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REVIEW: Beanie Sigel, The Broad Street Bully

Beanie Sigel
The Broad Street Bully

Beats: L
Lyrics: XL
Originality: L

A lot has changed in the time since Beanie Sigel’s 2007 release The Solution. The Philly rapper served three months in jail for parole violation, his longtime label Roc-A-Fella Records is in disarray following the public split between Jay-Z and Dame Dash, and his State Property crew is scattered throughout the industry. Through it all, Sigel kept a low profile until announcing the release of The Broad Street Bully, which was originally rumored to be called The Focus.

Released through Siccness.net, the project is labeled a studio album but has a distinct mixtape feel. In fact, most of the songs are leftover tracks from previously recorded material (think Ghostface’s More Fish). That probably explains the incomplete-sounding production of “Tear Drops” and the hookless “Where’s My Opponent.” The end result is a mixed bag of street anthems (“Bang Bang”) and gloomy narratives (“The Ghetto”).

While the inclusion of SP members Freeway (“Sicker Than Average”), Young Chris (“Ready For War”) and Omillio Sparks (“Run to the Roc”) is a welcome return to form after The Solution’s pop tart guest list—Diddy (“Shake it For Me”) and R. Kelly (“All the Above”)—Bully feels more like a compilation than a true solo effort. That’s not to say Beans doesn’t deliver bars by the bundle, it’s just this LP would have been better served being less broad and more focused. —Anslem Samuel

  • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

    I copped this last night and I love Beans – he reps hard for Philly – but he’s really been struggling trying to straddle street and pop, which usually leads me to enjoying his mixtapes more than his albums.

    Public Enemy #1 >>>>>>>> The Solution

    • joe p

      damn pierzy why this nigga keep hatin ? lol i guess ther is always them internet thugs ha

      • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

        Hating? How am I hating? I said I got this last night but haven’t gotten a chance to hear it and I think his mixtapes are better than his albums. Just an opinion. I’ll always have love for Beans because he reps my city hard. I’ve met dude on a couple of occasions and he’s always been cool.

        • joe p

          im talkin bout this dude daydeezy lol …

        • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

          What up Joe? Sorry kid! Thanks for the support…my bad

      • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

        What up Joe? Sorry kid! Thanks for the support…my bad.

  • Casey

    Does this try to recapture the mood of the B. Coming?

  • AZ40

    This shit was an M ,it was really only like 3-4 good songs on it, not worth copping and I got love for Beans,but this was just bad

  • daydeezy

    WOW this nucca “pierzy” says he Loves beans , WOW now thats HOMO, wow I like Pac, Big, Jay, 3 stacks EM but never evea eva eva eva hear me say i Love these dudes, come on man that sounds like a chick quote you HOMO…..

    • giantstepp

      C’mon dude. Dont u think u over reacting a bit. it aint nearly that serious.

      • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

        It’s cool…he called me a homo on the Jay story too. I guess I wrote something that bothered him and he doesn’t know how to react with his emotions. He’ll mature one day. I’m not sweating it…

    • RDS

      @ daydeezy,

      Seriously, that shit is mad played-the-fuck out. Niggaz who make them kinda left-field comments are suspect in the first place. Everybody else knows what P meant. Why exactly are YOU the only one thinking something else?

      Grow up, cuz.

    • http://www.spitboss.com KLAP215

      U are a straghit NUT! How is it “homo” 2 have love for ya brother or another man… Sayin I love BEANS is sayin you love his music…. stop being ingnorent!

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    Beans is dope, but the industry is really a beast. Its hard to find an identity and still make a living for your family. Especially, with the econmny in dissarry. Still, its good music on this lp.

  • OG Matt Herbz

    I ain’t never checked for Beans much, but I WILL SAY that he has THE BEST verse on all of OB4CL2. I can’t even front.

    –OG Matt Herbz–

    • joe p

      og matt herbz is trippin … id say maybe the 7th best verse …

  • Sincere

    Copping this right now. Sigel is a beast. This dude has lyrics, flow, emotion, punchlines whatever you need. Beans will out rap your favorite rapper. Check the discography.

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    “it’s just this LP would have been better served being less broad and more focused.”

    And that sums it up. I heard the leak a month ago on datpiff. Beans should have waited and got better material.

  • DJ

    dont forget pierzy in philly city of bortherly love. that was pretty gay trying to jump on pierzy for that especially when your list of favorite rappers is “Pac, Big, Jay, 3 stacks EM”

    • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

      Good lookin’ out…

  • Mr. North

    I like this joint a lot at least an XL

  • Mr. North

    I like this joint a lot at least an XL
    this was like a “real” Beanie album

  • Mr. North

    I really like that album its at least an XL fo sho. Show Me My Opponent is my joint, plus a few others. Bean is the truth.

    • I Reign Supreme

      Completely – Cosign that Show Me My Opponent is fire and that Ghetto is heat too. I would have given this album a solid XL. Young Chris is straight garbage to me though. Omilio can rap and Freeway(Sometimes can rap). Beanie should do an album with just him. The only people he should do duo’s with from state prop should be Peetey Crack and Omilio. The rest of them state prop boys days is over. The Beanie album go hard though!!!! P.S. Young Chris sound like he was sad/crying about Jay-Z leaving on all of the tracks he rapped on. Man up!

