This is a great representation of how not every track needs every member of the group. With 50 Cent missing for every track but one that doesn’t have the other members on it, the rest of the group do great to show they can step out form behind that shadow.
The production is good with plenty of variation in pace and boldness. There are plenty of beats that provide a great atmosphere without becoming the centre of attention, leaving lots of scope for the artists. Maybe some backings aimed further from underground street music would open up more avenues for the members, but the production selection here is all effective.
The lyricism is good from everyone and shows how cohesive the members can be. Each puts in good verses and energy that really improves this project with its level of entertainment. Some less street themed songs and some more mainstream music may help to raise the profile of the members, but they all do a great job.
Overall, this is an enjoyable listen to remind people that G-Unit is more than just 50’s backup. Each shows they have the skills to be great artists and can work well without the head honcho.
While this is almost a deluxe release of 50 Cent’s previous mixtape, the choice to include work from Young Buck and Lloyd Banks does add another dimension to the project. An odd choice but not necessarily a bad one.
The production is good with plenty of the gritty sounds that made 50 a success in the first place. The additional tracks all have the signature patterns that built up Young Buck and Lloyd Banks in the first place. All together this helps to make a cohesive project that could have done with a touch more refinement.
The lyricism is good with 50 returning to his grittier roots while keeping the angle of having too much money. The other main artists step up their delivery and complexity to show what they are capable of off the back of this tape. Some more changes in flow could create some more interesting moments, but what they rhyme on this is still great to listen to.
The features all help to make this more cohesive as a project by adding more voices to the view points. Each has a good verse that actually helps to show how G-Unit can work with newer talent as well as each other. Some more singers could help give more variety on this project but 50 takes the brunt of this talent himself with his ability on the hooks.
Overall, this project is definitely made up of three acts. there is 50 cents original Kanan Tape, followed by Young Bucks showing, finished with Lloyd Banks lyrical ability. The next G-Unit project will have all the members on it and they will all show ability like this.
This is more of the same Buck listeners have been getting recently, with his reunion with G-Unit creating more cohesive works. While this does make more interesting tracks recently, Buck appears to be stagnating and needs to push on to fresher grounds to keep more of the public eye on him.
The production is good but comes across as knock offs of other production. There is a lot of producers out there with signature sounds and the beats on this simply come across as someone trying to impersonate others style. Buck may need to find some beats that are out of his comfort zone to make some more interesting tracks.
The lyricism is alright but Buck uses his delivery and unique vocal tone to make his performance even better. While his actual wordplay is average to good, the way he channels his passion and aggression into his bars boosts how they come across to the listener. Some more complex and frequent rap techniques would be the only way to improve the lyricism.
Overall, this is an enjoyable and entertaining listen and, while it may not have a lot of replay ability, has some great tracks on there. Buck is on a tear recently and should continue this work ethic to become an even greater force in Hip Hop.
This is a good project for Buck to get back into the driving seat of his own projects and he does a good job bringing his energy and aggression to another project.
The production is good and compliments Buck’s style very well. The atmosphere on each track is a dark and gritty street level with some high life thrown in. Each song has enough differences in it to keep things interesting and on a short project like this, that is very important.
The lyricism is alright but the main focus is content and how catchy each track is. While some of it is clever wordplay and schemes, most of the entertainment value is around hooks that get stuck in your head and the street level content. If Buck included more lyrical devices in his raps, he may be able to entice a wider audience.
The features put in good efforts and help to create a cohesive listening experience. All of them put in good efforts and are enjoyable to listen to while bringing new perspectives to their tracks.
Overall, this is an entertaining listen but can lack substance. If he can put some more universal content instead of gritty street raps, he could start rising back into the ranks of popular rappers.
This is a good sampler for what’s to come ahead, hopefully. The groups shows a lot of chemistry on every track and each member brings their own unique style to their verses. 50 cent is prominent on every track as the G-Unit head honcho probably should be, especially with his ability to “sing” as well as rap. Young Buck also sounds hungry for success and that translates into great performances. Kidd Kidd, the new addition to the group, also showcases his talents and abilities on his verses and has shown to be an asset to the group. Lloyd Banks brings his style and lyricism to his verses as well, while Tony Yayo sounds distinctive and brings another unique voice to the G-Unit roster.
The production is good on the project. The producers on the album may not be the biggest names but they each bring a beat that works well with what G-Unit are trying to do on each track. While the project is only 6 tracks long they explore a variation of topics and styles to help create some diversity on such a short project.
With A group of 5 on a 6 track long EP, there are no features but this helps to create a cohesive project that has plenty of replay value. The tracks fit together very well and flow into one another which helps even more to build this EP up to new heights.
In conclusion, this is a good sample of whats to come from future projects and G-Unit should take their attitude and abilities from this EP forward onto longer projects. They should take their determination and drive on to keep up this high quality of music.