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Consequence & DJ Whoo Kid
The Cons Vol. 5: Refuse to Die

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Despite his long-overdue debut, Don’t Quit Your Day Job, getting released with little to no fanfare, Consequence isn’t ready to fold. Instead, Kanye’s buddy returns with a brand-new mixtape, The Cons Vol. 5: Refuse to Die. His decision to work with 50 Cent’s DJ, Whoo Kid, on the project should raise a brow or two, but when it comes down to making music, affiliations don’t always matter.

Whoo Kid limits his usual nonstop barrage of self-identifying drops and lets the mixtape play like a continuation of Day Job. The pensive “Uncle Rahiem,” about a shiesty elder, set over moody horns, is a choice holdover from Cons’ aforementioned debut. Similarly, “Don’t You Forget ’Em (Remix)” features an unreleased verse from Kanye that also didn’t make the LP version.

When it comes to straight mixtape material, though, slick wordplay is still Cons’ strongest suit. On “Breakfast of Champions,” the G.O.O.D. Music associate finesses double entendres about the day’s most important meal over Gang Starr’s “Skills” instrumental: “My money tied up, but she expect me to trick/And when I didn’t, the bitch told me kiss my grits/And my reply to that was as simple as this/‘My bank is like a bowl of batter, and you ain’t in the mix.’”

Cons-to-the-Quence finds further strengths over other people’s hits. While he drops lively bars to up-tempo tracks from Beyoncé (“Sugar Mama”), Musiq Soulchild (“Make You Happy”), Patti Labelle (“Anything”) and Mary J. Blige (“Dollar Bill”), the Queens rapper misleads listeners by labeling his beat jacks “features.” He steps further out of his jurisdiction on the lone reggae cut “Blind to You (Remix),” by Collie Buddz, where ’Quence brags, “I gave all your favorite artists a line or two.”

Fortunately, Cons doesn’t give away all his good lines. He skillfully details his trife life growing up in the Q-borough over the rhythmic rocker “Q.U.E. Another E.N.S.” As long as he picks his own beats and writes his own rhymes, Cons will stay off rap unemployment.—ALVIN BLANCO

  • viski

    i agree most oof the time with xxl mag on reviews but this shit was just raw hip hop regardless of who he is and he has legit skills and personall that mixtape was crack

  • DB100

    Here U go hatin on CONS again,his album was good,XXL said it wasn’t.
    XXL also gave Kay Slay/Greg Street a XXL rating,that was the last time I payed any attention.Cons mixtape is one of the best to drop this year,Hip Hop DX gave it 4 or 5 out of 5.Also it came out, what 6weeks ago.Ur mag is gettin worse and worse.

  • http://www.fotolog.com/g_unit5oldier joseph

    This DJ is the best around the world ha ha ha…
    Ayo 50 tell em’ we run N.Y.

  • http://www.fotolog.com/g_unit5oldier joseph

    This DJ is the best around the world ha ha ha…
    Ayo 50 tell em’ we run N.Y.

  • http://www.fotolog.com/g_unit5oldier joseph

    This DJ is the best around the world ha ha ha…
    Ayo 50 tell em’ we run N.Y.

  • http://www.fotolog.com/g_unit5oldier joseph

    This DJ is the best around the world ha ha ha…
    Ayo 50 tell em’ we run N.Y.

    G-UNIT BETTA THAN EVER

  • sneek

    Linden blvd represent !!!!! ST. F*&^ing ALBANS is in the building
    razor ray is no joke thats my man from back in the day is bars has always been crack on steriods….still a Hi Guy ..fo life fool!!

  • SKEET EATER*G-UNIT 4 LIFE

    all g-unit fans get ready for the global meeting at yayos pad.in palmdale california.and for those not attending yall can keep on hatin on us.we about reach the mothership!i got that g-unit tatted on my neck.even though they done flopped a couple of albums they still have religious ties to the sects of the galactic spectrum nigga!ayo yayo tell em we run space from earth to jupiter nigga! ayo JOSEPH ^^^^ i’ll text you with the ingriedients to the punch we’ll be drinkin over at yayo’s.

  • Vilmary

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  • SKEET EATER*G-UNIT 4 LIFE

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  • DJ Khaled

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