Tony Yayo

Thoughts Of A Predicate Felon

posted August 28, 2005 12:00:00 AM CDT | 55 comments

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From the time I heard the original G-Unit line-up (sans Buck), it was evident that Tony Yayo was the weak link of the bunch. Even with inclusion of Buck, a mediocre emcee at best, Yayo isn't sounding much better. His lyrical abilities pale in comparison to those of Banks and he doesn't have the charisma 50 does to carry a song. He pretty much has two things going for him: his voice and being a part of that whole Shady/Aftermath/G-Unit machine that sells a record from time to time.

Speaking of said machine and their seemingly flawless marketing these days, I'm shocked they would let him name his album Thoughts of a Predicate Felon when I'm positive that 99% of his fan base have no idea what 'predicate' means. A little beyond 7th graders, no? Sorry, that was just too easy (and partially true, who are we kidding here?). So here we are - Yayo, frequent parole violator and jailbird - the last G-Unit emcee to get his LP on the shelves.

As expected the album follows the same formula as that of his peers; street song, club song, pimp song, song for the ladies, requisite guest spots from 50, Em, beat or two from Dre, etc. With his unoriginal, been there, heard that a few thousand times lyrics, cookie-cutter delivery, Yayo doesn't have a whole lot going for him. Though I would assume he would be laced with the usual banging production from his camp. But from the outset things don't look so promising. He butchers the sinister strings on "Homicide" by obnoxiously shouting his rhymes. I know y'all just signed M.O.P. but damn. After that the album pretty much drifts from decent ("It Is What It Is," "I Know You Don't Love Me"), to mediocre ("Tattle Teller," "Eastside, Westside" "G-Shit"), to just god awful ("Curious," "Pimpin," "Project Princess").

There are some high points; the 50 Cent assisted "So Seductive" is a worth while club banger, and the posse cut with Em and Obie ("Drama Setter"), is pretty dope stuff. The cold-as-ice Dr. Dre offering "Live By The Gun" is far and away the album's gem. 16 other songs that good and then I'd be praising like this album as I have most of their other work. Shiit, even an album full of "We Don't Give A Fuck" caliber songs would've worked. I'm not gonna act like I expected this album to be on par with the albums from 50, Banks or Game, but I did expect it to be better than Buck's. It isn't, and it's a pretty disappointing album if you ask me. And yo, did dude really sample a Britney Spears song? Gangsta...

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