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View Poll Results: Little Brother - The Minstrel Show
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Old 09-05-2007, 01:09 AM   #1
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Default Little Brother - The Minstrel Show

I'm about to give it a listen. It got an XL and 4.5 Mics and good reviews so I was tryna see what its all about. I'll be back with my review. What do you guys think?



1. Welcome To The Minstrel Show - (with YahZarah)
2. Beautiful Morning
3. Becoming, The
4. Not Enough - (with Darien Brockington)
5. Cheatin'
6. Hiding Place - (with Elzhi)
7. Slow It Down - (with Darien Brockington)
8. Say It Again
9. 5th And Fashion (Skit)
10. Lovin' It - (with Joe Scudda)
11. Diary Of A Mad Black Daddy (Skit)
12. All For You - (with Darien Brockington)
13. Watch Me
14. Sincerely Yours
15. Still Lives Through
16. Minstrel Closing Theme - (with YahZarah)
17. We Got Now - (with Chaundon)

For many reasons, the furor surrounding The Minstrel Show overshadowed the music itself. On August 16, 2005, hip hop magazine The Source's Editor-in-Chief, Joshua "Fahiym" Ratcliffe, announced his retirement due to conflicting opinions on the rating The Minstrel Show was to receive in the next issue of the publication. According to Ratcliffe, his original rating of 4.5 (out of 5) was reduced to 4 by the magazine's Chief Brand Executive, Raymond "Benzino" Scott and CEO Dave Mays because Ratcliffe gave then-upcoming artist Young Jeezy a rating of 4.[1] After they refused to change the rating back to 4.5 he decided to step down from his editorial position. For his part, Benzino admitted at the time of questioning, that he had yet to listen to the album for himself and had no problem with Ratcliffe's original rating.[2]

While this may have built up anticipation for the album, another more serious obstacle reared its head when the entertainment network, BET (Black Entertainment Television), refused to play the group's video for the single, "Lovin' It", deeming it "too intelligent". [1] [2] In a portion of the video, the group lightly pokes fun at the different stylistic aspects of hip hop sub-genres such as "gangsta", "backpack", "earthy" and "icy". The rest of it sees them performing to a zealous crowd [1]. Many critics have cited this incident, along with BET's earlier refusal to air De La Soul's "Shopping Bags" video, as a sign of the network's intentional dumbing down of their music video programming.

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Old 09-07-2007, 06:59 PM   #2
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I have it, its a good listen.
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Old 09-07-2007, 07:15 PM   #3
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I got it on CD and vinyl, some good stuff on it meanwhile some things are not so good.
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hip hop > bet
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Old 09-16-2007, 08:57 AM   #5
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damn, I was sleeping on this album for a looooong time
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Old 09-17-2007, 10:15 AM   #6
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Old 09-19-2007, 02:08 PM   #7
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definitely a 9/10
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Old 09-19-2007, 03:27 PM   #8
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I liked it... but its only good for a straight listen, its no real standout tracks. Its good for a road trip or cleaning up the crib, but to bump in the whip its too jazzy.

I'll give it a 8.5/10
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It's a great album.
The skits are actually listenable, so that's a plus.
I'll give it a 4.5.
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a nicely done 6/10. It does what they wanted, but they could've made a better one.
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4/5. I love this album but The Listening still ranks higher for me.
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pretty damn good album, I slept on this for a while
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