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Get Low Records Presents Memphis Bleek: Feed The Streets

My question is, how can Bleek feed the streets? Has he eaten at all during his rap career? Off his own strength I mean. I remember a time when Bleek was supposed to be the heir to the Dynasty throne. But since The Dynasty album he’s been in obscurity at best. A few years later he created a small as Webster buzz again when he dropped a diss record aimed towards The Game. But that went nowhere and neither did Bleek.

Now here we have his latest mixtape, Feed The Streets, but the question is does the street still hunger for whatever Bleek’s been cooking up? This isn’t the same energetic, flame spitting Bleek that was riding with Jay for free and talking about ballin’ till he fallin’ in the late 90s. Far from it actually. He seems bland with it now. Even on the up-tempo “Protect Ya Neck” beat, Bleek sounds laid back and nonchalant when he spit, “Get Low general/’nuff respect due – to the big homie/ya know me/the one and only/play with me like a child/I’ll leave you holy moly/and I’m hood, so what the fuck is niggas telling me/wane be my dog? Then you better know the pedigree/whole team strapped, everybody got a felony/and I ain’t buying the bullshit that you sellin’ me.” The same uninspired sounding Bleek could be found on joints like “Real Nigga Shit,” “Ah Man,” and “Mothafucker.” It almost sounded like Bleek’s lost his passion for this rap game.

There were one or two moments where Bleek seemed to actually give a f*ck whether he was trying to lock a flow over “New Yae Beat” or has himself going into retro mode with A Tribe Called Quest classic instrumental on “Gotta Put Me On.” But two decent joints isn’t gonna justify the creation of a whole mixtape.

While Bleek was never really considered a lyrical beast or rhyme monster, he was always considered a rapper that was hungry. But with Feed The Streets he sounds like he’s had his fill of the game. All his rhymes are about money, hoes and clothes cause I guess that’s all the niqqa know. That’s all good and dandy, but at least word it cleverly or use metaphors that haven’t been recycled by every rapper in the game. Bleek sounds like he’s just rapping to rap. Like when he said “And I will hurt you/I will merc you/as you can see there aren’t any squares in my circle,” on “I Got My Locs On.” It just seemed like he put no effort into that or into most of this mixtape.

Jay once rhymed, “Bleek been one hit away his whole career.” But if this project is any indication of the platinum ambitions Memph has left, then it’s probably safe to say that Memph is going to be depending off the streets instead of the other way around. Good for him Jay followed that first line about Bleek with, “As long as I’m alive he’s a millionaire/and even if I die he’s in my will somewhere/so he can kick back and chill somewhere.” Dame Dash on the other hand got a whole different kind of rhyme written for him…-The Infamous O

Hottest Joint: “Gotta Put Me On”

Weakest Joint: “Ah Man”

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    You shit all over Bleek in this review, but gave Jenny Jones an XL rating?! What type of shit you been smoking?! As for the “Money, Clothes & Hoes” line, these days what rappers aren’t spittin’ about that same shit. When is the last time your heard 50 cent say a rap without mentioning his guns unless it’s his song for the ladies or Jenny jones do a song without talking about Ballin’?!or Young Jeezy do a joint without mentioning Cocaine or the Trap?! Just admit you hate the man like most who hate the ROC do because he’s been down with Jay from the beginning, can’t be Jay, but is secure in knowing even if he doesn’t ever get that 1 hit, Jay’s got his back!

    Peace & Get Money!!!!
    MOGUL $$$ GAME ’09!!!

    • http://xxlmag jb

      O u ain’t know?! Shitting on Bleek seems like everyone’s favorite hobby which is unfair. Dude had sum bangers and sum good albums. We kno he’s not Jay but who is? Cats like Jones and Flo-rida get more props then Bleek and their corny as hell.

  • Avenger XL

    Sorry Mogul it isn’t just hate on the Roc though I agree with the BS review given to Jim Jones. Bleek has no personality he sounds like a random NY dude talking about how hard he goes in the streets and yes he has skills but nothing to make you say hold the presses. Plus the most damning thing about dude is the fact his candance is meh bland. Never got out of jiggas shadow.

  • O

    I was co-signing Bleek since I first heard him on Coming Of Age. But son never lived up to expectations. He’s hood nice, but that can only take you so far. And I ain’t the one who gave Jones an XL. BELIEVE that.

  • Rex Banner

    people shit on bleek so bad, for really no reason. I liked all of his albums and most of them probably went gold, so why isnt he eating but if someone like red cafe talks about money and he doesnt have a real album other than that dj envy co op joint and never sold record no one will say anything. bleek has sold records so of course he has money.

    Bleek makes a lot of bangers, I peronally loved 534, i thought it was a great album but people really think bleek is wack? Obviously he cant have the same impact as jay-z but what other rapper has other than a select few? he is better then all the bums who have hit singles.

  • W’s

    Bleek is straight garbage…Stop stealing Get Low Records….that company belongs to JT Tha Bigga Figga. JT had that company way before ur bitchass was ever in tha game. People this clown is an imposter.