JT the Bigga Figga's discoveries and former associates have earned major labels plenty of dead presidents, so a compilation that gives the man a slice of the pie is well deserved. Unfortunately, Neighborhood Superstarz smells of cash-in and not respect. Bad packaging and precious few liner notes undermine the high-quality music here, most of which, if not all, has show up on mixtapes and official releases. Superstars the Game, Juvenile, and Young Buck are featured alongside fan favorites E-40 and Daz Dillinger, plus the underappreciated Gamblaz. Despite the jumble of names, the album hangs together since most of the tracks here are unambitious club tracks, all anchored by JT's solid, West Coast style of beat building. The music's exciting enough to warrant further investigation, but the liner notes will lead you nowhere. Bay Area fanatics get a nice portable collection of some of the best collabos JT's been involved with, but trying to pass this off as new and selecting tracks based on whether or not the guest artist has a high profile is whack.
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AllMusic Review by David Jeffries
feat: The Game