Taking his mixtape skills to another level, Tony Touch shepherds a sprawling guest list deep into his world of hip-hop underground beats and spicy Latin flavors, with excellent results. Touch blends the diverse styles of Sean Paul, Slick Rick, Rubén Blades, and some Wu-Tang-ers by keeping his beats very New York Hispanic, and very real. Most tracks feel like stream of consciousness freestyles -- especially when Touch grabs the mike -- but here and there Piece Maker, Vol. 2 offers up a song. A direct tale of trouble in the hood, Slick Rick's "Trouble on the Westside Hwy" returns the rapper to his rightful place as king of the gruesomely humorous.
Sean Paul's cut is welcome reggaeton rather than limp crossover, and N.
E.'s swaggering Spanglish bridges the gap between Fat Joe and Juju's hard raps and Touch's salsa breaks. The skits are actually funny, the ghost of the S.O.S. Band turns up, and it's all blended so well the album feels more effortless than ambitious. It's the album's biggest problem, and one wishes the producer had come up with that extra track that would have turned Piece Maker, Vol. 2 into a classic. But for a casual and languid ride through the downtown, you can always turn to Touch.
|Tony Navaja / Rubén Blades / Tony Touch||Tony Touch feat: Rubén Blades||2:47|
|Non-Stop / Tony Touch||Tony Touch feat: Diddy / Black Rob||3:59|
|How You Want It / Keith Murray / Erick Sermon / Tony Touch||Tony Touch feat: Keith Murray / Redman / Erick Sermon||4:03|
|Battle Skit / Ray Roll / Tony Touch||Tony Touch||0:52|
|Capicu / Fat Joe / Ju-Ju / N.O.R.E. / Tony Touch||Tony Touch feat: Fat Joe / Ju-Ju / N.O.R.E.||3:24|
|Rock Steady / Method Man / Raekwon / Tony Touch / U-God||Tony Touch feat: Method Man / Raekwon / U-God||3:12|
|Dimelo / Tony Touch||Tony Touch||3:19|
|Click Bang / Tony Touch||Tony Touch feat: Doo Wop||3:28|
|Ay Ay Ay / Tony Touch||Tony Touch feat: Sean Paul||3:04|
|Just Be Good to Me||Tony Touch||3:27|
|Spanish Harlem, Pt. 2 / Tony Touch||Tony Touch||4:23|
|Battle Skit, Pt. 2 / Ray Roll / Tony Touch||Tony Touch||0:47|
|Spit 1 / Q-Unique||Tony Touch feat: Q-Unique||2:15|
|Out da Box / Large Professor / Pete Rock / Tony Touch||Tony Touch feat: Masta Ace / Large Professor / Pete Rock||3:35|
|Trouble on the Westside Hwy / Slick Rick||Tony Touch feat: Slick Rick||2:44|
|A Beautiful Day||Tony Touch||1:38|
|Touch 1-Touch All / Dead Prez / Tony Touch||Tony Touch feat: Dead Prez||3:51|
|Como Suena / Tony Touch||Tony Touch||3:10|
|Spoken Word||Tony Touch||2:13|