God Save The Queen(s,) Part 2
Like most, after hearing the first 4 or 5 songs off 'The Massacre' my reaction was less then enthusiastic. regardless of chart positions, 'Disco Inferno' blew, and 'Candy Shop' was wack. I liked them much better the first time around as 'In the Club' and 'Magic Stick.' 'Just a Lil' bit' solidified my opinion that Massacre was a lackadaisicle generic/commercial followup to 'Get Rich or Die Trying,' an album I did enjoy.
I stuck by my original evaluation until I spotted a new 50 track on an itunes playlist belonging to a FORN (Friend of Rap Nerd) April. The title was 'God Gave Me Style' (nerdpoints to anon for the quick call yesterday) and after I heard it, I was impressed with the song and the fact that 50 listens to Coldplay. The song started to turn my opinion, figuring any rapper who's listening to Coldplay's gotta have some sort of ear. After reading reviews which highlighted 'Ski Mask Way' and 'Baltimore Love Thing' I decided to cop the bootleg. (yes, Rap Nerd #2 unabashedly supports the free transfer of music, because as I read in Q4Music Magazine 'people who spend hours downloading digital music, also spend hours on legal music')
Anyway, after listening to the entire 50 album, I was pleasently surprised. Well, maybe 50% surprised. Half the album features your standard 2005 MTV pap, with wack beats and concepts like 'Piggybank' including a whole slew of synth/pop clunkers from Dre and Em. The flipside of the coin was a number of amazing East Coast tracks, where 50 really seemed to shine (including a beat recycled from the 'Pretty Toney' album, funny considering all three emcees on the GFK track have had alot of unflattering things to say about 50!) So my official opinion is a great 1/2 an album, with that harcore ish and some soulful beats. The other 50 (per)Cent is on some BS that highlights exactly what's wrong with this Hot 97 Hip-Pop being pushed to the masses today.
I'm curious to hear other opinions, so leave a comment and let me know what track you're really feeling on the album, or if I just need to sit down and shut the fuhg up. And of course without any further (Freddy) Adu: Curtis Jackson's take on Chris Martin's lyrics, 'The Massacre' remake of 'Rush of Blood To the Head's' 'God Put a Smile on My Face.'
50 Cent: God Gave Me Style MP3