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
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