It’s been about 17 years since Big Noyd first arrived on the scene. He gained notoriety on Mobb Deep’s 1995 album: The Infamous from both his memorable cameo in the “Shook One’s Part 2″ video and the classic line from “Give Up The Goods (Just Step)”. With his 8th (yes, 8th) album release; Queens Chronicle, Big Noyd still flies the QB banner and continues to bring the sound that his fans expect from every release.
The album starts off strong with three straight bangers that display the classic infamous sound; hard drums and haunting melodies. The intro track to Queens Chronicle does exactly what it’s supposed to: brings listeners back into the world of Big Noyd, with him spitting about his life on the block. “The Rules” really describes what Noyd wants his listeners to know: he is who he is and he’s never going to apologize for it.
The tracks “All I Got To Say” and “Queens Bridge Thuggin”, while dope, serve more as appetizers and lead to the main course of the album: “Kilo Rap”. The beat, with its blaring horns and thumping kicks, serves as an ideal backdrop for the three emcees to go wild on. “Ghetto” starts the track off well, while Termanology delivers a tight and energetic second verse, with Noyd batting cleanup. It seems as if the previous five tracks almost build to the climax that is “Kilo Rap”.
The bangers continue as Queens Chronicle progresses. The album has strong production throughout, displayed on tracks such as “Dreams”, “QB Duo”, “Pokerface” and “New York Lights”. The tracks, “Money Time” and “Livin’ the Life” are decent, but not as strong as the standouts. “Testify” and “Get it Done” however are forgettable tracks which just seem out of place. Overall, the album is a strong release and is classic Big Noyd. With this being his 8th album, it’s obvious that Noyd knows his fan-base. The impressive thing about Queens Chronicle is the consistency. It’s just another example of how Noyd stays true to himself and never strays from the sound that Queensbridge made infamous.
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