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Mixtape Review: 50 Cent’s “The Lost Tape”

Rating: 7.5 / 10

It’s not like 50 Cent’s been silent lately; he’s been making music and remaining relevant in several different aspects, whether it’s slick-talking his way into news headlines, partnering up with champion boxers, or verbally abusing anyone who rubs him the wrong way on Twitter (label included). Yet for some reason, when he dropped his previous project (The Big 10), although according to normal standards it did well, it was still nowhere near the level of buzz and appreciation 50’s used to getting for his stellar album releases.

It’s with that said that 50 Cent decides to get back to his roots; the aggressive side of his demeanor that made him notable to begin with. At times he’s a contradiction and other times he’s an enigma of sorts, but he’s never NOT entertaining. The issue for most has been seeing if he can maintain that charisma for an album like he’s done in the past. If you let 50 tell it, he’s sure he can.

His label, more or less, doesn’t seem to be so certain from their actions.

So 50’s taking matters into his own hands by partnering with one of the undisputed kings of the mixtape circuit. DJ Drama has linked to try and spark something special with 50, and The Lost Tape is the gritty result. It’s not perfect by any means, and it’s not even one of the best tapes to be released this year, but it serves its purpose of reminding us why we initially loved/hated 50 Cent in the first place.

From the moment “Get Busy” drops, 50 stakes his claim again with all original music (excluding the “Riot Remix” that has him and 2 Chainz trading bars within each verse), and most of them work (excluding the cheesy hook and production for “Swag Level”). It’s the same 50 Cent that we’ve grown accustomed to musically, and that’s not a bad thing. The in-your-face vibe of “Murder One” and “You A Killer? Cool” help to back that statement, alongside the radio-esque sounds from “I Ain’t Gonna Lie” (feat. Robbie Nova) and “Planet 50” (with Jeremih), and it all works somehow.

 Curtis also uses his platform to show off his newest additions to G-Unit as well; Kidd Kidd and Precious Paris all come through and improve their stock in the ears of the listeners (most notably Kidd Kidd; Paris proved she was nice with her latest mixtape From Paris With Love). The features are also slick, but still pale in comparison to the man of the hour. Even on smooth, radio ready joints like “I Ain’t Gonna Lie”, 50’s patented trash-talk outshines the vocals on the hook and makes the song memorable, but familiar all the while.

And that may be the problem for most people that hear the tape. Yes, 50 drops some quotable lines and proves that he can still make music, but it doesn’t sound too different from music he’s done in the past. If you rock with 50, this will reinforce your support, but if you’re wanting that special “something” like we got when we first heard Get Rich Or Die Trying (or for some, his unreleased/scrapped and heavily bootlegged Columbia Records LP Power of the Dollar), then maybe that’s coming in July when he supposedly drops his album. For now, it’s a great statement to listeners and artists alike that 50’s not playing when it comes to music. Let’s just hope The Lost Tape isn’t the last highlight he provides.

  • JON_JOHN1972

    K1ng Eljay wtf 7.5 come fam this mixtape is a 9 no less than a 8

    • churchboy2

      I had to laugh at you being mad for a 0.5 difference.

      •  Lmao. I laughed too, haha

        But I can’t give it an 8. It’s dope if you rock with his music to begin with (like we do, lol), but people that’s on the fence? They won’t be swayed by it for real. Thanks for commenting/reading though. #Salute

  • JON_JOHN1972

    stop lookin 4 the old 50 just enjoy the music he puttin out now cause it’s real good music get rich or die tryin is one of the best rap albums ever made thats hard to top

  • CanYouAllHearMe

    50 IS 1 OF THE ONLY NIGGAS WHO ACTUALLY LIVED WHAT HE RAPS WHEN HE MADE GRODT HE WAS FRESH OUT THE HOOD SINCE THEN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY HAS CHANGED IN A MAJOR WAY GOOD AND BAD AND 50 HAS VENTURED OUT INTO OTHER BIGGER THINGS AND MADE LOTS AND LOTS OF MONEY THE INDUSTRY AND FANS OF TODAY DONT SUPPORT GANGSTA RAP NEW YORK RAP REAL RAP

  • $18592567

    Pimp C respected 50 and he ain’t like nobody!

  • Jahb1911

    I agree, he needs to reinvent himself

  • JaffarR

    It’s 2012. You can’t expect him to be in the same place both mentally and musically which he was in in 2003. Grow with the artist and appreciate his present material rather than comparing it to his older material.

    •  That’s the issue. It doesn’t really seem like it’s growing… it sounds the same. I still rock with it, but it is what it is.

  • nuradin

     to be honest, as a fan of 50 cent, im really satisfied with the release of “the lost tape” its not perfect but its a damn good mixtape and it includes some classic songs like all his love etc.
    people who like agressive hip hop with catchy hooks gonna love that mixtape, its a good mix of hip hop and rnb
    unlike lil wayne and other super-rapstars 50 knows how to satisfy his fans

  • rep87

    I dont think 50 can recapture buyers  like he once had because bootleg is so big today thats why his label is not so excited ! even with platliumn artist today they are just barely breaking that mark of million sold today before bootleg got so big hell it was no problem

  • ima 50 fan and this was the shit. i like all of his mixtapes really but im glad he put this one out especially right after Big 10. no fan should be mad about this tape it gets the job done

  • Guest

    if he was smart hed stop all the RnB music he hops on cause he sucks on them and he sounds out of place and thier always the worse songs on his albums.(except GRODT) but he got a few great songs on here murder one is fire!!! as close to old 50 u can get, but kidd kidd and paris suck balls i have zero interest in listenig to them and the riot song was just out of place seemed like he needed something to fill up space and he spit like  8 bars on it and none of it was anything special.

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

       i fucks with kidd kidd …. still checking out paris might have to peep that mixtape didnt know she dropped one

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  • Sniggih Smalls

    WOW…. Did anybody see the Murder One Video? Ferrari 50 is Back!!

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  • scullyson

    Yo so far Im giving this joint like 5 stars…shit is decent…

  • Jarrett David Grimes

    That 
    You A Killer? Cool joint is flames!!!

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  • Тёмыч Татаренко

    50 Cent forever! Kidd Kidd is shit!