Author Topic: Styles - A Gangsta and a Gentleman  (Read 1026 times)

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Styles - A Gangsta and a Gentleman
« on: June 20, 2002, 05:04:31 AM »
1 Intro
Dope intro with Styles talkin over a eerie background.

2 Good Times
Dope beat by Swizz Beatz, and a classic chorus in best Kanye West style. Styles rips it.
5 of 5
 
3 Yall Know We In Here Ft Swizz  Beatz n P.K.  
P.K. beat, pretty dope.
Styles reps agressive, with Swizz & P.K. on the chorus.
Sounds like a RR-theme.
4.5 of 5

4 A Gangster And A Gentleman  
This is fucking dope, Alchemist on the beat. Beat is incredible, and Styles str8 rips it, telling his lifestory.
Dope chorus too. By this track the album is already doper that Jadakiss album.
5 of 5

5 Black Magic Ft Angie Stone    
A more laidback soulful track.
Pretty nice.
Angie Stone makes a nice cameo on the chorus.
Alchemist on the beat again, but a little too slow for me.
4 of 5

6 Daddy Get That Cash Ft Lil Mo  
Hype beat, by Rockwilder
Swizz proves himself once again. The chorus fits the beat perfect. Styles comes thru once again.
4.75 of 5

7 Lick Shots Ft Jadakiss Sheek n J-Hood    
Once again a dope Swizz Beatz beat. Reminds me of "Eastside Ryders" with Styles & Eastsidaz. Gunshots throughout the song gets a lil irritating though, but still dope.
Lox younging J Hood makes a aight verse nuthin special.
Sheek proves himself a righteous Lox-member. Kiss comes correct as always.
4.75 of 5
 
8 And I Came To Ft Eve n Sheek    
Swizz Beatz AGAIN, and it's hype as fuck once again.
Sheek comes dope, and so does Styles & Eve
Average chorus, but can't ruin a dope beat & joint.
4.5 of 5

9 Get Paid  
Beats is sweet on this album so far, and this is no exception.
Difficult to hear who's on the beat.
Styles tells the story about getting paid.
Children singing on the chorus.
Pretty aight shit.
4.25 of 5
   
10 Ass Bag (Skit)    
 
11 I'm A RuffRyder Ft Jadakiss    
Simple but efficient beat.
Styles & Kiss reppin that Dub R.
Very Anthemish.
4.5 of 5

12 Soul Clap  
Sounds like it could be Rockwilder, and it's dope as fire in hell.
Styles rips it AGAIN, and the chorus is DOPE as fuck!
"Can I get a soul-clap?" Styles says on the chorus, and after this you hear a gun reloading. Very dope.
5 of 5
   
13 We Thugs (My Niggas) Ft  Jadakiss n Sheek
Once again a D Block joint. Kiss & Styles switches verses perfect, NICE mic-switching indeed.
Beat is dope here too, if you didn't know.
4.5 of 5

14 Styles Ft Jadakiss    
Hm, strange name for a track, but you'll see when you hear the chorus.
Just above average beat, but when Styles comes dope and Kiss does a dope chorus, the outcome is pretty aight.
Pretty unSwizzish but I guess it's him again.
4.25 of 5

15 Barbershop (Skit)  
 
16 Listen    
A laidback track, and Styles dropping some thoughtful lyrics.
Laidback shit isn't my cup of tea, but delivered like this, I don't mind.
4.5 of 5

17 Niggas Flippin (Skit)  
 
18 Yall Dont Wanna Fuck Ft M.O.P.
You KNOW Jome likes a MOP-cameo, and both Fame & Danze str8 rip it in their own ultra-amped style.
Hype beat, provided by Tuneheadz, hmm...
One of the more amped tracks on the album, unsurprisingly.
5 of 5

19 Shit Done Changed (Skit) Ft  Styles n Garf    

20 Nobody Believes Me Ft Sheek, Cross n J-Hood    
Nice story-driven track, with each character playing a part of the story. The beat encourages the story and it ends up pretty dope. Styles is the main character, with the other RR's in supporting roles.
4.5 of 5

