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40 Cal
Broken Safety 2

40cal.jpgThanks to their consistent mixtape onslaught, the Diplomats reign supreme when it comes to gritty street anthems. While core members Cam’ron, Jim Jones and Juelz Santana have been able to find mainstream success, the same has not held true for Dipset’s second generation. After making a splash with his ’06 mixtape, Broken Safety, 40 Cal. looks to prove he can carry the Diplomat flag with his follow-up indie album, Broken Safety 2.

Armed with witty wordplay and a choppy flow, the Fight Klub alumni sets off his lyrical attack with the Doe Boy–produced “40 Cal’s,” where he cleverly flips his own moniker 40 times (“I’m so lyri-cal/Y’all hysteri-cal/While I’m raping the track, you could call me Mysti-kal”). Next, 40 serves Hollywood’s most notorious users on “Celebrity Hustla.” He gets busy over the track’s stacked drum pattern, spittin’ lines like, “Couple thick chains that came from Rick James/I’m a smooth operator, daddy selling big ’caine.”

Not everything on the rookie’s debut runs smoothly. Showing his inexperience, Cal. mistakenly approaches the Akon-assisted “Outlaw” with the same aggression that he does his battle raps, resulting in an amateurish effort that never quite matches the song’s R&B underlay. His attempt at a chick record suffers a similar fate. “Gimme Some” is a contrived head anthem that, thanks to a limp hook, pops its cherry too soon.

Things only pick up when 40 calls in for backup. Juelz adds some flair to the 808-fueled “Dip-Dip,” and even Hell Rell breaks up the monotony by introducing a new flow on “Hostile Takeova.” Besides the occasional punch line, Broken Safety 2 doesn’t offer fans much substance, and that’s a problem Cal. needs to fix before taking aim at a spot in the big leagues. —ROB MARKMAN

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  • 11kap

    another one. yeeeah, that fiyah!!

  • Andy Mac

    40 cal i fuks wid u my nigga

  • the truth

    hahaha, dipset stay losin

  • http://XXLmag.com Westside Money

    damn only a medium i believe it shouldve have gotten a large at least, i mean 40 is lyrical

  • The MeX-Men

    40 should have gotten a large or xl. Fuck dat. 40 cal. is the nigga

  • http://www.myspace.com/lilroebitch Lil Roe

    Yo, that big daddy kane metaphor was crazy!!! and that Mystikal line. 40 is the only nigga I’ll fuck with in the Dip-Shit… check out me the Punchline King at my Myspace…1

  • Yung Sonni

    I use 2 like 40 but I know wut im gettin from him every song a few lines that make me laugh ok beat wit no meaning just like JR but Im still rydin wit JR NO HOMO…but he need 2 switch his flow up a lil & talk about somethin

  • Cuban Link

    40 is the best member of the dips.

  • Moe

    40 is nice he need to leave Dipset dem niggas is trash

  • ASTROSTAR

    Rob Markman Prolly Likes SOme AKON. NEW REVIEW

  • DJQ

    i agree with eveybody

  • 11kap

    I like diplomat beats and the lyrics are pretty dope too. no hate here for the byrds. fly high, nukkas.

  • James

    This shit is hot i fuck with the Dipset Movement

  • THE TRUTH

    OKA SO EVERYBODYS LOVES 40 CAL AND HIS ALBUM BROKEN SAFETY 1 AND BROKENY SAFETY 2…….BUT XXL SHITS ON HIM AND HIS ALBUM IN THEIR REVIEW…HMMM…SO SOUNDS TO ME LIKE OUR FAVORITE MAGAZINE HAS NO IDEA WHAT THE HELL THEIR YAPPIN ABOUT !!!!!!!!!!ONE

  • tracksta

    40 is THE shit, no lie

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=9918 OG AC

    Nah fuck dat 40 cal is one of the hardest out and he got hot ass songs..Dipset all day

  • Tracy

    Can’t believe you kids like 40 Cal. Son is garbage, he brings nothing new to the table, and he will never break new ground. Dude needs to stick to battling in saloons. Serius Jones is the ONLY talent that ever came out of Fight Klub.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Whats really good?

    i gotta be #1 and #2, #1 rapper do a #2 on you go to MC’Ds get a # 2 on you duece pound duece duece thats a 2 on 2

  • josh peeden

    Man all yall on this bitch is stupid ass fucc my boys from the set is all fire jr writer the best 40 second and that boy juelz third damn ruga 4th killa 5th jones sixth and zecky dont here shit from him and jah jah wat iv herd from her is hot and duke is a good dj i gotta fuccs wit them dipset boys yall to yall crazy if yall think anyone better than them dipset boys i feel u 40 im coppen that new bs2 today and in ya words yea ya boy

  • josh peeden

    everybody on this mug is fuccin stupid the set is hot this is they rank. 1.jr writer 2. 40 cal 3.juelz 4. ruga 5. killa cam 6.jimmy zeeky dont here much from him jah jah wat iv herd is hot katt is funny yall gotta fucc wit the dips they is nice thats all i listen to pretty much man they bad 40 keep doin ya thing yea ya boy

  • JG

    same substance and punchlines just a battle rapper stick to it homie!

  • Pharenhite

    40 Cal tha muthafuckin truth…hottest and most lyriCAL alive and in tha game.Whoever think otherwise iz a damn fool and need ta step dey hearin up..DIPSET P_A_P!!

  • its 40

    40 really has stepped his game up though….he shows he can switch his flows up and rhyme about something with substance on More than Music 2….listen to the Corner or gun shop

  • http://YAHOO CHILLFRILL75

    40! YEAH MY DUDE 40CAL IS REALLY TO NICE OUT HERE. HIS FREESTYLE GAME IS NUTS. DIP SET ALL DAY!!!!

  • BOSA

    40 aight but he sound too much like camrun

  • Mel

    Ha you trippin do you even listen to dipset 40 dont sound nuttin like the man Cam he has a crazy style hunny…

  • http://xxlmag.com G

    AIN’T NOBODY IN THE GAME FUCKIN WIT 40 GET YA HEAD STRAIGHT IF SO NAME 1 PERSON WHO CAN FUCK WIT 40 AND MAYBE WE CAN TALK BUT UNTILL THEN IT’S 4-0…………… DIP DIP

  • staybored p

    dip dip dip dip dip seeeeeetttt i been fuckin wit the set since camron was chubby rappin funny and mase wasnt gon get shot bein that close to killa cam so its dip set all day 40 doin his thing so dont hate xxl jha jha fine ass need to come out soon too

  • http://www.xxlmag.com ant/dipset

    hahahaha, what can i say xxl ur wrong for give the man a medium, 40 cal hot and he is spitting on this album.

  • T-Bone

    This ios the weakest nigga from harlem he rap like he was in retarded clases