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Boot Camp Click
The Last Stand

BootCamp.jpgFor better or worse, Boot Camp Clik is stuck in a time warp. In the minds of Buckshot, Smif-N-Wessun, Heltah Skeltah and O.G.C., hip-hop still revolves around the Big Apple and Laffy Taffy is nothing more than a chewy candy. This mid-’90s aesthetic explains the Brooklyn collective’s third disc, The Last Stand, which is lush with pounding production and dense similes. Sculpting an album around a bygone era would be disastrous for most artists, but for BCC it’s a welcome return to their roots.

The binding force behind the Clik’s “I love the ’90s” campaign is Rockness Monsta. The once-estranged member was completely absent on 2002’s The Chosen Few, but here Rock seamlessly reestablishes himself on the 9th Wonder-– produced “Here We Come” and the aggressive “Hate All You Want.” The crew’s rekindled chemistry is evident on the every-man-for-himself posse cut “Trading Places,” where each MC starts their verse with a notable line from the BCC catalog. Another standout is the Marco Polo–produced “He Gave His Life.” Supported by soulful reggae wails, Steele confesses, “The good die young/And from the hood I’m from/ That’s an understatement.”

Despite being more cohesive than their previous group efforts, The Last Stand still has flaws. There are few, if any, true line-for-line exchanges between Tek and Steele, and only one track scored by former in-house producers Da Beatminerz (“Game Is Still the Same”). Furthermore, O.G.C.’s presence goes virtually unnoticed as the more prominent members hog much of the mic time.

Relying on a niche sound throughout, the project is unlikely to garner much mainstream love. But group leader Buckshot understands that their quest for props is never ending. Over the muddy drums of “Let’s Go,” the BDI Thug spits, “Boot Camp Clik been on the front line blasting off/And hardly got props for it—I saw it/Even though we never got big, we never stopped short.” Even haters can’t front, you know they gotcha opin.—THOMAS GOLIANOPOULOS

  • http://www.myspace.com/dramasquad drama squad

    when it comes to the boot camp album . you people at XXL should have a better ear for street music . you give some corny homo rap like field mob a good review , but you only gave boot camp a large . how old are you new jacks up there . a better question would be are you people straight ? field mob? get that crap outta here !! big up to boot camp & all real hip-hop bangin from the big east . you people are out of touch & should be more alert of street music .

  • Marc Mindanao

    like it or not…boot camp is true to themselves and make the music they want to make…so that “I love the 90′s” comment made me laugh…REAL cats will never make songs to sound a certain way just because its the new “hot shit” as in that weak LAFFY TAFFY joint…which to me and millions of REAL hip hop fans is STILL a chewy candy…regardless of how catchy you say it…the BCC is back and muh fuckaz better WRECKONIZE!

  • Ron Will

    Much respects to the whole O.G.C./Boot Camp Clik. Their music was a soundtrack to my life as young’n and glad they still produce that music to remind me of why I love Hip-Hop. Much respects to them for maintaining that same 90′s aesthetic feel they first started with.

    PeAcE

    advid HIP-HOP listener

  • http://www.myspace.com/konfident KONFIDENT

    On a whole the article was good but not fair…BCC cannot and should not be obligated to deliver the expected substance every album that’s released, and by accentuating that one of BCC weakeness was Tek-N-Steeles’ “Back-N-Forth” absence is a foul call.
    When you’re critizing someone music be aware that music is an artform of self-expression and for BCC, this album is a perfect form of expression from a Crooklyn point of view, period.

  • http://hiphopcartel.net BCC 4 LIFE MP

    XXL you suck u give all good albums bad reviews N give shit albums great reviews

  • bob

    YEA BCC WIT THE HARD NYC FLOW THESE CHUMPS SUCK AT PICKIN GOOD MUSIC GIVE U TH xxL!!!!!!

  • http://www.illcrew.org kultureBorn360

    Peace! I find it funny that “Laffy Taffy” was even mentioned in a BCC review. It shows the character of XXL, and their ability to truly connect to the kulture of Hip Hop; rather then the, now popular, egotistical, brainwash music ranting about nothing but common nonsense.

    BCC has always been at the top of this CULTURE. Yes, READ THAT AGAIN! Culture is what this is about, and BCC always stayed true to it, never letting their integrity go for a few bucks and minutes of fame.

    Keep it Real XXL! You and the rest of these magazines claiming to represent Hip Hop represent nothing but the entertainment business, so stop claiming to represent this culture. Just like the Source and many others, you have failed the people who made you.

    “YELLIN OUT DUCKDOWN IS THE LABEL!” – BDI

    P.E.A.C.E.
    (Proper Education Always Corrects Errors)

    - kultureBorn360
    ILL CREW UNIVERSAL FAM..

  • Mike

    This magazone is outta their mind. obvisouly their not gonna give a good review casue boot camp doesnt rap about money and cars n all the crap. if you need a real review on this album just talk to me or any real hip-hop fan to get the truth.

  • LaLa

    I can’t believe that you guys gave this album L ONLY. BOOT CAMP has real fans all over the world that will stick with them no matter what they do… they can go jump off the empire state building rhyming. I wonder if anyone else besides one person is giving their opinion on the music… Are you listening or do you just skim thru it?

