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Beanie Sigel – The B. Coming review

Beanie Sigel - The B. Coming reviewhey say art imitates life. This is never more evident than on Beanie Sigel’s third release The B. Coming. With jail time imminent and his life on the line, Beanie Sigel took all of the pain, hardship, and struggles of his life and turned it into his greatest achievement yet. The Beans on this album is different from the one on The Reason and The Truth. You can tell from the tone in his voice and the emphasis on every bar that Beanie knew what lied ahead of him. The dark and eerie mood on The B. Coming is tense. Bean’s introspective rhymes and real life drama takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. The B. Coming will do nothing to cheer your day up, but that is the beauty of it. The album represents the pain and struggle of Beanie Sigel, as the Philly native poured his heart and soul out on every track.

The lead single “Feel It In The Air” finds Beans in vintage Geto Boys form, questioning whether his “mind is playing tricks on him”. Over Heavy D’s atmospheric backdrop and fitting vocal sample, Beans offers a variety of lyrical jewels that touch on his inner and outward struggles.

“I hear this voice in the back of my mind, like Mack; tighten up your circle, before they hurt you. Read they body language, eighty-five percent communication non-verbal, eighty-five percent swear they know you. Ten percent, you know they stories. Man the other five, I’mma show you. Just know you been pulling strings, you the puppet master. Fuck them other bastards, now watch who you puffin after. Play your cards, go against all odds. Shoot for the moon, if you miss, you still amongst those stars”.

The struggle continues on the soulful “I Can’t Go On This Way” featuring Young Chris and Freeway. Following Jay-z’s “blueprint” for soul, producer Aqua laces the track with a magnificent sample, but utilizing Gloria Scott’s “Love Me, Love Me, Love Me Or Leave Me, Leave Me”. Beanie’s epic verse touches on everything from baby mama drama, to the pitfalls of the music industry. Gone are the repetitive rhyme schemes and tired subject matter that was seen on Bean’s last two LP’s. “I Can’t Go On This Way” is proof that Beanie has stepped up his game and is providing thought provoking bars for each listener to crew on.

This is also seen on the Ty Fyffe produced “Change”. Over a compelling combination of slick violins and sparkling keys, Bean’s transports himself back in the day to when he was just a “child of the ghetto”. However, instead of offering a cliché recollection of street drama, Beanie runs through a story of an individual’s growth and change while still living in the hood. “Lord Have Mercy” is another notable effort that finds Bean’s asking for forgiveness from the “man” above. The track’s gloomy keys and harmonic hook add even more intensity to an already ominous song.

While The B. Coming’s dark vibe is present throughout, the album is not without change of pace tracks that help lighten or switch up the mood. The infectious “Gotta Have It” featuring Peedi Crak and Twista, succeeds due to its catchy hook, and each emcee’s sick flow. Brick City’s finest Redman also makes an appearance on “One Shot Deal”, as producer Bink amazes with his horn arrangement on the track. The down south influenced “Purple Rain” is another noteworthy collaboration, as Beans and Bun B reminisce about their introduction to sizzurp. But the album’s best collaboration comes from “Bread & Butter”, which features the legendary Grand Puba and Sadat X. With Just Blaze behind the boards, each emcee delves into the shady workings of the opposite sex. Unlike most efforts, the song is able to bridge the gap between the past and present of Hip Hop music.

As the album winds down, The B. Coming ends on an ironic note. His two previous albums, The Reason and The Truth ended with somber and lifelike looks inside the prison system, even though Beanie was a free man at the time. However, with his freedom in jeopardy, The B. Coming ends on a surprisingly positive note with “Look At Me Now”. Instead of another grim look inside his life, Bean’s proclaims that he has “made it”. The broad street bully reminisces about his life, all the pain and struggles, and in turn accepts it all. It is a fitting and ironic way to end the album.

With The B. Coming, Beanie Sigel cements himself as a great emcee. While he may not be as flashy as those in the mainstream light, what Bean’s lacks in commercial appeal he makes up with his introspective nature and top notch lyrical skills. So what keeps The B. Coming from being a classic? The first issue is the overwhelming amount of guest appearances. While none of them takes away from Bean’s performance on each song, in order for Bean’s to truly achieve a classic, he has to do it on his own. In addition, the Neptune’s produced single “Don’t Stop” featuring Snoop Dogg is a contrived effort that was clearly forced on Bean’s in order to gain radio and video play. Still, The B. Coming is a triumphant release from Beanie Sigel. While not everyone will embrace Bean’s substance over style approach, make no mistake about it, The B. Coming will be remembered for years to come.

