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Black Rob, Game Tested, Streets Approved

Raw, unforgiving, hard New York rap. That’s Black Rob’s Game Tested, Streets Approved album in its essence. With his gruff tone and no-nonsense flow, Rob holds down 14 tracks with only one guest appearance without any problems.

BR bubbles on the enthralling “Boiling Water,” spitting, “Fuck a man, I put 10 in his jeep/and do 10 joints and come home and land on my feet.” Later, “Up North” has Rob giving the harsh realities of prison and offering lines like, “Yo, it’s funny/You should see how dudes walk up north/They be walking straight/They don’t Diddy Bop up north.” While the feel-good “Celebration” would be a perfect listen on a scorching summer day in the hood, Rob doesn’t waste time getting gritty again with cuts like “Wanna Get Dough” and “This is What it Is.”

“No Fear” serves as the apt closer to the LP and features the only guest on the project in Sean Price. After listening, it’s clear that the Rob is game tested and the streets will approve. Especially in New York. —Mark Lelinwalla

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  • Jino

    As usual you give the old school and lesser known rappers Ls but give all the mainstream artists XLs. Your reviews are untrustworthy in the largest sense of the word.

  • Real Hip Hop

    You can’t be serious XXL gives this album a L rating…This easily gets a XXL from me.

  • Good

    Hmmm….GOOD!!! Now that i know they gave this an L, I can feel good buying it. Anything they give an XL is usually whack. In that case, ya’ll probably should have given this a S

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    “Raw, unforgiving, hard New York rap.”

    “…it’s clear that the Rob is game tested and the streets will approve. Especially in New York.” —Mark Lelinwalla

    ^ boxed him in with the 1st and last sentence

    this review isn’t from a music lover’s perspective, it’s from a mind that’s influenced. I could of swore that this site’s viewer ship is international, why would they care about a regional label?

    Y’all might as well give Buckshot & Dru their money back…

  • http://www.pottstreet.com Gusto

    BR the truth. Album is straight dope.



    This is Rob’s most consistent album to date, surprisingly- even without Bad Boy. For that, should be an auto XXL.

  • swype-matic

    Black Rob + Duck Down Records = More than an L

  • ice

    C this review, jacked up! this y u buy albums an listen 2 em yaself instead of not buyin it cuz somebody sayin it sucked.i need no one makin decisions 4 me.
    the album got an L cuz its not commercial. the review was implien that.
    How i would rate it

  • http://www.facebook.com/L.Q.ENT L.Q.

    I figured it would get this rating…it’s actually deserved since Ace Hood and Los got L’s. They did better tho


    this joint’s definately XL, sucka