Lyricist Lounge, Vol. 2

Lyricist Lounge, Vol. 2

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Underground hip-hop enthusiasts have come to expect great things from the Lyricist Lounge franchise. What started as an ambitious open-mike night that hosted then-fledgling newcomers such as the Notorious B.I.G., Rah Digga, and Eminem has since spawned the disc


Underground hip-hop enthusiasts have come to expect great things from the Lyricist Lounge franchise. What started as an ambitious open-mike night that hosted then-fledgling newcomers such as the Notorious B.I.G., Rah Digga, and Eminem has since spawned the disc Lyricist Lounge, Vol. 1, a national concert tour, and a sketch comedy show on MTV. The latest installment in the Lounge legacy is Lyricist Lounge, Vol. 2, an all-star compilation featuring seasoned MCs such as Q-Tip and Beanie Sigel, as well as bubbling-under talents such as Dilated Peoples and Royce the 5'9. The album's first single, the pulsating club-thumper "Oh No," teams East Coast rappers Mos Def and Pharoahe Monch with West Coast G-funk singer Nate Dogg. Other highlights include the head-nodding "Sharp Shooters," which partners politically conscious rappers Talib Kweli and Dead Prez, and the humorous "WKYA (Will Kick Your Ass)," featuring Redman and Saukrates. By giving hungry newcomers a shot at the big league and keeping rap veterans on their toes, Lyricist Lounge, Vol. 2 helps maintain hip-hop's thriving competitive and collaborative spirit. Abby Addis

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Conaway
The second installment of the Lyricist Lounge compilation takes on a decidedly different direction then its predecessor. While the first segment catered towards breaking new, less-familiar talent, names like Prime, Mike Zoot, and Sarah Jones have been phased out and replaced by Erick Sermon and (gasp) JT Money. Yet, the transition is a fairly smooth one, and considering that the Lyricist Lounge has expanded from its open-mike night roots into a successful MTV comedy show, this revision is not entirely surprising. Though not without filler material, LL 2 achieves what most compilations promise but never deliver -- a satisfactory LP that will appease both the chest-beating backpacker and the bling-bling tunnel faction. The quest in trying to meet this goal is really half the fun, as some interesting collaborations unfold; fellow Detroit natives Royce 5'9" and Jay Dee hook up on the autobiographical "Let's Grow," and Talib Kweli and Dead Prez revitalize the pro-black ideology over Hi-Tek's spaghetti western guitar riffs on the eye-opening "Sharp Shooters." However, the closest example of what LL 2 aspires to be is captured on Redman and Saukrates' "WKYA" (Will Kick Your Ass), as the easily accessible but fiery rhymes of Red and Sauk are truly universal in their flavor. Though LL 2 may not portray the idealism or spirit that the Lyricist Lounge was initially founded on, it does successfully represent the differing tastes of all hip-hop fans. That in itself is this compilation's biggest accomplishment.

Product Details

Release Date:
Rawkus / Umgd


  1. 16 Bars
  2. Oh No
  3. Makin' It Blend
  4. Get Up
  5. Get That Dough
  6. Let's Grow
  7. Ms. Fat Booty 2
  8. W.K.Y.A.
  9. Sharp Shooters
  10. Legendary Street Team
  11. The Grimy Way
  12. Battle
  13. Da Cipha Interlude
  14. Right And Exact
  15. He Lives
  16. Watcha
  17. I've Committed Murder
  18. Live At The Lounge (Outro)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Redman   Track Performer
Notorious B.I.G.   Track Performer
Q-Tip   Track Performer
RZA   Track Performer
Kool G Rap   Track Performer
Sylvester Scott   Track Performer
Ghostface Killah   Track Performer
M.O.P.   Track Performer
Big Noyd   Track Performer
Nate Dogg   Track Performer
Cocoa Brovaz   Track Performer
Mos Def   Track Performer
Talib Kweli   Track Performer
Punch   Track Performer
Macy Gray   Track Performer
Cobra Red   Track Performer
Dead Prez   Track Performer
Pastor Troy   Track Performer
J.T. Money   Track Performer
Planet Asia   Track Performer
Saukrates   Track Performer
Beanie Sigel   Track Performer
Last Emperor   Track Performer
Pharoahe Monch   Track Performer
Words   Track Performer
Dilated Peoples   Track Performer
Prodigy   Track Performer
Master Fuol   Track Performer
Phil Da Agony   Track Performer
Guilty (Consequence And Menace)   Track Performer
Royce Da Five Nine   Track Performer

Technical Credits

DJ Hi-Tek   Producer,Engineer
As One   Graphic Design
Guru   Producer
DJ Premier   Producer
Troy Hightower   Engineer
Prince Paul   Producer
Eddie Sancho   Engineer
Erick Sermon   Producer,Engineer
Doug Wilson   Engineer
Ken "Duro" Ifill   Engineer
Dexter Thibou   Engineer
Tom Brick   Engineer
Tim Nitz   Engineer
Frank Nitty Pimentel   Engineer
Steve Sola   Engineer
Alchemist   Producer
Rockwilder   Producer
Anthony Marshall   Executive Producer
Mike Koch   Engineer
Alon Cohen   Engineer
Nastee   Engineer
Ayatollah   Producer
Dave Dar   Engineer
Willo   Graphic Design,Art Direction
Madlib   Producer
Reza Safinia   Engineer
Scott Weatherwaxx   Engineer
Jo Chris   Engineer,Video Images,Video Stills
Blak Shawn   Executive Producer
DJ Mighty MI   Producer
Chris Soul   Engineer
Danny Castro   Executive Producer
DJ Roddy Rod   Producer
Perry Landesberg   Executive Producer
Chris Conway   Engineer
Scott Storch   Producer

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Lyricist Lounge, Vol. 2 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yo, I know that there has been a good amount of criticism for the lineup on this album, but to y'all who have been hearin' that, all I have to say is this.......... cover your ears. This album is off the hook. It may not be as ''underground'' as Vol.1, but it is tight regardless. There are bangers by Mos and Pharoahe, Q-Tip and Words, Kweli and Dead Prez, Mos and Ghostface, Royce the 5'9'', M.O.P and Kool G Rap, etc., etc. From this little list, anyone can tell that this album is crazy nice. Plus the producers on it are hip hop elite. Jay Dee, Rockwilder, Primo, The Alchemist, Hi-Tek and more. I mean, you really can't front on this album.. COP IT!!! Better sooner than later. Peace.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I didn't quite enjoy volume 2 as much as I did volume 1(due to the fact that Lyricist lounge is supposed to showcase undiscovered underground acts, not try and make loot off of the talents of already popular artists), it was still a bangin' effort by Rawkus. The Cocoa Brovaz go back to their Smif-n-Wessun days with ''Get Up'', Talib kweli and dead prez incite riots with ''Sharp Shooters'', M.O.P.and Kool G. Rap put a cringe in your spine with ''Legendary Street Team'', and Big Noyd(assisted by Prodigy of Mobb Deep) tells us that the only way to do it is ''The Grimy Way'': one of the best of 2000!