Beanie Siegel
The B. Coming
(Roc-A-Fella)
Over the last three years, Roc-A-Fella has released definitive albums about three distinct mindsets in modern hip-hop. In 2003 there was Jay-Z’s Black Album, an upper-class, spoils-of-the-game record with a conscience. In 2004 came Kanye West’s College Dropout, giving mainstream validity to backpack rap. Now the label has turned out Beanie Siegel’s excellent The B. Coming. The album is ghetto-centric in theme, proving Siegel to be one of the premiere street-poets of his time. Rhyming about cough syrup (“Purple Rain”), massive violence (“Flatline”), or even over a Bon Jovi sample (“Wanted”), Siegel’s flow is flawless, never coming across as forced or contrived. The B.Coming is made up of somber tales that don’t try to glorify a difficult reality
—Matt Charlton

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