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Hurricane Chris
51/50 Ratchet

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With the ringtone-rap era in full new-jack swing, it’s easy to classify Hurricane Chris as just another disposable Southern MC—mainly because of his simplified breakout hit “A Bay Bay,” which is long on woozy, head-nodding production but short on lyrics. But unlike his downloadable peers, the baby-faced rapper proves to be more than just a one-hit wonder on his surprisingly well-rounded debut, 51/50 Ratchet.

On the aggressive “Do Something,” with its slow pace and double-time drums, Hurricane reveals the small-town paranoia of his Shreveport, La., hood. Likewise, the Phunk Dawg–produced “Leaving You” is a lucid track about love lost, wherein HC calls out a potential heartbreaker: “I’m a Pisces/You could never be my wifey/You act like you don’t like me/Unless I’m driving something pricey.”

Throughout 51/50 Ratchet, Hurricane deftly stays in pocket over an array of standout productions. Whether the beats are provided by newcomers the Package Store (the sucker-MC ode “New Fashion”) or Mr. Collipark (the sure-to-be-smash “Playas Rock”), the rap rookie never anxiously overraps or gets lost in the music. In fact, on the latter, he tucks a safe-sex message into his pimpology: “She told me that she want me to cut her, but she don’t want me to use a rubber/No rubber, no rubber/I’m feelin’ like you tryna get me caught up/No disrespect, lil’ mama, but that’s just how I was brought up.”

Hurricane’s hustle and flow isn’t without fault, however. Although his lyrics are often genuine and forthright (the stirring Nicole Wray–assisted “Momma”), he occasionally stumbles, with weak lines like, “My pants so expensive they come in a can” (“Doin’ My Thang”). Chris also falls prey to limited subject matter, but that has more to do with age than with actual talent. Complete with heartfelt tales, catchy songwriting and a voice that’s so elastic it fits snugly around beats like one of Jim Jones’ T-shirts, 51/50 Ratchet is one storm listeners can definitely ride out to.—JAYSON RODRIGUEZ

  • MAJOR

    XXL. WOW.

    • http://www.xxlmag.com DMT

      Hiphopdx.com is the most honest site (as far as reviews) there is. go to that sute and look for the review to this album, it will tell you a story. While your there look up Chamillionaire’s. This site is controlled

      • Spyda

        mane deez niggaz iz trippin fah real…n i agree wit DMT…hiphopdx.com iz tha best site 2 go 2 fah songz n reviewz…ii mean come on yall gave Thug Motivation 102 a L…so wut yall sayin iz diz yung niggaz album iz betta than Jeezy’z??????????…yall need 2 git off dat powder…

      • Krime

        R U FUCKING SERIOUS?? no disrespect to XXL (i have a subscription) but they’re ratings are always way off!!! They gave Common’s BE a XXL & dat was about da best review dey did. real talk

    • http://aol tootsie pop

      fuck all yall mutha fuckin haters out der
      yall just hatin cuz yall aint got nuthin else betta 2 do

    • cj-2-fly

      wow…is this what all the haters do on there spare time? i guess so it seems that way. i mean did half of y’all retards even listen to the dude album? cause if y’all did then it would be such a big myster how he go a XL the album is pretty good for a 19 year-old new to the game & y’all talkin bout chamillionare i don’t think his album deserved a L it was more like a M the dude sucks to me maybe he needs to stick to mixtapes cause his albums are watered down garabe & yes i actually listened to it unlike the rest of you clowns dissin & all y’all heard was the singles that come on the radio. plus i’m tired of y’all with this north south ish hip hop didn’t start off gangster look at some of the founders the Sugar Hill Gang. what was gangster about that ish? if you ask me hip hop is just going back to it’s roots fun music that makes people want to dance not shoot each other if you think the artist now suck then you go put out a album & stop hatin’.

    • thatblackdude

      how u gonna give this nigga xl and not give cassidy new album a XXL, Comon

    • The Prof.

      Are you guys at XXL serious? Usually your ratings and reviews are relavant and correct. WTF were you guys thinking when you wrote this one? There is NO talent here, and the beats suck. This is just another lazy album from a crappy, now-common, sell-out artist. This is the reason why real rap is no longer played, this is why rap is going down-hill. Thank you Hurricane Chris, thank you Soulja Boy for killing rap.

    • TheRoasta

      AYE BAY BAY

      translation:
      BLAH, BLAH, BLAH!!!

