Soul Survivor II [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Though by the mid-'90s he had earned his status as one of the finest producers in hip-hop, Pete Rock's solo career didn't get off to a good start. He split with C.L. Smooth in 1995 and moved back into independent production for several years, occasionally getting together a project with personal appeal, like his brother's group, InI. Finally signed to Loud/RCA for his first solo album in 1998, Rock called in fans and friends from Wu-Tang Clan to Kool G Rap to Beenie Man for a very promising record. Despite some great material, it wasn't a commercial success and he was unceremoniously dropped from the label with one final disrespect: five years later, the Loud website was ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Though by the mid-'90s he had earned his status as one of the finest producers in hip-hop, Pete Rock's solo career didn't get off to a good start. He split with C.L. Smooth in 1995 and moved back into independent production for several years, occasionally getting together a project with personal appeal, like his brother's group, InI. Finally signed to Loud/RCA for his first solo album in 1998, Rock called in fans and friends from Wu-Tang Clan to Kool G Rap to Beenie Man for a very promising record. Despite some great material, it wasn't a commercial success and he was unceremoniously dropped from the label with one final disrespect: five years later, the Loud website was still proclaiming the release of Soul Survivor on November 10, 1998. More productions followed before he signed to Rapster, which treated him more like an artist than a meal ticket, and reissued some old projects Lost and Found before following through with the sequel to Soul Survivor. Surprisingly, Soul Survivor II is a much better record than the original, and the best production album Rock's ever done on his own. He's less reliant on hooks than in the past, instead content to simply recruit a cast of great rappers and give them enough to run with. And with more focus i.e., fewer tracks this time out, the quality level has gone up. On the second track, "We Good," Kardinal Offishall gets the high honor of Rock's best production or at least, the most immediately gratifying, and doesn't let it slip with a barrage of dense but freewheeling rhymes. Next on the mike is Pharoahe Monch, the recipient of a classic Rock track airy effects and slightly stuttered beats called "Just Do It," on which he preaches self-reliance with informed lyrics. Pete Rock's two-song reunion with C.L. Smooth, "It's a Love Thing" and "Appreciate," illustrate that Smooth still has plenty of what originally gave him his name but hasn't come too far from ten years ago. More than any of his other records, Soul Survivor II displays Rock crafting his productions to fit the rappers -- just compare the tense track that drives the politicized "Warzone" for Dead Prez to the smoothed-out '70s samples and horns laid underneath GZA and RZA for "Head Rush."
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1/2 Even with an assortment of guests, Pete's sample-heavy collages are diverse enough to make Soul Survivor II a true album experience rather than another compilation. Aqua Boogie
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2004
  • Label: Rapster
  • UPC: 730003903212
  • Catalog Number: 32

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Truth Is - Black Ice (3:06)
  2. 2 We Good - Kardinal Offishall (4:14)
  3. 3 Just Do It - Pharoahe Monch (4:32)
  4. 4 Give It to Ya - Little Brother (4:48)
  5. 5 It's the Postaboy - Postaboy (4:16)
  6. 6 It's a Love Thing (4:50)
  7. 7 One MC, One DJ - Skillz (3:51)
  8. 8 Beef - Krumbsnatcha (4:23)
  9. 9 No Tears - Leela James (3:44)
  10. 10 Head Rush (2:07)
  11. 11 Fly Till I Die - Talib Kweli (4:16)
  12. 12 Warzone - Dead Prez (3:57)
  13. 13 Da Villa - Slum Village (5:06)
  14. 14 Niggaz Know (2:18)
  15. 15 Appreciate (4:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pete Rock Primary Artist
Black Ice Track Performer
Postaboy Track Performer
Technical Credits
GZA Composer
Rod Hui Engineer
Jazzy Jeff Engineer
Adam Kudzin Engineer
RZA Composer, Producer, Engineer
C.L. Smooth Composer
Jamey Staub Producer, Engineer
Jay Dee Composer
Pat Philips Producer
A. Campbell Composer
Pete Rock Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
David Kutch Mastering
Krumb Snatcha Mobsters Composer
Talib Kweli Composer
Dead Prez Composer
Daniel Boom Engineer
Slum Village Composer
Pharoahe Monch Composer
Comissioner Gordon Engineer
Kardinal Offishall Composer
Steven Carty Producer
T. Jones Composer
D. Richard Lewis Composer
Peter Adarkwah Executive Producer
Little Brother Composer
Skillz Composer
Thomas McCallion Art Direction
Eddie Bezalel Executive Producer
9th Wonder Engineer
Andre Dandridge Engineer
Big Dho Engineer
Black Ice Composer
Postaboy Composer
Kamal Blake Engineer
Young RJ Engineer
J Dilla Engineer
Yutaka Kawana Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Throwback,uncluttered,Hip-Hop

    For years, I was fiending for the Soul Brother to come out with some new material. 2004's Soul Survivor was definitly worth the long wait. This is without a doubt one of the hottest albums of 2004. One of the highlights of this album is the way the Chocolate Boy Wonder creates a stirring diversity of tracks for the artists to perform on this album, creating melodies to suit each artists flow. Highlight tracks on this album include the riveting "Beef", featuring Boston's own Krumbsnatcha, and also "We Good", featuring one of the most underrated M.C's in the game, Kardinal Offishall. And what better way to cap things off with than a Pete Rock-C.L Smooth reunion track, "Appreciate", a feel-good cut, which brings the listener to reminisce Hip-Hop's golden era, when it was all about the material. Overall, a must have for all the true Hip-Hop Heads. Also, look out in 2005 for the Pete Rock-C.L Smooth reunion album. One love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    back to reminiscince for you

    wow. this album shows that albums like gangstarr's 'the ownerz', method man's 'the prequel' and the upcoming nas 'streets disciple' that comebacks of the finest hip-hop can be pure heat. pete rock puts on the set the talented rapper pharoahe monch, talib kweli, rza & gza bringing the ruckus, the, however dead prez' aggressive clubtrack on the single 'warzone', and the wonderfull three reunions with cl smooth (well known for being on the mic on 'mecca and the soul brother' a jazz-rap classic with pete) we all know the underrated five-stars. the best tracks on the album are definetely the laid-back track with pharoahe 'just do it', the wonderfull typical reunion track with cl smooth 'appreciate' and j-dilla's 'n*ggaz know'. pete rock remains my favorite producer exept primo cause he's keeping things exactly like the days with 'mecca and the soulbrother and 'the main source'. ain't a damn thing changed. it seems that after 3 months kanye west's got a big rival to make 2004 hip-hop's finest.

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