  • alderman j

    AN EXCERPT FROM BEANS VERSE FROM WHAT WE DO….
    …no, B. Sige in the third lane
    Gramps still prayin’ workin on my nerves man…
    Like, “Son you gotta get your soul clean…
    Before they blow them horns like Coltrane…”
    But still I cry tears of a hustler
    Wipe tears from my mother, pull out beers for her brothers…
    That’s above us, make beds for the babies
    Tuck kids under covers, buy cribs for their mothers
    Shit I’ll probably be wylin’ with their fathers
    Tell Ms. Robert, tell Enijah that I’m ridin’ for her father
    That’s like my brother, like same mother different father
    Any problems dog know I got ‘em
    And still we grind from the bottom

    weak skinny jean wearing clowns dont know nothing about REAL HIP HOP!!! BEFORE JAY SOLD OUT this was routine for the roc to drop heaters like this!!! FREE BLACKED OUT, YOU COULD HEAR JAY IN THE BACKGROUND TELLING HIM TO KEEP GOING!!! but beans verse hit me close to home…………..MAN I MISS REAL HIP HOP!!!

    • 619

      One of the best Beans verses that I can think of off top besides ‘Resevoir Dogs’ and ‘Guess Who’s Back’ is the one on that limited edition extra disc that went with Jay’s ‘Hard Knock Life’ album, where Beans spit:
      “I set up the strip like Monopoly
      and dare one of y’all to land on my property
      think you gettin’ some dough from my Community Chest
      bloaw, bloaw, two to your chest
      y’all niggas can’t pass go, cause it cost to pass
      and y’all nigga’s cheap like Baltic Ave.
      type to land on jail
      can’t pay your bail
      wanna borrow from the bank
      nigga, what you think
      I’m the wrong one to lie to
      shit, I’m the man who supply, who supply, who supply you
      and y’all a bunch of talk money
      I’m tryin’ to get it down for that mafuckin’ Boardwalk money”,
      “Cop a whole pie and you workin’ with a quarter
      stay cased up like my man Rhyme Slaughter
      sleep in crack spots, gone off that water
      y’all cased up for weed, money, and drugs
      me and my mens roll in the Benz 4 dub
      smokin’ weed out the jug
      while most stay in court tryin’ to plead with the judge”
      Classic Beanie

      • 619

        Left out a line or two now that I think about it, but you feel what I’m sayin’, it’s just an example. When I heard ‘The Ghetto’, that shit took me back to that old grimey Beans that had you listenin’ to his shit with your face scrunched up like “ooowwwwwwhhhhhooooo wwwwwwwwhhhhhhooo damn!”.

      • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

        Crew Love. It was also on the Belly soundtrack.

  • daydeezy

    WTF Im From Cali Buster and Just because Cube , Pac ,. Dr Dre ,Snoop, The Game ,Crooked I , no need to continue but i dont Love these Cats , Come on, pierzy is a low key stalker, and obviously you are too dj stalking him taking up for another man , you guys get more HOMO everyday…..some brotherly love,i dont want that kind of brotherly love Spooners..LMAO

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    Y’all are crazy.

    How we go from chiming in about Beans mixtape to questioning the homie Pierzy, who is clearly saying he likes Sigel’s music? I didn’t see him say f**k Beans.

    • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

      What up dude?

      I think it’s hilarious that I was called a “hater” and a “homo” regarding what I wrote in one paragraph about one person. I didn’t think that was possible.

  • Nat Turner II

    One of Beans best verses was on Barrel Brothers on that Big Doe Rehab…and on Once Again it’s On, with Jay Z…a bonus track on his last Roc album…

  • vhingrhamesonyo’momma

    beans is that nucca to the 4th power hope he get back on top of shit where he belong

  • KL Fella

    Pardon me to digress abit, sincerely I really miss those days when then ROC boys spit hard for the game. I remembered I have seen a 2-part video where those fellas would just take turns and freestyle for a radio show(I think is for Funkmaster Flex’s show). Call me nostalgic, however though I am from an Asian country I still think those skinny-jean hip hop stuff aint my cup of tea.

  • BeerGangsta

    Beans spilling beans. It’s about time you came out with a mixtape. Stay out of jail dummy!

  • ShowTime

    Beans that dude..I just wanna hear an lp where its all him..too many features His albums need more Beans.

    Yo check out this ill stroy joint I did called Money Power Greed

    THe whole album is dope and if you listen keep in mind the album is sequenced to make sense and that the first track is not necessarly the best song. INfact i think the last song is the best lyrically.

    I really put together one of the best albums of the year. if you got the time check it out. and I know computer speakers are not really the best way to listen to album but work with the kid.

    Im working on getting a permanet link so u can dl eeverything and play it whereever.

    myspace.com/showtimeny

  • http://www.spitboss.com KLAP215

    I copped it at the Target at Castor and Thompson Streets. I like the jawn. The track “GHETTO” is hot as flames! It’s a anthem for the streets! PHILLY stand up!!!!! FREE PEEDI CRAKK!

  • balaramesh

    “Sigel is a beast. This dude has lyrics, flow, emotion, punchlines whatever you need. Beans will out rap your favorite rapper. Check the discography.”

    agreed. i was upset when i heard his last def jam cd. it was horrible.

    beans should stay independant. if he can reach the 200 to 300 thousand in sales he will reap plenty getting at least 6 bucks a pop

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  • bullets

    I can’t vouch for all beans lp’s or all his music but lyrically in my imaginary top 5 (cause i dont believe there is a best rapper) sigel is in it

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