Producers include: Swizz Beatz, Clue, DURO, Self, D.J. Scratch.
Engineers include: Steve Sounder, Patrick Viala, Vaughn Session.
And then DJ Clue rocked the roof off of your car. Clue and crew swoop down and make mincemeat of the joint with a fireball of raw ghetto rhyming, authentically old-school style loops and size-XL beats.
The feel here is often spooky--from the mournful trumpet line and ominous harpsichord on "Exclusive-New Shit" to the plaintive piano fragments on "Thugged Out Shit," the samples give Clue's production the aural equivalent of a long, black cape. The guest list impresses as well: Big Pun, Noreaga, Nature, EPMD and Missy Elliott are just some of the hip-hop luminaries that make this thing burn. Flipmode Squad and the "Clue-minati" form an alliance on the hard-riffing "Whatever You Want," with the Flipmode kids' angular rhyming style enlivening this greenback anthem. DJ Clue has all the stylistic integrity of a real East Coast original.
What the critics say...
Rolling Stone (2/18/99, p.58) - "...Less a scratchmaster...than a pure party mover....With its seamless club-style mixes, THE PROFESSIONAL comes off like a greatest-hits collection, except that these 'hits' haven't been released before."
The Source (3/99, p.210) - "...THE PROFESSIONAL is another phat-ass Clue tape, more polished and with less shouts....And as a DJ, Clue's goals are unmistakable..."
- Ruff Ryders Anthem - (remix, featuring DMX/Jadakiss/Styles/Drag-On/Eve)
- It's On - (featuring DMX)
- Fantastic 4 - (featuring Cam'Ron/Big Pun/Noreaga/Canibus)
- Queensfinest - (featuring Nas)
- Exclusive-New Shit - (featuring Nature)
- Gangsta Shit - (featuring Jay-Z/Ja Rule)
- Thugged Out Shit - (featuring Memphis Bleek)
- It's My Thang '99 - (featuring EPMD/Redman/Keith Murray)
- Mariah Carey - (skit)
- Whatever You Want - (featuring Flipmode Squad)
- That's The Way - (featuring Mase/Foxy Brown/Fabulous Sport)
- I Like Control - (featuring Missy Elliott/Mocha/Nicole Wray)
- Bitch Be A Ho - (featuring Jermaine Dupri/R.O.C.)
- If They Want It - (featuring Fabulous Sport)
- Pain In Da Ass - (skit)
- Professional, The - (featuring Mobb Deep/Noyd)
- Brown Paper Bag Thoughts - (featuring Raekwon)
- Cops & Robbers - (featuring Lord Tariq/Muggs)
- Made Men - (featuring Made Men)
- No Love - (featuring M.O.P.)
- Come On - (featuring Boot Camp Clik)
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