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8 Mile Soundtrack Review

8 Milewritten by Low Key

Looking at the “8 Mile Soundtrack’s” track listing one might think this album has the chance to be one of the greatest soundtracks ever released. 5 new Eminem tracks and brand new Xzibit, 50 Cent, Jay-z, Nas, Gangstarr and Rakim tracks! The lineup is simply amazing! However, looks can be deceiving and that’s exactly the story with the “8 Mile Soundtrack”.

How can a soundtrack with such a spectacular lineup of Hip-Hop legends come out this disappointing is the question everyone is asking themselves. While the biggest names in Hip-Hop appear on most of the “8 Mile Soundtrack”, unfortunately most of the tracks on the album fall into the category of throw away/filler. Jay-z & Nas both appear on the soundtrack, however not to the anticipation we expected. “You Wanna Be Me” is a horribly produced Nas track that is more reminiscent of Nas’s “Nastradamus” days than anything. The lyrically boring track is an obvious throwaway track as the production is truly horrendous. “8 Miles and Running” featuring Jay-z and Freeway sees much better production from none other than Marshall Mathers himself, however both Jay and Freeway deliver less than stellar performances on the mic, making the track very bland. Jay once again puts forth an uninspired verse that does nothing but disappoint, as the tracks hook is equally annoying.

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G-Unit – God’s Plan review

written by Low Key

Is there an emcee hotter in the streets right now than 50 Cent? While 50 has been one of the most underrated emcees in the industry for years, it wasn’t until the smash hit “Wanksta” that the mainstream and commercial audience jumped on the bandwagon of 50 Cent and his crew G-Unit. Now it seems as if 50 is everybody’s favorite emcee and his debut album entitled “Get Rich Or Die Trying” due out in February will be a huge success. In the mean time 50 and his G-Unit soldiers continue to put out what seems like a new mixtape every couple of weeks as the streets continue to eat them up. “God’s Plan” continues the 50 Cent mixtape formula of jacking the industries finest production and remaking them with his G-Unit crew consisting of Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo.

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50 Cent – The Massacre review

50 Cent The Massacrewritten by Plus One

From the introduction to “The Massacre” we’re led into a realm which we begin to really appreciate. “In My Hood” through “I’m Supposed To Die Tonight” contain a sinister enough feel which leads us to believe that maybe 50 is approaching his sophomore album with a smoother, more conniving angle before killing that buzz by giving us one of the most over hyped tracks in history; “Piggy Bank.” Now, although entertaining and arguably effective, the excitement surrounding the supposedly heated diss track calms itself to a mere smirking level with soft jabs applied towards Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Shyne and Nas (receiving the most biting of the hits).

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50 Cent – The Massacre review

50 Cent The Massacrewritten by Psycho Analysis

In recent years, there has been one emcee that dominated each year before everyone started getting sick of him and his work began to diminish. You have Nelly from 1999-2000, Eminem from 2001-2002, 50 Cent and G-Unit in 2003 and Kanye West in 2004. After some failed attention-seeking mix tape appearances, 50 Cent is now trying to bring back the glory of G-Unit in 2005—fresh off the success of label mate The Game’s debut album, The Documentary—with his sophomore release, The Massacre.

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50 Cent Guess Whos Backwritten by Christopher “Scav” Yuscavage

50 Cent is a true survivor – 9 shots, including one to his jaw that forever altered his speech, an upbringing that cosigns orphan Annie’s “hard knock life,” and a hip-hop career that started off by dissing other rappers (“How To Rob” featuring the Madd Rapper) and included disses back from fellow rappers (Jay-Z’s “I’m about a dollar, what the —- is “fifty cent?” declaration).

But returning from the massive success of his debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin’, one obstacle exists that 50 Cent simply cannot survive on his second album, The Massacre: his own version of the “sophomore slump.”

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50 Cent – Guess Who’s Back? review

50 Cent Guess Whos Backwritten by Low Key

While most artists in the Hip-Hop industry talk about the harsh reality of the streets, few actually live the tales they boast about. 50 Cent is one of the few artists who know first hand about the drama of the streets. Having survived a tragic shooting, including a shot to the face, 50 Cent has come back stronger and hungrier than ever. The streets which he represents almost killed him, however, 50 hasn’t let that keep him down. If anything, the shooting motivated 50 to come back and prove to all the critics that he’s much more than a one hit wonder that many have labeled him as.

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50 Cent – Get Rich Or Die Tryin review

50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryinwritten by Low Key

“Don’t believe the hype”. Those immortal words once spoken by Public Enemy in 88′ now ring true almost a decade later. The word hype is an interesting concept in Hip-Hop. On one hand it is the driving force behind an artists success. 50 Cent has almost redefined the term hype in 2002. His G-Unit mixtapes and guest appearances propelled the Queens native into super stardom even before his debut album ever dropped. Hype was certainty defined by 50 in 2002. However, on the other hand, for many artists its that same hype that ultimately leads to their downfall as they cannot live up to the standards set upon them. Back in 1998 a much hyped debut album by Canibus went onto be an utter disaster, as it was the hype or lack of reaching such status that destroyed his career. While Canibus’ and 50 Cent’s career’s are total opposites, they do run a very similar path as both emcees went the opposite route to becoming stars, doing so even before they dropped an album. After all the hype and anticipation 50 Cent’s “Get Rich Or Die Tryin” falls into that category of not living up to the hype.

