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20 Watts Reviews 50 Cent’s Before I Self Destruct by JohnCassillo
November 17, 2009, 12:00 am
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50 Cent's Before I Self Destruct starts strong, but ultimately falls short

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WE GIVE IT: 14/20 Watts

Within seconds of the start of “The Invitation,” you can’t help but feel like something has fundamentally changed about 50 Cent. Emotional, gruff and almost angry, the rapper responsible for one of the biggest hits of the decade, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, sounds like he has something to prove.

And truth be told, he does. Since the landmark release of Get Rich, 50’s released a series of duds that have simply paled in comparison. Combined with an ever-evolving popular hip-hop scene now centered around nemeses Kanye West and Lil’ Wayne, the past few years have threatened to plunge him into relative obscurity.

How much his latest, Before I Self Destruct, does to change that, however, is debatable. Continue reading


Releases of the Week: N.A.S.A. & Flight of the Conchords by zegoldst


The Spirit of Apollo – N.A.S.A.

N.A.S.A. is a pair of beat junkie producers who obsess over Brazilian and South American samples. Their debut into the music scene is superb. There is not much more they could have done to make it better. An eclectic mix of soul, techno, hip-hop and rock adds a whole other element to this album. Although these genres are fairly different, the album flows beautifully and there’s not a lot of repetition between tracks. Another thing that helps the album along is the number of guest appearances. From Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan to David Byrne of Talking Heads. The emcee- singer mix is incredible and everybody has brought their best game to this album.

My favorite track combines funk, soul and hip-hop to create a beautiful pocket that could only be replicated by the best James Brown band. “There’s A Party” features George Clinton (Parliament Funkadelic) and Chali 2na (Jurassic 5) who combine their equally amazing singing and rapping styles to dance around flowing organs and bouncing drums. This track epitomizes the magic that happens when artists collaborate and cooperate to form a perfect union.

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