B. Coming

The B. Coming

by Beanie Sigel
     
 

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Facing incarceration on a federal gun charge, rapper Beanie Sigel got to work big time and quickly finished the album he had promised for years, The B.Coming. Rather than rushed, the album feels tense, like all these songs were attacking Beans and he was trying his damnedest to let them all through. It's a hectic, exhaustive listen, and on first encounter,

Overview

Facing incarceration on a federal gun charge, rapper Beanie Sigel got to work big time and quickly finished the album he had promised for years, The B.Coming. Rather than rushed, the album feels tense, like all these songs were attacking Beans and he was trying his damnedest to let them all through. It's a hectic, exhaustive listen, and on first encounter, cluttered. The mastering of the album sounds like a mixtape: dense, tight, and maxed at times. It takes some getting used to since Beanie's lyrics are better and expectedly bleaker than ever, and could benefit from something more crisp -- so make sure you've got the headphones ready and told all your friends to beat it. You wouldn't listen to an audiobook with everybody hanging around, and with The B.Coming being a journal set to beats, you're best off going this one alone. One thing to know is that it's not a linear journal. Instead, it consists of fragments from here and there that deal very little with situations and more with mindsets. The Neptunes-produced "Don't Stop" spits bitter venom at those "softer than a Reebok classic," with Snoop playing a simple, supportive role, something Beanie's other guests -- and there are plenty -- could learn from. Twista and Peedi Peedi take the twitching party of "Gotta Have It" to a new level and Bun B is a good hangout buddy for the spliff-puffing, sizzurp-sipping "Purple Rain," but when Beanie gets serious, you'll want Redman or whoever else out of the way. Course, everybody wants to hear Beans and Jay-Z trade lines, since Sigel and Jay go way back, and as "It's On" displays, the powerful chemistry is still there. The spiteful "Bread & Butter" ("So blind/I didn't see the Robin Givens in you"), the humble one minute, vicious the next "Lord Have Mercy," and the pensive "Look at Me Now" add to the pile of highlights. Those looking for a direct story of how Beanie earned three years in the clink will be somewhat disappointed, but these chunks of insight into the man's turmoil -- and the couple party tunes that go with them -- add up to one hell of an album.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2005
Label:
Def Jam
UPC:
0044007731123
catalogNumber:
000308202
Rank:
33723

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beanie Sigel   Primary Artist
Asia   Vocals
Ashley   Vocals
Oschino   Track Performer
Melissa   Track Performer
Melissa Jay   Track Performer
Sparks   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Taj Mahal   Instrumentation
Christine McVie   Composer
George "Chocolate" Perry   Composer
Spike   Producer
Buck Wild   Producer
DJ Scratch   Producer
Jamal   Producer
R. Noble   Composer
Jay-Z   Composer
Damon Dash   Executive Producer
Brian Garten   Engineer
A.J. Bond   Composer
A.J. Lewis   Composer
Neptunes   Producer
Carlisle Young   Engineer
R. Harrell   Composer
Kareem "Biggs" Burke   Executive Producer
Beanie Sigel   Executive Producer
J. Smith   Producer
Bink   Producer
C.C. Mitchell   Composer
Gimel Keaton   Engineer
Tatsuya Sato   Engineer
Heavy D   Producer
D. Richard Lewis   Composer
Dawud West   Art Direction
Shane "Bermy" Woodley   Engineer
B.R. Boys   Composer
RuggedNess   Producer
Isaiah Abolin   Engineer
C.F. Reis   Composer
Michelle Brown   Management
Boola   Producer
Chad Hamilton   Producer,Engineer
Eric Weissman   Sample Clearance
DaNeckbones   Producer
Aqua   Producer
D.B. Grant   Composer
Erica Bowen   Administration
Dominick Conde   Cover Photo

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