Overview 01. I'll Try Harder 02. I John Reu 03. Hindsight 04. Big E Cypher Session 05. Soundman 06. Run The Night 07. Breathe 08. I Pictured It 09. 01/08/02 10. Doin' 11. Thank You (Featuring Manchild And Othello 12. DJ Manuel (Turntablism 101) 13. Up And At Them 14. Defensive Offender 15. Pataskala
Record Label Gotee Records
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.55" Width: 4.97" Height: 0.54"
Release Date May 31, 2002
Publisher Gotee Records
ISBN 8901008793 EAN 0669447286622 UPC 669447286622
John Reuben delivers a fresh album with edifying rhymes mixed w/humility and engaging lyrics. On this album he tends to express alot of desire to be accepted by his audience and it sometimes is overemphasized. He has good skill and excellent delivery and shouldn't be concerned; anyone listening can pick up on this. He steps away from this tendency in certain songs such as: Hindsight, Soundman, Up and at them, & Run the night.
He does a great job of making "hip-hop happy" as opposed to the annoying tendency of most rappers to boast about themselves while slandering those by whom they feel threatened. This disc also contains occasional hilarious, unorthodox mic-ins that reveal John's free-spirited, sanguine nature (such as: I'll try harder, and Soundman).
I think this was a big improvement over his first album which is crucial on a sophomore album to extend an artist's career. It is my favorite album from J.R. so far. I also have his 3rd album, "Professional Rapper", which has some good beats and rhymes; but I always seem to come back to "Hindsight" and hear it replaying in my head through the day. Recommended for those who want excellent rhymin' that is fun.
To all the Reuben-ites out there:
Always remember to . . .
Keep It Innovative
Heard better... Mar 23, 2006
I love John Reuben, he's a great artist. Excellent in concert, and excellent on cd. However, this cd was a complete waste of my money. It seems like there wasn't any real songs on it, just a bunch of interludes and junk.
I do highly recommend John Reuben, just not this cd. His first one is my personal favorite "Are We There Yet?".
THE BEST CD EVER Jul 14, 2005
Out of all 4 cds i think this one just might be the best. It has the most songs,some humorous, some serious, and they all sound perfect! there isn't a single song that is skippable! THIS CD IS A MUST HAVE!!!!!!!!!
Ear candy that you won't want to take out of the player. Apr 15, 2005
I stumbled across John Reuben when I was in my early teens, and unlike most of the artists whose CDs spun incessantly in my CD player (much to my parents annoyance), I still adore John Reuben. His music is just plain fun, and lyrics are quality without being preachy. I don't have a single friend who dislikes this CD, everybody from the diehard rap fans to the ones who would rather puncture their ear drums than listen to rap. He's fun, he's fresh. I liked his first effort a bit better than his sophmore release, but Hindsight has definitely grown on me.
Keeps It Innovative Mar 30, 2004
John Reuben is a great talent. The question "Can Christian rap be done well?" has been answered. Yes it can. But will it still be edgy, sharp? Yes it will. Will it actually sound good? It sure does.
Reuben writes his own rhymes, and they are at times funny, introspective, sobering and always catchy. I love the creativity, Reuben weaves through each track of this album. You feel like you get to know him.
His first track tells the listener that he always wants to keep it innovative, and I have to say I havn't heard an album like this one before. If you like rap, good rap, and you're tired of hearing about money, sex, drugs and violence, here's your album. Rap can be inspiring, and still be sharp. Give it a try.