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50 Cent, The Big 10

“If a nigga say I fell off, all I want you to do is ask him, When?” 50 Cent shouts at the end of the opening track of The Big 10, his new mixtape which dropped last week. It’s true that it’s tough to dispute that Fif’s stature as a musical heavyweight has come into question in recent years, as he’s focused on other endeavors. But with The Big 10—named and released in honor of the decade elapsed since his initial assault on the mixtape circuit—the G-Unit general is back with the flashes of the hunger and style that initially catapulted him to superstardom.

On a mission to dispute claims of falling off, the Queens native jumps into the tape with “Body On It,” a slick, shit-talking track with a classically 50 Cent but modern feel where, over Jake One’s stirring keys and drum loop, our hero totes guns, dismisses blog talk, and raps, “Yeah, bitch, I got my second wing/You could pretend I ain’t the shit.” Over the next ten tracks, he indeed proves that he’s been reenergized, sounding comfortable but not relaxed over an array of original production.

As he continues, the savvy businessman showcases members of his new team: the following four tracks feature New Orleans raised Kidd Kidd, femcee Paris, old cohort Tony Yayo, and Kidd Kidd once more, respectively. While the features are generally unmoving, they detract or create a skip factor, as 50 prove strong enough to carry the cuts.

Throughout, Boo-Boo’s bread and butter appear nearly as fresh as when he began to make his mark; his aggression, effortless flow, and rap-sung hooks carry the 38-minute project. Impressively and believably—the believability is much of what makes it impressive—Fif switches lanes between street songs and stuff for the ladies, doing each convincingly. “Niggas Be Scheming,” “Shooting Guns,” “Nah Nah Nah” and “Stop Crying” hone in on his forceful side, while compositions like “I Just Wanna,” “Wait Til Tonight” and “Off And On” take the females into consideration (though, often, with the things he describes doing to them, he’s clearly not taking them into consideration at all). He’s also able to fit in the strictly festive joints like “Put Your Hands Up.” In addition to Jahlil Beats, who produced the song, 50 taps Scoop Devill, !llmind, DJ Khalil and others to assemble the proper sonic backdrop for his release.

As he gears up for his fifth solo album, said to be out sooner than later, 50 Cent has returned to form with The Big 10. Now it’s time to see if he can keep the onslaught going into 2012 and, maybe even for the next ten. —Adam Fleischer

  • @youngswagGOD

    fifty been shittin on yall niggas for 10 years………………… but im about to shit on yall niggas for 10 years aswell,

  • black jesus

    nah, this shit was garbage.

    • IMU

      YOUR an idiot and whoever agrees with is a retard

  • http://www.ilu-v-rap.blogspot.com SBM2011cc

    Fiddy is still king! The tape was perfect! But two L and a XL is XL?

    • Rick C

      I must agree with this dude, idk about ya’ll but i think xxl’s math is a little off. but we all know xxl suck’s every maminstream rapper’s nuts. its not about the music anymore people it’s about who sell’s. i look at these reviews once and a while to get a laugh.cuz they under-rate every good rapper and over-rate shit bag’s like 50 cent.who yes, sold a shit load of records ill give him that. but his music is still wack will never change. maybe i should write reviews for xxl….i bet people would rather listen to me then these douch bag’s who gave 50 cent a xl. god dammit blue slide park only got a large.WHERE IS THE JUSTICE PEOPLE!

      • Bill Cosby

        lol, mac miller… you my friend dont know rap/hiphop

        • Merce Maddux

          Ok. What do you consider rap/hip-hop? And why?