21 Dedication (Skit) Ft Styles    

22 My Brother    
A laidback track, with life-reflectiving lyrics.
Not very dope, but easy to listen to, and nice lyrics.
4 of 5
 
23 Outro Ft Styles  
Dope outro
 
24 The Life (Bonus Track)  feat. Pharoahe Monch
CLASSIC track.
Perfect joint, fuck complaining about anything on this one.
5 of 5

Total: 8.5 of 10
 

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Re: Styles - A Gangsta and a Gentleman
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2002, 05:06:06 AM »
VERY good album, surprisingly.
Swizz Beatz proves a hater or 2.
Best Lox-affiliated album EVER released (Not yet, lol)
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Re: Styles - A Gangsta and a Gentleman
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2002, 10:56:36 AM »
its a good album..  i feel "good times" and "the life".. the rest will proberly grow on me..

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Re: Styles - A Gangsta and a Gentleman
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2002, 01:42:35 PM »
Anybody else wanna review this?
I have the feeling that this will go into history as yet another classic debut-album.
I wanna see some other views on it.
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Re: Styles - A Gangsta and a Gentleman
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2002, 02:32:39 AM »
1. Intro

2. Good Times  5/5 (would love to see a remix with some other heavy smokers like snoop or meth... 8) )

3. Y'all Know We In Here  3.5/5
Styles comes nice, but i'm not feeling the beat that much, but still a good song...

4. A Gangster And A Gentleman  5/5
best track on the album, tight ass beat by Alchemist, dope chorus + styles rips it...

5. Black Magic  4/5
nice, smooth track, angie stone on the chorus... :)

6. Daddy Get That Cash  4/5
tight beat again, but styles can do it better imo...

7. Lick Shots  3/5
those gunshots ruin the song, the LOX all come correct, but they could've left out j hood ...

8. And I Came To  3/5
average beat, gets kinda repetitive, styles & sheek are nice on this one, i'm not feeling eve tho...

9. Get Paid  4/5
nice beat, styles is dope + plus a tight chorus...

10. Skit

11. I'm A Ruff Ryder  4/5
another dope beat (who produced this?), styles & jada rip it, kinda like an anthem for the RR...

12. Soul Clap  4/5
grimey beat, the chorus with the gun reloading is dope...

13. We Thugs (My Niggaz)  3.5/5
another LOX joint (and they are all dope again), but the beat makes the song kinda average, doesn't have that much power...

14. Styles  3/5
nothin special, styles and jada are solid, the beat too...

15. Skit

16. Listen  4/5
styles comes tight, dropping some deep lyrics, nice laidback beat, i'm feelin this one...

17. Skit

18. Y'all Dont Wanna Fuck  4.5/5
ya know, if there's MOP on the track, thats gonna be hype...MOP outshine Styles on this one, but definitely a dope ass song...

19. Skit

20. Nobody Believes Me  4/5
nice concept on this one, some storytellin, seems kinda funny (dunno if this was intended...), beat is kept in the background, fits well with the story...

21. Skit

22. My Brother  4.5/5
styles again showing his gentleman side, deep lyrics, as Jome said 'life-reflecting'...

23. Outro

24. The Life  5/5
i love this song, the chorus done by pharoahe is dope as fucc, and styles rips it again...

Overall: 4/5, one of the best releases in 2002 so far...definitely better than Jada's album (which was a big disappointment to me), tho i wouldn't consider it a classic...

Isn't Sheek supposed to drop an album this year???



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Re: Styles - A Gangsta and a Gentleman
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2002, 11:47:25 AM »
This album is way better than Jada's album but it ain't classic. Don't get me wrong its a solid ass release.
Definitely worth copping and yeah good times is a blazin track
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Re: Styles - A Gangsta and a Gentleman
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2002, 01:53:08 PM »
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VERY good album, surprisingly.


why surprisingly?
Styles is dope as fuck
Shoot'em in Tha Head is at least as good as the best tracks of this album.
And Swizz Beatz is a good producer.
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Re: Styles - A Gangsta and a Gentleman
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2002, 04:48:25 PM »
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why surprisingly?
Styles is dope as fuck
Shoot'em in Tha Head is at least as good as the best tracks of this album.
And Swizz Beatz is a good producer.