      Hurricane Chris is wack!!!

      How the hell are you going to have a tornado
      by you name & you name is “Hurricane”,
      DUMBASS!!!!

      • http://poetrywithmeaning.com/authors/Entity M.I.C.

        I love that,. He’s only 19 he doesn’t know that hurricanes and tornados are different, All he knows is that they both have alot of wind. He says his education is not important his music is. and what can we do. Guess all we can do is watch and make bets on how far back, him and others like him (Soulja boy), set our music out slave to present fathers spent so much time developing.

        Click and browse my website for real music.

        P.S. real R.A.P. is returning so you lame asses better enjoy this illusion of success while you can.

    • Dillon DeWitt

      What the fuck is y’all on. XL? that’s the same rating you Gave American gangster. So fuck that dude talkin about haters. This is a valid reason to hate. Mutha fucka.

  • b-ease

    this reminds of how all those shitty No Limit albums used to get 3 mics in the source when they were regional. as soon as they blow up…niggas getting 4′s and shit.

    I mean, did the writer actually read the lines that were quoted??? Jesus H….

  • http://www.xxlmag.com moe bitchez

    im the type that still buys albums…..i almost didnt give this nigga a chance till i heard “playas rock”, then i heard the rest of the album……..the nigga surprised me…….

  • Holla

    LMAO – I will never take XXL serious ever again. Seriously, I’m all for diversity in hip-hop, but this album is seriously NOT that good. I would live with an L, but an XL??? Seriously, XXL, you guys have lost it. Do you guys have any credibility left? So you’re saying this album, which is pretty much nothing but a generic southern album, is better than Chamillionaire’s???

  • http://DDupoint@dos.state.fl.us Ghost of 2Pac

    How in the hell! Ya gave H.C. a XL, and Cham a L! I don’t get it!

  • http://DDupoint@dos.state.fl.us Ghost of 2Pac

    Ya don’t know Hip Hop! Anybody can come up wit Bay Bay and Hand Clap! Where are my the versertile niggas at!!

  • AZ40

    The main problem is that everyone has lowered there standards of what dope is, you expect me to believe otherwise of this guy,c’mon. If niggas don’t wanna get categorized in those boxes you gotta step out. Don’t be like “I’m not a ringtone rapper” and that’s the first shit you come out with

  • Roc

    Equal to Graduation, wow. Shit is baffling, another point added on to the downward spiral of music.

  • wow

    wwwwwwwwwwwwwooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

  • SOUL22

    XXL GAVE HURRICANE CHRIS A “XL”????? LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, AHAHAHAHAHHAHA, BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAH ROLFLMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

  • texasleen

    Cham’s album is better thats all i got

  • http://yahoomail.com Official!

    All tha hataz go listen to the album as a whole and I bet you gone feel most of the album. Hurricane being from shreveport I knew his city wasn’t gone let him not come correct. I was surprised when I heard the album, true XL cd!

  • nellz

    Yes its better than chamillionaires….chams was weak as hell

  • Millz

    @Nellz
    and Official!

    Yall can’t be serious… I dont even really like Cham but I know he’s better then the offspring of bow wow and boosie(hurricane piss)

  • http://www.datpiff.com Mizzy

    Ridiculous…smh.

  • The_Beast

    smh to xxl for this one, come on now look what your giving before you put it online son foreal this shit man….i bet yall gonna give ghost face album a L And Wu Tang A Fuckin S…

  • G Jewel

    This album is much better than we expected it to be!! Go listen haterz..!

  • KillaPat

    Man, XXL has really lost all credibility, y’all gettin paid off by the labels or something?? How the hell did Cham get a L and Hurricane fuckin Chris gets a XL?!? Shame on yall XXL!

  • King B

    How in the hell did this piece of trash rapper get an XL…this is worse than the lil kim gettin 5 mics!! lmao damn how dare ya’ll do that

  • Fred

    This is unbeleivable, My boy cham gets a L, AND HURRICANE CRAP GETS A XL!!!! WHAT THA HELL!!! YALLZ IZ CRAZY HOW DARE YALL

  • slimklp

    im sorry, but this dude getting the same rating as Kanye, and more than Cham, that shit is stupid. XXl is losing a lot of cred

  • http://MYSPACE.COM/SBWANDDONP Chris Newberry

    I have not heard the album, but I can tell you right now, with those two singles leading off, I already know that this album is not an XL, ya’ll clowns is crazy. THis is why I don’t buy hip hop mags anymore. So, lets see, your saying that this bullshit is just as nice as Little Brother, COmmon, Kanye West, Ghostface Killah, and the numerous other albums that yall have given XL’s out of fear of going against the grain, which is honestly your job! Get the fuck outta here!

