The Darkside, Vol. 1

Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
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  1. Unlike Rick Ross, who entertainingly describes his (completely fictitious) exploits in fantastically opulent terms, Joe brags with a dullness that betrays how often he's repeated this story. And the production seems dated all the way down to Kilo, which uses a sample that Ghostface Killah and Raekwon employed to much grimier effect in 2006.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jan 27, 2011
    8
    There is enough lyrical depth to satisfy hip-hop fans however the astonishing beats are so well produced that sometimes Fat Joe's versesThere is enough lyrical depth to satisfy hip-hop fans however the astonishing beats are so well produced that sometimes Fat Joe's verses doesn't do them justice. His rhymes are tight but technically repetitive and though his words are insightful he is maybe losing his status as a relevant musician. This record is no different to the last 3 or 4 he has put out and the major label backing is overshadowing his artistry. 50% of this record is above average and 50% is below, unsurprisingly the better tracks feature collaborations. If this album was an instrumental album it would be one of the greatest of all time, as soon as Fat Joe is laid on top it loses something. I am one of Fat Joe's longtime supporters and while there is no denying his substantial prowess he needs to change something because his albums are lacking inspiration and he may be slowly losing his audience. 8/10 79/100 Full Review »
  2. Aug 31, 2010
    8
    A really good album by Fat Joe. All the beats have a great New York sound and this album is pretty much the only really good mainstream albumA really good album by Fat Joe. All the beats have a great New York sound and this album is pretty much the only really good mainstream album that has this kind of sounds. Lyrically it has all the standard late 90's good and bad sides but all aficionados will be pleased with FJ delivery of some of the most interesting glances of the criminal life with both irony and strong attitude. A must have. Full Review »