  • NicSuperChic–BCC Front Line 4 Life

    I can’t believe this review made it past the editor. How can you even make a reference to that trash Laffy Taffy and BCC in the same breath? Aint no comparison. And to say the Clik is stuck in the 90′s, but later go on to complain about the lack of split rhymes between Tek n Steele like how they used to do. Sounds like you want them to conform but then you still want them to take it back to the old school. Would you make up your mind?! Album reviews are no place for blatant contradictions. I’m proud to rep for a Clik that stands true to the music their fans love. BCC fans have remained loyal thru the years because the Great 8 have consistently delivered fire on every album… despite what critics, haters and commercialized hip-hop magazines have said. Real wreckonize real: Thomas Golianopolous needs a lesson in REAL HIP-HOP 101, before he writes another article.

  • Profit

    u XXL niggas really disappointed me with this review, I thought yall had an ear for real shit. Maybe u should stick to giving Dem Franchise Boyz XXLs.

  • Sevenzro1

    The only thing stuck in the 90s about the BCC is the great music they put out.90% of hip hop put out in the millenium is straight trash and so far in the year 06 there hasnt even been one decent CD!!!!!!!2006 up until this CD has been a big yawn!!!!If you like real Hip Hop then cop this CD if you like straight crap and rhymes about the same old crap(22″ rims spimmin,fables of the snowman,and shakin your laughy taffy)this album is not for you!!!!This CD is by far the best of 2006 and deserves a XXXL!!!!!!!!!!

  • IT IS I

    Would anyone happen to know when the album is supposed to drop? If so, let me know, Boot Camp Clik has always been the truth. I’ve been a fan since Who Got Da Props.

  • http://MYSPACE AM I TRIPPIN YALL

    BOOT CAMP DAMM I WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL AND ROLLED UP MUFUCAS TO THEY MUSIC THESE CATS WILL ALWAYS HAVE A PLACE IN MY HEART O.G NIGGUZ FROM BACK IN DA DAZE, ANY BODY HATIN YAL DONT NO SHIT ABOUT HIP HOP.

  • NO-HOMO

    LOOK AT THE ARTICLE WRITER’S LAST NAME GOLIANOPOULOS

    WHAT THE FUCK DOES SOME GREEK HOMO KNOW ABOUT HIP HOP?

    NO WONDER HE DON’T LIKE BOOT CAMP CLICK

    HE WOULDN’T KNOW HIP HOP IF IT BIT HIM IN HIS ASS

  • http://hiphopcartel.net BCC 4 LIFE MP

    It’s like Buckshot said and got into that fight about once before. All this shit is fixed XXL know’s damn well BCC is the shit but They controlled by the big companies and head exc. there didnt they do the same SHIT WITH SEAN PRICE THEY WANTED TO GIVE HIM A HIGHER RATING BUT COULDN’T FUCK U N THE ALBUM GOES ALBUM OF THE YEAR that’s why shit like Shawnna Feild Mobb T.I. and Mobb Deep get good reviews when those cd’s suck. N I’m not hating on “mainstream” if the albums good it’s good N UR REVIEWS ARENT

  • Skeematics

    1st of all, why is “Laffy Taffy” even mentioned in this review? That’s case and evidence that whoever wrote this review is NOT credible enough to be judging hip hop albums. Thats totally disrespectful to 10 year veterans like the BootCamp Clik.

    2nd, if it wasnt for the 90s, MCs like Wutang, JayZ, Biggie, Nas and Tupac would not exist. The 90s brought forth quality lyrics on street music. There was a time were MCs and producers had to pay their dues before even being excepted by the massive. Today, people like the writer of this review, easily praise simple minded rookie noise from the likes of Young Jeezy, Young Joc, Young Dro, Franchize Boyz and all the rest. Not even realizing that these dudes will be gone and forgotten by next year unlike the real Hip Hop MCs that last the test of time.

    3rd, i represent one of many dudes in Hip Hop that does not enjoy the constant attempt in brainwashing by the mainstream radio. We buy and listen to music that we relate to regardless of what the mainstream dictates. The mainstream is not the measuring stick for what Hip Hop Music is.

    Boot Camp Clik is HIP HOP.. i personally heard the entire album and its FIRE. Pete Rock, 9th Wonder, Large Professor, Beat Minaz, SIC Beats, Ill Mind, and Marco Polo did not let me down on the beats. This album is whats missing in Hip Hop right now.

  • Stacy

    THOMAS GOLIANOPOULOS what was on your mind. When u wrote this bull sh*t review. GET YOUR MIND RITE…. B.C.C
    I’M GONE BUY 4 COPIES …
    July 18 the release date..

    From
    a true fan!!!!!!!

  • DUKDWNBCC

    THOMAS GOLIANOPOULOS

    Sad to hear you feel this way about the album. the line for line exchanges from tek and steele,
    are not gonna happen as much on a group album.
    To even make a statement like that,it sounds like you might have been a fan of “DA SHININ” album.
    but maybe now you crave “LAFFY TAFFY”, while “WINDOW SHOPPING”. (who knows?)
    The good thing is, this is only one review. the sad thing is ,how did some of those other albums get an XL ? I guess it’s one of the many
    MYSTERY OF CHESS BOXING

  • Myesight

    First off I gotta Blame Real Hip Hoppers for this type of foolishness found in many articles. Hip Hop has always been a conscious culture and created out of stuggle. So I ask the question why would the real underground catz keep letting this happen. Corporations runnin shit isn’t Hip Hop. Because of Corporations the while MixTape game dun changed and other forms of Creativity are styfuled when it comes to Hip Hop.

