J Live - The Best Part

posted Tuesday March 27 ,2001 at 12:00AM CST | 1 comments

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The 24 track album contains a 7 part skit questioning what it takes to be a great emcee. But is J Live a great emcee?

I should note before I begin that Aceyalone's dope new album only got 2.5 mics in The Source, I guess he wouldn't fatten their pockets enough. Meanwhile, Lil' Wayne got 3.5 mics, way to go for the substance boys. I guess Acey should've made a couple songs about his necklace. Lil' Wayne would have to send me all his royalty checks before I'd bump him up from minus 12 mics. Nice integrity fellas, fucking sell-outs.

Anyhow, there are few artists that I can think of that have had more trouble with labels than J Live. After months of setbacks J finally released The Best Part independently.

The 24 track album contains a 7 part skit questioning what it takes to be a great emcee. I'm guessing that J's idea was to have that answered when you finish listening to the album. J Live doesn't take long to flex his lyrical muscle as he brings some quotables on Got What It Takes, which also displays his incredible flow and sarcastic sense of humour. Basically, things don't look back from here, Yes, Rage, Timeless, and especially Wax Paper are all hella tight tracks.

Them Thats Not best displays J's flow as he speeds up and slows down his rhymes in accordance with the beat, very dope stuff. Don't Play features a very catchy chorus and a great acoustic guitar laced beat. The Best Part, an obvious Premier banger, is without a doubt the dopest track on the album. There really are no bad songs here, Braggin' Writes kind of misses the mark and Raw Footage just loses it's steam. J probably would've been better left alone in Kick It To The Beat but it isn't catastrophic.

So what is a great emcee? Better yet, is J Live a great emcee?

Well, he has a ridiculous flow, and very tight lyrics. Not to mention he stays true to hiphop and represents a nice blend of the old school and new. I would suggest picking up the album and deciding for yourself. I've made my decision.

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