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Hollow Tip
Taking No Shorts Volume 2
Mercenary Ent. / Murder Creek Music (2003)
good good good good good


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English review

Hollow Tip is one of the most recognizable rappers out of North Highlands in Sacramento. It's been 7 years since his debut album called "Taking No Shortz" appeared on the northern California rap table. Nelsi decides to release a sequel project - "Taking No Shortz Volume 2" - which today had become yet another classic, hard to find cd.

Many of his fans had even considered it his best work, but there are also lots of people who stick to Hollow Tip's early recordings and consider everything which was done after 2000 incomparable to his first projects. Well, I can surely call myself a huge Nelsi fan, yet I wasn't really amazed with his initial cds. Nevertheless the majority of his later albums were to my taste. It was getting better and better since he dropped "Slug 4 A Slug". The quality of his music was solid and equal. Than it was time to release a second part of "Taking No Shortz", which in my opinion finally and fully reveals Nelsi's undisputed talent. He couldn't spread his rap wings wide on the previous cds, as some of them were filled with too many guest appearances, plus the beatmakers had their ups and downs. Hollow is a professional emcee who can easily handle a solo track. That's why his fans will be pleased to hear 13 of his solo songs and another 12 with at least good performances from Mercenary affiliates, Sac-Town cats and Bay figures like AP.9 or Messy Marv. An enormous number of tracks (25) is not the only advantage of this album. The most important influence on the final rating, except for the host himself, had producers, who did their job perfectly. The music steer was mostly held by Pale Soul and Baby Bubb. A couple of tracks were delivered by Sean T, Crazy 8, Kreep, Mike Mosley and Big Hollis. We'll often hear melodious piano loops, which create unique and outstanding street / thug vibes. It is very rare to get more than just a few superb, brilliant tracks on one album. Well, Hollow Tip and his producers brought us amazing slaps like "Ghetto Kid", "Why", "Got To Strive", "Fake Rap Nigga", "Cold World" or "When I Die" all on one project. These songs belong to the remarkable part of "TNS Vol. 2", while the rest sound at least decent, meaning very good. If you asked me to point out defects of the album I couldn't be harsh in case of such a great material. However to show that I'm still objective and judge the cd not only by my own taste, I can tell that you'll get 4 skits that are totally needless, plus a few songs that showcase too lively production, that doesn't necessarily fit Hollow Tip's style. In the end I have to add that it's not often to get a double album were not a single need to be skipped. "Taking No Shortz Volume 2" proves that Nelsi is one of the best Sacramento rappers and the crew of producers which works with him doesn't have to be changed. Highly recommended, yet don't expect to find it easily and for cheap.

Polish review

Czołowy gracz z Sacramento, reprezentujący dzielnicę North High, powraca po dwóch latach z piątym solowym albumem. Jest to równocześnie pierwszy krążek wydany w jego własnym wydawnictwie Mercenary, na którym Hollow Tip zaprezentował bardzo wysoki poziom.

Najstarsi i najzagorzalsi fani rapera odnoszą się do jego dyskografii w nie lada konserwatywny sposób. Dość powszechne jest twierdzenie, że jego wczesne nagrania, czyli debiut i album "Flawless", to klasyka, po której wszystko inne brzmi zbyt nowocześnie, a nowy styl Hollowa nie dorasta do pięt artyście z końca lat 90. Sam uważam się za wyjadacza rapu, krytyka muzycznego, a zarazem fana tegoż rapera. Nie należę jednak do obozu wysławiającego pierwsze krążki reprezentanta North High, a wręcz przeciwnie. Jak dla mnie jego twórczość zaczęła nabierać barw mniej więcej od wydania "Slug 4 Slug". Kolejne "Thug Status" było niezłe, ale wciąż nie odkrywało do końca talentu rapera. W roku 2003 wychodzi sequel debiutanckiego albumu, który wg mnie bije go na kolana i jest jednym z lepszych projektów w dorobku artysty. Po pierwsze dostajemy do rąk 25 piosenek, w tym prawie połowa to solowe utwory. Hollow Tip prezentuje się tu znakomicie, a jego flow i styl jest mniej więcej porównywalny do występów z poprzednich dwóch krążków. Co jednak znacząco podniosło status tego albumu, to piękna produkcja, która zasługuje na pochwałę w sporej liczbie tracków. Za konsolą dowództwo przejęli Pale Soul i Baby Bubb, ale w moim odczuciu to ten drugi jaśniej błysnął talentem. Kilka kawałków produkowali również Sean T, Crazy 8, Kreep, Mike Mosley i Big Hollis. Muzyka utrzymana jest w uliczno-thugowej atmosferze, gdzie nieraz zapuszczane są loopy miłego dla ucha pianina. Nie mogłem wyjść z podziwu (również ze względu na walory produkcyjne), słuchając "Ghetto Kid", "Why", "Got To Strive", "Fake Rap Nigga" czy "When I Die", ale tak naprawdę to większość piosenek brzmi tu rewelacyjnie. Za jedyne i to raczej mało dostrzegalne wady projektu uważam 4 niepotrzebne skity i kilka piosenek, w których produkcja jest jakby zbyt skoczna i nie pasuje już tak bardzo do ostrego flowu rapera. Sam jestem miłośnikiem twórczości Hollow Tipa, a ten album wywarł na mnie bardzo pozytywne wrażenie. Szczerze polecam.


Written by: BayUndaground staff
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