Domingo Presents... - Behind the Doors of the 13th Floor
Domingo Presents... - Behind the Doors of the 13th Floor - 1999
1. Not the Ones to Sleep (Bamboo) – A mere introduction to Killa Queens newest progeny, Bamboo, who impresses with an ensuring grip of mic dopeness over a Batman-like track of fantasy from Domingo. - 3.5
2. Official (Godsons) – While these cats have impressed me in the past, their flow and lyrics on this track are no doubt disappointing. The track isn’t too good either, with cheap-porno music keys filling the background. This is the opposite of what I was looking forward to from God’s children. - 2
3. Interlude (Domingo)
4. Life (Sinz of Reality) – Sounds like one of Fard the Volatile Blowhole’s better tracks, featuring a fake La the Darkman-wannabe emcee, Exodus, that uses the “intellectual reality” style. The other emcee, Queen Devakia, has such a horrible voice I cannot speak on it. The whole track is like that hardcore religion shit that just doesn’t fit (Only the Sunz of Man and Celestial Souljaz have been able to perfect that style). - 1.5
5. Life Got You Too Hot (Ras Kass, Hurricane G. & Diezel Don) – Pretty much Ras Kass flipping some funny ass rhymes over Eminem’s “Guilty Conscience” track. Of course he can’t be left alone, as the worst female emcee on the planet Hurricane G joins in with her La Costra Nostra shit. Luckily Diezel Don comes well (pun intended) and Ras spits a unfuckwitable hook: "You said you was an angel, didn’t do nasty things / Must’ve got you too hot, burned off your wings / I talked you out your panties on a one-night fling…." - 3.5
6. One Time (Feel-X & J. Getm) – Damn, Domingo highly innovates using a whistling sound as the main melody for Feel & J who come through with tight flows. - 4
7. From the Get Up (Bamboo) – Another really good track from Domingo for Bamboo (no wonder they’re boys), as he impresses with steady rhymes over the darkness. There’s Something About Queens, isn’t there? - 4
8. Watch What You Say (Godsons) – It’s just like hearing Wu-Syndicate over a b-movie theme song. - 2.5
9. Unfinished Business (Big Ben) – Damn, this is some dark shit. Big Ben throws some hardcore lyrics over a Jail-door slammin’ beat filled with HEAVY piano breaks. DMX, take notes. - 4.5
10. Sinz of Reality (Sinz of Reality) – Domingo sets it better with the Sinz by dropping a dope piano loop that slanders in and out with guitar twangs, but the R&B hook doesn’t fit with their ghetto religion style. They do try and make up for that other track with some better rhymes, but it still doesn’t do justice with the Queen (more like a mere peasant) on this track. Oh, blame it on the woman right? Just listen for yourself…if I can even call her a woman. - 3.5
11. Hustlers & Hardcore (Feel-X & Eminem) – Feel-X is pretty nice, but with lyrics like these: “"I puke, eat it, and freak you / Battle? I’m too weeded to speak to / The only key that I see to defeat you / Would be for me to remove these two Adidas and beat you / And force-feed you ‘em both / And on each feet is a cleat shoe / Wrap you in woven plastic / Stab you with broken glass / And have you open gashes strapped to a soaked mattress / Coke and acid / Black magic / Cloaks and daggers / Fuck the planet ‘til it spins on a broken axis.” from Eminem, how can you go wrong? Em does his Bret Easton Ellis-inspired expression over the anxious Domingo pianos and humdrum hook from Feel. - 4
12. Mecca (Maniac Men) – Another dope creation from Domingo with bass strings and xylophone keys that set a nice backdrop for the Maniacs’ decent rhyme scheme. - 4
13. Interlude #2 (Domingo)
14. Line of Fire (KRS One, MC Shan, Godsons, Ras Kass, FT, Bamboo, Feel X, & Sinz Of Reality) – Gotta give it to the man who brought KRS-One & MC Shan together in the lab and ends the almost endless feud of their golden era to a close. Ras Kass adds his lyrical wit to this scorcher, as do the slew of newcomers - making this the single most impressive track on the LP. MC Shan says it all: "Hip-hop is not a disease, it’s just something that I’m sick with." Someone get this guy back with Marley Marl. - 5
Song Rating – 3.5
Rhymes – 3
Beats – 3.5 (closer to 3.75)
Originality – 2.5
Overall Rating – 3 mics
Dope beats from Domingo, but not all the rappers come through – and that was to be expected. Domingo’s been around a while, producing joints for Fat Joe, Rakim, & KRS. Hit style contains very dark tracks with a cinematic theme to them (which declines the originality, since a lot of the tracks sound the same). Another problem with this album is that the dope joints really stand out from the bad ones, but I still think the hot joints are worth the purchase. Just don’t go Behind the Doors of the 13th Floor to get this.
Well, it's 4 against 1...and if you weren't the Webmaster, I'd have you banned
If you don't want me to review, I won't. They're all archived works anywayz.
P.S. Where's the Review Forum?
I like album reviews in the forum, its cool.
I though that shit was more "Blah Blah New York Rah Rah".
Y not? Everyone else gives their opinions on this Message Board anyways. Thanks for the review.
The Iron Chef
Why exactly are you reviewing albums in this forum?