Beanie Sigel – The B. Coming review

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Beanie Sigel – The B. Coming review

Beanie Sigel - The B. Coming reviewWith the past year having been filled with court problems and label changes and the dust finally starting to clear in 2005, it seemed as if was a good time to drop Beanie Sigel’s third album (first on Def Jam), The B.Coming. Although the promotion was last minute, with one video and two television specials, it was probably the most he has ever gotten for any of his albums.

Beanie Sigel is one of those emcees that is well-received by his fans, yet his albums are slept-on. The B.Coming could be one of those albums, and it would be a shame, because the Beanie Sigel fans might just doze off on his best effort yet. Beanie has stepped his game up since his second album, as he showed his realer side with introspect in his life and what he is dealing with and the lyrics speak for themselves.

Two singles were released before the album dropped, with one getting a lot of love on the mix tape circuit and the other a video. “Feel It in the Air” was the first single, with dope production from Heavy D. So dope, in fact, that the beat sparked controversy between Beans and Black Rob over who would get to use it. It was the Alchemist fiasco all over again. But back to the single at hand: “Feel It” is easily the best track on the album, as Beans rip it with poignant lyrics that makes you feel his pain: “I sit alone in my four corner room/staring at hammers, ready to go bananas/two vests on me, two teks, extra clips on me/I know my mind aint playin’ tricks on me/I aint schiz homey.” Shit is hard!

Produced by the Neptunes and featuring Snoop, the second single, “Don’t Stop”, is the most mainstream track that has been heard from Beans. One moment you think that this is a pretty good track and something you could ride to, and the next moment, you’re screaming at the stereo and wondering “Why in the hell is Snoop collaborating with Beans in the first place?!” Sometimes, two different emcees coming together can do beautiful things on a track, but this is a cheap attempt at a commercial hit single.

The album has more highlights than throwaways which is always a good thing. “Bread And Butter” is one of the few collaborations that works. The story about women is often told, but the way that Beans puts it down–on a track about spending cash on women–is done nicely. The appearance of Sadat X was surprising and amusing, as he ripped his verse, especially at the beginning: “Now you know I was your bread and butter/You had a shot to my baby mother/Aint no sorry, I aint Ruben Studdard/I cant apologize multi-platnium times”.

“It’s On” is a track that at first, you skip by it, but after a couple of listens, you begin to like more and more. Plus, the appearance of Jay-Z is always nice for a track. Other album gems include “Lord Have Mercy,” where Beans explains his mindset in life and its pressure and “Purple Rain,” a cool, laid back track about a beverage that is reminiscent of the syrup Three 6 used to sip on.

Even though this is Beans’ best effort, it is not a hip-hop classic, as it does have its fair share of tracks it could do without. For this, we have Peedi Crakk to thank. The two tracks that feature Peedi are problematic from the start: “Flat line” is the typical track about looking for an enemy and pulling a trigger on the enemy. “Got to Have It” is another poor track, with plain-sounding production, an annoying hook and an average verse from Twista that can’t even help the lame attempt.

Aside from a couple of tracks, this album had the feel of realness. It was the first album I’ve heard in a long time where I could feel what the artist was feeling. It is very introspective and Beans wasn’t afraid to let you know where he was in life. Not many emcees in the game do that anymore, as they have an image to maintain, and the formula to success cannot be changed. They are scared that it will affect their SoundScan numbers. Beans did a nice job on this album, and while it wasn’t as dark as, say, Royce Da 5’9’s Death Is Certain, you could feel the emotion of Beans which sometimes gets lost in music.

Beanie Sigel – The B. Coming review

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Beanie Sigel – The Truth review

I thought maybe this album would be a decent release as past performances from Sigel have impressed me, I like the way he Beanie Sigel - The Truth reviewrhymes but he hasn’t been consistent. Apparently Beanie Sigel got signed to Roc-a-fella on the strength of a 1000 bar verse he did for Jay-Z, I never talk about other reviews but in a certain hip hop magazine this got compared to Cuban Linx… in one issue and got 4 and a half mics in another, that’s a little background info, so lets talk about the album…