  • http://MYSPACE.COM/SBWANDDONP I SMELL BULLSHIT

    I just listened to the track that ya’ll were claiming this was the joint that made him tight. Its some bullshit. Also, the age excuse is some crap. HC is 17 right? Well, when LL Cool J came out, he was 16, Andre and Big Boi came out when they were 18, Shyhiem was 14, Scarface was 18, Nas was 19, I could go on and on, but the point I am trying to make is that all of them made hotter shit than this at that age(some of it their best) so you cannot use age as the excuse.

  • DRZ809

    i HATE THIS FAG !!!

  • E SAINT LOUIS

    CHRIS NEWBERRY THATS SOME REAL SHIT……

    ANYWAY
    I CANT BELIEVE THEY GAVE THIS BULLSHIT A XL. R U SERIOUS ALL THESE TALENTED MCS OUT HERE AND YALL GIVE THIS UGLY ASS DUDE A XL. TELL ME WHAT IS LYRICAL ABOUT THIS DUDE. WE PROBABLY WANT EVEN HERE FROM THIS DUDE AGAIN A YEAR FROM NOW. YALL TRIPPIN HARD

  • BIGPAPI

    Chamillionaire L Hurricane Chris XL….WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW, XXL U GUYS JUST LOST ALL CREDIBILITY IN YOUR RATINGS

  • JAY P

    Yo u serious i aint readin xxl no more hurricane chris XL he shoulda gotten XS come on xxl

  • Xavier

    woooow….XL??…mayb u XXL hasnt heard cham’s album…1/2 the album is dope n the other half is descent…this album is garbage..str8 up….not one good song except “gettin money” n thats cuz it’s beat n hook….n better than the Boyz N Tha Hood album???…bullchit…idk who “brendan” is but they need to mix eskay’s n “brenden’s” 2gether cuz eskay r too low n this dude r like a 12 year girl review that duznt understand hip-hop..mayb i should put my album out n let him kno bout it…my shit’ll sell n it’s amateur…hip-hop is dead n was slowly ressurecting until i saw this…ppl go cop the plies album, little brother album, cham album, boyz n da hood album, and the kanye album..them is hits

  • Facescar

    Get the fuck outta here…XL…shm

  • NAWLEDGE

    Im not a hater, but I do tell the TRUTH. HC album actually suprised me with the content but at most, its an L. That dosent mean that its a TERRIBLE album. But its not up there with Common, Kanye, and Chams album. The problem is that Hurricane is ringtone artist and its not his fault. These execs are pushing ignorant music. I cosign with E SAINT LOUIS we wont hear about this dude next year.

    • Sun

      realest shit said about this album, its OK the best joint on there is PLAYAZ ROCK but other than that its trash…cmon now

  • Omar

    Speechless!

  • raytay

    clappin my hands like im bout to kill a bug

  • BigHurt

    Dang. This cd is off da chain on da real tho!!!!

  • http://www.webcrawler.com what it do

    What the fuck?? U gave this faggot an XL and u gave cham an L and Trae a M. Wake XXL have u lost ur damn minds

  • Mpho

    Lol @ this reviewer giving Cassidy Hot Album an L and then turning around and giving this shit an XL, i mean WTF?? XXL reviewers are living in they own lil fucked up world

  • Ali

    haha u gotta be shittin’ me…..this guy? XL? Chamillionaire just got an L….u mean 2 tell me this guy put out a better album than Chamillionaire?????? get tha fuck outta here

    Iono wats worse, Cham’s L or this fag’s XL……yall r horrible……as u can see, every1 be4 me mentioned Cham so all I ask 4 u is to fix Cham’s cuz honestly, I don’t give a fuck about this guy and I ain’t gon waste my time listenin’ 2 his shit 2 see if this rating was right……which I guarantee isn’t…….haha XL….get tha fuck outta here

  • maximuspop

    watch they will give american gangsta a L HATERS

  • street fam

    yung this shit crazy this album is the worst one of the year y the hell would XXL or anyone give this nigga a high rating and im not hating this shit is trash this nigga said “They looking at me crazy cuz I bounce around the club But I keep clapping my hands like I`m tryin` to kill a bug” if that doesnt make u the wackest rapper out right now then i dont know what does

  • i

    all yall bammas hating shut the fuck up and get a hobby. i aint heard it yet but erybody i kno did said the shit rock.