Because RR is known to put out albums with variable results, and many saw Jada's album more likely to succeed than Styles.
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Re: Styles - A Gangsta and a Gentleman
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2002, 07:29:52 AM »
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Because RR is known to put out albums with variable results, and many saw Jada's album more likely to succeed than Styles.


In my opinion Styles is defently betta than Jada so I expected more from his album than from Jada's and Ruff Ryders never released an album with no dope tracks.
Personally I expected Styles' album to be as good as it is.
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Re: Styles - A Gangsta and a Gentleman
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2002, 09:50:31 PM »
this shit is really dope 4.25/5.  a couple of tracks im not feeling,  that one wit eve.  Get paid,  tha kids on tha hook fuck up tha track,  an im not really feelin tha track wit lil moe.  my favorite tracks r my life,  good times,  listen,  my brother.  Really a dope album.  Its got a dope mix,  it has its party tracks like good times but deep shit like my brother.  fuck it,  im changin my rating 4.5/5
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Re: Styles - A Gangsta and a Gentleman
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2002, 11:13:46 PM »
Im really feeling "Good Times" I got respect for Styles. Ima Cop the CD out.
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Re: Styles - A Gangsta and a Gentleman
« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2002, 11:38:27 PM »
My homie I was with had it playing in the car. It was decent. I might go out and buy my own copy.

Dope review mayne.
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Re:Styles - A Gangsta and a Gentleman
« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2003, 06:21:43 AM »
This album is a classic debut album!Styles P is off da hook!
 

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Re:Styles - A Gangsta and a Gentleman
« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2003, 09:46:41 PM »
This album is a classic debut album!Styles P is off da hook!

I agree.
The album's filled with killah joints.. the only way to improve it, is to put "Shoot em in the head", and one of the I get high remixes on there, and remove some skits.
 

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Re:Styles - A Gangsta and a Gentleman
« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2003, 02:54:46 PM »
hmm, review seems nice, ill check this album soon
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Re:Styles - A Gangsta and a Gentleman
« Reply #15 on: June 20, 2003, 06:29:44 PM »
i love this alum im still bumpin it till today  
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Re:Styles - A Gangsta and a Gentleman
« Reply #16 on: July 05, 2003, 08:05:51 AM »
This album is DEFINITELY tight, I like the beats and Styles has his own unique rhyme-structure.
His flow is unpredictable, and that's something creative in the rap-game.
I was really surprised by his album.

So many good songs:

Good Times
Y'all Know We In Here
A Gangster And A Gentleman
I'm A Ruff Ryder
The Life
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Re:Styles - A Gangsta and a Gentleman
« Reply #17 on: July 06, 2003, 08:41:19 PM »
word bumpin it now


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Re:Styles - A Gangsta and a Gentleman
« Reply #18 on: July 06, 2003, 08:42:49 PM »
now im bumpin illmatic... ny state of mind... what


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Re:Styles - A Gangsta and a Gentleman
« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2003, 02:59:21 PM »
Well i thought the beat to A Gangsta & A Gentleman was tight but Styles shows how he can't rap for shit on it, The Life is damn good song (even though Styles raps are weak, they were good for the song). The rest of the album was absolute fucking shite in my opinion. But i am not a fan of the RR, I think they are all a bunch of talentless fuckheads (but i thought Jada ripped Rite Where U Stand).
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Re:Styles - A Gangsta and a Gentleman
« Reply #20 on: July 18, 2003, 06:24:25 PM »
^^^^ wtf...this album one was one of the best three from a couple years ago....still tight shit...8.5/10
 

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Re:Styles - A Gangsta and a Gentleman
« Reply #21 on: July 20, 2003, 11:04:56 AM »
Nice review, this album is dope