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DJ Woogie, Cookin’ Soul Present 50 Cent: 90s & My Heart is Broken

Most of today’s OGs – including myself – consider the ’90s hip-hop and R&B’s golden era. A time when it was more about the music and grooving than it was about status and the almighty dollar.  Back then hip-hop was considered the ghetto CNN (It turned into MTV Cribs on wax), and R&B was baby making music to today’s “Booty shake contest music.” Then again I guess that’s one in the same, but y’all know what I mean.

That said, when he’s at his very best 50 Cent is a throwback to what ’90s hip-hop used to sound like. So the whole concept of having 50 on a bunch of 90s R&B joints was as appealing as a date with Stacey Dash at a nude beach to me.

Throwing his vintage and buried verses over old favorites like Total’s “Can’t You See,” and Genuwine’s “Pony” were official tissue. Even his verse on TLC’s “Creep” sounded more than appropriate, it sounded like it was meant to be when son said, “Look, we can shop together, mama/his and hers/5th Ave sh*t, baby/Fendi furs/I ain’t tight with the chips, girl, I’m down to splurge/if it’s ice ya like/I’ll light up ya life.” Did Pimpin’ Curly know what would come of the Officer Rawse situation? Maybe he really was ahead of his time. Let me stop right there before we see 50 imitating Ms. Cleo on youtube.

But even with all the bangers on this joint, there were some mixes I wasn’t feeling like “This Is How We Do It,” “Real Love,” and  “Hot Like Fire.” But it was only due to the verses that were chosen to be on them.  Throwing the first verse to “What Up Gangsta” on Aaliyah’s “Hot Like Fire” just didn’t mesh together at all.

Overall this mixtape had much more bangers than it did letdowns.  The mixes were cleanly done and sounded good enough to bump on the block or while you’re driving your whip.  Had they used pre-Get Rich or Die Tryin’ verses for the whole mixtape instead of half of it,  it would’ve made it that much more butter. Just a totally vintage sounding mixtape. But with what’s out there nowadays, I’ll take any good sounding music I can get.- The Infamous O

Hottest Joint: “No Diggity” & “Hey Mr. DJ”

Weakest Joint: “This Is How We Do It”

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