It's a beautiful
warm spring day ova hea in Boston, Assachusetts and I'm in the crib stuck doing
mixtapes reviews (all I know is the upcoming paycheck better be good boys)
At least I'm blessed with a whole stack of blends, rather than the usual repetitiveness
of pause mixtapes. Blends are easily the best music for the ride, hot beats
and hot lyrics meshed together to make the trunk bunk. DJ Kep The Arkitech proclaims
on the tape's cover that these are the "best blends in the business,"
so expectations to begin with are already high... Before remixing Ja's "New
York" to Noreaga's "Banned From TV" (the added Juelz Santana
vocal to the hook helps pop this one out the frame), Jadakiss and Fat come out
to the Mafioso strings of The Firm's "Affirmative Action," with an
added hook from Biggie. Points go to Kep for making this a song, and not merely
using the original hook as other blendsayers have done. More Fat Joe, with an
alright blend of Pun's "Terror Squad," lacking an exciting beat to
blend with; as the shimmering sounds of G-Unit fair better with Jae Millz' "Whateva."
DJ Kep's blend of "Dream Shatterer" is a little boring, but that crack
is "Live Big" featuring Big L and Big Pun over classic Dipset. The
Dips themselves represent with mediocre results. Cam'Ron & Jahiem's "Lord
You Know" is too soft to the disc's overall vibe and "Certified Gangstas"
keeps the whole Swizz Beatz theme going (see most of Pun's cuts here), making
this disc at times repetitive. D-Block's S.P. and Sheek destroy Capone's slashing
drums on "Oh No," while the dynamic duo bash the Ultramag breakbeats
from Ghostface's "Apollo Kids." Whilst loops on these beats allow
for easiness, these two efforts display incredible lyric-per-beat moments from
Kep; this acknowledges a technical aspect for blends along with the creative
matchmaking. Goosebumps everyone, is "Thugz Mansion" over "Feel
It In The Air." Oh mannnn this should have been the original, as it
sounds. Nas and Quan's "Just A Moment" over "All That I Got Is
You" should do much of the same.
DJ Kep remembers
when 50 was the man, and that'd be the days of "What Up Gangsta."
And who better to join Fitty than the "Gangsta & the Gentleman"
himself? Not really feeling the instrumental (is it Heatmakerz? Liveson?) on
the track, so what could have been, ends up short. Eminem and 50 Cent the lyricist
go on to rip the electric strings of "Real Live Shit" with words from
"Realest Niggas" keeping the Busta hook intact. Former G-Unit member
The Game shoots "Westside" over Havoc's smooth "Get Away"
despite the misplacement of a synthesized-Roger Troutman hook shouting "Worldwide"(??).
The short "Game Nigga" gets more props for meshing a difficult instrumental
for dude's words, while DJ Kep's remix of "How We Do" could be the
hottest yet, despite the hook not sounding at home over the twinkling keys.
Dr. Dre and Eminem's "Encore" appearance make this that shit. Ever
think of "Candy Shop" over an inadvertent version of "Oochie
Wally"? It's a shame Kep did. Too annoying songs equal death. But credit
goes for matching the Afghani samples and tick-tock drumming to the words almost
as good as Scott Storch. Also, DJ Kep uses all-too-familiar beats often, such
as "Disco Inferno" for Fab's "Baby" remix with Big (Vlad
attempted this already earlier). You can't tell what type of audience homie
is goin after on Here Comes the Pain 3, as the Goodfellas skits and street heat
get confused by the blatant commercial reaches, such as the awkward "Ha"
remix to "Ghetto" and T.I.'s "Bring Em Out" over Jigga's
"Throw Your Hands Up." Actually, the blend sounds perfect with the
Prodigy vocal. Despite my wishes for little more diversity within the roster
and stronger beat choices, this joint ain't leaving the ride too soon and that
ain't no joke.