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CD REVIEW: P.B.K. - "Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth"
By Gian F - 06/28/2003 - 02:24 AM EDT

Artist: P.B.K.
Album: "Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth"
CD Review: Genre: Rap
Sounds Like: Do Or Die/Crucial Conflict/E-40
Technical Grade: 5
Production/Musicianship Grade: 7
Commercial Value: 7
Overall Talent Level: 7
Songwriting Skills: 6
Performance Skill: 7
Best Songs: Set It Off, Game Over, Cali Bomb, Ah-Ha, Get Paid. Light Em Up, Ja Bless Me
Weakness: Atrocious engineering job/too many songs
CD Review: I don't know if rapping hell of fast is still in style, but these guys sound good doing it...unfortunately, the sound quality of this CD is so wacked, that I had to do a major adjustment job on my high-end stereo system to make it sound semi-decent.

It's a good thing I did. Otherwise, I would not have heard one of the best raps - lyrically, musically, and vocally - that I have heard all year. FNF & Infamous Mobb have a monster radio hit on their hand...if they get it properly mixed and mastered.

There were 20 tracks on this projects - which is way too many. On the strength of the songs that I have mentioned thus far, I continued to listen; however, be admonished that industry people will NOT sift through this material to get to the last, and the other commercially viable song on the disc, " Ja Bless Me," which has a haunting reggae undertone.

Advice: Cut the songs in half on your next project - or have just as many guest artists, and get them to chip in on the mixing and mastering.

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