Retro Review: Heaven’z Movie

Retro Review: Heaven’z Movie

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Heaven’z Movie, by Bizzy Bone

Back in 1998, I was already writing songs and everything, but when Heaven’z Movie came out, that’s when I decided to start recording music. So, if you enjoy my (Cav’lier) stuff, you have to thank Bizzy Bone for inspiring me to make it. That puts me at almost 20 years, with nowhere near the success that Bizzy managed on his FIRST album. This is my favorite album of all time. I have to be fair when I’m giving these reviews, so I figured I’d let you guys know from the jump that it’s my favorite, and then go from there.

  • Lyrics
  • Instrumentation
  • Production
  • Features
  • Longevity
  • Impact
  • Personal Preference
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Let’s get this out of the way first: not everyone likes his voice. The people who like it, LOVE it. I fall into that latter category. His voice and delivery are unique as fuck. After listening to Bone for decades, I don’t have any difficulty understanding what he’s saying, and thus, I can also have an appreciation for his words. He’s easily the most lyrical out of Bone Thugs, and he gets to flex those nuts on this album.
I love the instrumentals on this album. Some of them have that classic Midwest feel, but a lot of them are completely out of that box. “Thugz Cry” is top-notch with the sample/interpolation work. (I honestly can’t tell which parts are which.) “Nobody Can Stop Me” has that classic west coast feel, but with a little pop appeal. “Demons Surround Me” has one of my favorite beats, ever. “On the Freeway” and “(The Roof Is) On Fire” are also catchy as fuck. Solid instrumentals on this album, the whole way through. I just wish “Roll Call,” “Yes, Yes, Y’all,” and “Marching on Washington” were longer.
This album was produced really well. Considering his varying styles, I’m sure Bizzy presented some difficulty for his engineers, and they rose to the challenge. Keen eyes may notice a couple songs being produced by Johnny J, who also did a lot of production for a little-known artist that goes by the name of Tupac.
There weren’t a lot of features on this album. You had a couple members of Bizzy’s label, 7 Sign, in Mr. Maje$ty and H.I.T.L.A.H. Capo-Confuscious, and Cat Cody from Mo Thugs. So basically, Bizzy kept the features in the family. I have no idea why Maje$ty didn’t get some more recognition before he gave it up. He was nasty. Capo was pretty awesome too (R.I.P.). You can hear his influence on Bizzy, later in Bizzy’s career. Cody didn’t do a lot, vocally, on “On the Freeway” besides the chorus, but he also made the beat, so there’s that.
Personally, I was kinda dreading going back and listening to this album, because I thought my good memories of this album were all rose-tinted glasses. I was pleasantly surprised to find this album is just as good as I remember. Occasionally, you may hear a few of these songs while out and about, so it still holds a little water for everyone else, too.
You won’t hear a lot of artists pointing directly to Bizzy Bone as one of their influences, and even fewer that point directly to Heaven’z Movie. BUT, the album did make it to #3 on Billboard’s top 200 when it came out, so it wasn’t completely looked over. So, while I say it had a HUGE impact on me, it wasn’t as much so with the rest of the world.
Personal Preference
Pretty sure “My favorite album of all time” covers my personal preference, haha. Some of the songs that were cut for clearance reasons would’ve just enhanced the album, but exactly as it is, it’s still my favorite, and I’m not completely sure any other album will ever be able to take that spot.

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