    This is why Hip Hop muzic needs to be categorized differnt than just Rap. I know Rap is *an* Element of Hip Hop but the catz claim Hip Hip and ain’t payin’ for the ride once they git on..
    This is why Hip Hop Artists need to define themselves separate from Rappers.. No disrespect but the Industry is forcing this with there capitalistic ways. Sure everyone wants to sell a Million but it’s how you go about doing it.

    Hip Hop
    -DJing, -Breakin, Later came -Rap (break dancers didn’t break to Rap!) The MC was created in the park during intermission, -Graffiti the list goes on.
    BOOT CAMP IS OFFICIAL HIP HOP! NO RAPPER CAN ARGUE THAT!

  • WESTCOASTTONGAN

    HM, IM SIK OF UR FUKIN SHITTY REVIEWS XXL, STOP GIVIN CRAP RAP LIKE FIELD MOB & BUSTA RHYMES(YES THE ALBUM SUCKS ASS!)XL, CUBE DESERVD XL, ND T.I. DESERVED L, U GUYS R FAGS

  • Skeematics

    Why did u guys delete my comments? I did not use any profanity or disrespect anyone. You guys can’t handle the truth?

    I’m koppin this album and real Hip Hop Heads will as well.

    Peace

  • SDW

    I dont care about critics , i have my own point of view concerning DUCKDOWN , they are the best MCs in this rap game with mad songs .
    recognize and realize

    BCC 4 LIFE
    Last Stand will be the best album of the year with Sean P Jesus Price
    Peace

  • SDW

    Boot Camp Clik, The Last Stand, In Stores July 18th
    Sean Price, Jesus Price SuperStar, September
    Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/duckdownrecords
    Live 365.com/duckdown radio

    SHOW LOVE FO MY BCC

  • SDW

    REAL recognize REAL
    IM BOOT CAMP 4 LIFE

  • doubleNegative

    XXL, you’ve really disappointed a lot of Hip Hop heads. You spent years ranting about how the Source magazine lost its focus and no longer has Hip Hop’s best interest at heart. Many people listened and showed you support. Any respectful entity would repay their supporters by doing what they promised. You promised to do what the Source didn’t, and with this review I have to say that you’ve dropped the ball. BCC has always put out quality music and never got the recognition they deserved because of label politics.

    “In the minds of Buckshot, Smif-N-Wessun, Heltah Skeltah and O.G.C., hip-hop still revolves around the Big Apple and Laffy Taffy is nothing more than a chewy candy.”

    That one quote tells me that the person who wrote this review is a penis rider who will follow any trend if it is played on Hot 97 and MTV long enough. I’m pretty sure you can be found in the club kissing up to industry execs while snapping your fingers and doing the Young Joc dance. THOMAS GOLIANOPOULOS, shake that Laffy Taffy, but please stop reviewing Hip Hop. It’s obvious that you don’t know what it is!!!

  • Knuckz

    I guess if you’re an artist and you’re not affiliated with G-Unit, Shady, Aftermath or DTP, then he highest rating you will get is an L. Look at Cube. His album is one of the hottest hip hop albums of the year and all it got was an L. That’s why i stopped subscribing to XXL. They are becoming just as watered down as The Source did. I guess all of the real hip hop fans got fired from the magazines.

  • XXL SUCKS!!!!

    Your ratings is DOO DOO!!!!

  • http://www.fotolog.com/nandele/ Monkey Barz

    this album in my opinion is XL
    No doubt this guys are the ruler´s of indie music if you dudes know what i mean!
    No big record deals but they still keep that good hip hop coming no doubt!!!And this dudes dont get the respect they diserve?
    I guees you hater´s havent eard this is BCC 4 Life and they here to stay.

    Peace and love…Jah bless
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  • 5 FT. EXCELLERATOR

    “cocaine is one helluva drug”

    disappointed in you guys again, I am glad I never got a subscription. say no to drugs y’all….or payola.

  • http://www.duckdown.com MAZZA ONE

    Wordz cannot describe how wrong of a rating this is.

    XXL has seriously lost their marbles.

    The major label industry runs TV & Radio, by the looks of this, it’s running XXL too.

    This Idiot of a reviewer based his review on comparing it to the likes of TI & Jaekwon. Get life home skillet.

    Boot Camp Clik’s album is Underground King music at its peak!

    Forget XXL it Deserves a XXXXL !!!

    -Peace Mazza

  • suburbanwhitedude

    even I know that rating is wack.. but what’s new? I guess u have to be lame to get a good rating.. I know how these critic types are.. often they are jealous haters..

