Neighborhood Rapstar

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
There's something about brothers Bennett "Laze" and Justin "Royal" Talmage Armstrong that will frustrate folks out of their teens. Regular Right On! or Word Up! readers who have become familiar with the duo through locker posters and "what's your favorite color?" style interviews probably won't notice, but the teen-targeted 2XL seem like they're on their second album when they're really on their first. Minus the very personal and very believable "Mama of Mine," their debut album, Neighborhood Rapstar, is too concerned with swagger, style, and what's poppin' to be considered approachable, and does little to explain where 2XL are coming from. The reason it's worth ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
There's something about brothers Bennett "Laze" and Justin "Royal" Talmage Armstrong that will frustrate folks out of their teens. Regular Right On! or Word Up! readers who have become familiar with the duo through locker posters and "what's your favorite color?" style interviews probably won't notice, but the teen-targeted 2XL seem like they're on their second album when they're really on their first. Minus the very personal and very believable "Mama of Mine," their debut album, Neighborhood Rapstar, is too concerned with swagger, style, and what's poppin' to be considered approachable, and does little to explain where 2XL are coming from. The reason it's worth complaining about is because this is a charismatic, talented duo, able to convincingly cover all the currently popular urban flavors. Since they aren't bringing their own voices to the game, they live and die by their material. Fortunately, Neighborhood Rapstar has more than its fair share of hooks along with plenty of slick productions, a handful by 2XL themselves and one by superstar producer Scott Storch. "Magic City" is classic thick and dramatic Storch and it would come in first place if it weren't for "The Hustle's Gone," which has such a gloriously bright OutKast-type funk to it that it makes heads immediately bob, hips instantly bump. Plus, slang king E-40 is on this and re-appears on the track "Kitty Kat" which could be passed off as a Ying Yang Twins cut, no problem. Rounding out the highlights is "Kissing Game," an update and interpolation of the irresistible Hi-Five hit "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)." That's a lot of prime material, more than enough to ignore the album's faults, and more than you'd expect from a release where a selling point for the physical CD is a bonus sheet of 2XL stickers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/20/2007
  • Label: Tommy Boy
  • UPC: 661868165821
  • Catalog Number: 1658
  • Sales rank: 375,712

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rock On (3:35)
  2. 2 Like It Like That (3:10)
  3. 3 Wannabe (3:27)
  4. 4 Magic City - Candy Hill (4:00)
  5. 5 The Hustle's Gone (3:56)
  6. 6 My Hat (3:54)
  7. 7 Bedrock - Ak'Sent (3:49)
  8. 8 The Chapters (4:06)
  9. 9 Interlude (1:16)
  10. 10 Mama of Mine (4:41)
  11. 11 Kissing Game - Na'Shay (3:50)
  12. 12 Kitty Kat (4:18)
  13. 13 Clap Music (3:00)
  14. 14 It's On (6:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
2XL Primary Artist
E-40 Vocals
Howard Hersh Keyboards
Josh Paul Bass Guitar
Verse Vocals
Canela Cox Vocals
Jeff B. Vocals
Maria Cifer Vocals
Ghost Vocals
Technical Credits
Greg Charley Producer, Instrumentation
Sham Instrumentation
Tom Silverman Executive Producer
Scott Spencer Storch Producer, Instrumentation
2XL Producer, Instrumentation
Tom Coyne Mastering
Cry Baby Dinkins Engineer
T.J. Thomas Composer
Victor Lee Executive Producer
Adam Kagan Engineer, Digital Editing, String Arrangements
Verse Instrumentation
David Esterson Executive Producer
J Classic Producer, Instrumentation
Jeff B. Producer
Audio Assassins Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
French Producer
Jhot Engineer
Key Players Ghost Producer
Mav Vocal Producer
Nate Scruggs Engineer
Torch Team Engineer
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