50 Cent raised the bar pretty frickin' high for the rest of the Shady/Interscope
roster, as far as sales figures go. We don't envy the task of having to try to live up to the commercial expectations Universal must have for this album. Bottom line aside, Obie's album is rock solid, timeless hip hop – and it's probably more consistent as a reliable whole than any album on the Shady label to date. Obie has more of a Pharoahe Monch kind of approach than the laid back pimpin' you get from 50 Cent or the Grand Guignol comic violence of Slim Shady. He's not as manaical as the Pharoahe, either, but his flow is loud, often frenetic and always out front on the tracks. There's nothing fancy here; just reliable unpretentious hip hop that should be rocking the clubs, the hoopties, and the airwaves for a long time to come! Tracks include "Average Man", "Cheers", "Got Some Teeth", "Lady" with Eminem, "Don't Come Down", "The Set Up" with Nate Dogg, "S**t Hits The Fan" with Dr. Dre, "Hoodrats", "Oh" with Busta Rhymes and many more. "Moby?!? You could get stomped by Obie, you 36-year-old bald-headed. . ."