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Silkk The Shocker
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Year of Release: 1999
The Day I Was Made
Somebody Like Me
It Ain't My Fault 2
This Is 4 My
You Know What We Bout
I Want To Be With You
All Because Of You
End Of The Road
We Won't Stop
It Takes More
If I Don't Make $
It's Going Around Outside
Put It On Something
Get It Up
I'll Be Available
When I'm Gone
Use Your Head
Never Never Leave Me
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This is one of those stories, where a band or artist has a popular album, and its follow-up
should/would be an exceptional. Silkk The Shocker achieved a popular album in 1998, called
Charge It 2 Da Game. This album reached #1 on the Hip-Hop chart. His next album,
Made Man was release the following year, and reached the #1 Hot 100 Chart on
Billboard Magazine. Unfortunately, by many reviews, this followup achieved negative reviews.
And listening myself, I would have to agree.
As much as Rap music is just too "noisy," and being filled with "hate" lyrics, referring to
violence and sex, Rap songs and albums have dominated the charts since the late 1980s. Trying to
distinguish how such a Rap album would achieve #1, is trying to understand the lyrics. Rap musicians
mostly write their lyrics on personal and real-life experiences. Not most music fans would enjoy
listening to how such a rapper spent his time or jail, or how male rappers would want to sexually molest
females. (Have you ever heard a female ENJOYING wanting to molest anyone?) And of course, the many
rappers who use swear words that would NEVER get regular radio airplay, other than re-recording these
songs with cleaner lyrics. (Akon's "I Wanna Love You" comes to mind.)
Aside from these "unique lyrics," the music itself has been enjoyable for some.
Probably the only song with potential is a duet with R&B singer Mya.
Maybe even "I Want To Be With You" could be considered a pleasant song, and not as "angry" as others.
As mentioned, the music itself is quite grooving.
Bad songs such as "It Ain' My Fault 2" have an angry vocal'ed style, as heard by DMX.
(Actually, I can listen to DMX's music, and appreciate it better than Silkk The Shocker.) There are
other songs in this particular style heard on Made Man, not worthwhile to mention. "All
Because Of You" is an annoying beatbox spitter, and a melody sounding Kyu Sakomoto's "Suykiyaki."
Ring around the BAD rosies has "Ghetto Rain" More bad songs could go on here... "No Limit."
Most rap songs use other popular hits, such as the Commodores' "I'm Easy" on "End Of The
Road." Again, the music is good, the lyrics are a different story... It's Rap. The music is pretty
cool on "It Takes More," until the lyrics kick in. Another soft, pleasant song to the ear, is
"It's Going Around Outside." Snoop Dogg helps out on the last track, "Get It Up."
Like the reviews state, this "#1 Album" is BAD -- Just as the dictionary states. It's a hard album
to listen to. It is very DMX-sounding on most of the tracks. Rap music in general just doesn't do alot
for me, but Made Man reached #1 on the album chart (for only one week). I'm sure the die-hard
Rap fans can understand this album better, and having a lyric sheet would help. Most of Rap's lyrics are
hard to listen to, being too fast with the "boom boom boom" music.
It's curious to listen to a #1 album in this sense. With his previous album being popular, it's
expectant for the followup to be just as good. Made Man didn't do this, and by other reviewers,
this album, and quoting them directly, "IT SUCKED."
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