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DJ Drama, Third Power

The proposition of a DJ-helmed album is a somewhat curious one. What, exactly, does it mean? There’s no one rapper or producer at the heart of the entire project, like a typical album. Instead, it usually ends up being a gathering of said DJ’s friends—a flexing of his Rolodex, of sorts—and as such, the results are often big records and otherwise unexpected collaborations. With Gangsta Grillz: The Album and Gangsta Grillz: The Album (Vol. 2) already under his retail release belt, DJ Drama strikes again with Third Power.

Known for giving his coveted cosign to artists with his Gangsta Grillz mixtape series, Mr. Thanksgiving makes the crossover on this album and mixes in records for the street, ladies, and club. It’s a bit of a letdown that on the 12-track offering, three of the strongest cuts were released some time ago: the Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa and Roscoe Dash lead single “Oh My” was officially released back in May; “Rough,” with Young Jeezy and Freddie Gibbs, was included on Jizzle’s The Real Is Back 2 in September; and Ya Boy and Akon’s “Lock Down” first dropped back in April. Nonetheless, these cuts, along with Trey Songz, 2 Chainz and Big Sean’s “Oh My (Remix)” help the album thump throughout. “Take My City” is the project’s gem, bolstered by a characteristically vicious verbal onslaught in the name of Long Beach from Crooked I and a sprawling hook from B.o.B.

Gucci Mane (“Me & My Money”) and Future (“Ain’t No Way Around It”) get solo shine, and the meditative Pusha T and French Montana joint “Everything That Glitters” is a change of pace for the streets. “Undercover,” with J. Cole and Chris Brown, and the Wale and Talia Coles collab “Never See You Again” are both solid female-focused records, but hearing Cole and Mr. Folarin on a harder, straight spitting track would have been exciting.

There are few, if any, hiccups here, but a similarly scarce amount of pure knockouts, and the album lacks a certain cohesion. Still, with Third Power, DJ Drama proves he has the power to curate plenty of bangers. —Adam Fleischer

  • Hannya

    Garbage.

  • j.g

    his older albums had g-unit, d block etc… now he got gucci mane and roscoe dash on the shit? smh

  • O.G.

    Best Songs on the album –

    “Oh My”
    “Oh My Remix”
    “Undercover” – Chirs Brown & J. Cole
    “Rough” – Young Jeezy & Freddie Gibbs
    “High Tunes” – Curren$y (best buy deluxe edition album)
    “Take My City” – B.o.B. & Crooked I

    Worst Songs on the album and Why -

    “Everything That Glitters” – Pusha T & French Montana

    French’ FUCKED this song up with the hook and his beyond lazy talking. He sounded like an absolute RETARD in the booth attempting to read the hook lyrics off of a sheet of paper.I CANNOT believe that the producer nor DJ Drama would even let this piece of sh*t fly, let alone put it on an album.Song probably would have had potential if it weren’t for French Montana.HORRIBLE,HORRIBLE,HORRIBLE rapping style.I can’t believe this guy even got a deal.And his lyrics didn’t even match with the beat.Everything was all the way off here.

    “Hand Of God” – Maino (best buy deluxe version only)

    “Fans wanna touch the same hand I slap rappers with,
    Sla-slap rappers with
    Sla-slap rappers with
    Sla-sla-slap rappers with
    Sla-slap rappers with”

    ENOUGH SAID.WHO gave this nigga a deal and WHO the fucked declared this nigga a rap “God”???

    Another weak ass wack ass rapper claiming to be hard and real.

    “Lay Low” – Young Chris, Meek Mill, & Freeway

    All 3 of these niggas basically reiterated how they go to the club and get b*tches. Blah-blah-blah. The typical shit that “rappers who can’t trully rap”, rap about.Another “pussy,money,weed” song.Nothing more.Anbd it’s not even a good “pussy,money,weed” song.

    and Meeks voice sound like a 14 year old who’s going through puberty.

    “ooh baby” – Cam’Ron, Vado, & Jazz

    WTF was the point of this song??Like really??4 words – ALL OVER THE PLACE.

    overall, it’s an okay album.

    DJ Drama could have done waaaaaayyyyyyyyy better putting together artist/music for an album though. Most of these songs weren’t album worthy.

    He know he would have thought this album was wack too if he wasn’t the one putting it out.Don’t act like music is hot just because you’re getting paid to make it/promote it.If you wouldn’t listen to it on the norm. then fuck off with the wack shit already.

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