Styles P got his mind right since that embarrassing prison term after he stabbed a man in the buttocks over a road rage incident. He sparks the album with Blow Your Mind, yet another tribute to weed-smoking, but it’s still dope (no pun intended). But Styles P isn’t biting T. I.(P)., just picking up where he left off on his debut.
The Alchemist shows where his new futuristic funk is progressing, and the sinister All I Know Is Pain leaves a searing scar before Green Piece Of Paper suffocates you with capitalist paranoia. Rakim producer Kid Capri laces Da 80s something wonderful, while Ghostface comes up a touch short when it’s his time to shine. But Beanie Sigel bodies the beat of U Ain’t Ready 4 Me before the Lox commit mass murder with a Pete Rock heat rock.