Well 50 Cent is back and ready in full form, after releasing “The Big 10″ just not a few months ago, 50 delivers another mixtape and this time it’s with DJ Drama for the first time ever. With people doubting 50 on his music ability and this being his first Gangsta Grillz 50 had a lot to prove, but did he pull it off? Check out what I got to say about 50′s debut Gangsta Grillz mixtape after the jump.
1. “Get Busy” feat. Kidd Kidd – Mixtape starts out with a banger with 50 and Kidd Kidd and DJ Drama talking that sh*t in the beginning and end, with slick talk like “The content’s been aggressive, some of the gangsta’s just got soft.” With 50 great first verse entrance to the very catchy and very old 50 sounding hook. Then Kidd Kidd closes the song off with his verse and he really delivers on this track, not only flowing well with the beat but coming up with some nice lines like “You say money talks, well my sh*t arguing”.
2. “Double Up – Tone Mason” feat. Hayes – 50 starts out this track with his verse and the beat and bars remind me of the Power of Dollar 50 Cent and that’s a good sign. We get that drug talk on this track from 50, and the hook talks about getting money from drugs and getting mansions and cars. Then Hayes finishes off the rest of the track and he kills it, his flow is very nice and I never heard of him until now. 50 mentioned in an interview that he was one of Floyd Mayweather’s artists from The Money Team, well I’m glad he got on the track, he really made it better.
3. “Murder One” feat. Eminem – We’ve heard this track awhile back as “Shady Murder” for the Street King series. Eminem pretty much only does a little talking in the intro which sucks but other than that AraaabMuzik really provides an amazing beat for 50 to talk about his guns and murdering skills. The gun and murder talk really gets old after awhile but thanks to this beat it made it more refreshing, the hook was on point too as always.
4. “Riot” feat. 2 Chainz – This track is originally 2 Chainz track and 50 Cent just decided to add a couple of bars on the two verses and he amazes me on it. 50 came in with this loud and aggressive style that really made the track 10x better. The beat really fit what 50 Cent was talking about which was guns and the regular gangsta talk that we get from 50. I’m glad that 50 even did this because it was something different that we haven’t got from 50 in awhile.
5. “O.J.” feat. Kidd Kidd – At first when I heard this track I thought it was complete trash, a couple of listens later in the car and this track became one of my favorites on the tape. Yeah the beat isn’t the best and the hook isn’t that good but it does deliver something different to the tape. 50 and Kidd Kidd really work well together and it shows that not only on this track but on others too, from Kidd Kidd’s nice wordplay like “Put these ratting ass n*ggas in the sewer, Master Splinter.” Overall a pretty good track after a couple of listens.
6. “I Ain’t Gonna Lie” feat. Robbie Nova – After years of making love tracks for the woman we all know 50 Cent is very direct in his tracks and this one proves that. From Robbie singing “I ain’t gonna lie, I just wanna f**k you” and 50′s verses explain all the things he will show and give to you in order to f**k you.
7. “Complicated” – We also heard this track back in the SK series when it was called “SK Track #8″ but now we get the official version now entitled “Complicated”. The hook was altered and so was the beginning verse. I don’t mind the alters, I would say it made the track better. Overall I love when I get these types of tracks from 50 Cent because he is rapping about what he really feels and we hardly get that from 50 but when we do it’s always fire. He speaks on various things like his haters and what’s happened to the rap game like “Shyne tried to get at me, he sounds washed, I ain’t even fire back that shits squashed, what kind of shit is that, this only happens in rap” that was my favorite line from the whole track too.
8. “You A Killer? Cool” – This track I didn’t really like that much, I felt like it was a Before I Self Destruct left over and the “Yeah” in the background of the hook sounds very bad. Overall the production and verses and even hook weren’t that good from 50.
9. “Remain Calm” feat. Snoop Dogg & Precious Paris – This track is very good, I didn’t expect Snoop Dogg to land on this track but he did and he really delivered. With Snoop and 50 it reminded me of 2003, Paris was pretty good on this track too, I just didn’t like the Jamaican accent she did. The hook was on point and overall a good track.
10. “Can’t Help Myself” – This track reminds me of 50′s 2007 track “Curtis 187″ not only from the beat but the gun talk as well. I really liked “Curtis 187″ but sadly I can’t say the same for this track not only is the hook super weak but 50′s verses aren’t that good and the production is okay. Overall not that good of a track.
11. “When I Pop The Trunk” feat. Kidd Kidd – Here’s another track that I didn’t care much for either. The hook is very weak as well as the production and both verses from 50 and Kidd Kidd.
12. “Planet 50″ feat. Jeremih – Now here’s something that comes natural to 50 Cent, tracks that have hits written all over them. From 50′s very slick love wordplay to the very catchy hook, the only negative is that Jeremih wasn’t really heard on the track and I think 50 should have stayed off the hook and left it only to Jeremih that would have been a better look but overall the track is definitely fire.
13. “Swag Level” – I knew this was going to an ignorant track and that it was, from talking about how much bread 50 blows to all his fancy stuff he has. The hook and beat are definitely something you can bang too and enjoy. The verses are something you can get ignorant too. Overall a classic 50 track.
14. “Lay Down (Smoked)” feat. Ned The Wino – 50 and Ned deliver something different, from Ned’s good vocals on the hook to 50′s very grimy verses this track is nothing short of the classic 50 that we know and love. The production fits the hook and verses very well and overall a good track.
15. “All His Love” – Bet you can’t count how many times 50 says “B*tch” on this track? Anyways despite the over use of the word B*tch, this track is pretty good. The hook is very catchy and has a good melody to it. 50′s verses could have been better but that’s a small complaint for this track.
- We barely hear 50 Cent on a lot of tracks, on most tracks we only get to hear 1 verse from 50 and him on the hook. This sucks since we want 50 Cent music and not Kidd Kidd music. It seems like 50 Cent isn’t really trying on a lot of tracks and he won’t be able to get buzz generated if he doesn’t rap much. Not to mention the subject matter on this mixtape, it’s about the same stuff over and over, we don’t really want to hear 50 talking about gangsta sh*t 24/7, he’s a millionaire and should focus on other topics.
- A lot of the beats are wack on this mixtape, I couldn’t find myself bumping a lot of tracks on this tape because the beat selection is pretty bad, small complaint though since a lot of the beats seem to fit 50 Cent perfectly.
+ 50 Cent tried a couple of new things on this tape which I liked. An example would be him hopping on a 2 Chainz track, I never thought that would have happened but thanks to DJ Drama it did and that was a very good move.
+ We managed to get the classic 50 Cent on a lot of tracks on this mixtape. From his very catchy hooks on “Get Busy” and “Planet 50″ to those very good, but short verses like on “Riot” and “Complicated”.
7.5 OUT OF 10