Sparks/Beanie Sigel - SP2: The Movie Mixtape
Beanie Sigel has
so far dropped the best album of the year in The B. Coming. Will his follow-up
mixtape (a follow-up mixtape, come with it like that!) take off with similar
strides? Clinton Sparks continues his alliance with Dame Dash (see: Miri Ben-Air's
joint) to present the State Property 2 movie mixtape, to which I'm hearing the
film is getting rave reviews ... Clinton Sparks unloads some of his old
self-produced goodies, such as "Philly" with Peedi Crack, tagging
whistling beats and horn smacks into the Sirius funky horns of new joint "Roc
Café" with Memph Bleek. If he doesn't produce all the tracks, Clinton
mixes and blends them all, providing us with material that should last you a
long minute; rather than the typical Best Of's that were on overboard earlier
this year (Keyz, Smij). No need for another "Public Enemy #1" and
C. Sparks does the type-A job avoiding that scenario. My favorite track could
be Beans and Fabolous over "Call Me D-Nice." The two, being Beanie
and D-Nice himself, have a convo later on in the disc. There are a lot of collaborations
as well, so those disappointed with B. Coming-to which I prefer to call numbskulls-at
least will enjoy this mixtape. C. Sparks, the Smashtime Blend champ, equally
throws his persona into each mix, inserting tight but not overbearing cuts,
magnifying effects, and random samples that mesh like a real tracks. Sigel Sigel
Y'all rhymes over the infamous piano backdrop of "The Bridge Is Over"
with Styles. But ever think you'd hear Beans and Jada on a track after all that
mess from last year? Sure, why not, in any case, Clinton did produce the mixtape
Brotherly Love, further proven on the excellent "Bastard."
Jay-Z makes a few
key appearances on the Clinton Sparks layered "Wanna Do My Thing,"
with the funk backdrop's simplicity allowing the words to shine; and "Bang"
does sound like a Dynasty throwaway, but it's an intriguing track nonetheless.
Dipset drop by on the interweaving "Lights Out" as Juelz and Beans
rock "Jigga My Nigga," and the ever mirthful Killa Cam lets you know
"The P Is Free," re-treating a KRS classic-different and original
beats produced by Mr. Get Familiar. Even current radio wave-makers T.I. (over
"Dead Wrong"!!) and Cassidy help out Philly's Most Wanted with the
mix. Or should we say Clinton Sparks helps Beans out, 'cause imprinting your
own beats for a mixtape is that next gen shit. Only two maybe three DJ's doin'
this right now at least at a level worth mentioning Keepin' it Triple
B, B.I.G. and Busta say "Lets Get It On" with Beans over Clinton's
organ-driving dreariness, while the masters of somber hip-hop Scarface and Beans
make the perfect pair (still think they need to drop an album with Jay-Z) to
112's latest chimey tune. Also on SP2: The Movie Mixtape are exclusive freestyles,
more notably ones that ride Erick Sermon's classic beats for Keith Murray, "Get
Lifted" and "The Most Beautifullest Thing in This World." Always
nice to hear old instrumentals people forgot about that are so dope. Alright,
alright, Roc heads, so in this review we ain't talking about the quality of
Beanie's raps. Well if you copped The B. Coming you know what you're getting.
Actually, lyrically, this is a mixtape; to no surprise, the level of rhymes
is not on par with the album. Isn't that to be expected? It's your normal battling
or grinding rhymes that the majority of mixtape fiends check for from Beans
anyhow. And rest assured, while the movie might suck this tape doesn't.