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Obie Trice, Special Reserve

Obie Trice
Special Reserve

Moss Appeal Music

Beats: XL
Lyrics: XL
Originality: L

Obie Trice’s new album, Special Reserve, his first official release since leaving Eminem’s Shady Records in 2008, isn’t actually new. Rather, it’s a collection of songs recorded between 1997 and 2000 by the Detroit MC and Canadian producer and DJ Premier protégé, MoSS. Although that makes most of Special Reserve more than a decade old, it’s aged remarkably well.

From the scratched-up samples on “Welcome,” to the appropriately-titled “Got Hungry,” where Obie angrily spits, “I should have 20-inch rims on a V-12 Benz/Hangin’ with brand-new friends, all-flavored Timbs, hittin’ nothin’ but skins,” Special Reserve is short on gimmicks. Instead, it features Obie rapping his ass off about everything from death on the gloomy “You’ve Been Slaine” to survival on the hopeless “Dope Jobs Homeless.” Coupled with MoSS’s Primo-esque production style, the album is a tall shot of bare-bones boom-bap.

Of course, Obie’s pre-Shady recording isn’t without its rookie mistakes. The laughable “Jack My Dick” provides, as you might guess, way too much information about Em’s former running mate. Yet, O. Trice mixes just enough of his patented tongue-in-cheek playfulness on the self-defining “I Am” to make it easy to see why Eminem was so impressed by him at the turn of the century. Cheers to this Special Reserve. —Chris Yuscavage

  • H-DUB

    When will this hit the Stores?

  • ee bubble

    the fact that gucci mane got a xl makes this rating system mean nothing to me but i will be checking this cd

  • http://twitter.com/bigdoug72 bigdoug72

    TODAY fools!!! In stores NOW!!

  • http://myspace.com/kidpistol kid pistol

    Correcto ee bubble. Gucci Mane was trash too, I listened to that whole cd, there was 2 songs I liked. This Obie album was ok, it’s definitely one you have to listen to a few times and it grows.

  • gift

    i second that kid pistol. The first obie was like that too. I wasn’t really sure after seeing that first single off Cheers, but I was pleasantly surprised, and OBie is good wit me

  • Penelope Rodriguez

    I’ve been hooked onto Obie since “Average Man” so I’m very excited for this. I haven’t heard from Obie in three years. He released a track recently and I saw it here on xxlmag and now…I’m trying to find it.

    Did XXL really give Gucci an XL rating? Really?

    • KiLLuMaNaTii

      AGREED…

      “WHEN IM UP IN THE CLUB, AND THESE NIGGAS THEY WANNNA ACT TOUGH TILL THEY GET PLUGGED / WATCH THEM BULLETS GO ( / NOW YOU TOUCHED FROM A SLUG, HUGGIN THE STREETS LIKE YOU IN LOVE / YOUR HEART RACE LIKE (FLATLINE) / THE AMBULANCE ARRIVE (SIREN), THEY RUSH YOU TO THE SPLITTER FLYIN BY MY RIDE ENGINE LIKE (VVRROOMM) / HOMIE YA JUST DIED / YOUR FAMILY THROUGH CRYING, I PULLED OFF A CRIME JUST AS QUICK AS…”

      I’ll be sure to check into this, i still listen to Obie’s “Cheers” album daily. I’ll most likely buy the album to support REAL HIP-HOP.

      ~~~FUCK GUCCI MANE~~~

    • KiLLuMaNaTii

      AGREED…

      “WHEN IM UP IN THE CLUB, AND THESE NIGGAS THEY WANNNA ACT TOUGH TILL THEY GET PLUGGED / WATCH THEM BULLETS GO (GUNSHOT) / NOW YOU TOUCHED FROM A SLUG, HUGGIN THE STREETS LIKE YOU IN LOVE / YOUR HEART RACE LIKE (FLATLINE) / THE AMBULANCE ARRIVE (SIREN), THEY RUSH YOU TO THE SPLITTER FLYIN BY MY RIDE ENGINE LIKE (VVRROOMM) / HOMIE YA JUST DIED / YOUR FAMILY THROUGH CRYING, I PULLED OFF A CRIME JUST AS QUICK AS…”

      I’ll be sure to check into this, i still listen to Obie’s “Cheers” album daily. I’ll most likely buy the album to support REAL HIP-HOP.

      ~~~FUCK GUCCI MANE~~~

  • AZ40

    haven’t been out to get it tried on amazon and they said that shit don’t come out til january…but obie the man

  • fonze

    You can cop it on ITUNES NOW!! http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/special-reserve/id340569390

    MoSS killed the production on this…hard beats x hard rhymes

  • KingP

    SOMEBODY STOP THIS DUDE FROM GIVING REVIEWS!!!!!!!!

  • casey

    Special Reserve is short on gimmicks. Instead, it features Obie rapping his ass off about everything from death on the gloomy “You’ve Been Slaine” to survival on the hopeless “Dope Jobs Homeless.”

    Yet originality gets only an L? Hmm…

  • hennesy47

    its out but where the fuck can i get it at. i checked everywere but they dont have it or have heard of it. even fye dont have it.
    its pissing me off not knowing.
    does anybody know what store i can buy it at.
    im serious heres my myspace myspace.com/hennesy47
    write me and let me know if u know

  • John Yakerton

    I checked amazon and it says you can pre-order now. Album ships Jan. 19, 2010. LOL XXL giving us the review a bit early

  • Fully Equipt

    Coped the Special Reserve. I feeling it, I just wish there were more of a variety of beats. Obie is one of the coldest. period.

    Here is a FREE DOWNLOAD of our new single “Our Time”. Tell us what you think.
    Peace – Fully Equipt

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  • hennesy47

    its still not out in stores
    and i found out its old way back in 99

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