The Best Part

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The Best Part
The Best Part J-Live.jpg
Studio album by J-Live
Released May 1, 2001 (2001-05-01)
Recorded 1996-1999
Genre Hip hop
Length 74:23
Label Triple Threat Productions
Producer J-Live, Emmai Alaquiva, 88 Keys, Grap Luva, Pete Rock, Prince Paul, Chris Catalyst, Probe.dms, DJ Spinna, David Kennedy, DJ Premier
J-Live chronology
The Best Part
(2001)
All of the Above
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club favorable[2]
Exclaim! favorable[3]
HipHopDX 4.5/5 stars[4]
RapReviews.com 10/10[5]

The Best Part is the acclaimed debut studio album by American hip hop artist J-Live. It was released on Triple Threat Productions in 2001.

In 2015, it was ranked at number 49 on Fact's "100 Best Indie Hip-Hop Records of All Time" list.[6]

Background[edit]

The Best Part was recorded from 1996 to 1999 and featured production by Prince Paul, DJ Premier, and Pete Rock. It was set for a 1999 release, but due to problems with his record label, Raw Shack Records, J-Live left the label and the album was shelved. J-Live moved to Payday Records, but when Payday's parent company London Records was bought from Universal Music Group by WEA, the album was again shelved. In 2001, copies surfaced as bootlegs and several were of such high quality it was rumored that J-Live himself was behind them. By the fall of 2001, after five years of label problems, The Best Part was finally officially released on Triple Threat Productions.[7][8][9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Outside Looking" J-Live 1:48
2. "Intro" Emmai Alaquiva 1:13
3. "Got What It Takes" 88 Keys 5:09
4. "Don't Play" 88 Keys 5:04
5. "Vampire Hunter J" Grap Luva 2:59
6. "Yes!" Emmai Alaquiva 3:32
7. "Them That's Not" Grap Luva 5:12
8. "Kick It to the Beat" (featuring Asheru and Probe.dms) Pete Rock 4:22
9. "Wax Paper" Prince Paul 3:27
10. "Timeless" Chris Catalyst 4:00
11. "Get the Third" Chris Catalyst, Probe.dms 4:45
12. "School's In (Remix)" 88 Keys, J-Live 5:14
13. "R.A.G.E." DJ Spinna 3:36
14. "True School Anthem" DJ Spinna 4:23
15. "Inside Looking Outro" David Kennedy, Emmai Alaquiva 2:07
16. "The Best Part" DJ Premier 3:36
17. "Play" 88 Keys, David Kennedy 5:01
18. "Braggin' Writes Revisited" David Kennedy 3:17
19. "Epilogue" J-Live 5:30

References[edit]

  1. ^ Swihart, Stanton. "The Best Part - J-Live". AllMusic. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ Rabin, Nathan (April 22, 2002). "J-Live: The Best Part / All Of The Above". The A.V. Club. 
  3. ^ Cowie, Del F. (March 2002). "J-Live The Best Part". Exclaim!. 
  4. ^ J-23 (March 27, 2001). "J Live - The Best Part". HipHopDX. 
  5. ^ Noixe (January 20, 2001). "J-Live :: The Best Part :: Triple Threat". RapReviews.com. 
  6. ^ "The 100 Best Indie Hip-Hop Records of All Time: 49. J-Live - The Best Part". Fact. February 25, 2015. 
  7. ^ McKaharay, Dafydd (April 18, 2002). "J-Live". Miami New Times. 
  8. ^ Mayo, James (July 11, 2002). "Living Out Loud". Phoenix New Times. 
  9. ^ "The Second Time Around: J-Live Gets a Fresh Start". Washington Post. April 3, 2002. [dead link]

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