Truth

The Truth

3.6 6
by Beanie Sigel
     
 

Most hip-hop debut discs are usually only as good as their hit singles. Beanie Sigel's THE TRUTH, which soars from start to finish, is the exception that makes the rule. Technically, Philadelphia native Sigel isn't exactly a rap rookie. He first turned heads with his rhymes on a DJ Clue? mix tape, which led to star turns on Jay-Z's "Reservoir…  See more details below

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Most hip-hop debut discs are usually only as good as their hit singles. Beanie Sigel's THE TRUTH, which soars from start to finish, is the exception that makes the rule. Technically, Philadelphia native Sigel isn't exactly a rap rookie. He first turned heads with his rhymes on a DJ Clue? mix tape, which led to star turns on Jay-Z's "Reservoir Dogs" from VOL. 2: HARD KNOCK LIFE, and on the "More Money, More Cash, More Hoes" remix on THE CORRUPTOR soundtrack. What makes Sigel a compelling contender to the rap throne is his passionate, protect ya neck flow. His boundless conviction allows him to hang tough with THE TRUTH's high profile guest MC's. The incisive "Mac and Brad" features Scarface; "Who Want What" features loopy rhymes from Memphis Bleek; and Eve smolders on the requisite if-my-friends-could-see-me-now track, "Remember Them Days." While Jay-Z, THE TRUTH'S executive producer, appears on three tracks, the best tracks feature Sigel solo. He depicts stories that exemplify his street savvy and toughness without glorifying violence, and on "Die," he expresses his dismay for the low value society places on those who grow up in the hood. Production by Swizz Beatz, Suave House, and others match the high caliber rhymes with explosive rhythms and rare samples.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Conaway
In 1998, Philadelphia native Beanie Sigel was just another hungry voice in the crowd. However, after an impromptu verse on the Roots' Adrenaline, he caught the attention of Jay-Z, who quickly inked the young MC to a deal with his Roc-A-Fella empire. While the momentum of a few dazzling collaborations catapulted his meteoric rise up the hip-hop ranks, more importantly it showed an MC who was on the cusp of greatness. Beanie's debut, The Truth, is the culmination of that promise. While Beanie's monosyllabic flow is methodical and offers little variation, his lyrics are remarkably detailed. "What Ya Life Like" is such a frightening depiction of incarceration that it warrants inclusion in any Scared Straight documentary. Also, Beanie ingeniously parallels the life of a drug dealer to that of video-game characters on "Mac Man." Although Beanie is not ready to supplant his esteemed mentor, Jay-Z, he is one of the most intriguing lyricists to emerge in the post-2Pac era.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/29/2000
Label:
Roc-A-Fella
UPC:
0731454662123
catalogNumber:
546621
Rank:
37684

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beanie Sigel   Primary Artist
Mike Tyler   Guitar
Nafeisa Abdalla   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Buck Wild   Producer
Sam Sneed   Producer
Tony Dawsey   Mastering
Chauncey Mahan   Programming,Engineer
T-Mix   Producer,Engineer
Damon Dash   Executive Producer
Rockwilder   Producer
Shawn Carter   Executive Producer
Kanye West   Producer
Daven "Prestige" Vanderpool   Producer
Patrick Viala   Engineer
Bink   Producer
Bernard "Big Demi" Parker   Producer
Robert "Shim" Kirkland   Producer
J-5   Producer
Eddie Scoresazy   Producer

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The Truth 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a hot album. If you are a true rap fan you will cop this album. Beanie Sigel has a unique style and has great lyrics. The best tracks are the truth, raw&uncut, remember them days, what a thug about, and anything, Jay-Z's bonus song that does not feature Beanie Sigel
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yo this album was mad dissapointing, only a few cuts was aight but the rest could have been way betta!!!! He shouldn't even be compared the BIG cause BIG is in a league of his own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this album is true to the game. Everything that Beenie raps about in here is all about the real life on the streets and from the ghetto-Y'all feel me?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This could have been muuuuuch better! And the fact that The Source gave this a 4 1/2 mic review really brought it down. There are a few standout cuts, such as ''The Truth'', ''Raw & Uncut'', and ''Mac and Brad''. But besides those, the rest of the album is either just aiight or a letdown(i.e., ''Mac Man'', ''Everybody Wanna be A Star'', and ''Who Want What'' should not have been included)! Hopefully the next outing will be much better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Philly is in the house with this album. Beanie Sigel is the best of Jay-Z's crew and he proves it here. BUY IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Philly dude none for gutter work. True to da delf streetd anyone else is faker than dat boy
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a strong debut by Sigel. It seems like this album was made by someone who had a deal for 10 years. Beanie first CD was demo like he stated on this CD. This is hot and you can still listening to it in 2004.