"So Much Trouble" [click to listen] is the jumpoff for the album, and with Sheek Louch, Styles P and Beanie Sigel [click to read] on the track, it's a great way to get things going. With relative unknown Vinny "King of Beatz" Idol on production, the trio rhyme over gritty horns - even D-Block member Bucky lends a nice verse on the track.
The next two tracks, "Thrilla" and "Show Em," illustrate No Security's biggest drawback - the new D-Block members are not ready to put out memorable material on their own. On "Thrilla," Sheek Louch, keeps the adrenaline pumping, which appears to make Snyp Life, Large Amount and Tommy Stars step their game up. However, when left to their own devices, as evinced on "Show Em," the fledgling rappers just don't cut it.
Thankfully, Sheek, Styles P, and Jadakiss (the last of whom, sadly, appears only three songs) get on "Get That Paper." While the subject matter isn't original the core D-Blockers throw in some clever lines and flow effortlessly. For some reason, the next track, "Get Ya Bounce On," includes DJ Webstar, who was responsible for the "Chicken Noodle Soup" sensation of 2006. It's mind-boggling why anyone would think that he'd belong amongst the grit and grime found on a D-Block album.
The rest of the album is more of the same - posse cuts with energy reminiscent of the early Ruff Ryder days, though without as many distinguishable artists. Again, when Sheek, Jada or Styles show up, it's something worth listening to. Since the songs are so similar, there's almost no reason to listen to the tracks without them. As for production, it's a mixed bag, ranging from what sounds like a nicely-flipped Bollywood sample courtesy of Scram Jones on "Hello" and the heartfelt keys on "Brother's Keeper" to the synth-ridden mess of "Show Em." Special mention should be given to the Pete Rock-produced [click to read] "Like That Ya'll (Remix)," which features an additional three hidden tracks.
Ultimately, No Security is a fairly uneven effort. While the b-teamers have plenty of energy and can definitely spit, there's not much that draws you to them. But considering this album is just something to get the people excited about D-Block's third official release, you could more or less count this one a success.