The Reason [Explicit Lyrics]

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He may be a charter member of Jay-Z's New York City crew, Roc La Familia, but Beanie Sigel remains true to his Philadelphia roots when he gets behind the mic. On his sophomore disc, The Reason, Beanie picks up where his acclaimed debut, The Truth, left off and once again unloads a round of tales from the dark side of the city of brotherly love. Featuring classic Soul-and-funk production (courtesy of producers Rick Rock, Just Blaze, and 88 Keys), Beanie puts a hip-hop spin on James Brown's "It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World" ("Man's World") and Isaac Hayes's "Ike's Mood" ("Still Got Love for You," featuring Jay-Z and Rell). He even offers a respectable update of the EPMD anthem "So What Cha Sayin'" with his labelmate...
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He may be a charter member of Jay-Z's New York City crew, Roc La Familia, but Beanie Sigel remains true to his Philadelphia roots when he gets behind the mic. On his sophomore disc, The Reason, Beanie picks up where his acclaimed debut, The Truth, left off and once again unloads a round of tales from the dark side of the city of brotherly love. Featuring classic Soul-and-funk production (courtesy of producers Rick Rock, Just Blaze, and 88 Keys), Beanie puts a hip-hop spin on James Brown's "It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World" ("Man's World") and Isaac Hayes's "Ike's Mood" ("Still Got Love for You," featuring Jay-Z and Rell). He even offers a respectable update of the EPMD anthem "So What Cha Sayin'" with his labelmate Memphis Bleek. Though he comes off with the same bravado that made The Truth a classic, this time around Beanie seems to have lost some of that unbridled fury, instead getting pensive with Mr. Scarface on "Mom Praying" and the raw ghetto commentary "What Your Life Like 2." Cuts such as the weed anthem "I Don't Do Much" and "Gangsta, Gangsta," an unoriginal collaboration with Kurupt, find Beans more concerned with his credibility as a baller than his rep as a feral street preacher. But the disc boasts more than enough entertaining street tales to please Rockefella camp fans -- and maybe even win over a few new ones. Ron Hart
All Music Guide - Bret Love
Arguably the hottest thing to come outta Philly since the Roots, Beanie Sigel had hip-hop heads from coast to coast bobbing along to the infectious beats and dark inner-city tales of his impressive debut, The Truth. But while emotional songs like "Mom Praying" make The Reason a solid enough follow-up, it essentially boils down to more of the same ol', same ol'. Sigel's familiar streetwise persona shines through on cuts that are more concerned with hustling and hanging out than glitz and glamour, but the repetitive tales of thug life and gangsterisms grow a bit redundant by album's end. The production is consistently banging, and songs like "Tales of a Hustla" and "Think It's a Game" featuring Jay-Z more than live up to the promise first glimpsed on The Truth. But ultimately, Sigel's sophomore effort isn't so much an artistic step forward as it is a step sideways.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2001
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella
  • UPC: 731454883825
  • Catalog Number: 548838
  • Sales rank: 41,383

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nothing Like It (3:22)
  2. 2 Beanie (Mack B****) (4:13)
  3. 3 So What You Saying (5:06)
  4. 4 Get Down (4:58)
  5. 5 I Don't Do Much (4:40)
  6. 6 For Mi Ni**** (4:12)
  7. 7 Watch Your B****** (3:46)
  8. 8 Think It's a Game - Freeway (5:33)
  9. 9 Man's World (3:50)
  10. 10 Gangsta, Gangsta (3:41)
  11. 11 Tales of a Hustler (3:55)
  12. 12 Mom Praying (4:40)
  13. 13 Still Got Love for You (4:21)
  14. 14 What Your Life Like, Pt. 2 (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Beanie Sigel Primary Artist
DJ Scratch scratching
Kurupt Track Performer
Memphis Bleek Track Performer
St. Nick Vocals
Lil' Chris Track Performer
Technical Credits
Tony Dawsey Mastering
Rick Rock Producer
Damon Dash Executive Producer
Shawn Carter Executive Producer
Kanye West Producer
Kareem "Biggs" Burke Executive Producer
Beanie Sigel Executive Producer
Just Blaze Producer
Bernard "Big Demi" Parker Producer
Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua Executive Producer
Kamel Abdo Engineer
Gimel Keaton Engineer
Gimel "Young Guru" Katon Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Decent Outing

    This album is very good, but I am not sure it is better than his first one. I am a big fan of his and have been before he had a solo album. I would say that he is still an album or two away from reaching the maturity it takes to make a truly great album. This is way better than anything Memphis Bleek has ever done, but not even close to the worst of Jay-z's albums. I think you should buy it, and enjoy it for what it is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Reason Exposed

    When you let the entire hip-hop world know the truth, you have to return and back it up with a Reason. Philly's Beanie Siegel lets the world know that ''The Reason'' he's a hardcore non-appologetic street hustling rapper is because of the game itself. One thing that Beans does continue to make clear is that hustling is his callin and he never intended to take the rap route. On the intro track ''Nothing Like It'' (arguably the hottest track on the album) Beans lets the world know that when he puts a pen to paper the verbal mastery writes itself and he himself questions the ultimate origins. That is what makes him such a valuable member of Jay-Z's championship Roc-La Familia Dynasty. Hes hot and he doesnt even try. Speaking of Jigga, he arguably laces the hottest verse on the album declaring 'Don't call me Hov no more call me the blueprint' foreshadowing his upcoming classic. And the Beans and Jay collabos become even more intense in the sequel to 'where have you been' entitles 'still got love for you'. Even though Dogg Pound members Kurupt and Daz and other emcees including Freeway are welcoming additions to the album on gangsta influences tracks, the best moments are definitely the introspective emotional tracks. ''Whats Your life Like pt.2' leaves the same stomach-wrenching feeling of sorrow and pain that made the first one so memorable. Overall, Beanie proves that the Roc isnt going anywhere and hes holding down his ground.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    keep feedin' Beans them Beats, ''fool''

    I jus' like to say big ups to my man Kanye, forreal ni$$A, you doing it with the beats. You got on, so now do'em.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i love this

    beanie sigel is tha man on roc-a-fella this time of year (summer2001)and he shining.his only weak song is ''i dont do much'',but its still tight.so the album is great.it is better than album ''the truth'',eventhough thats his best song,so if u want beanie u want ''the reason''.the best tracks 10 and 13

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