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“Retribution” is the debut studio album by Phoenix-based rap group Survivalist, released on October 26, 2004, under Slave Entertainment. The album features 17 tracks, showcasing the group’s diverse range of hip-hop styles and notable collaborations with artists like Styles P, Kumandae, Christopher Williams, Dre-Boogie, Ms. D, and Ricky Harris. The album’s production is helmed by Big Perry, Brian “B-Dubb” Wilson, Battlecat, Salih Williams, and Swizz Beatz.
The album opens with a brief intro, setting the stage for an energetic and thought-provoking listening experience. “Watch Out,” featuring Styles P, is a hard-hitting track that showcases the group’s lyrical prowess and ability to hold their own alongside established artists. “Immaculate,” featuring Kumandae, highlights the group’s versatile flow and wordplay, while “Contemplating,” with Christopher Williams, delivers introspective lyrics backed by soulful vocals.
Other standout tracks include “Tha Kidnap,” a captivating narrative that keeps listeners on the edge of their seats, and “Lace Your Chucks,” an anthem for the streets of Phoenix. “My Journey,” featuring Kumandae, is a reflective track detailing the group’s struggles and triumphs in the music industry.
The album also includes two skits, “The Facts” and “Tha Interview,” both featuring Ricky Harris, adding a touch of humor and levity to the project. “Retribution” closes with “Damn Right,” a confident and unapologetic statement of the group’s determination to succeed in the world of hip-hop.
Overall, “Retribution” serves as a powerful debut for Survivalist, showcasing the unique talents of each member – Bookie (Bryan Mathews), Sabataj (Tahmir Sharp), Jubal (Julius Lipscomb), Preacha (Kevin Wilson), and Problemz (Daniel Lamb) – and their ability to create a cohesive and impactful album that leaves a lasting impression on the listener.
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