G-Unit – The Lost Flash Drive Review

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.

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G-Unit – The Beast is G-Unit Review

This is an enjoyable effort and should be seen as the other half of thier album when put together with thier previous EP “The Beauty of Independance”. It is still a cohesive listen but is of a more street level, much like thier debut album.

The production is great and comes across as very polished while being energetic and somewhat menacing in places. The sounds used combined with the nature of the songs help to make a set of songs that show each of the members showcasing thier rap style and how well they can rap over production of this quality.

The lyricism is great by some members but not so by others. However they all have powerful delivery and this helps make up for any lyrical shortcomings that may be found on this EP. It is possible that some more lyrical devices would improve this project but not by much as it is only six songs that all combine together well without too much lyrical input.

There aren’t any features which is good because there are five members of G-Unit and only six track on this EP. Any guests would have taken away valuable time from one of the members which would have made this project much less cohesive to listen to.

Overall, this is a good effort from G-Unit, but these batches of six songs need to be part of a longer project forthe world  ton see that the group can consistently churn out good music and can structure it into a full length release. It also couldn’t hurt to try a feature or two to see if the members can work with others outside the group.

Shady XV – Various Artists Review

The first disc is a well crafted showcase of how the Shady Records roster is prepared to make more hits and the second is a track back at the past records that helped build it up to the powerhouse it is today. Eminem started it up and has kept it rolling through some tough times and a total reboot, but it is in a strong place now and this set of records is a signal that the label is as strong, or stronger than it has ever been.

The production is great, but being a protégé of Dr Dre you pick up an ear for beats. There is a good range of beat type from country to heavy and everything in-between. Each one compliments the message and tone of the track and helps to show the range of songs and backings that the Shady Crew can work with.

The lyricism is clear and present on every track. It becomes even clearer than before that these are some of the top lyricists in the rap game and that they are not to be trifled with. These guys have come to play hardball and they are annihilating almost all other rappers out there. If your a fan of lyricism and wordplay, you have to get this project.

The features are good and show that the group can work well together with an outside influence. As well as working together with them, they also seem to gain a competitive edge and work harder to outdo the feature which creates a sense of the pure nature of Hip Hop as well as creating a great track for the listener.

Overall, this is a fantastic project for both listeners and the performers on it and we can only hope they continue to create tracks of this magnitude. Whether it’s Yelawolf, any member of Slaughterhouse or Eminem, the rest of the Hip Hop world should take heed of whatever they are doing because it is bound to be a success.

G-Unit – The Beauty of Independance EP Review

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.

50 Cent – Animal Ambition Review

This album is a collection of tracks about how rich 50 Cent is and how he can still make street tracks. However, surely if you are as rich as he claims to be then you don’t need to be doing that street stuff right? On this basis this album is not believable or cohesive as 50 should want it to be.

The production on the album is good and fits individually with each track, but after 11 tracks of fairly repetitive tracks of the same message over and over, it can become stale. If there was more of a variation in the atmosphere and feel of each track, then the production would stand out more than it does currently.

50 still has his unique rap style, but his lyrics come across as bland and meaningless when you listen to all the tracks together as they are all more than a bit similar. If you take one track out of the whole set, then seems to be a much better track than when it is played with the rest of the album.

Overall, it is clear why 50 released almost every track as a single, because they play better by themselves. When they are put together they come across as a collection of tracks about being rich and being street while being rich, and it does not come across well.