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REVIEW: Cory Gunz, Heir to the Throne

Cory Gunz
Heir to the Throne

Beats: XL
Lyrics: XL
Originality: L

Few MCs can say they have hip-hop in their veins and actually mean it. That’s because very few MCs are Cory Gunz. As the son of ’90s rapper Peter Gunz, who, along with Lord Tariq, hit the Billboard charts in 1998 with “Déjà Vu (Uptown Baby),” the Bronx native is a legacy in rap’s fraternity. Despite his lyrical pedigree, Cory sets out to prove his position in the game is well deserved with his first Gangsta Grillz mixtape, Heir to the Throne.

With DJ Drama and DJ Head Debiase overseeing his initiation process, Cory is faced with a slew of original and jacked beats for his musical hazing. On “Let’s Move,” the lyrical pledge rides a Special Ed instrumental until the wheels and the axle falls off. Cory’s mic precision continues on the abusive “Gun Shy” and the Plies-lifted “Plenty Money Freestyle.” On the latter, Gunz fires rapid rounds like, “A couple Rugers with the red dot/I shoot a group and have ’em chicken noodle soupin’ when the lead pop/You got some stupid in ya head, huh?/We gotta lotta bullets, so what you doin’ when ya leg stop?”

There’s no doubt that Cory has skill, but there have been questions about the rap rushee’s ability to make actual songs. In response, the moody “Type of Nigga I Be” finds Gunz slowing down his normally frantic flow to craft a hypnotic street anthem. Similarly, the R&B-fueled “Get Right Tonight” features Cory slippin’ into ladies man mode without sacrificing his edge. While Heir to the Throne is a bit on the long side and could have benefited from more diversity, the kid is a breath of fresh air that not only successfully crosses the line but leaps over it. —Anslem Samuel

  • http://XXLMAG.COM JAYONE

    YEAH HEIR TO THE THRONE OF YOU WILL NEVER SELL OR PROB. DROP AN ALBLUM LIKE SAYING MY ALBUM GONNA DROP FOR LIKE 3 YEARS LIKE JAE HOOD

  • VOYM

    cory came gunnin for ‘em!! go head!

  • http://yahoo.com CaesarDuke

    what da fuck kind of spitting is that A couple Rugers with the red dot/I shoot a group and have ’em chicken noodle soupin’ when the lead pop/You got some stupid in ya head, huh?/We gotta lotta bullets, so what you doin’ when ya leg stop?” not hating or anything but that was wack naw I’m am hating atleast he’s not soulja boy and second JAYONE comment drop da damn album same 4 Drake can’t look in da camara lol

  • http://myspace.com/blublack BluBlack

    Yeah a real Bronx dude that spits fire,thank the lord, he over got it, but he does have to make a hot song,That free style spitting is cool as long as he can switch it up, if he can, hes gone, but we need more bronx spitters to step up, they coming cory, you need help to bring hIPhOP BACK HOME, AM COMING (myspace.com/blublack)

  • http://www.justice.gov.za GO-Getta’

    Déjà Vu (Uptown Baby), – takes me back a memory lane.

  • Sly

    Yo Cory got some skillz beyond belief. to me he da unoffical 5th member of slaughterhouse. Wait.take dat back take Joe Budden out (no offense) lol and put him in he can really spit and thats wat da game need real lyrics and real skill to revive it no mo BS and hot beats. its deeper than that and i think new comers like cory, willie, Stretch money (out da D of course) Kid cudi bringin back real street hiphop and rap all together

  • 2shark

    CORY is your boy from Ghana 2shar i can see you really use your gun in this shit CORY you gona takeover

  • dirrrty

    Tha throne cover is tha fucking shit! ThereZ one floating around that looks like da jungle book lion king shit makes cory gunz look like a fag!

  • KrackedKode

    what the fuck happened to Omars Mixtape Massacre?? Those reviews were great, not like most hiphop sites reviews always saying the same fucking shit.BRING BACK O XXL!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/evildead818 EVILDEAD818

    hope cory can overshadow his dad cause IM TIRED OF THE UP TOWN BABY reference when people talk about cory!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/mitchfromdc mitch from dc

    cory is good

    check me out
    http://www.myspace.com/mitchfromdc

  • chronwell

    I think this is a classic mixtape. Hey Im from DC and I dont give a damn about nothin y’all give a damn about but if NY wants to support a young MC who destroys mics and sets beat on fire then laughs and smokes across the street while he watched the fire dept struggle to solve problems, check this mixtape out. Its all heat. Dude’s style is more like Twista or Pun than Jay or Sheek Louch so he bringin somethin different for his boro! Love this!