Terror Squard Presents DJ Khaled - Listennn

posted Monday June 05 ,2006 at 12:00AM CDT | 1 comments

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When DJ Khaled was piecing together his album Listennn he decided to make it big. The LP boasts a roster that brings rappers from various regions and with varying styles together for what should be a deadly concoction.

When DJ Khaled was piecing together his album Listennn he decided to make it big. The LP boasts a roster that brings rappers from various regions and with varying styles together for what should be a deadly concoction.

Not only is it produced by Khaled, Cool and Dre and others who are responsible for many of today's most heard singles but it's also got Southern chart toppers like Paul Wall, T.I., Trick Daddy, Trina, Rick Ross, Bun B., Chamillionaire and Pitbull just to name a few. What more could fans ask for? To please Eastcoast heads, it's got some of the NY's illest including Jadakiss, Styles P and Fat Joe. To top it off, it even has G.O.O.D Music's so-called "Grammy Family," including Kanye West, Consequence and John Legend. With all these pieces, who knew the project would disappoint in the end?

This sure-fire hit simply misses its mark because it isn't a full hearted effort. One of the world's reigning kings of rap Kanye West delivers his most lackluster performance of the year on "Grammy Family." West and his label mates do nothing to back up their various Grammy nods in the past, and do nothing to enhance this record. Kanye even seems to have forgotten that he condemned rappers for bashing the homosexual community as he refers to radio stations that rejected him as "faggots".

But, it's not only Kanye who delivers a sluggish verse. Khaled's good friend Fat Joe also does not seem to give it his all. Lil Wayne and T.I. give Khaled uninspired offerings. Even Dre from Cool & Dre tries to spark a "Movement" with a song that falls dry with weak rhyming skills. Lyrically, the pieces of this puzzle were lost.

Musically, Khaled and the crew keep it dirty with "Born and Raised," which is an infectious anthem. Sadly, they follow it up with the repetitive "Gangsta Shit." "Holla At Me" and "Destroy You" are crowd pleasers. "Problem" and "Where You At" are definitely some street bangers, but they aren't enough to make up for the monotony of the record overall. To top it off, Khaled didn't appear on or produce some of the tracks on his album. Still, the beats do manage to keep the listener's interest, but it's simply not enough.

It's sad to see such a cast fall so terribly. All of these stars could have contributed to make this a great compilation of today's hit-makers. Instead, they treated it as if it were a mix-tape, unworthy of inspired rhymes and strong delivery. Although the beats are somewhat catchy, the rhymes do nothing to make one actually Listennn. If nothing else, this album shows off Khaled's connections, but it does little justice to Khaled's talent.

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