G-Unit: Terminate On Sight

It must have been a New Year’s resolution for G-Unit to shake things up.

Think about it, they start the year with a brand new mixtape series, and

conspicuously Young Buck is left out. It sounded like Buck was given his

discharge, and lo and behold, by June, there are multiple diss tracks and taped

conversations all over; from print to pixel.

Like battle hardened soldiers, G-Unit seems the best when they are in battle.

General 50 Cent is a mastermind of controlling the heat and keeping the beef

fresh in people’s minds. Hate it or love it, it has kept us talking about them

even after a relatively quiet 2007, whose high point was CURTIS.

As such, their latest offering, T.O.S. (G-Unit), probably has more press based on the conflicts and

beef than the actual music. Fans expecting the same as their first commercial

outing, Beg For Mercy, may find themselves a bit out of sorts. However,

those who’ve enjoyed the recent tactical barrages of Whoo Kid tapes will find

themselves at home within T.O.S.’s

musical trenches.

The opener, “Straight Out of Southside” pays homage to N.W.A’s original

gangster posse cut “Straight out of Compton” with each member giving their

toughest introductions to their personas. Banks takes the cake with harsh lines

like “F*** the police with an HIV carrier / No Vaseline and an M-16”. If you

need another reason to realize that Banks is the lyrical sharpshooter within

the clique, look no further than “T.O.S.”, where Banks delivers potent bar

after bar with deadly accuracy.

“No Days Off” features elements that made G-Unit famous in the first place. The

gloomy harp and tapping bass resembling rain creates a terrific drop for a

sinister track. Also the smoothly produced “Piano Man” catches the entire Unit

dropping potent verses. Fan Favorite “Rider Pt. 2” made the album,

featuring 50 on a synthesizer and some now ironic

lyrics from Buck like “ If 50 ever dropped me, I still wouldn’t sign:” 

This isn’t to say this disc is all grit grime and good times. There are two

songs (“The Way She Do It,” “Kitty

Kat”) are just down right awful. You can tell that 50 and company are trying to recreate a "Wanna Get to Know You,"

but the magic just seems to be missing in action.

By the time “ Money Make The World Go Round” delivered by sergeant at arms

Tony Yayo finishes the disc, you have an idea of what they have been building

towards with the mixtape push and makeover they experienced this year, shedding

some of their commercial feel and replacing it with more hardcore sound.

Is the mission accomplished? Not by any means, as some of the forgetful tracks

(“Close To Me”) on this album makes their flaws that much more visible.

However, Terminate On Sight at its

best, creates the sound their hardcore fans felt their individual albums were

missing. While it does not win the war, it’s at least a tactical victory.