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Rhymefest, The Manual

Since coming into the game, Rhymefest always struck me as that old school dude from the block that would battle any and everyone who wanted it. It wasn’t only because homie looked old enough to have been co-wrote one of the 10 Commandments, but because of the way the man made his music and wrote his rhymes. Son’s style exemplifies that old school hip-hop scene when everyone had their own identity and wouldn’t hesitate to bomb on anyone who challenged their square. But some question whether or not he has the ingenuity to hold down a whole project.

With The Manual, Fest continues to show and prove that he’s a student of the old school. It seems like even when he’s making a song he’s still battle rapping whoever’s listening to what he’s saying. His rhymes on “Coolness” shows a man that raps with a chip on his shoulder when he’s saying ish like, “Why when I say ’80s, it looks so fresh yo? When you dress ’80s you look so metro/pink glasses with the zipper jackets/Prince open booty pants, matchin’ asses/at the gay club giving out free passes/back in the day that’s what we called faggots/fast forward 2000 now that’s fashion/sucka ya miss, now I know who I am/not emotional when I pull up in the Cayenne – Porsche truck-or-a-tour-bus-for-us/pull up to the club and everybody lookin’ awe struck.” I felt him before he started talking about cars. Only thing I’m pushing is Timbos and Jordans.

Originally I thought that rhyme was directed at Charles Hamilton (they’ve been beefing lately), but nah. He saved that PunchaniggaindafaceItis feeling for “Supersonic”—he used Salt-N-Pepper’s “Supersonic” beat for this—and went in on that young man like Jeffery Dahmer (Do the knowledge on that last metaphor). He even threw a quick dart at Asher Roth on this joint. Question: Does anyone in the hood play Guitar Hero? I mean really.

And just like an old school head this man shows respect to the originals by featuring the one and only CL Smooth on the Jazz sounding “Deal’s A Deal.” He then got a lending hand from 1/4 of Brand Nubian when the OG Sadat X ripped it down on the club brawl inspirational “Think About It.” That’s not including appearances from the Queen herself, Latifah and Greg Nice.

Any questions about Rhymfest’s ingenuity was put to rest on this mixtape (and his previous projects, but fools don’t wanna recognize). His concept joints like “Pulls Me Back, “ “Memory Lane,” and “Rhymefest vs. Big Daddy Kane” where he inserted his own rhymes to counter those of Kane’s on his own classic, “Warm It Up Kane” prove that he’s built for this. And G-status that Kane battle record was genius and original enough to instill that point alone. I was cracking the f*ck up and loving it. Rhymefest got some good ish for that ass if you’re into that old school MC, and y’all know I am. I mean this is the man who once battled Eminem and said, “I’ma keep this nigga bouncing like Suge Knight checks.” I more than one way, Rhymefest truly embodies the notion of being the last of a dying breed. I just hope he continues to give the game mouth-to-mouth resuscitation before his time is up.-The Infamous O

Hottest Joint: “Pulls Me Back”

Weakest Joint: “Party 4 Free”

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  • http://www.xxlmag.com 14snipez

    What up big homie O. Btw I got dat metaphor dem white boyz dont play wit da serial killer shit. N Rhymefest iz 2 muthafuckin sick wit da flow I sware, I heard dat Charles Hamliton diss summmlahhamuumlahhumm lmao sum shit like dat. Shit was uncalled for I wouldn’t even know how to come back from a blow 2 my ego lik dat.

    • Mr. 306

      dont say what white boys are fuckin with. grow up

      • http://www.xxlmag.com 14snipez

        I can say wateva i want to say if u don’t lik it u “grow up” and take the mature route by not reading it. And if your white and took offense to it than maybe you know it’s true. All that internet back n forth ain’t what i’m about so don’t make statements directed at me as if your going to do something to me.

        p.s White boyz is on sum crazy psycho shit serial killers, rapist, and racist. “The Zodiac Killer” “The Son of Sam” “Jeffery Dahmer” “THe Oklahoma CIty Bomber” so yea some white folks have serious problems

  • medski the prophet

    Hate to nitpick put JJ Fad made Supersonic. Who writes this shiet…

    • O

      Not only was Dahmer eating his victims but he was a pedophile. Get it? “He went IN on that young man..” Feel me? LOL. My nigga, Snipez. And Salt-N-Pepper’s vocals were used on that “Supersonic” which is why I mentioned them. Damn, Medski. Can I live?

      • Ad Vice

        No offense O, but that is not Salt-N-Pepa’s vocals on the track, that is JJ FAD. You can live all you want, but just please be accurate.

        • O

          Yo man, I checked with my older sister and y’all right. Pardon my lack of googling shit. I just go off what I remember. I wasn’t buying joints back then, just listening to whatever my older brothers and sisters had in their tape decks.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com 14snipez

    lmao mane O on sum reel shyt keep doin ya thang homie. U be keepin one hunnid wit dese reviews don’t even sweat da naysayers, I knew where da sample came from it’s all 1st n 10. But fa reel dat was a slick metaphor doe I notice u b havin ya reviews chock full of those shyt mayb u should ghostwrite for sum of dese rappin ass dudes.

