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  • Summary: The B.I.G. soundalike has managed to generate a great deal of buzz for his second solo disc, chiefly by being behind bars, where he's serving out a ten-year prison term resulting from a bad night on the town with P Diddy. The vocals on one track were literally phoned in from prison, while production is handled by Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, Just Blaze and more. Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Shyne's Tupac-esque reflections on honor and mortality are penetrating, and suggest there are greater meditations yet to be unleashed. [20/27 Aug 2004, p.126]
  2. Godfather Buried Alive is a worthy listen, showcasing Shyne's unfiltered honesty in its uncompromising form.
  3. While the J-Kwons and Juveniles enjoy the fruits of paradise and their Lexus helicopters, Shyne reminds us of the ones who didn't make it: the legions of his fellow Clinton inmates fighting to keep afloat under prison's psychic burden.
  4. Godfather doesn't sound dated; it sounds dateless, in a bad sense--boilerplate raps and beats that could have been recorded whenever and wherever. [16 Sep 2004, p.78]
  5. The beats may be basic and the quality fuzzy... but there are diamonds among the dirt. [21 Aug 2004, p.49]
  6. 40
    Many beats... sound cheap, and many rhymes... trade drama for tough-guy same-old. [Oct 2004, p.128]
  7. The majority of the album is just not very interesting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 9