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- Audio CD: (February 6, 2003)
- Original Release Date: 2003
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Explicit Lyrics
- Label: Shady/Aftermath/Interscope
- ASIN: B000084T18
- Also Available in: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Music
The Beginning of a new Era……
From the clanging of change in the ominous introductory track to the final fade of the third bonus track, 50 Cent’s major label debut has certainly lived up to its gargantuan hype. Here’s a quick review for each track on the album.
1.) Intro – (N/A)
2.) What Up Gangsta (10/10) – An excellent song to start off the album with. Catchy hook, well-produced beat. Possible future single.
3.) Patiently Waiting (8/10) – A quality song featuring Eminem, who comes through with a rather tight verse.
4.) Many Men (Wish Death) (9.5/10) – Another amazing hook and beat. One of the best songs on the album.
5.) In Da Club (8/10) – Second single off the cd. Better than “Wanksta,” but not by much.
6.) High All The Time (9/10) – One of the best ode’s to marijuana in many a year. Twirl your green up for this joint.
7.) Heat (8/10) – Another good song.
8.) If I Can’t (7/10) – Decent song, 50′s done better.
9.) Blood Hound (10/10) – Oh man…… I can listen to this song all night. Instant classic.
10.) Back Down (10/10) WHAT?! TWO CLASSICS IN A ROW?!?!?! Anyone who insults Ja Rule this maliciously deserves respect in my book. Add in stinging lyrics and a hardcore beat, and you get Back Down.
11.) P.I.M.P. (7.5/10) – Misogynistic as hell, but any and every pimp can ride out to this one.
12.) Like My Style (8/10) – A hot song. Would’ve scored higher, but the track didn’t showcase Tony Yayo’s talent as it should have.
13.) Poor Lil Rich (9.5/10) – An older track given a facelift by amazing new production. Killer beat.
14.) 21 Questions (8/10) – Nate Dogg blessed this track. Good song.
15.) Don’t Push Me (10/10) – Wow….. Another one of my favorites. Lloyd Banks is amazing, Eminem is even better in this track than in ‘Patiently Waiting,’ and 50 is on point ONCE AGAIN.
16.) Gotta Make It To Heaven (8/10) – A good track to end off on…. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
17*.) Wanksta (8/10) – First single off the cd. Oddly enough, it’s only a bonus track. A good track, but there’s better on the cd.
18*.) U Not Like Me (10/10) – A street classic, was first released just after 50′s last incident being shot. Incredible track.
19*.) Life’s On The Line (10/10) – The true final song on the cd, yet another street classic. Old 50 cannot be beat.
* = bonus track
50 At His Best!
I remember back when this album came out, everybody loved it. I mean, even the rockers liked a few songs on this album. But then, after about a year and a half of GRODT being out, every started sippin on the G Unit haterade, and all the sudden 50 Cent is hated by many people. I checked on this cd on Amazon back when about 750 reviews were written, and it had 5 stars! Now, after 50′s Massacre, people decide that they don’t like GRODT either (Only 3.5 stars), after selling 11 million records. You can say what you want about The Massacre, but anybody who knows what their talking about knows that GRODT is a very hot album and is an example of how good a rapper 50 was during his underground stage, back when he was the best underground rapper alive. (If you haven’t heard his mixtapes, you should, they are great, 50′s flow is explosive and fast). This was 50 before the haterade, and he really exploits his talents on this cd. Most of the songs on here are very gritty, gangsta, and gutter, the way 50 should have it, not pop records. His lyrics are actually pretty good (the best you can get from a Jamaica Queens gangster) and like I said his flow is much better than in the Massacre. The beats are the biggest thing on the album though, Dr Dre put out his best beats for 50, and anybody who appreciates rap music will love the beats on this album, they are crazy good! Some of the best songs, other than the singles, because you’ve probably heard a few of them before are Patiently Waiting, Many Men, High All the Time, If I Can’t, and Back Down. It’s a shame I had to spend half of the review explaining why 50 had only 3.5 stars, but just remember, those are just Gunit hater freaks giving it 1 star and only writng 2 lines just to be idiots. Don’t get me wrong, 50 has plenty of fans, but some jealous ones had to envy. There was a time, when GRODT was on top and if you buy it you will know why. It was gangsta rap at it’s finest and 50 when he was a really hot rapper. So, as I said before, this was 50 at his best when everybody loved him, before the haterade was passed around. You will love this album if you get it, the beats are off the chain-crazy and you will like every song, it’s definitely one of the best albums of 2003 if not the best.
50 Cent gets my two cents…
At first I was skeptical about 50′s debut, I had heard “Wanksta”
and “In Da Club” and production wise it doesn’t get better, however lyrically it seemed like there was little to no substance rather than the usual sex, drugs and guns theme most Rappers have today. That’s cool and I’m straight with it, but to spend 19 bucks on a CD, for me atleast it have to be deeper than that. I kept hearing how great it was, so I broke down and copped it. I put it in and the first track was already bumpin (althought the intro was useless), then the CD progressed and Eminem appeared and as it went on he told about his life, his struggles and his time in the hospital after being shot several times. All in all this album is solid and deserves 5 stars, and 5 mics in “The Source” no less, but Benzino will cheat him out of that. The only downsides were poorly laced vocals by Nate Dogg on “21 Questions” and the three bonus tracks have already been released for over a year atleast. In my opinion the best songs are “Many Men (Death Wish)”, “Back Down” and “Patiently Waiting” featuring Eminem. This is definaley a must have for any Dr. Dre/Eminem production fans, and any hip hop fan for the most part. The first time you hear it, it’s hot.
Other must haves:
Xzibit: Man Vs. Machine
Trick Daddy: Thug Holiday
2Pac: Better Dayz
Jay-Z: Blueprint 2
Busta Rhymes: It Aint Safe No More
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