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Sanctify - Years & Years

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Released: 18th December 2000.

No disrespect to Nas or the rest of QB, but this album feels sort of like a half-hearted effort compared to what I'm used to hearing from them.

There are a few decent songs at the beginning including "We Live This", "Real Ni**as", and "Find Ya Wealth", which I had already heard on the Nastradamus bootleg. It's not until the second half of the album that the songs really start picking up with "Power Rap", which is another song that I had already heard on bootleg. The radio songs "Da Bridge 2001" and "Oochie Wally" certainly wouldn't convince me to get the album as both of them sound like not much effort went into them. I was especially disappointed in "Da Bridge 2001" having so many QB all-stars with such a great beat behind them.

Also the song "Straight Outta QB" rubs me the wrong way simply because it uses the beat from NWA's "Straight Outta Compton" which is just worn out. But despite all these bad comments, as I said, the second half of the album is pretty good. Songs such "Street Glory" and "Self Conscience" are what gets this album the 3 stars that it gets. If you can make it through the first half then this album is probably worth having. If you're just a die hard QB fan like me, I would recommend this album. Otherwise you may want to listen to it before buying.

* * * (Lynx)

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