Review: 50 Cent Hopes Hype Will Sell Repetitive New Record
2007 / Music

Review: 50 Cent Hopes Hype Will Sell Repetitive New Record

If you believe rapper 50 Cent’s beef with fellow superstar Kanye West really exists, you deserve to be shot nine times. Their alleged rivalry, inflamed by the fact that both released albums on the same day last week, is pure marketing hype aimed at papering over the fact that 50’s new disc, “Curtis,” is a disappointing retread of his thug-hailing past. Continue reading

Review: Mobb Deep Return To Hardcore Roots
2006 / Music

Review: Mobb Deep Return To Hardcore Roots

Tanking album sales, record label splits and a dustup with Jay-Z have left the career of hip-hop duo Mobb Deep in something of a tailspin of late. But by joining forces with 50 Cent’s G-Unit crew on their new comeback record, has the New York pair forsaken what makes them distinct to be just one of the gangstas? Continue reading

Review: The Game’s Debut Glorifies Gangsta Rap’s Glory Days
2005 / Music

Review: The Game’s Debut Glorifies Gangsta Rap’s Glory Days

The Game is hip-hop’s hottest property. Sponsored by Dr. Dre and 50 Cent, the West Coast rapper has a debut album that soared to the top of the charts and he’s compiled an impressive list of headlines on MTV.com for the verbal scuffles that he’s had with some of rap’s biggest names. Soundbytes clues you on whether his record is worth the accompanying hype. Continue reading