Curtis – 50 Cent

Curtis 50 Cent

01. Intro
02. My Gun Go Off
03. Man Down
04. I’ll Still Kill Feat. Akon
05. I Get Money
06. Come & Go Feat. Dr. Dre
07. Ayo Technology Feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland
08. Follow My Lead Feat. Robin Thicke
09. Movin’ On Up
10. Straight To The Bank Feat. Tony Yayo
11. Amusement Park
12. Fully Loaded Clip
13. Peep Show Feat. Eminem
14. Fire Feat. Young Buck & Nicole Scherzinger
15. All Of Me Feat. Mary J. Blige
16. Curtis 187
17. Touch The Sky Feat. Tony Yayo

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has seen better days in the Rap Game. Once the under dog, 50 had to rise fight industry politics, street problems, and music critics to get where he is today. After two diamond albums, several sucessful business ventures, and his own record label you would think Curtis is satisfied. This ladies and gents is his most important album to date. You know what I’m talking about…The Three Peat.

Only Jay-Z (The Mike Jordan of Rap) has been able to keep the ear of his fans for multiple consecutive summers. All emcees would have to take the passenger seat to King Carter. When 50 came into the game at the time his gritty New York Rap was needed. even though I liked some of the records from his nemesis Ja Rule, Fif brought light to the lack of substance some of that his music had. To make a long story short, Ja Rule is not cool anymore and can’t make a hit record even if he gets Weezy. Rule at the time was at the top of his own game. 50 finds himself in this same position now. He may not agree but its rather obvious to anyone who refuses to assimilate. Curtis once waved the flag against making songs with bubble gum teeny bopper artists. Now you catch him making songs with Culture Stealer and running in the same circles of that Herpes jumpoff b*tch. He refers to this as being in “that space”. Call it what you want Curtis but I know sell out moves when I see it. Can’t knock Rule for making songs with J.Lo and shedding fake tears in the “I Cry” video when you did that in “Home of the brave”. This “New 50 Cent” has become more evident today making this LP his most important yet. At the moment Kanye West serves as the David to this Goliath. But King 50 stands behind his word that come September 11th he will prove once again he runs rap. Enough ranting and raving, let’s get into the album.

The album Intro has a snippet from the movie Shooters. I guess 50 is saying he delivers all the time. Maybe this is currently one of his favorite movies. My Gun Go Off is a charged track filled with violence and anger. 50 takes you back to the Get Rich days with this one. Man Down slows it down but takes you down a dark flow. This sounds like it was a cut made for the Massacre. I’ll Still Kill is a pumped up Bandana on your face shoot up some muf*ckas track. Akon does his thing serving as a vocal villain. This is clearly gonna be a standout track. I Get Money is a club banger, period. This should have been the first song let out the cage to reintroduce Fif. Come & Go is a filler at best. I like the verses but the cheesy ass hook gets annoying.

As much as I don’t like what Culture Stealer is up to meddling amongst us I have to admit I really like this track. Ayo Technology is Timbaland letting the world know why he’s that dude on the boards. Follow My Lead is also a good track on Curtis. The formula of making a ballad driven single works with this collabo. Movin’ On Up is one of those you’d skip every time. Clearly a filler song when 50 claims he recorded two albums worth of music. I like Straight To The Bank because I feel the ignorance has a place in this music. A bravado filled song about 50′s success…I dig it.

Amusement Park is an alright track. It received a lot of backlash and hate but really it’s not that bad. It’s more to please the masses than his original core audience.Fully Loaded Clip is fire all the way through. Curtis invokes Boo Boo for this one. Angry drug dealer that takes no prisoners whether on the street or in the rap game. I especially like the jab he takes at Weezy (fuck him). Peep Show is straight wack, I don’t give a f*ck if these words were given by divine intervention. Eminem spits on it but it’s nothing worth remembering. Another wack ass collabo because the masses would think it’s hot is Fire. This luke warm track has Young Buck and Nicole Scherzinger (the sexy b*tch from Pussy Cat Dolls) all making a mess out this club beat.

All of Me features the Queen of R&B Mary J. Blige. The collabo feels like they’re both talking about two different subjects. It’s pretty much oil and water. 50 gives you that old feeling on Curtis 187. The infectious hook makes you feel like you can’t be tested on the street by no man. This song isn’t good in the hands of minors, parents be advised. Touch The Sky is one of my favorites on Curtis. An uptempo rap track with the old G-Unit feel. 50 Cent and Tony Yayo lay verses that make this a song I jump to instead of playing rotation. He even uses Terrence Howards line in Get Rich when hes says “When I’m right I’m right, and when I’m wrong I’m right”. Yayo steals the song though with his comical violent bragging.

This album feels at times it has the potential to be a masterpiece then it lets you down with the “formulas”. I guess being in that space makes you have a different vision of what is hot. The songs that I liked on Curtis were the ones that felt like Get Rich. These were clearly made in the Before I Self Destruct sessions. The forced songs are what makes this album perforated at times. Luckily for 50 there are 17 songs total making the majority of this album good enough for me to spend my hard earned dollars on. Hopefully Kaye will outsell 50 by a ladlside forcing him to rethink if that “space” is all it’s cracked up to be. Oh yea, why wasn’t Banks on this one?

4 Responses to “Curtis – 50 Cent”

  1. Beggar Says:
    September 11th, 2007 at 6:53 am

    50 dropped too many singles… If people only heard 2 tracks this album would be crazy! Im too familiar with a few of these tracks so it tainted my overall feeling toward the album. I think its a good album and its good for the state of rap at the moment.

  2. S. Mathis Says:
    September 11th, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    A good album that suffers from sickening ‘formula’ songs. ‘Ayo Technology’, ‘Amusement Park’, ‘Fire’, and ‘Come & Go’ are garbage. Nonetheless, ‘I Get Money’, ‘Curtis 187′, ‘All of Me’, Follow My Lead’ and “I’ll Still Kill’ , and ‘Touch the Sky’ are great songs. The extreme highs and lows of this album leave Fifty with mixed results.

  3. NativeAmericanIndianX Says:
    September 12th, 2007 at 9:09 pm

    i completely agree with beggar if 50 would have come out with ‘i get money’ and ‘ayo technology’ everyone would call this a classic.

  4. S. Mathis Says:
    September 14th, 2007 at 7:08 am

    Negative@ Native

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