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Posted by: Dave on September 19, 2007 at 7:56 am

50CentCurtisSound: With Dr. Dre-produced, West coast gangsta bounce and Eminem-produced, tension-filled dramatics, 50 revisits the style of hook-filled, hood-friendly hits that made his debut Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (my #5 album of 2003) such a classic. He also works in several poppier, r&b-flavored jams with obvious intent to appeal to a wider audience. Regardless of the sound, his mushmouthed flow guides you through a barrage of violent power plays and cocky messages for the ladies. Plus, he brings in several A-listers for vocal assistance, including Justin Timberlake, Akon, Robin Thicke, Mary J. Blige and Eminem.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Ayo Technology” featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland; “Come and Go”;
Medium Rotation tracks: “My Gun Go Off”; “I Get Money”; “Peep Show” featuring Eminem; “Straight to the Bank”
Recommended: By resurrecting many of the sounds from his debut album and collaborating with so many big names, Curtis is certainly more fun than his previous album, The Massacre. But ultimately this feels like a confused and calculated effort. Instead of commanding attention on the mic by handling nearly all vocal duties, he looks for lots of help. 50’s turned into an average mainstream hip hop artist. He doesn’t have enough to say to carry an album and through collaborations with other artists he branches out to try and reach as wide an audience as possible. Unfortunately for him, the clear standout on the album “Ayo Technology” is carried by the strength of Justin Timberlake and Timbaland’s contributions. Getting outshined on his own track wasn’t something the old 50 would have let happen.
Grade: B-



One Response to “50 Cent Curtis (Interscope/Shady/Aftermath)”

  1. Aman Says:

    This is one of 50’s worst cd’s, who listens to killings, shootings, guns, hatred anymore? and why is he so angry? I only liked ayo technology. No where near to Kanye’s album.

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