Let me get this out before we continue, this album would have been a lot better if it didn’t come out on Roc-a-fella, why? Because it hass been compromised. That’s why. I’m sick of albums sticking to formulas and this does exactly the same as any other Roc-a-fella release, same producers and guests, I know you have to put your associates on but its getting a bit tired. The album opens with the very promising title track, the organ grinding bounces off Sigel’s vocals in harmony displaying a ruff and rugged intro to the proceedings. Now everyone probably expects me to have a go at Just Blaze (Swizz Beats wannabe) for lacing ‘Who want what’ but despite his lack of talent as a producer he does a good job here, its just Memphis Bleek who displays the rhyming tactics of a 5 year old. Sigels boss Jay-Z makes an appearance 3 times on this album, probably best on ‘Raw and uncut’ (Which suspiciously sounds like U-Gods ‘Bazzare’) because ‘Playa’ along with Amil is just a bad track to listen to, I don’t need music that induces sleep just yet. So Jay-Z also closes the album with the commercial ‘Anything’, which he left off the US pressing of his last album, hmmm I wonder why it was put on here then?

This album is very average but it does have its highlights, take the shaft like rumblings of the mixtape favorite ‘What a Thug about’ which we got to hear last year, its still sounds nice as fuck today. ‘Everybody wanna be a star’ would have been more credible without the cheesy hook but it still manages to be a good track on here. Other than that I’d say the best cut on here is ‘What your life like’ as Beanie Sigel breaks down a gritty scenario of jail life and its realness, the vocals are only made better by an orchestra driven backdrop that wouldn’t be out of place at the beginning of a George Lucas film.

Overall if you’re a Jay-Z or DMX maniac then you’ll like this album, its by no means a classic but if like me you’ve been impressed by his appearances on tracks like ‘Do it again’ and ‘Adrenaline’ then your probably in for a disappointment.

Beanie Sigel – The Truth review

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Beanie Sigel – Go Low video featuring Rock City

Video For Beanie Sigel ‘Go Low’ Featuring Rock City Off Of ‘The Solution’ In Stores Now.

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Beanie Sigel featuring Styles P – You Ain’t Ready video

Beanie Sigel featuring Styles P – You Ain’t Ready video

Directed by Rik Cordero

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Ghostface Killah featuring Beanie Sigel & Styles P. – The Barrell Brothers video

Ghostface Killah featuring Beanie Sigel & Styles P. – The Barrell Brothers video

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Beanie Sigel – The Solution cover

Beanie Sigel The Solution cover

Beanie Sigel – The Solution cover

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Beanie Sigel – All of the Above featuring R. Kelly video

Beanie Sigel – All of the Above featuring R. Kelly video

First single off his new album “The Solution”, in stores December 11th

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BEANIE SIGEL The Solution State Property/Roc-A-Fella Records December 11, 2007

BEANIE SIGEL The Solution State Property/Roc-A-Fella Records December 11, 2007

AUDIO: “All The Above” featuring R. Kelly

BEANIE SIGEL HAS
THE SOLUTION;
NEW ALBUM SET FOR DECEMBER 11 RELEASE
ON STATE PROPERTY/ROC-A-FELLA RECORDS

MC CELEBRATES 10 YEARS WITH DEF JAM

New Single “All of the Above” Featuring R. Kelly kicks off
the Re-birth of THE MAC

Beanie Sigel, the Philadelphia MC who’s been called “riveting” by the New York Times and others, is set to make his much-anticipated return with The Solution (State Property/Roc-A-Fella). Hitting stores December 11, the “Broad Street Bully” unleashes his highly anticipated fourth album to unveil 17 tracks of pure fire. The Solution’s first single, “All of the Above,” is fast becoming the monster radio smash that has eluded Beans for most of his career. It’s a melodically grizzly epic, featuring the timeless King of R&B, R. Kelly. Produced by The Runners, “All of the Above” will be officially impacting radio October 29, the video directed by Jessy Terrero (50 Cent’s Candy Shop, Soul Plane) will hit video channels later this month.

“I realize that the game has changed… Everything sounds the same…very repetitive,” says Beanie Sigel. “The Solution is the answer to all of that. For those that want to here a little rock, jazz or soul, I got all of that!”

The Solution is the follow up to Beanie’s 2005 critically acclaimed, certified gold release The B. Coming, which earned Sigel his highest chart debut to date. “The crucial street credibility that can make or break a hip-hop star didn’t stop curbside for Sigel,” commented USA Today. “His emcee skills and potent rhymes are undeniable.” Beans, who can also be heard on the track “Ignorant Shit,” on Jay-Z’s upcoming epic American Gangster, has brought his most diverse musical offering to the table yet. The Solution features R.Kelly, Scarface, Styles P, Raheem DeVaughn as well as production from The Runners, Eric Hudson (Trey Songz), newcomers Harry & Alex and Philly’s own Dre & Vidal (Usher, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown).

