Truth (Explicit Version) (1999)
|Artist: Beanie Sigel|
|The best rappers don't make demos. Even more ironically, they don't look for record deals. Record deals look for them. When Beanie Sigel proclaimed on the remix to Jay-Z's "Money, Cash Hoes" to have been put onto this music industry "without Unsigned Hype or Battle of the Beats," he wasn't kidding. With his much anticipated debut album, The Truth and nothing but the truth, Beanie Sigel will prove why one of his verses equals another rapper's demo. |
But despite where he's from, Beanie Sigel has already locked down the streets, whether it's the streets of New York or his hometown of Philly. "What A Thug About," one of Beanie's first solo joints, is already a street anthem and gives just a small taste of the thugness that Beanie is bringing on his album. With guest artists such as Jay-Z and Memphis Bleek and production by Ruff Ryders', Swizz Beatz and Suave House's, Tony Draper, Sigel's album is hotter than the inside of a Chevy Nova with no air conditioning, driving through the deserts of Africa. He agrees, "I'm bringing nothing but fire. They call the fire department every time I leave the studio."
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Personnel: Beanie Sigel, Jay-Z, Scarface, Amil, Eve, Memphis Bleek Lofey (various instruments); Mike Tyler (guitar); Chauncey Mahan (programming); Nafeisa Abdalla, Jeremy Alexander (background vocals).|
|Producers include: Kanye West, Robert "Shim" Kirkland, Just Blaze, Bink, Rockwilder.|
|Engineers include: Chauncey Mahan, Pat Viala, T-Mix.|
|Recorded at Sony Music Studios & Right Track Studios, New York, New York & Enterprise Studios, Los Angeles, California.|
|Personnel: Nafeisa Abdalla (vocals, background vocals); Mike Tyler (guitar); Chauncey Mahan (programming).|
|Audio Mixers: Douglas Wohlson; Ken "Duro" Ifill.|
|Recording information: Enterprise Stusios, Los Angeles, CA (1999); Right Track Studios, New York C (1999); sony Music Studios (1999).|
|Photographer: Jonathan Mannion.|
|At the start of the 21st century, much hype in the rap world was built around the debut of Roc-a-fella rap artist Beanie Sigel. And rightfully so. Prior to his debut, the Philly native had created quite a discography without ever having his own song. He has appeared on posse cuts alongside a number of different MCs, including Jay-Z, and mesmerized listeners with his rhymes every time out (see the Jay-Z cut "Reservoir Dogs" or the Roc-a-fella jam "Crew Love" for proof).|
|THE TRUTH!!!, Beanie Sigel's full-length debut, is a testament to his prodigious lyrical skills. For starters, Beanie reps for the thugs with the anthem "What a Thug About," a track in which he provides a street definition for his own personality. The standout title track is perhaps the best example of what sets Beanie apart from the pack.|
Big Daddy Kane | Capone-N-Noreaga | EPMD | Gang Starr | Jay-Z | Kool G Rap | Kool G Rap & DJ Polo | Kool Moe Dee | Nas | Scarface | Schoolly D | The Notorious B.I.G.
Amil | AZ | Cam'ron | Clipse | DMX | Eve | Foxy Brown (Rap) | Freeway | Ja Rule | Jadakiss | Jay-Z | Jim Jones (Rap) | Junior M.A.F.I.A. | Kurupt | Maino | Memphis Bleek | Nas | Nature | Rick Ross (Rap) | Ruff Ryders | Sheek Louch | Styles P | The LOX | The Notorious B.I.G.
Associated Artists and Works
|The Roc Boys [PA] ~ Freeway|
|Release Date : 02/29/2000|
|Original Release Date : 1999|
|Catalog ID : 5466212|
|Label : Def Jam (USA)|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00731454662123|
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...[He] has a style and manner all his own....layering his work with meaning and subtext and delivered with real conviction..."
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...[He's] more articulate than your average Timberland-shod would-be street poet. In particular, 'Mac Man' is a brilliant drug dealing/Pac Man analogy....it's a potent state-of-the-art example of contemporary rap."
- "...[He] proves why he's one of the most in-demand cameo guests in rap..."
- "...He's displayed enough wit, charisma, and artistic potential to justify a healthy percentage of [Jay-Z's] love....Beanie's most lethal weapon is his 'arsenic flow'....Sigel's unique instrument compellingly displays its ornery charms..."
- 4.5 mics out of 5 - "...offers itself as a moment of truth - that time when people, places and things get stripped ass-naked, raw to the bone for all the world to see....one of the defining albums of the turn-of-the-century's street-savvy generation..."
- 8 out of 10 - "...Perfect 21st-century rap product....one of the best hip-hop albums you'll see this year."