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In God We Trust

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1 Allah U Akbar Murphy D./Murphy/De 4:50
2 Ain't No Mystery Murphy/Dechalus/Mur 4:23
3 Meaning of the 5% Dechalus/Murphy D./ 2:53
4 Pass the Gat Dechalus/Murphy/Mur 3:23
5 Black Star Line Dechalus/Murphy D./ 5:07
6 Allah and Justice Dechalus/Perry/Murp 2:11
7 The Godz... Murphy D./Perry/Dec 3:50
8 The Travel Jam Murphy D./Dechalus/ 3:53
9 Brand Nubian Rock the Set Murphy D./Dechalus/ 4:07
10 Love Me or Leave Me Alone Murphy D./Perry/Mur 4:35
11 Steal Ya 'Ho Murphy D./Dechalus/ 3:51
12 Steady Bootleggin' Murphy D./Dechalus/ 3:52
13 Black and Blue Perry/Dechalus/Murp 4:01
14 Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down Perry/Dechalus/Murp 4:25
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In God We Trust

Audio Compact Disc

Label: Elektra

In God We Trust

UPC: 075596138123

Release Date: 02/02/1993

Original Release Date: 02/02/1993

Number of Discs: 1

Tracks: [Allah U Akbar, Ain't No Mystery, Meaning of the 5%, Pass the Gat, Black Star Line, Allah and Justice, The Godz..., The Travel Jam, Brand Nubian Rock the Set, Love Me or Leave Me Alone, Steal Ya 'Ho, Steady Bootleggin', Black and Blue, Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down]

Andy Kellman

When pre-album single "Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down" was issued -- along with its violence-laced video -- it was clear that Brand Nubian would not be the same minus Grand Puba. It was a safe bet that In God We Trust wouldn't have attempted any new jack swing crossovers or tie-dyed imagery. Though the makeover is drastic, it is convincing, with Lord Jamar and Sadat X stepping up with some of the era's fiercest, most intense rhymes, a higher percentage of which referenced the likes of Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, Marcus Garvey, and self-defense by any means necessary. Multiple, indefensible homophobic taunts and the silly "Steal Ya 'Ho" aside (did they really think the use of the two words was so necessary?), In God We Trust is nearly faultless, packed with rumbling acoustic basslines, Jeep-rattling breakbeats, and rhymes written and delivered with a great deal of hunger and an equal amount of self-assuredness -- as if to say, "No, Brand Nubian was never Grand Puba and a couple sidekicks." The Diamond D-produced "Punks" outshines everything else, but the group more than holds its own as a self-contained production team. Had a high-profile beat maker been responsible for "The Godz...," "Pass the Gat," or "Brand Nubian Rock the Set," they'd certainly be present in his or her highlight reel. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi