The Muse's Muse  
Muses MailMuses Newsmuse chatsongwriting resource home
Regular Columnists

CD REVIEW: P.B.K. - "Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth"
By Gian F - 06/28/2003 - 02:24 AM EDT

Artist: P.B.K.
Album: "Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth"
CD Review: Genre: Rap
Sounds Like: Do Or Die/Crucial Conflict/E-40
Technical Grade: 5
Production/Musicianship Grade: 7
Commercial Value: 7
Overall Talent Level: 7
Songwriting Skills: 6
Performance Skill: 7
Best Songs: Set It Off, Game Over, Cali Bomb, Ah-Ha, Get Paid. Light Em Up, Ja Bless Me
Weakness: Atrocious engineering job/too many songs
CD Review: I don't know if rapping hell of fast is still in style, but these guys sound good doing it...unfortunately, the sound quality of this CD is so wacked, that I had to do a major adjustment job on my high-end stereo system to make it sound semi-decent.

It's a good thing I did. Otherwise, I would not have heard one of the best raps - lyrically, musically, and vocally - that I have heard all year. FNF & Infamous Mobb have a monster radio hit on their hand...if they get it properly mixed and mastered.

There were 20 tracks on this projects - which is way too many. On the strength of the songs that I have mentioned thus far, I continued to listen; however, be admonished that industry people will NOT sift through this material to get to the last, and the other commercially viable song on the disc, " Ja Bless Me," which has a haunting reggae undertone.

Advice: Cut the songs in half on your next project - or have just as many guest artists, and get them to chip in on the mixing and mastering.

[ Current Articles | Archives ]

Help For Newcomers
Help for Newcomers
Helpful Resources
Helpful Resources
Regular Columnists
Music Reviews
Services Offered
About the  Muse's Muse
About Muse's Muse
Subscribe to The Muse's News, free monthly newsletter for songwriters
with exclusive articles, copyright & publishing advice, music, website & book reviews, contest & market information, a chance to win prizes & more!

Join today!

Created & Maintained
by Jodi Krangle


1995 - 2016, The Muse's Muse Songwriting Resource. All rights reserved.

Read The Muse's Muse Privacy Statement