The first act signed to The Neptunes newly formed Star Trak label was a Virginia based duo known as the Clipse. The first single Grindin impacted the streets with its bare boned but infectious drum beat in the same way that Sucker MCs did almost 20 years earlier. These brothers - Pusha T and Malice combined with The Neptunes groundbreaking production sent a clear message to the rap world – we are not the same (as rapped by Malice on his opening verse on Cot Dam). Clipse brings an authentic Virginia sound into the game and created a movement, with not only their darkly layered raps but The Neptunes as well. Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo were able to combine their cyberpunk production with just the right group to create a street masterpiece. Following in the footsteps of such rap criminologists as Kool G Rap, Nas, Jay-Z, and Mobb Deep, the Clipse offer the Virginia hustlers viewpoint with clever, hard-hitting lyrics that is sprinkled throughout the entire album.
With so many standout tracks on Lord Willin the album starts pulling no punches. On Track 1 simply (or maybe not) titled Intro you get a very personal and deep testament of crack and the drug game, a theme that is throughout this album…HEAVY. Songs like Virginia or Im Not You (featuring Jadakiss, Styles P and Roscoe P Coldchain), have lyrics that play as a musical notes alongside The Neptunes tailored beats. Young Boy, Comedy Central… all fit perfectly alongside When the Last Time and Cot Dam as each song plays its part as chapters to the Lord Wilin masterpiece. Gangsta Lean (another one of the albums standout tracks) features a slightly lighter feel while paired with Pharrells trademark falsetto hook. The truth of it is, its hard to just pick one track, or point out which is the albums star. Each song on Lord Willin is essential to making it the classic that it is. The Neptunes (who were busy turning out every other Pop hit on the radio) crafted an album that was deemed an instant classic, and cemented Clipse as Raps newest superstars.
A2 Young Boy
B1 Cot Damn feat Ab-Liva, Roscoe P. Coldchain
B2 Ma, I Don't Love Her feat Faith Evans
B3 FamLay Freestyle
B4 When The Last Time
C2 Comedy Central feat Fabolous
C3 Let's Talk About It feat Jermaine Dupri
C4 Gangsta Lean
D1 I'm Not You feat Jadakiss, Roscoe P. Coldchain, Styles P
D2 Grindin' (Remix) feat Baby ,Lil' Wayne, N.O.R.E.
D3 Grindin' (Selector Remix) feat Bless, Kardinal Offishall, Sean Paul