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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 ...
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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
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/5/2000
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella
  • UPC: 731454258722
  • Catalog Number: 542587
  • Sales rank: 59,760

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 U Know Bleek (Intro) (1:51)
  2. 2 Do My... (3:39)
  3. 3 I Get High (3:39)
  4. 4 We Get Low (3:09)
  5. 5 Change Up - Beanie Sigel (2:05)
  6. 6 My Mind Right - Beanie Sigel (4:05)
  7. 7 Hustlers - Beanie Sigel (4:11)
  8. 8 All Types of S*** (3:48)
  9. 9 Pyt - Amil (3:58)
  10. 10 Bounce B**** (3:33)
  11. 11 They'll Never Play Me (3:39)
  12. 12 Everyday (4:12)
  13. 13 Is That Your Chick (The Lost Verses) (4:54)
  14. 14 In My Life (4:10)
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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
Brian Stanley Engineer
Ken "Duro" Ifill Engineer
Tony Dawsey Mastering
Timbaland Producer
Damon Dash Executive Producer
Shawn Carter Executive Producer
Kareem "Biggs" Burke Executive Producer
A Kid Called Roots Producer
Just Blaze Producer
Tia Johnson Art Direction
DJ Twinz Producer
Robert "Shim" Kirkland Producer
Gimel Keaton Engineer, Pro-Tools
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    tight as my undies

    no rap collection is complete with this album. pretty much every song on this album is good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This iz tha hott s***

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    some songs is good

    about 7 songs that is tight aothers is bad production.not bad though better than others but not as good as others neighter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bleek Hits Highs and Lows

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The BEST looking rapper of year 2000

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The realest rapper of 2000

    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.

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