Release Date: 11.14.03
Record label: Interscope Records
Genre(s): Rap, Hip-Hop, R&B, etc.
50 Cent and Those Other Guys
by: tom reiter
50 Cent returns, crew in tow, to dish out more of the same gangsta shit that brought him huge success in 2003. It's easy to see why 50 was the one chosen to have the solo career from G-Unit. While as a group they still maintain some of that "the thug everybody hates to love", most of it is lost somewhere between the poor flows and overabundance of digitized gunfire and Glock cocks.
I managed to find humor in "My Buddy," an urban version of the late 80's commercial theme for a doll, updated to be about their weapons. "Wanna Get to Know You" smoothes things out a bit and shows G-Unit's sensitive side, which apparently is "to make her feel special I let her call me by goverment name." How nice of him.
Okay...I have to admit "Betta Ask Somebody" is a cool cut. Each member put thought into their lyrics and how they will pair up with the fat and funky bassline. "Smile" carries some of that playa feel from 50's album Get Rich or Die Tryin', and is the last track really worth mentioning.
Most of the time I find myself ignoring most of the versus and singing along with the choruses. And thus my conflict of interests is exposed on an album like this. It's not very good, but for some reason I tolerate it and at times enjoy it. 16-Mar-2004 11:19 PM