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2 Pistols
Death Before Dishonor

A hit record has a tendency to make things happen—just ask 2 Pistols. The Tarpon Springs, Fla., native parlayed the success of his T-Pain–powered single, “She Got It,” into nationwide exposure and a deal with Universal Republic. Now looking to offer listeners more than just a catchy ringtone, Pistols locks and loads with his first LP, Death Before Dishonor.

The bulk of the beats are handled by the Grammy Award–winning production team the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, whose smooth arrangements and brooding instrumentation go from syrupy soul (“Let’s Ride”), to Southern crunk (“We Run It”), to haunting rider music (“Getting Money Mane”). This diverse sound bed is a plus, as it helps mask Pistols’ limited lyrical range.

As far as topics go, Pistols presents the standard rap fare, like making it rain (“Been Throwin’  Money”) and grindin’ in the street (“From the Bottom”), but surprisingly spends an exorbitant amount of time catering to chicks. First there’s the Ray J–assisted “You Know Me,” where he plays the hustler with a heart of gold, and then there’s the debauchery ode “That’s My Word,” featuring Trey Songz. Despite all the pussy-pandering, 2P employs flirtatious lyrics to prove he’s a ladies’ man at heart. For example, on “Flex,” his Southern-fried flip of reggae star Mad Cobra’s 1992 hit, the rapper spits, “Girl, flex, time to have sex/I know she wet, and I ain’t even touch her yet.”

While 2P doesn’t offer much in terms of depth, his sensually seductive swagger and stellar production make Death Before Dishonor a solid introduction. With surefire singles and star-studded R&B collaborations to his credit, 2 Pistols proves that he got it and doesn’t plan on letting it go anytime soon. –Paul Cantor

  • ihateu

    take ur two pistols put one to ur left temple one to ur right. you kno what else to do. first by the way

  • balaramesh

    i’d take death before listening to this cd

  • Peru

    Another Gimmick…ZZZZZZ!!!

  • Teddy

    why the fuck dont you review some albums for example there was no review for the game documentary, lupe fiasco – the cool, jay-z – kingdom come, lil wahye – the carter 3, ud think these albums would be major enough to warrent a fuckin review theres definatly something suspect when u skip these albums

    • Rob The Music Ed

      Do you really think we skip reviews on those albums? Sometimes the album’s release doesn’t coincide with our production schedule and maybe SOMETIMES you favorite artists are scared of being reviewed and don’t make their albums accessible to us….

      things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmm

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  • http://www.myspace.com/mc585 MC

    2pistols hun? i haven’t much from all these gangsta niggaz but i certainly hope that he brings something more than weak calibers to the game…..Cause soon or lata the real niggaz will be back on the radios…REAL RAP…1

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=23074 Jay

    Rob The Music Ed says:

    Do you really think we skip reviews on those albums? Sometimes the album’s release doesn’t coincide with our production schedule and maybe SOMETIMES you favorite artists are scared of being reviewed and don’t make their albums accessible to us….
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    so how is it that everyother site except for yours has album reviews for albums u guys dont.. u got mixtape reviews but no album reviews theres atleast 10-20 major releases u guys have misses n ur gonna say u dont get em..?? when hiphopdx is on top of their game n so is other sites i visit except this one lol.. i even got an album early in the street before it came out n still seen no reviews cmon now thats sum bullshit just step ur game up n stop makin excuses

    • Bang

      Cus weak albums get weak reviews or XXLMAG goes out like the source. Better to ignore it than hurt their advertisers dollars. Video game sites is the same check independant bloggers for better reviews (or just download the shit)