Godfather Buried Alive [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - Brett Johnson
Jamal "Shyne" Barrow was poised for rap stardom before a 1999 nightclub shooting incident sealed his fate and sent him upstate for ten years. But in an industry where going to the slammer only heightens your street cred, the former Sean "P. Diddy" Combs protégé signed a $3 million record contract and was given a second chance to live up to the hype he failed to justify on his 2000 self-titled debut. Not surprisingly, the Brooklyn MC -- whose sedated, husky flow has been compared to the Notorious B.I.G.'s -- knows how to spin masterful crime-pays rhymes, and there are a few magical moments when the sonics do the words justice. On the opener, "Quasi O.G.," a Bob Marley ...
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Barnes & Noble - Brett Johnson
Jamal "Shyne" Barrow was poised for rap stardom before a 1999 nightclub shooting incident sealed his fate and sent him upstate for ten years. But in an industry where going to the slammer only heightens your street cred, the former Sean "P. Diddy" Combs protégé signed a $3 million record contract and was given a second chance to live up to the hype he failed to justify on his 2000 self-titled debut. Not surprisingly, the Brooklyn MC -- whose sedated, husky flow has been compared to the Notorious B.I.G.'s -- knows how to spin masterful crime-pays rhymes, and there are a few magical moments when the sonics do the words justice. On the opener, "Quasi O.G.," a Bob Marley sample paces a loping beat and a jaded hustler outlook: "Black people don't own no ports or boats / So tell me how the f**k we getting all this coke?" Kanye West weaves a haunting, operatic vocal snippet and somber, canned drum kicks between Shyne's been-there-done-that survivalist gun talk on "More or Less," while on the menacing minimalism of "Godfather," he summarizes: "I don't rhyme / I just talk about life that's mine." Taken as a whole, however, Godfather Buried Alive finds Shyne shackled by his circumstance. Though he's lived the stuff from which rap legends are made, prison has a way of limiting one's options, not to mention beat selection. Much of the disc's 12 songs plod along with deflated funk touches and toothless bass lines, and on "For the Record," he literally phoned in a track full of pointed 50 Cent disses. Fans might be familiar with several songs, either from heavily circulated mix tapes or from previously released discs the dated "Behind the Walls" with Nate Dogg and Kurupt, was included on the Oz soundtrack, and "Shyne," with Mashonda, can be found on the 2002 Swizz Beats compilation. Prison life may well provide Shyne with the angst and grist to make his next album a true epic, but in the meantime, Godfather Buried Alive captures an artist struggling to make the most of his current harsh reality.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/2004
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 602498629567
  • Catalog Number: 000296202
  • Sales rank: 50,134

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Buried Alive (Intro) (0:18)
  2. 2 Quasi O.G. (4:25)
  3. 3 More or Less (4:37)
  4. 4 Behind the Walls (4:29)
  5. 5 Shyne (4:30)
  6. 6 For the Record (4:55)
  7. 7 Martyr (3:53)
  8. 8 Jimmy Choo - Ashanti (3:43)
  9. 9 Godfather (3:59)
  10. 10 The Gang (4:18)
  11. 11 Edge (4:14)
  12. 12 Here With Me (4:35)
  13. 13 Diamonds and Mac-10's (4:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shyne Primary Artist
Foxy Brown Vocals
Mashonda Vocals
Demetrius McGhee Guitar
Technical Credits
Bob Marley Composer
B. Miller Composer
Herb Powers Mastering
C. Thompson Composer
Buck Wild Producer
Yogi Producer
J. Graham Composer
K. Smith Composer
Chucky Thompson Producer
Chris Theis Engineer
Brian Springer Engineer
Irv Gotti Producer
Deborah Mannis-Gardner Sample Clearance
Charlemagne Producer
Stephen Dent Engineer
Won Allen Engineer
Hernán Santiago Engineer
Ricardo Brown Composer
Kanye West Producer
Swizz Beatz Producer
Roger Che Engineer
H. Charlemagne Composer
Just Blaze Producer
Ryan West Engineer
M. Albert Composer
Nathaniel Hale Composer
Dawud West Art Direction
Kasseem Dean Composer
Brian Miller Producer
Marc Pfafflin Engineer
Jimi Kendrix Producer
James Patrick Cooper Cover Photo
Bolivar Arellano Cover Photo
Anthony "Wolf" Jones Executive Producer
Moses Leviy Producer
Collin Weeks Engineer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great album

    I think this album is overlooked but this is honestly one of the best rap albums i've heard "for the record" is the best 50 diss 2 date shyne is a very good song so is pretty much every song this album is a must buy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's o.k.

    It's alright, but it could've been better. Plus, some of those songs that on the album I already have heard. Until he release new material he will be the same old SHYNE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Actually a 3 1/2 star album

    The reason I give this album 3 1/2 stars is beacuase its short, 13 trancks an about 53minutes....with that said the only song Im not a fan of is the newly released "Jimmy Choo", I thinks its just too commercial an pop like for Shyne. A big disappointment was the phoned in "for the record" dissing 50cent I think for the albuum he shouldved re recorded it an made it of better quality. But none the less this album given Shyne's situation an still makes most albums being released by other so called Hip Hop artists look bad. Its a must have if your a Shyne fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    he's back...

    its about time that someone finally showed up the wangsta 50 cent...Shot 7 times never shot back...of course shyne will take his six out anytime...shyne's tracks are ill...and with production from kanye west and additional vocals from the bronx queen herself foxxy brown...this album is an album all must cop...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Shyne is Back On Top

    You will think being away for so long will loose your reputation. On this album Shyne exposes Gritty and Grimey lyrics and takes out 50 cent on track no.6 "for the record" Other great tracks are: no.3 _ More or Less (produced by Kanye West)no.9_Godfather and no.4 Behind the Walls (feat. Nate Dogg & Kurupt)Great comeback. Get this album

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Takeover

    S-H-Y-N-E..... Raw, ruthless, rugged hiphop at its finest... Everything he spits is like Beanie Siegel's album, "the truth"... He keeps it real, makes you feel gritty, and has your headbopping through every track.. I recommend the track titled "The Gang" which brought me back to realize what an ill emcee this guy is...Shyne doing his numbas..holla back

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