuck to sit in a train for an hour, with nothing else to do, but actually paying attention to every word the rapper says makes that hour fly by.
And that "The Illest" with Ced Gee is one example of where you shouldn't really listen to what he says, cause that guy - legend or not - is basically babbling his way through his verse. None the less, this and the previously mentioned "With FX" are still hard hitting and will get your head nodding, despite not being hard. The bass on "The Illest" is actually quite the killer.
But the record really is mainly Sure Shot. It's no surprised that his name is especially mentioned on the cover cause without him there wouldn't be much left. Sure you got an Anai singing on the rather unspectacular "Action Speaks" and the better "Remedy", both times not being particularly essential to the song. She's also on "Power Of The ProphetZ" a song where she finally starts to rhyme, and she's actually pretty nice with her's, while the beat is biting old Wu-Tang styles. Other guest include Tony Tone of the Cold Crush Brothers on the schooling "What Is Rap" and the unknown Heslin of the JP Quartet (and worse a singer than Anai) and John Shaftman on the skit song "The Heist."
But again: this really is Sure Shot's record, whose beats and presence saves "The 2nd Coming." "Remedy" features a nice soul beat, while "Nummero Uno" and "Original Originated Origins" borrow a little much from the school of Premo. "Da Maddest Style" can be a live performance favourite.
As we start with talking about the lyrics, let's end with talking about the lyrics. The potential of what the Blak Prophetz really can do appears on "Still A Kid." This struggle and strives tale was done shockingly real and is a hundred times better than the tried and tired battle rhymes on here. Even though the level of the braggadocio only reflects the down earth rap music this is. This is nothing fancy or flashy, but some gritty, grassroots type traditional rap music. Good as such, but in no way spectacular.
review: tadah
   
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