Release Date: Jul 1, 2008
Record label: G-Unit
There's a five-year gap between the unleashing of G-Unit's debut album -- 2003's Beg for Mercy -- and the more casual dropping of the follow-up, T.O.S., as in Terminate on Sight. Even so, 50 Cent's crew remains the thing that anchors his hip-hop career, connecting him to the streets through mixtapes, guest appearances, and venomous beefs with other rappers, including two of its own. The war with former member the Game is ongoing, but what's new here is the dismissal of Young Buck, a complicated matter that had Buck playing the thoughtful thug in turmoil while 50 acted as the unforgiving hard boss, G-Unit's supreme capo.
50 Cent is one cold-?hearted bastard. Consistently nihilistic, Terminate On Site is 95 per cent gun-?clap rap, straight up. Straight Outta Southside is an endearing tribute to N.W.A.’s Compton ode, but, for real, these guys simply aren’t as gifted. Although Lloyd Banks’s punchlines still have some kick, Tony Yayo remains, lyrically, the Eazy-E of G-Unit.