  • DirtDogggy

    Hurricane Chris ? fuck I thought this was one half of those ChrisCross kids resurected all over again.

    Yo, warm it up Chris. “I’m about to” warm it up Chris……….HAAAAAA, XXL, extra extra lame .

  • Colli Park Kang

    MAN WDF..How ya’ll give the Brat’s lil sista a fuckin XL??? Is this November Fool’s Day or something? Hurricane fuckin Chris??? LMAO somebody please tell me it’s a joke and if it’s not Elliot Wilson needs to fire this fag

  • ESL

    NIGGA PLEASE!!!!!!! xxl YALL ARE TRIPPIN HARD. AND IM PISSED ABOUT THIS BULLSHIT. I SEE NOW YALL THROW ANYBODY A XL NOWADAYS. POEPLE GO TO ALLHIPHOP.COM FOR REAL REVIEWS ABOUT MUSIC. AND U CAN ALSO GET SOME REAL MUSIC IN THEIR MUSIC SECTION.

  • jay

    hiphop dx do the best reviews, this is bullshit!

  • Cinsere

    Ya’ll remember how Joell Ortiz’s joint got an “L”?!

    *smh*

  • the1nonly

    PCP is one hell of a drug……

  • ThSChrIS

    I just canceled my subscription to XXL, because they gave this wack ass rapper a XL. Fuck them

  • crash

    XXL? You motherfuckers are out of your minds

  • bkblaze

    WTF? this Shit gets an Xl? games murder chronicles mix tape got an L and that shit is fucking 300x better than this shit, this dude is hot garbage!! An Xl??? Stop smoking crack XXL, get your shit straight for real!!!

  • Young Princinnati

    Wow!!!!!!!! Allhiphop.com didn’t give his cd anything close to that. I mean he’s not entirely shitty but damn. XL?????? Thats kinda high. Somebody got paid. But sometimes he has bars.

  • http://www.yahoo.com what it do

    Let me help u out XXL. Chamillionare XL, Trae XL, Um this faggot hurricane chris deserves a S. Hurricane chris is trash and makes hiphop look bad..

  • tristian holmes

    Fuck yall dumb ass fools for given this an xl. But you know what I wouldn’t have a problem with this just as long as chamillonare got a xxl or at least a xl!!! But he got only a l! wtf!!! XXl the mag. is weak and garbage cuz you all are clarly getting paid by certain labels!! Bring back REAL hip hop!!

  • a.k

    y’all gotta stop giving these boo boo rappers xl’s and start checking yourselfs on them reviews….the kid is wack.HIP HOP LIVES

  • a.k

    yall gotta stop giving these lame ass reviews.the kid is wack.HIP HOP LIVES

  • Nathan

    yall know this is some bullshit,right?

  • nathan

    yall better get your reviews in check,the kid is lame…..

  • P.Ave

    This is crap. Some wack ass rapper with doo-doo braids and a song that every 16 year old white girl had as the ringtone to her pink RAZR got a better review than Cham?

    Seriously XXL.

    What, is Benzino running you guys into the dirt now that hes done with The Source!?

  • DC_ON_LOCK

    IF HURRICANE CHRIS GOT AN XL, THEN TRAE SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN AN XXL, CAUSE HE’S 10 TIMES MORE REALER

  • GO AWAY ALREADY!

    JAYSON RODRIGUEZ…needs to be fired from Hip-Hop!

  • b

    dddddddddddddddd

  • http://www.myspace.com/zak6722 xZAKt

    wtf?!?! Hurricane Chris sucks ass. He is a one hit wonda just like all these new artist. almost every single goddamn one of em come out wit one club banger then thats it. Hip Hop has been dead and this is one of the dudes thats keepin it dead.

