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Title: Westside Connection - Bow Down (The Source Review)
Post by: West Coast Veteran on May 06, 2003, 07:20:23 PM
WESTSIDE CONNECTION
Bow Down
Lench Mob/Priority Records
Production: Ice Cube, QDIII, Bud'da, Binky

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   Ice Cube, WC and Mack 10 are stirring up a hornet's nest...and they really don't give a damn if they get stung. Their collective effort as the Westside Connection, Bow Down, assumes the position of spokesmen for the entire gangsta rap genre that has been dissed or slighted by NY publications and rappers. To even the score - not remedy the situation - the trio has set out to record the ultimate G-rap collaboration for those who thought the music was a recurring nightmare for hip-hop.

   Quite simply, Bow Down, is the best Ice Cube-related project in years - 10 tracks and three skits of well-executed and tightly produced songs. Adding a quaking bassline, the group gangsterizes the Stylistics' classic "People Make The World Go Round" on "Gangstas Make The World Go Round," a brief history on how gangstas have taken over world economies and world governments, as well as the streets and the recording industry. "The Gangsta, The Killa, & The Dope Dealer," with its old western/Trent Reznor rock melody, delves into the occupational hazards among the three types of gangsta rappers. On the ill tip, the trio goes ballistic on "All the Critics In NY," "Cross 'em Out & Put a K," and King Of the Hill" - spewing venom at NY magazine critics, Cypress Hill, Q-Tip, and every rapper that has dissed gangsta rap. Other dope tracks include "3 Time Felon," "Westward Ho" and the remixed Lench Mob posse cut, "Hoo Bangin'."

   All three Westside Connection MCs put their all into this project, as evidenced by their delivery: extreme bravado and reinvigoration of subject content. But while Cube and WC vent their anger and frustration at the agents of their discontent, the fact that they are still champions of hip-hop's social awareness movement seems to have escaped the two. This album contains no attacks on government officials or police chiefs, no addressing of COINTEL programs with the gangs in their backyard, no referencing of historical facts and no sense of purpose (except for the obliteration of NY). But while the album is one of the year's best, and Cube, WC and Mack 10 are bringing it on all lyrical and musical fronts, the tone and spirit seem a bit trite after Tupac's murder.  
Title: Re:Westside Connection - Bow Down (The Source Review)
Post by: _That_Cracka_J on May 06, 2003, 09:41:26 PM
I was really surprised they gave this album such a high rating.
Title: Re:Westside Connection - Bow Down (The Source Review)
Post by: King Tech Quadafi on May 07, 2003, 02:54:26 PM
I was really surprised they gave this album such a high rating.
Title: Re:Westside Connection - Bow Down (The Source Review)
Post by: Gangsta_T on May 14, 2003, 02:50:28 AM
yea

thats almost impossible...
Title: Re:Westside Connection - Bow Down (The Source Review)
Post by: Vigilante on May 14, 2003, 03:27:18 PM
it should get a 4.5, its not classic but its mad dope
Title: Re:Westside Connection - Bow Down (The Source Review)
Post by: Gangsta_T on May 15, 2003, 03:51:01 AM
to me it's classic...
every track hot and bangin...
i cant say that about to many albums...
even the skits are dope ass fuck

T
Title: Re:Westside Connection - Bow Down (The Source Review)
Post by: LAZY on May 17, 2003, 01:41:46 PM
ya im surprised tey gave it a good ratin and its classic shit 2 me when i first got this cd i bumped it 4 a month or 2 str8
Title: Re:Westside Connection - Bow Down (The Source Review)
Post by: CRAFTY on July 05, 2003, 08:17:37 AM
I was really surprised they gave this album such a high rating.

