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Tomorrow we find out if 50 Cent will retire or not.

My guess is regardless of the Week 1 record sale results– Fifty is not going anywhere. Come on, did Jay Z?

Also, a correction from my previous post about Fifty. He still lives in CT. I guess I still have time to hang out by his gates in my G-Unit sneakers, t-shirt and jeans. Whew— that was a close one, thought I missed that opportunity.

Also before I begin my review I should talk about the recent 50 Cent interview on NYC’s Hot 97 radio show, Miss Jones in the Morning (of which I am a podcast subscriber). Bam from the BK called in and stated “Yo, I just gotta say a lil’ somethin’. Kanye was good at “Jesus Walks,” bust he shoulda stayed a Kirk Franklin man. They can’t compare 50 Cent to Kanye, man. I mean what they should of did is brought out some of Elvis’ old records and trieda compared you to Elvis. They can’t compare you to anyone that’s out right now. It’s not happenin’.”

Not that Bam from Brooklyn is a reliable source but… keeping this in mind, can we really compare the two? I don’t think so. Different styles, different lives. But it’s not up to me. It was up to Kanye and Fifty. They want to know who is best and I’m gonna tell them.

“Graduation”

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by Kanye West

My Review: 3 Stars

If “a dissertation is a document that presents the author’s research and findings and is submitted in support of candidature for a degree or professional qualification,” (thank you, Wikipedia). Then “Graduation” is Mr. West’s dissertation. After a week of absorbing Kanye’s music I think he deserves a doctorate in Hip Hop.

This summer was the summer of T-Pain. There wasn’t a track he was on that was not successful. Am I right? Or am I right? He also makes me wonder how someone can be so successful when their voice is manipulated by computers 75% of the time. Oh, wait. Britney Spears. (and to defend T-Pain (to myself!) I heard that he is actually good in concert–so apparently the boy can sing without the computer, good for him) Anyways, lesson learned: you can’t go wrong with T-Pain on your track. And on “Good Life” Kanye brings T-Pain along for a radio/gym banger. I can’t make it through a run without listening to “Good Life*”, “Stronger” and “Can’t Tell Me Nothin’.” If you can’t get yourself motivated to get you and your bad ass self to the gym listen to these three jams—you will feel like a gym-going, champion. And that’s the truth.

Speaking of champions–add “Champion” to your gym/running playlist.

*Added bonus: Kanye quotes Fifty, interesting huh?!

* Favorite T-Pain lyric: “Now my grandmama ain’t the only girl callin’ me baby.” Haha. Good for him, once again.

Are you going out? Showering, getting ready, looking fly? Please put on “Glory.” He samples a Motown jam so if you are like me, you won’t be able to control the in front of the mirror dancing. Be careful. This song manages to makes you feel like a celebrity. And you get to do the “Yayo dance”. I’ve missed it oh so much since 2005’s “So Seductive.” Don’t know it?—boo.

“I Wonder” reminds us that Kanye is more than a rapper. Much more. The beat in this track is so powerful. He doesn’t rap much but you will still be impressed. Kanye has the ability to prove himself–without saying anything. He can speak through his beats. The first time I listened to this track I had to take it back at the end when I heard,”You ever wondered, ‘what it all really means’? You wonder if you will ever find your dreams?” Paired with this deep, soul-filling beat those lines become overwhelming.

He even gets sentimental on “Big Brother” as he raps about his mentor, Jay Z. It is really interesting to hear about their business relationship and friendship. This is a rare and raw view of Jay-Z and Kanye over the years.

I am not even a college graduate but here I am grading Mr. West’s dissertation. I can honestly say that I love it. It might just go into my top ten albums of all time. While this album wasn’t as deep as his last album “Late Registration”(already in my top 10) it is extremely fun. The Louis Vuitton Don hit all of the elements needed to make the A grade on “Late Registration” but not so much on “Graduation.” I give it a B+ compared to his previous CD. “Graduation” will be a hip hop classic.

“Curtis”

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By Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson

My Review: 1 Star

Fifty is hard. There is no denying that. He has rock hard abs. And the biggest biceps I’ve seen in a long while and in “Curtis” he get gets back to his hard, street rapping. Come on, heĀ  isn’t afraid to kill (he makes that clear when he teams up with Akon on”I’ll Still Kill”). But, as you can already see 50 Cent’s music and style is not for everyone. That is where Kanye has him beat. 50 Cent is a rapper–an angry, vulgar, hold-nothing-back kind of rapper. And I happen to like this about him, but I also understand that not many other people do.

Fifty still has Dr. Dre. Which should mean a CD packed with Compton beats complimented with East Coast lyrics— southside Queens style—a combination hard to duplicate. But that doesn’t happen. Dr. Dre produced only one track, “Fire”which features that Pussycat Doll Nicole (ehhhhhhhhhh, not a fan) and Young Buck. This track is not hot.

Most of Fifty’s tracks were made in Farmington, CT …at least he is back on the East Coast. At least this album is better than “The Massacre.” At least I get to hear some more Justin Timberlake on “AYO Technology” (even if I’m not in love with it—it’s only OK). At least I get my smoothe R&B and Rap combos with the tracks “Follow My Lead” featuring Robin Thicke and “All of Me” featuring Mary J. Blidge. So if we are playing the “Hot/Cold” game, Fifty you are getting “warmer.”

But this just in!

Apparently Fifty has 80 hits on his computer in ready-to-be-released-today format. That’s what he said on the radio last week. He also said he is waiting to release them. Waiting for what? If any sound like “Get Rich or Die Trying” please, please, please release them. That CD (and the mix tapes) got me addicted to 50 Cent and his street swagger.

Hmmmm….maybe he is using the business tactics he learned during his drug dealing past. He got me in. I made a purchase (“Get Rich or Die Trying”) and I clearly keep going back for more (“The Massacre” and “Curtis”). Problem is, I’m not getting the same high. He better give me something real next time.

Yes there will be a next time.

I’m addicted.