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Angus Crawford – 50 Cent Translation

Since I last updated this column three months ago, I’ve received hundreds of emails from fans* asking where I’ve been and if I’m all right. Fortunately, I’m ok and preparing for a crazy summer before I make the plunge into law school and start representing rappers who get jerked for their publishing (if you can name the song, I’ll let your rant in the next column; email me Tell Diddy and them to guard their grills, homey.

Enough about the personal stuff though, because this column is about 50. When I heard the news that he was pushing the album back until September I was pretty pissed. This has already been a pretty weak year for albums, so despite Killa’s thoughts, “Curtis” could have carried us through the summer until Kanye dropped. I wasn’t even that impressed with Mr. Jackson’s latest songs, but I knew he would have put out a dope ass album to energize the summer and G-Unit (have you seen Buck and Bank’s soundscan?).

You can criticize the content and point out his technical flaws but 50 makes hits and right now we need some motherfucking hits. Fans may have to wait a couple more months for 50’s next album, but you can read my “In Da Club” lyric translation right now…..

When I pull up out front, you see the Benz on dubs
When I roll 20 deep, it’s 20 knives in the club
Niggaz heard I fuck with Dre, now they wanna show me love
When you sell like Eminem, and the hoes, they wanna fuck

When I arrive at the club in my Mercedes Benz, you will immediately notice my 20 inch rims
I will be joined by 19 of my closest cronies, who, along with myself, will be carrying knives
You may have discovered that I am doing business with Dr. Dre, but I will not be fooled by false friendship
Also many promiscuous women have found out that I will be rich like Eminem and are more than willing to have sexual intercourse now

But homie ain’t nuttin changed hoes down, G’s up
I see Xzibit in the cut hey nigga roll that weed up
If you watch how I move you’ll mistake me for a player or pimp
Been hit wit a few shells but I don’t walk wit a limp (I’m aight)

However my friend, fame and fortune have not changed me and I will maintain my loyalty to my friends over these harlots
Oh look, it is my rapper buddy Xzhibit, who is going to make a marijuana cigarette
If you concentrate on the way I do business you may think I am a pimp
Unfortunately I have been shot a few times, but the near death experience does not affect the way I walk

In the hood, in L.A. they sayin “50 you hot”
They like me, I want them to love me like they love ‘Pac

But holla in New York them niggaz’ll tell ya I’m loco
And the plan is to put the rap game in a choke hold

People in the Los Angeles inner city are telling me I am very exceptional right now
Still I am not satisfied, because I want them to have the same affection for me like they do the late great Tupac
In my hometown of New York, many people will tell you that I am mentally unstable
Currently I am trying to dominate the rap music business

I’m fully focused man, my money on my mind
Got a mill’ out the deal and I’m still on the grind
Now shawty said she feelin my style, she feelin my flow
Her girlfriend willin to get bi and they ready to go (o kay!

Seriously, this has my full attention, and currently my main concern is money
I received a million dollars from my business transaction with Eminem and Dr. Dre, but I am still working hard (possibly even still selling drugs)
This nice looking women said she likes my demeanor as well as the way I deliver my rap lyrics
Luckily her friend is also willing to sleep with me and they are prepared to leave

And you should love it, way more then you hate it
Nigga you mad? I thought that you’d be happy I made it
I’m that cat by the bar toastin to the good life
You that faggot ass nigga tryin to pull me back right?

You should be praising me rather than discrediting me
Why are you upset? I thought you would happy for me and my new found success
I am the fellow sitting next to the bar toasting to the “good life”
You are the jealous person trying to bring me back to my poor and dangerous past

When my joint get to pumpin in the club it’s on
I wink my eye at ya bitch, if she smiles she gone
If the roof on fire, let the motherfucker burn
If you talkin about money homie, I ain’t concerned

If the disc jockey is playing my song in the club, I have an unfair advantage over other men
At that juncture I simply wink my eye at your female companion and if she reciprocates my flirting with a smile she will be departing the club with me
I’m so carefree that if this building was on fire, I would not even mind
If you are worried about money my friend, this does not affect me

I’ma tell you what Banks told me cause go ‘head switch the style up
If the niggaz hate then let ’em hate then watch the money pile up
Or we go upside your head wit a bottle of bub’
They know where we fuckin be

This is what my pal Lloyd Banks said, “Do not be afraid to change the type of rapper you are.
Someone is always going to be envious, but you will be more than satisfied with your new accumulation of wealth.
Or we could simply hit them across the cranium with a champagne bottle.”
Everyone knows my friends and I frequent the clubs

*When I say “hundreds of emails from fans”, I really mean three or four from Hugo asking me to update my shit but I had to sound popular in the intro, unkowutimsayin?!?!

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