    “F a rap critic, he talk about it while I liv it” Method Man

  • BILAL FAHEEM

    OBVIOUSLY, DIS CAT HAS NO TIES TO ANY STREET IN BABYLON. WHUTS HIS NAME, THOMAS GOLIANOPOULOS. WHUTEVER, DIS MAKES A STREET CAT MAD AS HELL. IF IT WASN’T FOR B.C.C. ALOT OF BROTHER WOULD BE DEAD, IN JAIL OR ON DRUGS WIT NO TIES TO REALITY. I HAVE A QUESTION FOR BOOT CAMP. BEFORE XXL PRINTS THE REVIEW, DO Y’ALL LOOK IT OVER? BECAUSE I WOULD OV DID A GANGSTARR MOVE ON HIM LIKE THEY DID TO SUM RECORD LABEL TYPE DUDE BACK IN THE DAY. Y’ALL REMEMBER DAT?? WWBCCWORLDWIDE!!

  • boogiemunsta

    I haven’t even heard the cd yet, but the mere fact that y’all gave Too Short an XL rating, lets me know GOLIANOPOULOS and the staff at XXL is not too keen on good hip-hop. Don’t let BET brainwash you like that my brutha.

    Dope beat, dope rhymes, what more do y’all want.

  • pRe$$hA*dInEr0

    whoever wrote that review must come from the south comparin’ the bucktown bullies to some snap crap shit.I heard the album and it deserves more than a L. my dude. Get familiar, as a matter of fact get involved. These guys are the reason why I wear timbz & shorts in the summer, fatigues in the winter.Hip-hop,rap,whatever, this is real street music.Wit’out a major label, radio & video, B.C.C forever stands……….

  • I Am A Hater

    Boot Camp Click is the truth.

  • SDW

    HEADZ AINT READY FO DA SHIT THEY GOT !

    BCC 4 LIFE

  • peanutz

    BCC forever, they survived through all the bullshit, and they came back with statements, making xxl mag look like a bunch of trendy bitches.
    Keep up the bad work and you will lose true hiphop

  • Ras Blast da Red Dread

    Greetings in the name of the most high,(H.I.M.) His Imperial Majesty, ” Jah Rastafari “. Mi youth, i n i no undastand how u fi give BCC a large rating?? I realize every one has an opinion, but b4 one takes sole responsibility to rate a ting alone, it would be wise to get someone (who has been following,involved with the culture )to give input and their personal overview.

    Why is it expected so for man to conform so to ” standards “?!?!? One can’t be themselves?? If so, the BCC should not be compared to any one or any other sound….They stand alone, like everyone else. So that way their sound is reviewed without comparison…..frankly to be viewed as it is. In the art form that it is presented in, not to be taken out of that.

    Sometimes a star is right in front of you, but it to close and obvious to see….there for it gets overlooked….

    BCC has come a long way……..the struggle still continues!!!!

    BCC/DD 4 LIFE!!!!
    I’m DUCK DOWN EVEN WHEN I’M BY MYSELF,
    I’M BOOT CAMP CLIK EVEN WHEN I’M BY MYSELF,
    I’M BUCKTOWN USA EVEN WHEN I’M BY MYSELF

  • Tyler Durden

    WHo is better on the boards than 9th wonder??

  • 11kap

    Duck Down is Universal Fiyah!
    It’s pretty obvious, XXL needs to move to ATL the way you’re all up southern booty. NYC doesn’t need you anymore the way you’re dissin’ us, so get out!

  • young jamen

    yo bootcamp dont make nuttin but strate gutta music!!! yall niccas b buggin up there. i dont get it. yall cry all day about how the game is all twisted and yall tired of all these nonrappin azz rappers… then when yall get some raw… yall dis it!!! yall killz me!!! say no 2 wack dog!!!

  • MUNCHDAWG

    THOM-ASS GOLIANO-PUSS-LOS-HIS
    GODDAMN MIND!

    LAST STAND KOMING OUT JULY,18 COP DAT SHIT >PUSS-LOS

  • skev one ((constant trend settin))

    people who don’t know their a** from their elbow shouldn’t be writing reviews…cop “the last stand” twice and tell a friend to tell a friend to be on the lookout for “jesus price superstar”. www bcc is doin it, no holds barred, masterin their own destiny on the indie tip comin with platinum sound everytime..our time soon come!!

  • SDW

    8 days and i will listen to the album !!! cant wait …
    And please if ya dont know anything about real HipHop leave your JOB
    mr kakalopoulos !

  • PDT

    You givin’ Field Mob and Too Short the XL and BCC and Jurassic gets an L? XXL straight dick riders, man. I got nothin’ but love for Short, but come on, dude hasn’t dropped a good album in many years.

  • Optizity

    XXL has always sucked, and will always suck. Fuck these MTV dick riding homos.

  • Fernando

    XXL…You are truly retarded. You find new ways to become more like the bitch-ass source. If this album is truly a flashback of the ’90′s….GOOD!! That was the last time the East put out anything worth listening to. BCC, Mobb Deep, Wu, and a few others shaped my teen years. SO WHAT IF THEY DONT KNOW ABOUT LAFFY TAFFY>>THAT SHIT SUCKS. Rap today sucks balls compared to the 1990′s. I cant beleive you used that decade as an insult. P.S Too Short is Tight, I dont care what anybody says. BEEAAATCCHH

  • pop a poppa

    XXL there is no way this is below an XL…
    nuff said

  • http://www.prefixmag.com dave park

    BCC are as real as it gets. Just that gritty hip-hop. The album is definitely better than an L.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com L.A.’s Finest

    Stupid ass Greek dumbshit!!! What the hell are you talking about, I’m from L.A. and even I know Buckshot and the whole BCC represent real hip-hop. Hell yeah I miss the 90′s

  • naXzi

    Yo I’m staying in a country called UAE (don’t know if y’all know) and I’m an Indian.

