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Violator: The Album, Vol. 2
     

Violator: The Album, Vol. 2

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On the strength of the chunky drum kicks of the Grammy-nominated "Vivrant Thing" and Q-Tip's cuddly vocals and new ghetto-glam video image, 1999's Violator: The Album mixed hit songs from proven headliners with new bangers from aspiring solo artists, resulting in a tossed salad of sonic treats and a few near misses. Improving on the formula, this second volume

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On the strength of the chunky drum kicks of the Grammy-nominated "Vivrant Thing" and Q-Tip's cuddly vocals and new ghetto-glam video image, 1999's Violator: The Album mixed hit songs from proven headliners with new bangers from aspiring solo artists, resulting in a tossed salad of sonic treats and a few near misses. Improving on the formula, this second volume features familiar hip-hop stars including Noreaga, Mobb Deep, and LL Cool J alongside new rap voices such as Da Franchise and Cadillac Tah. But, whereas the first release was an uneven mix, this installment overflows with potential hits. The first single, the Neptunes-tweaked "What It Is," is performed by Busta Rhymes and Kelis and creeps up on you with its percolating, ping-pong melody -- Rhymes slyly spills verses from the corner of his mouth, while Kelis delivers a high-pitched chorus and Blondie-like monotone rap. Rappers Missy Elliott and Ja Rule join songbird Tweet to deal a blow to the Viagra industry on "Ex," a seductive, violin-accented track that irresponsibly advocates dropping Ecstasy instead of filling a prescription with lyrics such as: "Pop them things to get extra hard." The disc really begins to shine, however, when the new verbalists represent. On "Next Generation," over a James Brown sample, JoJo Pellegrino, Cadillac Tah, R.C. of Da Franchise, Fabolous, Fortune, and Remy Martin predict their future star status. Still don't believe the hype? Well, in perhaps the boldest move in recent years, Pellegrino cleverly remakes Eric B. & Rakim's classic "Microphone Fiend" with lines that reference the mafia series The Sopranos and underscore his own mafioso shtick -- e.g. "MCs get brain tumors/ I'm Anthony Senior/They're Jackie Juniors." Violator: The Album, Vol. 2 sets the stage for hip-hop's future all-stars.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - M.F. DiBella
The second installment from rap overseer label Violator (distributed by Columbia sublabel Loud records) is modern rap at its most volatile and glossy. This compilation piece brings together some of rap's brightest, some of rap's neophytes, and some of rap's most thugged-out. While the iced-out set gets plenty of bad press, their product continues to bring in top dollar, proof positive that rap music is a stable investment for record companies. Even with the musical and marketing frosting, Violator, Vol. 2 does contain some marvelous rough-cut hip-hop music. The irresistible "What It Is" is a powerful combination of an electronically rippling track from Virginia-bred mega-producers the Neptunes and the intergalactic verbal antics of Busta Rhymes. The Neptunes score again with the synthetically pounding "Grimey" by the lyrically vicious Noreaga. Soundbombing also abounds on tracks like the Havoc-produced "U Feel Me"; "Options," featuring Capone and Noyd; and "Come Thru," with Styles and Noreaga. The album sticks with this slick-gangster protocol throughout but falls off musically with tracks from crossover giants like Missy Elliot, Ja Rule, and Fabolous. Also, while much of the production is sharp and focused, there are five or so tracks that could have been left on the studio floor. Despite these diluted aspects, this is a worthwhile album with a fair amount of bang for your buck.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2001
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998579026
catalogNumber:
85790

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

DJ Red Alert   Vocals
Rich Nice   Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Busta Rhymes   Track Performer
LL Cool J   Vocals
Tweet   Vocals
Funkmaster Flex   Vocals
Fat Joe   Vocals
C-Lo   Vocals
Havoc   Vocals
Joe Hoffman   Bass
Noreaga   Vocals
Kurupt   Vocals
Rah Digga   Vocals
Spliff Star   Vocals
Ja Rule   Vocals,Rap
Memphis Bleek   Vocals
Hollywood   Track Performer
Jadakiss   Vocals
Kelis   Vocals
Jojo Pellegrino   Track Performer
Baby Jay   Track Performer
Fortune   Track Performer
Crisis   Track Performer
Fabolous   Vocals

Technical Credits

Rich Nice   Special Effects,Producer
B.J. Wilson   Producer
Kenny Ortíz   Engineer
David Bett   Art Direction
Havoc   Producer
Commissioner Gordon   Pro-Tools
Joe Hoffman   Engineer
Brian Springer   Engineer
Irv Gotti   Producer
Steve Sola   Engineer
Pharrell Williams   Arranger,Instrumentation
James Cruz   Marketing,Promoter
Chad Hugo   Arranger,Instrumentation
Swizz Beatz   Producer
Mike Anzel   Engineer
J. Smith   Producer
Jonathan "Lighty" Williams   Arranger,Engineer
Andrew Coleman   Engineer
Patrick Gordon   Engineer
Kamel Abdo   Engineer
Bink Dogg   Producer
Kasseem Dean   Composer
Scott Storch   Producer
Brian Stanley   Engineer

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Violator: The Album, Vol. 2 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you must buy a compilation ablum this has to be the 1. With bangin' beats and artist that luv to tell you ''What it is'' this album has it all!!!!