Lil' Flip

I Need Mine

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AllMusic Review by David Jeffries

The reason Lil' Flip's 2007 effort is so damn big is that it's really two albums smashed together; the 2005 album also titled I Need Mine that Sony denied release and an album's worth of tracks he recorded afterward, many of which hardcore fans had already encountered on mixtapes. While Fliparaci already has a double album in his scant official catalog, 2004's U Gotta Feel Me, this is a much better deal since it covers three years' worth of work and works hard at keeping things moving by varying the guest list and the style. As many loud thug party numbers as there are, odd little excursions like "Find My Way" -- a countrified collaboration with Robin Andre, who could have just as well been Kid Rock -- creep in. "Single Mother" is a lot more sentimental than expected and entirely believable, while "Tell Me" adds the reggae stylings of dancehall up-and-comer Collie Buddz. Still the rapper with "so many drugs/I can open a CVS" and who keeps his pistol handy while dropping the kids off at the pool, according to "Fly Boy," shoots off so many mixtape-flavored bangers that listening to the album in one sitting becomes a near impossible task. The problem Lil' Flip was faced with was whether he should whittle this album down to a stunning one-disc classic and sacrifice some truly B+ music or release it all and slap a "Free Z-Ro" sticker on it. Sorting it all into digestible bites becomes a pleasure over time, even if the initial reaction is one of being overwhelmed and for all the wrong reasons.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Lil' Flip 00:59 SpotifyAmazon
2 Lil' Flip feat: Rick Ross 03:41 Amazon
Lil' Flip 03:58 SpotifyAmazon
4 Lil' Flip feat: Lyfe Jennings 03:54 Amazon
Lil' Flip 04:03 SpotifyAmazon
6 Lil' Flip feat: Chamillionaire 04:01 Amazon
Lil' Flip feat: Lil' Keke / Big Pokey 04:41 Amazon
8 Lil' Flip feat: Mya 03:47 Amazon
9 Lil' Flip 04:22 Amazon
Lil' Flip feat: Mike Jones 03:43 Amazon
Lil' Flip feat: Robin Andre 04:48 Amazon
12 Lil' Flip 03:57 SpotifyAmazon
Lil' Flip 03:45 SpotifyAmazon
Lil' Flip feat: MJG / Sqad-Up / Squad Up 05:08 Amazon
15 Lil' Flip 02:31 SpotifyAmazon
Lil' Flip 02:42 SpotifyAmazon
17 Lil' Flip feat: Nutt / Z-Ro 03:57 Amazon
18 Lil' Flip 03:22 Amazon
19 Lil' Flip feat: Nate Dogg 04:05 Amazon
20 Lil' Flip 03:33 SpotifyAmazon
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