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  • http://Myspace.com/spreadlove Twitter me Banksinatra

    Can’t wait to hear this album.. Been a fan since rhymefest wrote for yeezy.. As for charles hamilton ( he’s dope) but I’m glad to hear Fest went after him..that lil stunt at the college Ham man pulled was straight disrespectful..and as said in the opening lines of the article Fest handed it to him that night as well.. Young cats we need to respect our elders.. Nuff said. Or shit like that happens..Big ups to Rhymefest..Keep Grinding..

  • Jhon da Analyst

    I thought Supersonic was done by JJ Fad. Not like I was that into Salt-n-Pepa. He had some shit a while back where he was talking to Michael Jackson and using Jackson samples. Anybody remeber dat shit.

  • LaMa

    Yooo whats good bro, I sent u a mixtape a minute ago and u still never got to it…and its actually a great mixtape ppl need to hear

    And this mixtape is iight I just dont like Rhyme’s lisp

    • O

      Dunn, I get MAD mixtapes sent to me. You gotta be more specific homie…

  • Mutada al sader the king

    ^JDA-> You were right which makes this hacks opinion completely irrelevant, since he cant even take a second to double check a song on google. Plus any hip hop “journalist” who’s worth his weight in gold should have no problem recalling that song. Its not like JJ Fad were a “fad”, that song was super popular from the radio to roller skating rinks, and was a MONSTER hit a year or so ago when Will i am sampled it and basicly created a career for Fergie. Also considering the fact that the song has been in the news as recently as 3-4 weeks ago, when one of the producers and former NWA member Egyptian lover filled a lawsuit for royalties or some other matter, MAKES HIS MISTAKE EVEN WORSE.

    He decided to critique another mans looks heavily before even mentioning anything about his music. I remember that mix tape with Michael Jackson samples, I thought it was fucking hillarious. Pretty creative too, having MJ host your mix tape.

    Then the “hack ” makes a reference to Jeffrey Dahmer and fest “going in”, on the young man. Trying to connect Jeffrey Dahmers homosexual behavior with his victims prior to killing and mutilating them to Fest. What that has to do with an album review, I dont know…

    Yes I do !

    Since the hack writters at XXL have a vested interest in seeing “hip hop clonage and homosexuality” succeed as in (Charles Hamilton and AsherEM Roth), whats a XXL article without mentioning one of these two guys. But this hack finds a way to mention both of them !


    Fest is fucking 31, stop with “old head” label. I’m sure he grew up on Easy E, NWA, Dre Dre, The 90′s Bad Boy Era, Rockafella era throw some New Jack Swing, and maybe Nirvana for good measures. Stop acting like he’s worshiping 80′s hip hop, he was a young kid when half that shit came out and probably discovered most of it as he got older like most of us 77,78,79,80,81 babies did.

    • O

      I’m younger than Fest and I consider myself an old head in today’s “new school” climate. I say that simply because the game is a shell of what it was. Dudes like Fest take it back to the shit we grew up on which was 80′s and 90′s hip-hop. His style pays homage to that era and I applaud homie for that. include the face that these young heads in my hood call me Old School because of the way I view today’s hip-hop culture. Me and Fest is old school, so fall back.

      I mentioned Salt-N-Pepper instead of JJ cause he SAMPLED Salt-N-Pepper’s vocals! And me commenting on dude looking old was just me having fun with my writing, na’mean. I didn’t think I went on and on about how he looks like you feel I might’ve, I just made ONE comment. I guess he must be your favorite rapper. I love the music but I don’t let it rule my world like you might, don’t get it twisted.

      You took that whole Dahmer comment to a level I wasn’t even trying to take it. That whole homosexual shit was on you. I mentioned Charles because Fest was DISSIN’ Charles AND Fest mentioned Asher Roth in the same line! And for the record, I’ma CH fan, but if he got dissed on a record then i’ma tell it how it is. If I touched a nerve with you then that means I done did my job. But don’t paint it like i’m dissing someone when i’m obviously giving him props.

  • JamPo

    XXL do have the worst bloggers…….I stop reading after the JJ Fad comment….

    Mutada al sader the king……..I agree with the age shit….n!gga probably heard some ole school ish but probably influence more by Dinco D than Kool Moe Dee…..

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  • Mutada al sader the king

    All right O, I’ll peep your next review. Just double check the facts and be objective. You know once an MC gets a label its hard to shake. If you make niggaz think all fest is is a throwback type nigga, they may never check out the rest of his shit. He’s pretty diverse. I aint mad at you mane.

    • O

      Don’t even wet it, homie. Love is love, na’mean. I need y’all to let me know what’s good when I slip up.

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