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Lil Scrappy, The Grustle

Lil Scrappy
The Grustle
(Disturbing Tha Peace/Def Jam)

Beats: XL

Lyrics: L

Originality:L

Lil Scrappy has switched his hip-hop allegiance quite a few times in his young career. After first getting on with Lil Jon’s BME Clique in 2004, the Atlanta rapper had a brief stint with 50 Cent’s G-Unit for his first solo effort (Bred 2 Die Born 2 Live), in 2006, then went indie with his second LP (Prince of the South), but now reps with Ludacris’s Disturbing Tha Peace crew. On this third solo album, The Grustle, an ode to the rapper’s grind and hustle, Scrappy proves that, after years of being about his business his loyalties ultimately lie with one thing—money.

The album’s aptly titled lead single, “Addicted 2 Money,” which is produced by the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, sets the tone, as Scrap shares his thirst for paper with Luda over a menacing track fitted with a chopped-and-screwed hook that recalls his 2006 hit “Money in the Bank.” Cash is wisely doled out on effective big-name features, such as the Gucci Mane–assisted “Look Like This” and the syrupy, radio-ready “Thug It to the Bone,” featuring Trey Songz. Scrappy also gets quality bang for his production buck on the soul-drenched, Don Cannon–laced “Ya Dig” and the Runners-produced block burner “I’m Postin’.”

On the flip side, listeners may feel shortchanged by the overstated subject matter on cuts like “Expensive,” “Big Boy Talking” and “Money.” Sadly, the self-proclaimed Prince of the South rarely switches the topic from monetary gain, but when he does, he wins. On the sinister “Stand Up,” featuring Maino, Scrappy addresses how he handles adversity: “Take hating like Christ took nails/Put my middle finger up, like, Man, go to hell.”

Given his new affiliation, Scrappy’s latest effort makes it seem as though things are greener on the other side. What remains to be seen is whether he’ll get his money’s worth. —Rondell Conway

  • AZ40

    Ughhhh!!! Why waste the time

  • http://xxlmag.com Blakout615

    I love to stand up for my down south cats…….but Scrappy is 1 of them cats I just cant ride for lol. I dont see wat Luda sees in this dude,its nothin “special” about him. He fits the lil jon crunk style better. Luda needs to eitha let Small World drop an album or go get field mob. 3 spitters

  • Avenger XL

    I wish there was something worse than a S because that is what this album and this review deserves.

  • ChinCheka

    I think hip hop fans as a whole are getting sick if hearing how much of this or that rappers have… at least I know I am.

  • fastflipper

    everybody is poor

    people are tired of people flashing

    and maybe only 5% of rappers are really living the high class life

    the rest are liars

    why giving your hard working money to a liar

    movies industry dint catch a loss cuz we all know they dont try to ”sell us a dream” we already know its fake

  • mikel

    how the fuck are you gonna have a rating system like this when even the shittiest of albums get an average rating..i understand you gotta throw people a bone when they pay you to write a review but damn

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