Last time we heard from Beanie Sigel, he was guzzling shots of Patron with Diddy and posturing in three-piece suits on penthouse rooftops. Not out of the ordinary for the presentation of a rapper, but a far cry from the gulliest voice of Philly since John Street. While the former Roc-A-Fella soldiers scramble to find that missing link in their chain gang, Sigel is back to serve the block for the time being with his fifth studio recording, The Broad Street Bully, in conjunction with Siccness Records.
Much to long-term fans delight, The Broad Street Bully is a step back into the shadows for the man whose dark sense of charisma brought forth tales like “Die” and “Purple Rain.” Songs like “Tear Drop” and the vividly realistic “The Ghetto,” paint those bone-chilling stories of inner city turmoil Sigel is known for. And in true nostalgic fashion, a chunk of the State Property crew makes several appearances, must notably on “Run To The Roc” where they all gripe of their days with Jay-Z in the face of a recession.
Seeing that the material was “compiled” rather than composed, naturally Broad Street Bully leaves marginal room for errors. Few songs home in on structural value, leaving some songs sounding incomplete all together. “All For It” is nothing more than 48 bars of browbeating over a nulling bassline and shoddy Queen sample. The Omillio Sparks, Freeway-assisted “Where’s My Opponent” loses some of it’s adhesion as well with the trio randomly popping up to spit over the bouncy church organs. Furthermore, it could estimated that roughly 20% of Broad Street’s lyrics were “borrowed” from The Notorious one. It’s painfully obvious what Sig had in rotation on his iPod during those many dates in court.
Novelties aside, The Broad Street Bully looks to stand as the official warm-up as to where Beanie Sigel developed his hungry rhyme tactics again. Even if the project is slightly unofficial.
Previously Posted — Beanie Sigel – “In The Ghetto” Video | Notable Quotable – Young Chris On “Run To The Roc”