Me too, damn.
Title: Re:Westside Connection - Bow Down (The Source Review)
Post by: Don Breezio on July 06, 2003, 01:01:00 AM
yea i'd probably say this is a classic...this cd is dope as a muthafucka...especially gangstas make the world go round and the gangsta the killa and the dope dealer...the rest of the album is hot too...even the skits lol...the intro is funny as shit!...this is one album i dont think hip hop fans will ever forget even though it is highly slept on.
Title: Re:Westside Connection - Bow Down (The Source Review)
Post by: Gangsta_T on July 06, 2003, 05:53:15 AM
word man

no fuckin doubt the skits intros outros are hot !!!
every single second is dope...even these fuckin interludes!
classic

they should have put let it reign on there though :-/
Title: Re:Westside Connection - Bow Down (The Source Review)
Post by: Smooth on July 06, 2003, 07:19:44 PM
Yo that's phat that the source paid respects to a westcoast album... that's hella rare... But yeah this album is a classic hands down for me, not one bad track... just straight heat through the whole album... and it's just as good today as when it came out...
Title: Re:Westside Connection - Bow Down (The Source Review)
Post by: Black_Smoke on August 23, 2003, 02:22:51 AM
I was really surprised they gave this album such a high rating.
Title: Re:Westside Connection - Bow Down (The Source Review)
Post by: PLANT on August 28, 2003, 11:14:54 PM
CLASSIC
Title: Re: Westside Connection - Bow Down (The Source Review)
Post by: Chad on April 05, 2005, 09:06:55 AM
classic west coast!!  2 or 3 mainproducers...nice sound..
Title: Re:Westside Connection - Bow Down (The Source Review)
Post by: Juronimo on April 07, 2005, 05:06:38 PM
it should get a 4.5, its not classic but its mad dope
Title: Re:Westside Connection - Bow Down (The Source Review)
Post by: Okka on April 12, 2005, 04:02:44 AM
I was really surprised they gave this album such a high rating.

Why ? It's a classic...
Title: Re: Westside Connection - Bow Down (The Source Review)
Post by: Wicked977 on May 02, 2005, 11:24:28 AM
^^ Cause The Source Don't Like The West
Title: Re: Westside Connection - Bow Down (The Source Review)
Post by: gchild213 on May 12, 2005, 03:25:21 PM
classic album from start to finish
Title: Re: Westside Connection - Bow Down (The Source Review)
Post by: WestCoasta on August 16, 2005, 04:52:27 PM
1000000/1000000
Title: Re: Westside Connection - Bow Down (The Source Review)
Post by: Fressh_Deini on August 19, 2005, 10:01:22 AM
classic album from start to finish
Word!

It would be dope if they made a full song of "gangsta's don't dance' instead of just an interlude of 20 seconds...
Title: Re: Westside Connection - Bow Down (The Source Review)
Post by: Denial! Is Actively Joinin The Revolution on August 29, 2005, 05:37:57 AM
classic album from start to finish

Amen
Title: Re: Westside Connection - Bow Down (The Source Review)
Post by: 2nd ROund KnockOuT on September 02, 2005, 12:47:18 PM
dont mean to boost man i got themost man
make more delievers then the post man
Title: Re: Westside Connection - Bow Down (The Source Review)
Post by: g unot on September 09, 2005, 12:27:54 PM
bow down damn i remember every1 was bumpin that track
Title: Re: Westside Connection - Bow Down (The Source Review)
Post by: Bigg $amo on November 01, 2005, 02:00:05 PM
how many mics did they give it?? i can't see it >:(
Title: Re: Westside Connection - Bow Down (The Source Review)
Post by: Z the laidback Virus on November 13, 2005, 03:34:35 PM
The writer of this spoke the truth and I dare venture a guess that the Source fired him for that  ;)
Title: Re: Westside Connection - Bow Down (The Source Review)
Post by: BizzyR.I.P. on November 13, 2005, 04:05:18 PM
how many mics did they give it?? i can't see it >:(
It got 4.5 Mics.
Title: Re: Westside Connection - Bow Down (The Source Review)
Post by: MIC44 on May 19, 2008, 02:03:45 PM
Classic shit.