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Understanding
     

The Understanding

4.5 6
by Memphis Bleek
 

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Memphis Bleek is the baby-faced member of Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella camp, but he's anything but young and innocent. On his debut effort, Coming of Age, Bleek announced his arrival on the rap scene with the Swizz Beatz-produced single "Memphis Bleek Is," which shouts out the New Yorker's favorite activities

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Memphis Bleek is the baby-faced member of Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella camp, but he's anything but young and innocent. On his debut effort, Coming of Age, Bleek announced his arrival on the rap scene with the Swizz Beatz-produced single "Memphis Bleek Is," which shouts out the New Yorker's favorite activities as "money, drugs, and murder for life." Most recently, Bleek, who first appeared on Jay's Reasonable Doubt, partnered with his mentor once again on the summer anthem "Hey Papi" from the Nutty Professor II soundtrack. With such an impressive track record, it's no wonder the stakes were high for Bleek's sophomore disc, The Understanding. Even so, he delivers the goods with a bevy of gritty, neck-snapping beats and guest shots from Roc family members Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, and Amil. "Hustlers" is a dramatic narrative featuring haunting vocals, while "All Types of S***" is a strings-accented ode to fast-paced street life. Carl Thomas chimes in on the melodic "Everyday," while Jay, H. Money Bags, and Sigel set off the remix "My Mind Right," which originally appeared on DJ Clue's Backstage Mixtape. The album's true gem, however, is the Timbaland-produced "Is That Your Chick (The Lost Verses)," a pounding posse cut featuring Jay, Twista, and Missy Elliott. With The Understanding, Bleek proves he can spar with the hip-hop heavyweights. Abby Addis

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
For his second album, Jay-Z protégé Memphis Bleek makes small strides forward from his debut album, Coming of Age. Yet like Coming of Age, the tracks on The Understanding may be a level above those of most rap but still aren't in the same category as those of Jay-Z or the other superstars from New York's hardcore school of rap: Nas, Ja Rule, Mobb Deep, and Raekwon.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/05/2000
Label:
Roc-A-Fella
UPC:
0731454258722
catalogNumber:
542587
Rank:
110327

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Memphis Bleek   Primary Artist
Carl Thomas   Track Performer
Ken Lewis   Guitar
Jay-Z   Track Performer
Beanie Sigel   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jimmy Douglass   Engineer
Ken "Duro" Ifill   Engineer
Timbaland   Producer
Damon Dash   Executive Producer
Shawn Carter   Executive Producer
Kareem "Biggs" Burke   Executive Producer
Kid Called Roots   Producer
J. Smith   Producer
Tia Johnson   Art Direction
DJ Twinz   Producer
Robert "Shim" Kirkland   Producer
Gimel Keaton   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Brian Stanley   Engineer

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The Understanding 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like Jay-Z and JA Rule, buy this album. 3 tracks are hot, 2 are good, and the rest are forgetable. Bleek features an intesity that mixes well with Jay-Z. Not a bad buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The song 'Is that your B####?' hit number 1 in THE BOX for a week, that song is tight! Memphis Bleek is one of the best looking rappers!u got 2 get the cd in order 2 know how tight it is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think memphis bleek is a great rapper.A rising star in the hip-hop world.The song pyt is very good and so is is that your chick(lost verses).I recommend this album to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
no rap collection is complete with this album. pretty much every song on this album is good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
about 7 songs that is tight aothers is bad production.not bad though better than others but not as good as others neighter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bleek's new cd is going to blow alot of minds.The song ''Is that your b****'' is going to set him aside from other rappers making him know for keeping it real.Even if its a remake of jay-z song its tight along with the rest of the songs on his new cd.