    I heard the album and its a killer. I’m listening to it right now.
    BCC should be all down in bling and spit creativity like Lil’ Jon … that’s the only way XXL would show some love to real Hip Hop.

    You gots put this review in the “Negro Please” yo!

  • naXzi

    I’m an Indian and I reside in a country called UAE (United Arab Emirates).

    The album is a killer; I’m listening to it at the moment.

    You know what BCC lacks?
    They need have more bling than Baby, spit some creative rhymes like Lil’ Jon and perform routine dances like B2K … thats the only way XXL is gone respect real Hip Hop.

    Please add this review in your “Negro Please”.

  • total piatko

    comparing laffey taffay to bcc should have costed u your job and i like there shit i always keep an ear open for them its just not ther time right now so all they true fans buy 5 and gaive to some people that need to hear that shit im out pure coca

  • razorsharp

    wow you guys are fuckin pathetic. The Last Stand is shittin on pretty much everything to come out this year, save for a few albums. Go listen to some Little Jon, Nelly, T.I. and Black Eyed Peas. Dont bother reviewing REAL HIP HOP. Cause yall wouldnt know real hip hop if it smacked the shit outta you. Yall some fuckin faggots XXL.

  • Mr!Integrity

    REAL HIP HOP SAIGON, DEAD PREZ, NAS, COMMON, LUPE FIASCO, DUO LIVE, ROOTS………CL SMOOTH PETE ROCK!!

    OUTKAST,ICE CUBE, KRS ONE, KANYEWEST,BONE THUGS,PAC, IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE

    SOME OF GAME !!SOME OF JAY Z

    TAKE NOTES FROM DON DIVA THEIR CONTENT ON ALOT OF ISSUES IS MORE REAL
    OH YAZIMATUSA (WHAT EVER HIS NAME IS CAN’T MESS
    WITH SIZZLA) (REGGAE)

    WHY IS EMINEM AND YATMATISA ( JEWISH REGGAE DUDE) CD IN STARBUCKS AND BARNES AND NOBEL NEAR THE CASH REGISTER, HOW COME OTHER TRUE HIP HOP REGGAE ARTIST AIN’T POSITIONED THERE LET ME GUESS IT’S SOME HATIN!!!

  • Cunninlynguist

    I’m proud to see that not ONE comment agrees with the rating. I’m listening to the Last Stand right now and it’s AT LEAST an XL…. AT LEAST!! It’s a known fact that ratings and “top lists” are bs and paid for by the big corps. Guess the BCC are reluctant to pay extra cash for better ratings… sad, but at least the true hip hop stays untouched by the mainstream influence, which is definetely benificial for us REAL hip hop heads.

    peace to everyone on this board for calling out those XXL punks.

  • Soundbwoykilla

    Lets thank THOMAS GOLIANOPOULOS for proving to all the true indeed hiphop heads that a real from the street record can be completey overlooked and labeled as a “I love the 90′s campaign” from whats supposed to be one of the ‘realest’ hiphop magazines out. Booty music has obviously overshadowed and corrupted your minds into believing that you can get those real nutrients from “laffy taffy.” Y’all need to give The Last Stand the XXL review it deserves, homey.

  • Hip Hop Critic

    The writer of this article is out his freakin mind to only give this a “L” rating. I refuse to write his name in this posting due to his lack of judgement in rating quality hip hop. I am starting to wonder who is really in control of how albums are rated with this magazine. Hmmmmmmmmm!

  • DA 4 BUILDING

    Fu*k XXL. BCC deserves a better rating than this bullshit. Go ahead and cop LAST STAND and Lord Jamar’s 5% Album. F*ck this candy coated Laffy Taffy all sound alike i make beats just using three keys music.

  • Entyce

    Mr. Golianopoulos,

    How could you write such a cold hearted review about BCC’s comeback? While you had both positive and negative remarks in your review you seemed like you were reaching for the negative, and all of which were irrelevant. You stated that the album was flawed because they only did one track with former producers, Da Beatminerz, but this makes way for them to team up with other hot producers on the album: Pete Rock, 9th Wonder, Large Professor…These collaborations on the album are far from flawed, but you wrote about it as such. Another potential flaw you pointed out was the fact that the members of O.G.C. were overshadowed by other artists, but that can be said about anyone in a group of eight. If someone is a fan of a particular artist in this group naturally, they would want to hear more of them, but this is a large group of talented emcees and everyone played their part to produce a hot album. If this album doesn’t get a lot of mainstream recognition it’s because they are an underground group who are unappreciated and slept on by mainstream; the entertainers, the people who seek it, and the people who write about it. If you feel that they don’t give notice to rap songs or groups that are a part of watered down mainstream hip hop can you really blame them? They are in good company and you should join.

