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dead prez and The Outlawz
Can’t Sell Dope Forever

DP.Outlawz.jpgDue to their affiliation with 2Pac during the height of the East Coast–West Coast beef, the Outlawz (now comprised of just Kastro, EDI and Young Noble) are known more for turmoil than activism. So word of their teaming with dead prez on Can’t Sell Dope Forever might evoke more than a few head scratches from fans. But the two crews manage to find a common goal on this conceptual disc, which valiantly tackles the abundance of drugs in their community.

Cuts like the reverberating anthem “1 Nation” and the frantic title track are signs that this union could be a good move, but dp and Outlawz’s spotty chemistry hurts their overall execution. Lethargic hooks and limp grooves impair both the stic.man-produced flop “Holdin’ On” and “Came Up,” a sluggish rumination on struggling and striving that features Layzie Bone. Rapping over the sound of crickets and solemn guitars, a mumbling Noble mimics Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s patented flow with average results (“Look in my eyes/You better feel the pain/You better learn the game/I had my time in vain”).

The bigger problem, however, is the fact that Can’t Sell Dope Forever sounds more like a dp-led rally than a joint call to arms with the Outlawz. In fact, the Cali trio is absent altogether on four of the songs, as outside guests push the L.A. crew aside and bogart their way onto tracks or M-1 and stic fly solo. It isn’t until the antiestablishment riot starter “Thuggin’ on the Blokkk” and the folksy “Fork in the Road” that ’Pac’s homies get to deliver their own revolutionary-but-gangsta swagger. But all hope for the project’s cohesiveness is lost as these instances are too few and far between. In the end, it makes dp and the Outlawz’s righteous message a tough sell.—ALVIN BLANCO

  • AirlineGeneral

    1st one

  • S.DOT

    2nd

  • BELIZE

    Damn…bad review

  • leemangena

    viva the struggle outlaws but where is the rest of the former dramacydal u guys hurt pacs’ feelings like junior mafia did to big.get every one back on board including storm if she is alive

  • leemangena

    n u xxl give them a better review

  • leemangena

    hey rally behind me respond to this review u fools that consider themselves tru heads

  • leemangena

    man its me again responding nway im down wit every tin dat outlaws put out hey get a major deal n com out more often stop sucking 2much on pacs’ sucess get ya own cred

  • H-man

    Cant sell dope 4ever??? Watch me!!! lolololol

  • http://www.sug.com Sugar

    Well Well Well, I thought that my sons had drop off the face of the earth. It’s good to hear that you all are still alive. Make all your fans happy again. Put the bullshit behind you and make Pac proud. COME OUT WITH A CD WITH ONLY THE OUTLAWZ

  • http://myspace.com/forevertrill305 papermaker

    i only heard one song from da album and I liked it. It’s called Came Up featuring Layzie Bone. Imma cop da album. I think it’ll be tight

  • Enlightened

    See, this is my problem with reviews. For example:

    “The bigger problem, however, is the fact that Can’t Sell Dope Forever sounds more like a dp-led rally than a joint call to arms with the Outlawz. In fact, the Cali trio is absent altogether on four of the songs, as outside guests push the L.A. crew aside and bogart their way onto tracks or M-1 and stic fly solo.”

    How the fuck is that a bad thing? What do those 4 songs sound like? If they’re anything close to DPz usual standards, how the fuck is that a problem? Now, I admit, I haven’t had a chance to get the CD yet, so I can’t say the review is bullshit – yet, but I am copping it this weekend. Now, about 90% of the CD reviews on this muthafuckin sight gets at least an L. How the fuck can 5 of the most lyrical niggas in the industry come together and drop a CD that’s a M. This CD better have some extremely bullshit beats, I can tell you that. Or else, I’ma have a real muthafuckin problem with Alvin Blanco.

  • The King

    Man fuck this review. I heard this album beginning to end and shit is one of my favs of ’06. XXL ain’t no how to give a review and recognize a good album for shit. They must of had some bullshit going to their mind to have these great mc’s come together and drop an album that is wack. Fuck no, XXL need to stop this shit and fire off some of the rating staff. I would of said this album is a fucking L at least and is no, a XL. This shit is dope. Nice beats, but the shit was there.

  • money mike

    That review sucked, the album has a message that rings true, what is your beef with DP and Outlawz Blanco, but maybe the real issue is that you are THE MAN and can’t stand to see some real revolutionary gangstas making a statement

  • Vick

    MAN FUCK THIS REVIEW…IF IT AINT T.I XXL TREATS IT LIKE SHIT…..DEAD PREZ IS TIGHT!!

  • westside4life/cali

    the album is sick

  • The Advocate

    I’ve got a problem with Alvin Blanco for this stupid review he had made. I’ve heard this album from beginning to end. It’s hot. Nice tracks and good beats.

    I agree with Enlightened on this one:

    “The bigger problem, however, is the fact that Can’t Sell Dope Forever sounds more like a dp-led rally than a joint call to arms with the Outlawz. In fact, the Cali trio is absent altogether on four of the songs, as outside guests push the L.A. crew aside and bogart their way onto tracks or M-1 and stic fly solo.”

    How the fuck is that a bad thing? What do those 4 songs sound like? If they’re anything close to DPz usual standards, how the fuck is that a problem? Now, I admit, I haven’t had a chance to get the CD yet, so I can’t say the review is bullshit – yet, but I am copping it this weekend. Now, about 90% of the CD reviews on this muthafuckin sight gets at least an L. How the fuck can 5 of the most lyrical niggas in the industry come together and drop a CD that’s a M. This CD better have some extremely bullshit beats, I can tell you that. Or else, I’ma have a real muthafuckin problem with Alvin Blanco.

    I’ve heard the CD, it’s good. This review does muthafucking suck.

  • wizeguy

    hey h-man thats a fact you cant sell dope forever if you think you can go ahead and try I bet you wont get very far.

  • WestSide Fo Life

    ay i luv tha outlawz they my 2nd fave group eva only afta n.w.a. but i only keep up wit them on pac albumz cuz they like on evryone
    since me against the world. but wat tha fuck happen to mah nigga NAPOLEAN. dat nigga waz tha best muthafuckin outlaw left. he aint rollin wit them anymo like fatal. yo anybody kno wat tha fuck happend to tha nigga.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hych hych

    dead prez and the outlawz
    im from the united Kingdom Europe england and theirs bloods and crips over here in action, shit is real in field. dead prez has love here outlawz has more because of the respect of tupac. so yo!
    it might be the best thing out but yo! its the is the best ting out if you know what i mean?