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
Performance CreditsMemphis Bleek Primary Artist
Carl Thomas Track Performer
Ken Lewis Guitar
Jay-Z Track Performer
Beanie Sigel Track Performer
Technical CreditsJimmy Douglass Engineer
Ken "Duro" Ifill Engineer
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
no rap collection is complete with this album. pretty much every song on this album 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.