“You think my rap shit a gimmick / I ain’t seen parole in a minute”

This is one of the smoothest beats in Hip Hop, with smooth verses to follow. The prouducers, G Rock and Medi have done a great job of using subtle percussives and what I believe to be heavily effected piano or another type of orchestral instrument (It’s probably a synth) to make a silky smooth yet still heavy beat. Also the verses from 50 Cent and Jadakiss add to the lingering fear. Also the repeated “I can hear your heartbeat” heighten the sense of danger being just around the corner.

Also, there is no reverb on any of the vocals in this track, presenting the listening with a delivery that juxtapositions the usually violent delivery of a gangsta rap song. However, having no reverb heightens the mood of living in the ghetto or of being a gangster; that there is a disconnect between what you’re doing how you’re viewed by the world and the monotonous and ever detrimental cycle of a life of crime. The use of reverb, even a little bit, would change to song’s tone. This point links this new one.  The production elements and the subtlety of the percussives give the song the vibe that all the energy has been sucked out; placed in a vacuum. I feel that this allows you to be more engaged with the song and the alignment of your attention. The instruments used to make up the beat are also muted (Dull, toned down) which add the vacuum of the song. I think, overall, the beat is a drum machine, and a syth. In its entirety.

Give the track a listen for yourself and tell me your thoughts. Also, see my other post about 50 Cent here: “A thug’s what I want, a thug’s what I need”

Irregular Heartbeat is track seven off 50 Cent’s 2014 album, Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire to Win 

You can stream or buy the album below via the following links:Animal Ambition Cover.jpg

Animal Ambition at JB Hi-Fi

Animal Ambition on iTunes

Animal Ambition on Vinyl

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“A thug’s what I want / a thug’s what I need”

50 Cent, one of Hip Hop’s biggest ballers!!
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Before 50 Cent’s big break in 2003 with “Get Rich or Die Trying” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Get_Rich_or_Die_Tryin’) his 2000 album “Power of the Dollar” was released to the underground scene. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_of_the_Dollar) The album is great! A standout track is Ghetto Qu’ran, a song detailing what life is like in South Jamaica, Queens and the struggles of being a hustler.

I say it was released to the underground scene, which is technically correct as 50 got shot nine times on 24th of April, two moths before the album’s scheduled release date.  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50_Cent#2000.E2.80.9301:_Shooting) This ultimately led to the album being cancelled and thus getting heavily bootlegged. 50 was also dropped from his then label, Trackmasters Entertainment, Columbia.  The shooting also happened three days before the scheduled videotaping of his song “Thug Love”* which features Destiny’s Child. “Thug Love” is a really good song and Destiny’s Child do really we on the chorus and harmonising.

Also, the use of the word “Thug” is not an insult in Hip Hop. Instead, it means “Someone who is going through struggles, has gone through struggles and will continue to go through struggles” In contrast, in other medias, a “Thug” is a criminal.