  • http://www.myspace.com/_akaparis Entyce

    Mr. Golianopoulos,

    How could you write such a cold hearted review about BCC’s comeback? While you had both positive and negative remarks in your review you seemed like you were reaching for the negative, and all of which were irrelevant. You stated that the album was flawed because they only did one track with former producers, Da Beatminerz, but this makes way for them to team up with other hot producers on the album: Pete Rock, 9th Wonder, Large Professor…These collaborations on the album are far from flawed, but you wrote about it as such. Another potential flaw you pointed out was the fact that the members of O.G.C. were overshadowed by other artists, but that can be said about anyone in a group of eight. If someone is a fan of a particular artist in this group naturally, they would want to hear more of them, but this is a large group of talented emcees and everyone played their part to produce a hot album. If this album doesn’t get a lot of mainstream recognition it’s because they are an underground group who are unappreciated and slept on by mainstream; the entertainers, the people who seek it, and the people who write about it. If you feel that they don’t give notice to rap songs or groups that are a part of watered down, mainstream hip hop can you really blame them? They are in good company and you should join.

  • RUDY

    THOMAS GOLIANOPOULOS how old r u ????
    stuck in a time warp????????
    this is real,KID!!!!

  • http://deleted HatinIzAnArt

    you see i used to only buy xxl mags but after this review i might hvae to switch my pitch
    bcc is doing whut other “mc’s” say dat they’re doing and dats stayin true to your roots and whut got u in this game
    i feel like hip hop has died and with this new album i believe that this a a positive step into the future of music ive been around music all my life and if u ask me realness died with gang starrs last album
    im keepin it offical tissue
    wreckonize dat these heads will never die

  • allnice

    These niggaz can’t rhyme for shit for some reason. They were hot back in the days, but rhymin has evolved. They could at least say shit in a way that sounds kinda hot. The 90s was a great era, but they had peer artists like Nas, Wu Tang, Biggie, and Pac out elevating the game. I know they wanna stay true to what they do best, but its corny, for real. They only had 1 hot song on the album. They really need to fuck with Beatminerz and Evil Dee some more because producers like 9th Wonder and Pete Rock aren’t gonna capture their style right. Overall, this album was very wack, stay away from it.

  • HENDOG

    BOOT CAMP:LAST STAND IZ THE HARDEST AND REALEST ALBUM OUT ON THE STREET THIS YEAR. DON’T GET ME WRONG (THA LICK, E-40, BUM-B, BUSTA,MOBB DEEP…ALL WERE TIGHT ASS ALBUMS BUT THEY HELD IT DOWN LIKE VEZT ARE TO DO…P.S ALLNICE & XXL MAN YA’LL LISTEN TO THAT RADIO SH$T AND YOU’LL FORGET WHAT REAL HIP-HOP WAS AND IS NOW DUMMASS!!!!

  • rok

    BCC is the truth!! You must want all rap music to be the same. I grew up on this original hip hop & the album is great..I can’t beleive you give too shory an XXL and BCC a large. You must be kidding me. You don’t appreciate tru hip hop. Ur not sucka free bitch. you need wrekonize da real!!!!

  • http://jahdan.com DJ Gravy

    Another standout is the Marco Polo–produced “He Gave His Life.” Supported by soulful reggae wails… YES INDEED, JAHDAN’S Soulful reggae wails… Asked about quite often, JAHDAN is the REGGAE ARTIST YOU HEAR ON…

    Sound Bwoy Bureill – Smif n’ Wesson (Nervous)
    Sound Bwoy Bureill RMX – Smif n’ Wesson (Nervous)
    Think Back – Bootcamp Clik (Duckdown)
    Off The Wall – Cocoa Brovas also feat. X Clan (Priority)
    Extreme Situation – Beatminerz feat.
    …Cocoa Bros. & Jahdan/Black Hearted Skavenger (Rawkus)
    He Gave His Life – BCC feat Jahdan
    AND
    Wonders & Signs – (Branford Marsalis & DJ Premier’s) Buckshot Le Fonque
    Feat. The Black Hearted Skavengers
    Hotter Than Hot – (B. Marsalis & DJ Premier’s) Buckshot Le Fonque (Columbia) Feat. Black Hearted Skavengers
    D & D Soundclash – Afu Ra fea. Cocoa Bros. & Jahdan (Koch)
    Think Before You – Afu Ra feat. Jahdan w/ Noble Society (Koch)
    Deal Wid It – Afu Ra also feat. Kardinal Offishall & Jahdan (Decon)
    King of Kings – Krumb Snatcha(Gangstarr) Feat. Jahdan
    20 – dead prez (Columbia)
    Upliftment – Lutan Fyah (Lustre Kings)

    AVAILABLE NOW!!!

    “New Day” Riddim Segment feat:
    Noble Society, Midnite, Khari Kill, Lutan Fyah,
    Norris Man, Princess Menen,
    Marlon Asher, Rankin’ Scroo, Yami Bolo, Natty King,
    Ras Attitude & more

    Off the upcoming Noble Society album, “Take Charge”,
    “Street Musicology” (12″ Single)
    feat. M1 (of dead prez) & Princess Menen

    Project Groundation Massive Vol. 21: (Mixed by DJ
    Child) “Nothing To Prove”
    feat. Jahdan, Midnite, Niyorah, Dezarie, Abja & more

    Shadtek’s “Brooklyn Anthem” (12″ Single) feat
    77Klash & Jahdan (Sound Ink)
    Available in Europe Only!