  • eef

    “My pants so expensive they come in a can”
    He was probably talking about ‘The Year of’ denim, they cost a G and come in cans lol

  • Uhmm

    I think it was a OK album, new fashion was a song that really made me think diffrent about the guy, but still, the album isnt XL imo. I think you should think again about your reviews i mean, the only reviews an album can get is eather L or XL or if its the album of the year, XXL and reaaaallyy crapy, a M. i think M should be the basic review, like all you L’s should be M so albums that’s hot but not hot enough doesnt have to get only a L as every not-hot-at-all albums. dunno if my point has come out clearly, but hey, im just a swede, my english isnt top notch really…

  • ALAN

    FUCK this guy.
    51/50 RATCHET is not as good as GRADUATION or FINDING FOREVER.
    Kanye West and Common really deserved an XL or higher.
    Hurricane Chris should not deserve a XL review.

  • jay.no

    XXL don’t just stop there. Why don’t you give Bow Wow and Omarion’s new album a XL. Shit, Nelly’s new album comes out soon why don’t give his XXL. Ya’ll gave Kanye a XL, there is no comparison between his album and Hurricane Chris’ album. Even his rap name is garbage, so that should give you a forcast about what kind garbage and debris that is in the album.

  • indo

    are y’all serious givin this kid an xl, y’all don’t have no credibility no more ffuck you xxl

  • indo

    are y’all serious givin this kid an xl, y’all don’t have no credibility no more fuck you xxl

  • demonCHILD88

    All of hatin ass mothafucka’s need to get a life. IF you havent listened to the CD as a whole SHUT DA FUCK UP!!!!!!!! Dont be mad cause that lil nigga gettin paid and u stuck at McDonalds makin minimum wage.

    • THE ROASTA

      SHUT UP, BITCH!!
      YOU DON’T KNOW REAL MUSIC WHEN YOU HEAR IT!!
      YOU’RE PROBABLY FAKE JUST LIKE THE REST OF THEM!!!

  • http://www.thuglifearmy.com Makadocious

    shit???ppl are getting retarded or what??this shit is so wack…how tha fuck can u give this fool a XL…Nas s right Hip Hop Is Dead

  • Legacy745

    Wack Wack Wack comon now people how in the fuck can u call this hip hop? and he got the same review as hov get the hell outta here this shit is crazy! WEST PENN

  • fl24563

    I’m from down south, Tampa FL to be exact and I’ll be the first to say that the south has fucking killed hip hop with this bubble gum, no talent shit like this, soldja boy, d4l, trillville, plies, lil jon, young joke, the list goes on forever!!!! All these clowns make the culture and themselves look fucking stupid. What the fuck ever happened to niggas who could spit some ill raw shit?????? HIP HOP RIP!

  • marciano

    Fuck this XL man, i hear some songs of this album (only cuz XXL mag give XL) and i don’t support this opinion. How you can give Smif-N-Wessun or Statik Selektah only L and this lil dude get same as Little Brother C’MON MAAAN fuck this SHIT i agree with Makadocious HIP-HOP is definitely D-E-A-D

  • http://poetrywithmeaning.com/authors/Entity A dead slave

    Oh lordy, these kids these days have takin our coded language and strangled it. Fell victim to a distructive system and lost sight of realism. Now the prism that connected all the aspects of light together has been scrached by this bad weather but after a good polish maybe when this storm blows away we will see new and better days. oh lordy, Please guide this mental catastrophe and fill his soul along with other lost souls with more hip hop poetry and give them more ambition then wishin for popularity. Put meaning in there words. Expand there verbs, and maybe one day we will all fly with birds.

  • Flymasta

    THEY GAVE IT A XL NOW IM INTERESTED IN THIS ALBUM MAYBE HE’S MORE THAT A BAY BAY

  • Mtownzfinest1

    CHAM IS WACK BITCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get that thru yall heads!!!!!!!!! Hurricane is 19 and better than that weak ass nigga. Fuck Chamillionaire and everything he stand 4!!!!

  • PHUK xxl mag

    Hurricane is a weak ass nigga!

  • Mufucka

    Hurricane Chris paid off XXL to give them the ratings. One of the many reasons why hiphop is dying.

  • K.C

    PAYOLA
    PAYOLA
    How come all the shitty rappers that have one big hit get good album reviews
    PAYOLA

  • http://myspace.com/sole_searching Andrew

    Jayson Rodriguez needs to be fired
    Either that or I stop reading XXL

  • doctor69

    not for nothing i heard some underground shit from hurricane i do agree his album is bunz but he can spit yes better then the gayest rapper of da south not you mase i refering to wayne cane just need more substance to ryhme about instead of bullshit club shit and fuck fooledyah boy