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D-Block: No Security

D-Block
No Security
(D-Block/E1 Music)

The Lox have always rolled deep. First sporting Bad Boy’s shiny suits, then repping the rowdier Ruff Ryders ranks, the lyrical trinity now pledges allegiance to its own D-Block brigade. Losing a troop along the way (chain-dragging defector J-Hood), the Yonkers set continues hustling with a plethora of existing members on their No Security compilation.

Sheek Louch sets the tone early atop escalating violins and crashing snares on “So Much Trouble,” rhyming, “I don’t Auto-Tune or skinny-ass jeans/I cook the coke up and serve them fiends.” The murder music continues with “From the Block,” where Styles P boosts the body count over kooky synths, while Scram Jones’s eerie vocal sample evokes crime-scene imagery on “Hello.” Don’t get it twisted, though: The gang’s unknowns are no studio slouches. AP, Straw and Snyp Life hold their weight when tacking verses onto the boom-bap-fueled “Like That Ya’ll (Remix),” originally starring just The Lox. And Large Amount’s wordplay gleams on the shadowy, Styles-hosted posse cut “That’s D-Block” (“Niggas move weight like they bodybuilding/And every day they find a body in somebody’s building”), as the rookie shows true promise.

Unfortunately, the wheels fall off when the neophytes go joyriding unsupervised. Take the tour-bus jingle “Round and Round,” a groupie ode that draws inspiration from a kindergarten ditty, or the up-tempo “Get Ya Bounce On,” a well-intentioned yet unfitting ashy-to-classy recollection that’s nearly as corny as its title. And while the OJ Da Juiceman, Ty and Don D collaboration “Show Em” is Southern baked with a brooding and bouncy beat, the bars lack true flavor.What ultimately hinders the album is the limited number of verses from the crew’s founding members (Jada appears on only three of 12 cuts) and its disappointing beats. However, fully loaded with trigger talk, No Security does provide relief from today’s singing rappers and silly dances. For whatever it’s worth, if nothing else, the album proves that, while suckers still need bodyguards, D-Block is able to roam the streets freely. –John Kennedy

  • Pierzy

    Ha!! I did it again. I should be runnin this site by now

    The Real P

    • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com P!∑rzy

      Jealousy is ugly…

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      Jealousy is ugly……

      • Pierzy

        Replying to myself is even uglier

  • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com P!∑rzy

    The LOX are incredible but they need to fall back from the 2nd unit. Bully, Bucky & co. aren’t nearly as good as their mentors.

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    wow….will the real pierzy please stand up…..

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      You should never be mad at yourself. Just remember the pills will help

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        Don’t worry…I’ll be fine. Just schizophrenic, that’s all.

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    Don’t worry…I’ll be fine. Just schizophrenic, that’s all. No worries.

  • Avenger XL

    D block really has enough fans to release albums like this? I think it must be off of Jada and stylez muscle because sheik stay losing. He is just a solid to average group member, never was the marque type of player.

    Why can’t these dudes get behind fresh talent and stop putting on their weed carriers? You can still have your boy work for you if you have a successful label. But they will just be in charge of bringing the girls and the drugs.

    • kali

      Have you listend to the last 2 albums sheek dropped?? Sheek can spit and his albums are better than Jada or styles….after taxes was a classic.

  • DA TRUTH

    TOO MANY NO NAMES ON THERE.. SHIT IS FUCKING TRASH !! JADA, P & LOUCH NEED TO SPIT MORE BARS STOP F’ING BOLSHITTING. THOSE YOUNGINS AINT READY BUT I’M GLAD YA PUT EM OUT! JUST GET EM READY

  • Keyser Soze

    Great rating though. I copped No Security and I couldn’t hide the disappointment after I listened to it a couple of times. ”Hello” is the only good song on it. I’ll admit that Styles P’s solos are tight! Same with Sheeks! But The L.O.X albums SUCK and sorry, but so do Jada’s.. Real talk.

  • BeerGangsta

    Ladies and Gentlement I introduce D-Block. Jada is the best out of the click. Styles P come next. He be saying good things at time. Sheek don’t catch a lot of people attention. Weak voice. He’s cool thou.

  • hate

    yea this shit is wack as hell. they drop hotter mixtapes weekly than this garbage that’s supposed to be official

    large amount is madd nice tho.
    “boy with a billion bars” is a classic mixtape

    if y’all ain’t check that yet then this your late pass

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  • Nat Turner II

    Yeah this shit is straight trash…I can’t even listen to it again…Bully need to stop saying his name all the damn time like he’s a great or like it’s a tight name to begin with…They need to Bring J-Hood back…and get rid of all these clowns…you losin fans with these fux…

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