Very different from his previous projects, Sigel experiments on songs like “I’m In” which shows his smooth “Lady’s Man” persona with the sample of Luther Vandross’ “Make Me a Believer.” “Children” is a soulful Marvin Gaye rendition focusing on the problems in the community among children and their missing fathers while “The Day” produced by Dre & Vidal collaborated with Harry & Alex taps into Beanie’s rock side.

“I consider myself relevant in the rap game at all times,” explains Sig. “After you party and do all that, now the real world kicks in. The pain, the stress, agony. The lessons you learn. Your come ups, your downfalls. The real world–which I deal with in my music–is always relevant. All the shit might go through in the course of a day is on my album. I’m talking about religion, spiritually, getting a piece of mind. All that counts and all that’s in my music.”

Beanie Sigel first hit the scene back in 2000 with the release of his debut LP The Truth on Roc-A- Fella Records, which was certified gold. He then went on to release the The Reason, which introduced the world to his own rap group State Property, a collective of Philly rappers signed to Roc-A- Fella Records. In 2002, Beanie Sigel made his acting debut in Roc- A-Fella’s first film production State Property.

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BEANIE SIGEL HAS THE SOLUTION; NEW ALBUM SET FOR DECEMBER 11 RELEASE ON STATE PROPERTY/ROC-A-FELLA RECORDS

BEANIE SIGEL HAS THE SOLUTION; NEW ALBUM SET FOR DECEMBER 11 RELEASE ON STATE PROPERTY/ROC-A-FELLA RECORDS

MC CELEBRATES 10 YEARS WITH DEF JAM

New Single “All of the Above” Featuring R. Kelly kicks off

the Re-birth of THE MAC

(New York, NY – October 23, 2007) – Beanie Sigel, the Philadelphia MC who’s been called “riveting” by the New York Times and others, is set to make his much-anticipated return with The Solution (State Property/Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam). Hitting stores December 11, the “Broad Street Bully” unleashes his highly anticipated fourth album to unveil 17 tracks of pure fire. The Solution’s first single, “All of the Above,” is fast becoming the monster radio smash that has eluded Beans for most of his career. It’s a melodically grizzly epic, featuring the timeless King of R&B, R. Kelly. Produced by The Runners, “All of the Above” will be officially impacting radio October 29, the video directed by Jessy Terrero (50 Cent’s Candy Shop, Soul Plane) will hit video channels later this month.

“I realize that the game has changed… Everything sounds the same…very repetitive,” says Beanie Sigel, who also adds “The Solution is the answer to all of that. For those that want to here a little rock, jazz or soul, I got all of that!”

The Solution is the follow up to Beanie’s 2005 critically acclaimed, certified gold release The B. Coming, which earned Sigel his highest chart debut to date. “The crucial street credibility that can make or break a hip-hop star didn’t stop curbside for Sigel,” commented USA Today. “His emcee skills and potent rhymes are undeniable.” Beans, who can also be heard on the track “Ignorant Shit,” on Jay-Z’s upcoming epic American Gangster, has brought his most diverse musical offering to the table yet. The Solution features R.Kelly, Scarface, Styles P, Raheem DeVaughn as well as production from The Runners, Eric Hudson (Trey Songz), newcomers Harry & Alex and Philly’s own Dre & Vidal (Usher, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown).

Very different from his previous projects, Sigel experiments on songs like “I’m In” which shows his smooth “Lady’s Man” persona with the sample of Luther Vandross’ “Make Me a Believer.” “Children” is a soulful Marvin Gaye rendition focusing on the problems in the community among children and their missing fathers while “The Day” produced by Dre & Vidal collaborated with Harry & Alex taps into Beanie’s rock side.

“I consider myself relevant in the rap game at all times,” explains Sig. “After you party and do all that, now the real world kicks in. The pain, the stress, agony. The lessons you learn. Your come ups, your downfalls. The real world–which I deal with in my music–is always relevant. All the shit might go through in the course of a day is on my album. I’m talking about religion, spiritually, getting a piece of mind. All that counts and all that’s in my music.”

Beanie Sigel first hit the scene back in 2000 with the release of his debut LP The Truth on Roc-A- Fella Records, which was certified gold. He then went on to release the The Reason, which introduced the world to his own rap group State Property, a collective of Philly rappers signed to Roc-A- Fella Records. In 2002, Beanie Sigel made his acting debut in Roc- A-Fella’s first film production State Property.