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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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Brett Johnson
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2001
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998579026
  • Catalog Number: 85790

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (2:48)
  2. 2 What It Is - Kelis (3:38)
  3. 3 Grimey - Noreaga (4:05)
  4. 4 Put Your Hands Up - LL Cool J (3:46)
  5. 5 Livin' in da City - Butch Cassidy (3:31)
  6. 6 Come Thru - Styles P (3:28)
  7. 7 We Are - Memphis Bleek (3:34)
  8. 8 Fiend - Jojo Pellegrino (3:42)
  9. 9 Sexual Chocolate - C-Lo (3:59)
  10. 10 Ex - Ja Rule (5:04)
  11. 11 U Feel Me/Options - Remy Martin (7:20)
  12. 12 Livin' the Life - Prodigy (4:02)
  13. 13 Die 3 - Crisis (3:57)
  14. 14 Grind Season - Jojo Pellegrino (4:26)
  15. 15 Hoppin' in My Car - Hollywood (3:16)
  16. 16 Next Generation - Remy Martin (3:26)
  17. 17 Can't Get Enough - Spliff Star (4:35)
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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
Brian Stanley Engineer
Scott Spencer Storch Producer
B.J. Wilson Producer
Kenny Ortíz Engineer
David Bett Art Direction
Tom Coyne Mastering
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
Mona Scott Associate Executive Producer
Mike Anzel Engineer
Just Blaze Producer
Jonathan "Lighty" Williams Arranger, Engineer, Associate Executive Producer
Andrew Coleman Engineer
Patrick Gordon Engineer
Kamel Abdo Engineer
Bink Dogg Producer
Kasseem Dean Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Violatin' the rap game

    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!!!!

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