2002/ Elektra Entertainment / LA Confidential
1. The Knoc ft Dr Dre, Missy Elliot Produced by Producers Coalition Of America/ Wallace Sibley Jr
Its a favour for a favour from Dr Dre as he he duets on “The Knoc” also featuring Missy Elliot. After appearing on Dre’s “Bad Intentions” he helps out Knoc. This was the first single of the EP with a very flash Missy-influenced video featuring 100s of Knocs, one Dre and three Missys! Unlike the heavily censored video version of the song, this version got the cut-no-corners explicit chorus and verses. Upon first hearing this I thought Dre produced it. Beat is pretty playful and upbeat but slower than I thought it was when i heard it first time round
2. Muzic Produced by Kayne West
A hip-hop first: “Muzic” was the first rap song to feature a cleared Beatles (Paul McCartney) sample- who better for samples than Kayne West productions?! This is one of Knoc’s finest pieces of work to date. It was on a soundtrack to the film “The Transporters” and featured a blockbuster-action packed video with it. Very simple lyrics but they cause alot of mic-drama and the hook sounds great
3. Str8 West Coast (Remix) ft Warren G, Shade Sheist, Nate Dogg and Xzibit Produced by Dr Dre
This is a RMX of the song Knoc did for “The Wash” soundtrack. Rather than sounding like a decent RMX its more of a WestCoast party mix where each emcee drops their verse and leaves. That said, Nate’s voice makes a welcome appearance in the middle and the verses are quite hot.
4. Let’s All Roll ft Slip Capone, Timebomb, Jay O Fellony, Butch Cassidy Produced by Fredwreck
Another hot track. Timebomb drops some classy lyrics. The smooth voice of Butch Cassidy takes the hook, whose voice is perfect for this type of beat. This is a hot WestCoast joint. Knoc drops pure style.
5. LA Nite-N-Day Produced by Knoc-Turn’Al and S-Dog
True to the Knoc style. Probably because he produced it. A love song dedicated to LA, home of all the big stars. Knoc raps about what he sees. A great laid back track. Smoke a joint to this
6. Cash Sniffin’ Noses ft Too $hort and Slip Capone Produced by Budda
Its time to drop some pimp sh*t here. Why can’t all hoez be California hoez? Now you’re probably why you’re hearing dope sounds in your ears? That’s because Budda produced this tune, the same producer of Ice Cube’s “Greed” and alot more hot tracks. Sounds are great. All the players drop some pimp. I love it, it sounds great!
Put the CD in your CD-ROM and you get a few additional extras Watch the video for “The Knoc” – hot vid! Watch a Knoc-umentary following Knoc around (BThere With Knoc) – Filmed on location in NYC. Knoc talks about his promotions, marketing, the bootlegging of his music and then then-forthcoming “Knoc’s Landing,” getting high, Knoc on the drums! Music spots… alot packed into a 5 minute “Knoc-umentary” Weblinks – to his official site
I was lucky to see this CD cheap, on import one day so I picked it up. I HAVE been amused with what I purchased. If you see it around I suggest you pick it up for some hot joints and extras. As its an EP the and about 4 of the tracks are really hot PLUS the extras to raise the score to 4 out of 5! Look it up!