    Bootcamp Clik’s LP “The Last Stand” -
    feat. Jahdan on “He Gave His Life” (Trk 8)

    ———————————————-
    Coming Soon!

    Project Groundation Massive’s “LIVE from the
    Frontline” – The Noble Society
    Mixtape feat. Luciano, Lutan Fyah, Norris Man,
    Kharri Kill, Midnite,
    Steele (of Smif & Wesson), 77Klash & Production by
    Nick “Hard Times” Fantastick,
    Deantoni Parks (of Kudu), Adam Deitch, Nic Kasper,
    77Klash & More

    Noble Society’s long awaited full length LP,
    “Take Charge” feat Yami Bolo, Lutan Fyah, 77Klash,
    Deantoni Parks (of Kudu) &
    Marco Benevento of “The Duo”

    Lustre Kings & Zion High’s – “Red Razor Riddim” -
    Jahdan, Freddie McGregor,
    Luciano, Midnite, Everton Blender, Norrisman, Natty
    King, Marlon Asher & more

    Lion Dub’s “Rueben Riddim” feat – Jahdan, Johnny
    Osbourne, Lutan Fyah, Terry
    Ganzie, Luciano, Lukie D, Nitty Kutchie, Fragga
    Ranks, Al Pancho

    http://www.jahdan.comhttp://www.noblesociety.com

    http://www.lustrekingsproductions.com

  • http://www.myspace.com/kingpaul06 King Paul

    I been listening to this album nonstop since I got it. Horrible review. Step up your reviewing game XXL, can’t believe people get paid to write this garbage. Sean P is a BEAST.

  • objectunknown

    Shit’s fiyah
    BCC delivers

  • http://bcc putondemtimbzBCCkickinazz

    Crazy mofo …. bcc is fire …. every album from the clik is fire … if u think lean wit it rock wit it is real hip hop ya got a very limited mind ….. bcc has been goig strong for years ….but the album is crazy good work bcc xxl …

  • http://bcc putondemtimbzBCCkickinazz

    xxl

  • LAVAMOUTH

    This album is fire. Go buy it, Fuck XXL Magazine and everyone associated with it.

  • Frank E Boi

    I havent even heard the album yet…but I was beside myself to hear the way you guys put down artists who keep real hip hop alive…how could you compare some overnight trash like laffy taffy with a genuine street hip hop organization…who ever wrote that review musta smoked his breakfast… i saw these guys live last night and they rocked the house…it was the best hip hop show ive seen in years…mad energy on stage…bboys on the ground -Ls in the air…people fallin on the floor and shit…the way a jam should be…felt like i was back home last night…for you people hip hop is an outlet…you rape our culture of all thats pure and try to turn a profit in the process…most of you dont know shit- you just get into the industry cause you know thats whats poppin…still rockin my pumas in that bboy stance like…whaat….BCC!!

    JOIN THE MOVEMENT!

  • lovemilz

    L, is that a joke. You don’t know shit about good hiphop. You know what, fuck it I quit. BCC was one of the better albums I heard in the last couple months and because of shit reveiws like yours they will probably leave the game and we will be stuck with lames like game, 50, TI. Who ever gives these reveiws must be on rock or sumthin. They said something about stuck in the 90′s, funny cause thats the last time I bought a Cd. All new shit is garbage, straight the uff up.

    ellis’s Wack listed:
    50,TI, Game, Mike jones, G-unit, Pall wall, xzibit’s new shit, snoop, jadabitch, anything on BET ( worst staion on tv), the list goes on…

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  • Escobar

    BCC’s album an L? Christ Almighty. The reviewers are nearly as narrow-scoped at the community!

  • Rion

    Laffy Taffy

    Dat laffy taffy (candy gurl)

    Gurl shake dat laffy taffy
    Dat laffy taffy
    Shake dat laffy taffy
    Dat laffy taffy
    Gurl shake dat laffy taffy
    Dat laffy taffy
    Dat laffy taffy (candy gurl)
    Dat laffy taffy

    I’m lookin fa Mrs. Bubble Gum
    I’m Mr. Chik-O-Stick
    I wanna (dun dun dunt) (oh)
    Cuz you so thick
    Gurlz call me Jolly Rancher (Oh)
    Cuz I stay so hard
    You can suck me for a long time
    (Oh my god!)
    Gurl dis ain’t no dance flo’
    Dis a candy sto’
    And I’m really geeked up
    And I got mo’ dro
    I pop, I roll
    It’s soft I know
    It’s da summer time
    But yo laffy taffy got me froze (oh)
    Gone get loose (oh)
    Gone get low (oh)
    don’t be shy
    H** I’m Faybo? (oh)
    I kno’ you wanna ride
    You a star and it shows
    (What’s happening? What’s up? What’s up? Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go)

