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Outlawz, Perfect Timing

Tuesday marked the 15th year anniversary of the death of 2Pac. As time passes, memories often fade and the void left by the loss of one man is eventually filled by the arrival of the next. As examined throughout our September issue of XXL, ‘Pac was an exception to this rule. In commemorating this date, the Outlawz have come through with the fittingly titled Perfect Timing, an homage to the man who founded the group in 1995.

The three remaining Outlawz (E.D.I Mean, Hussein Fatal, & Young Noble) kick things off on the title track “Perfect Timing,” a classic Outlawz record with a ’90s vibe that feels like ‘Pac could hop on it at any second. The trio continues to showcase their step up in production on “Fast Lane,” a spirited motivational anthem about staying on your grind. Young Noble delivers a memorable verse rapping “Get in on consignment, they fuck with you the long way/Your boy shine bright like them lights up on Broadway/Outlaw Rider, I gotta do it my way/Smoke in the air, doing 80 on the highway.” The album also boasts some notable guest features, most of which compliment the ‘Lawz very well. Highlights include Krayzie Bone’s verse on the pensive “Don’t Wait,” and Bun B’s appearance on the radio-ready “100 MPH.”

On the flip side, some of the more aggressive tracks like “Pay Off” and “New Years,” take away from the overall atmosphere of the project. The latter features a monstrous verse from Tech N9ne and results in a solid offering, but it does feel out of place in the larger context of the release.

Perfect Timing marks the end of the Outlawz era, as the group has stated this will be their final collective release. But with this project, the last men standing in the group ‘Pac formed are going out on their own terms: with an album rooted in throwback ’90s hip-hop sensibilities, accompanied with the contemporary production that makes their sound distinct and unique, rather than outdated. ‘Pac would surely be proud. —NMB

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  • http://beantownrundown.blogspot.com Sam Akiba

    I don’t get it, Isn’t Outlawz spelled with an “s” as opposed to a “z”?

  • Nick Michel

    Not funny, Sam

  • Nehemiah

    Too bad its their last album. The game needs rappers like them to be around. Too many watered down, ass fucking, gimmick, no-talent fucks in Hip Hop. ‘Pac would not like the state of Hip Hop as it is today.

  • Fireforreal

    Pac would not like the state of hip hop or them trying to get money off of him til this day they never created there own lane aside from being pac’s lil homies. Fatal is the only one I would buy an album from today because he has a distinctive sound and he’s a dope emcee. the others………not so much. There good but not above average. Fuck a stupid contest for the plaque just give it to the museum or a community center or his mom.

  • Fireforreal

    C’mon everybody I guess I’m a hater right ? WRONG. I love pac’s music and have all his albums and movies,but I’m not feeling the outlawz. What was the last outlawz album you boguht ? and don’t lie because there sales show they have no following unless it’s a unreleased pac track.

    • Son Goku

      The Lawz are the best, they keep it real, unlike fake ass rappers today

  • GOdfrey Chauke

    The outlawz are the best rap group fuck all the critics I believe they are better than young money

    • mav

      too bad your the only one who thinks so lmao

  • http://xxl biged

    everbody is acting like that plaque is the only one in existence, everybody involved in the album got one. it belonged to young noble he can do what he wants with his. im sure pacs mom has his. as for the album they have made better but its still better than half the garbage out today. i always thought they were underrated. that 2005 ap album was dope too

  • Waynezworldz

    Dope album, Lyrics should of been an easy 4 cause they were classic dope lyrics. This album was definitely worth the purchase, just got it physical copy in mail the other day from amazon.
    This like a new 2pac album, the real deal.

  • Kris

    This album is 5 star. Real shitty rating from XXL. O4L

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