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50 didn't you get the message with "Get Rich Or Die Tryin'"?
on 23 November 2003
Now before I begin I know my review is going to get bad ratings because I don't follow the 50 Cent crowd. But If you can look past that and see that I go into quite a lot of detail about the album and can make a reasonable judgement based on that I would be grateful!
50 Cent is the man you love to hate (well hate in my case). Curtis Jackson from South Side Queens is a former crack dealer turned rapper. When listening to his debut "Get Rich Or Die Tryin" his past is very evident. In hip hop these days whats sad is skill no longer seems to be a concern, but your sreet credibility can get you VERY high places. 50 Cent is a prime example of this, he's an awful rapper yet many (not all) buy his records because of his "Gangsta" image. When coming out he brough two side kicks along with him to add to "Shadys" long list; these were Banks and Young Buck. When listening to this album the inital feeling you get is just extreme violence, I've had people who LIKE G-Unit and said listening to this album made them want to go out and beat somebody up, this is very close to the truth.
I'm sure all of you have heard the arbatary single "Stunt 101". Yes the clasping drum loop and deep electrical keys classic of an Eminem production. I will be honest the production on this album is barable, on songs like "My Buddy" where deep keys and electric backboards play a deep part in the production; Dre and Eminem at times prove that they are very capable. But the thing that makes the album the horror that it is, is the lyricism. Good production can't really make up on a rap album what the whole album is based on...lyrics. To say that 50 and Co. are misogynist, unintelligent morons would be an understatement. 50's flow is very rubbery over the production, he pauses as if he seems to have forgotten his lines which doesn't help matters. After Ja Rules "Blood In My Eye" 50 dedicates most of this album to dissing him, which when you get two artists which are as awful as each other, isn't a good thing. 50 lets out some sweet punch-lines at times and then you realise he's fighting fire with fire, he's just as bad a Ja Rule! He says Ja releases bubblegun pop-hop records...ummm 50 whats "21 Questions"????
Anyway the lyricism on here is awful, if you don't belive me heres a taste-"I got a hand gun habit, ni--a front i'll let ya have it, when the shots go off cops sayin 50 back at it. I'm alergic to the feathers on these bird a-s ni--as, front and i'll put ya brains on that curbed fence ni--a."
See what I mean. 50 not totally to blame his side kicks are nearly as bad with Banks being the best lyricist out of all of them and even he comes up with "He ain't never been broke he glitchless, So reliable I bought him a rubber coat for Christmas. Infared beam in the scope for distance, the best company wouldn't proach in business". See if thats capable lyricism Canibus must be out of a job.
Most of the lyrics are about ice, jewels, Ja Rule and woman. This is an album not to be taken seriously. With some nice production at times even Slim Shady and the Doctor himself couldn't help this awful album going under.