    Gurl shake dat laffy taffy
    Dat laffy taffy
    Shake dat laffy taffy
    Dat laffy taffy
    Gurl shake dat laffy taffy
    Dat laffy taffy
    Dat laffy taffy (candy gurl)
    Dat laffy taffy [Repeat 2x]

    Cum on trick cum on trick
    Here go Mr. Chocolate
    I like da way you break it down
    Waddle, stop you watchin me
    Laffy taffy I’m likin’ dis
    Big ol a** you shakin b****
    Close yo mouth and don’t say s***
    Bend on ova and hit a split
    Work dat pole and work it well
    Stacks on deck, yo ankles swell
    Gurl let me touch ya
    I will neva tell
    Security gaurd don’t scare nobody
    Damn right I touched dat h**
    All da money just hit da flo’
    D4L I’m ready to go
    H** can’t even shake no mo
    Dey tired out
    Lets ride out
    B**** you wanna go
    Den she can go
    She get in my car
    I ain’t playin no mo
    Start movin on my Faybo
    B**** she probably already kno’
    Let me see dat laffy taffy
    (dun dun dunt)

    Gurl shake dat laffy taffy
    Dat laffy taffy
    Shake dat laffy taffy
    Dat laffy taffy
    Gurl shake dat laffy taffy
    Dat laffy taffy
    Dat laffy taffy (candy gurl)
    Dat laffy taffy [repeat 2x]

    Say baby gurl
    A wat you gon’ do
    I got a hundred 1s
    I wanna pour on you
    Just keep dat a** shakin
    And I keep tippin’ you
    While I sit back like a playa
    And sip dat grey goose
    Feelin’ all loose
    Cuz gurl you on your job
    You got my d*** hard
    Da way you touch dem toez
    Workin’ dem micros
    On da stilletos
    You made it skeet skeet skeet
    Like a water hoez (candy gurl)
    Got me goin’ in my pocket
    Pullin’ out mo’ dough
    Let da waitress kno’ I need to order
    Five hundred mo’
    You besta believe lata on we headed 2 da mo’
    So gone and pack dem bags
    And let’s mothaf***in’ go
    I’m waitin’ on yo fine a**
    At da front doe
    Gurl you don kno’
    Ima toss da laffy taffy
    Toss it flip it and slap it
    Bust a couple of nuts
    And get right back at it

    Gurl shake dat laffy taffy
    Dat laffy taffy
    Shake dat laffy taffy
    Dat laffy taffy
    Gurl shake dat laffy taffy
    Dat laffy taffy
    Dat laffy taffy (candy gurl)
    Dat laffy taffy [repeat 2x]

    ARE YOU STONED??? How DARE you compare to one of the only TRUE hip hop albums released this year to THAT GARBAGE??? The 1990′s was the last time I had any faith in hip-hop. Nowadays, I guess you have to write about sluts on a pole and how big the chain you bought with your advance is to be considered a legitimate player. Long live TRUE emcee’s.

  • Lil Snooks

    how can u rate this album L. this album is XL or XXL

  • LC

    Sorry, but that review is off the mark. “The Last Stand” is a classic.

  • LC

    i was too kind in my last comment. this review is excruciatingly horrible. The Last Stand is one of the top five releases of this year, and this reviewer gives it an L? are you kidding me? i’m a journalist who reviews music and giving an L to an album of this caliber is just irresponsible. i’d like to know what this reviewer is giving XXLs to, and if he’s even qualified to recognize quality hip hop in the first place. also, if you decide to fire him, as you should, i’d like to know if i can take his place.

  • http://www.duckdown.com xaqushun

    Chop ya mu fukin ears off and put a walkin on it you punk mu fukas sweet sons of bitches don’t let me come smash ya radio for tryna play we doe, Xxl mad shady yo wouldn’t know a hit even if it came outa cum juicy chick all ya’ll down there get the dick for the bullshit you give my nigz. I bet ya’ll frontin on AZ too, bunch of faggets should hit ya’ with a bunch of sticks. Matter afact killa priest would eat any rapper from the south. NY STAND UP WE NEVER WENT ANY WERE by an album from our “90″‘s era it all is still relevant situations that’s talked about today we paved the way record sells and politics got in the way you ares straight brain washed I bet your favorite channel is BET/MTV go kill your self.

  • http://www.duckdown.com xaqushun

    Chop ya mu fukin ears off and put a walkin on it you punk mu fukas sweet sons of bitches don’t let me come smash ya radio for tryna play we doe, Xxl mad shady yo wouldn’t know a hit even if it came outa cum juicy chick all ya’ll down there get the dick for the bullshit you give my nigz. I bet ya’ll frontin on AZ too, bunch of faggets should hit ya’ with a bunch of sticks. Matter afact killa priest would eat any rapper from the south. NY STAND UP WE NEVER WENT ANY WERE buy an album from our “90″‘s era it all is still relevant situations that’s talked about today we paved the way record sells and politics got in the way you are straight brain washed I bet your favorite channel is BET/MTV go kill your self.

  • $nooks

    wtf!
    i thought XXL was the best site 4 reviews
    how can u rate this album a L?
    at least XL would have been fine or XXL

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  • Da Franchise

    If you give this album an L, you need to eat a dick witt aids drippin off it.

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