  • Tim

    this rating is bloodclot, the lyrics need XL, XXL been sucking at rating givin shit opposite. fif been always talkin bout the same things but now its just better like You took my heart, he was telling small stories bout homies who done fuk him up. thats original for him. cmon XXL

  • Tru Talk

    @Blackjesus (2nd comment) ur a dumb fuck, this is arguably the best mixtae of the year.. DOW Death of the Weirdos

  • Tru Talk

    And what the fuck this review talking about sayin the features were skip factors… fuck outta here Kidd Kidd killed his shit.. 9th ward stand up Rida Gang

  • Jmoney

    Mixtape of the year no joke. Used to hate on Fifty casue of all the recent garbage but this proves otherwise

  • sosa slick

    Guess whos back was 50′s first tape then 50 is the future is spring 02′.Im assuming its a trash tape but ive listening to his pre get rich music

  • 2CENTZ

    “HAD A SPARK WHEN YOU STARTED, NOW YOU’RE JUST GARBAGE”…BASICALLY SUMS UP 50 CENT. STICK TO MAKING AWFUL FILMS, CURTIS.

    • 50

      fuck you if you think the big 10 is garbage its one of the best mixtapes in 2011 deal with it BITCH .

  • Jaffar

    I thought it was pretty tight…

  • uzimu

    Where’s the album that 50 been workin on? Tryin to drum up that buzz. 50′s ship is sinking because he don’t love MCing, he love money. Go back to selling headphones.

    • The $ykotic Don McCaine

      see this be that nonsense…like 97% of all rappers don’t put out a mixtape to get a lil’ buzz…

      so isn’t a uber rich rapper who has numerous other ventures and still puts out 2 mixtapes within 3 months and freestyles doing it for the love of rapping? but you can’t argue with people…it’s cool to hate 50…

      @ swype

      son ain’t garbo…he did his thing on them 2 songs

  • The $ykotic Don McCaine

    DOtW…liking that…and although it’s opinions…do you not like the mixtape…or do you not like 50…

    IMO this is the 2nd time 50 gave away a free album (War Angel)…and this IS a strong argument for MTOTY…

    Paris can rap
    Kidd Kidd can rap
    50 did the female songs justice
    no-name production is very much on point

    why do YOU not like the mixtape…

    * re-plays ‘N^ggas Be Scheming’ *

  • swype-matic

    Kidd Kidd is HOT GARBAGE. Dont know why dude even said otherwise

  • MIKE

    YALL NIGGAS BE HEATIN WAKE UP IN THE MORNING DONT EVEN BRUSH YALL TEETH AND START HEATIN SMH LIKE FIFTH SAID EAT A DICK DONT SUCK A DICK….

  • Ralfoe

    @uzimu
    Ye, sell headphones, so that 250 meals i provided for people who’s starving in america.

    Stupid comment when you don’t know the facts.

    Fifty has done nothing but shit lately, this tape proves that he’s one of the best out there.
    Problably the best mixtape of the year.

  • humptyhump

    I use to be a huge 50 fan…but he is a strange figure these days. His material is terrible now, he makes poor films, he makes confusing music, how is a guy going to walk around in a suit, promoting books and soft drinks trying to be this big brand name, following Flloyd Mayweather around like a puppy dog and then try and put out some street music. 50 we know you’re not street anymore. Stop with the “bullets in the clips gun yo ass down” raps. It’s pathetic. You’re not the bad guy anymore. Tell us something new please.

  • uzimu

    @ Ralfoe, What are you talking about? Get YOUR facts straight, Not 1 of 50′s song is on XXL top 100 of 2011, Fact! In the last 2 years 50 has not had a #1 single, Fact! Your critique of 50′s mixtape is a opinion, Fact! 50 Cent has a been investigated by the Stock Exchange Commission, Fact! He IS NOT a gangsta, he got you hero worshipping bad music.

  • dat_guy

    this is a mixtape classic should be xxl

  • Nquestion

    When are u damn fools all going to realize everybody has different taste in everything ( rap) included so just because someone doesnt agree with ur opinion that doesn’t necessarily mean their wrong its only their opinion this is only entertainment quit taking this shit so personally !!!!!

  • Michael Johnson

    50 cent you fell off when you critisized Ja Rule for singing and/or featuring R&B singers on the hook, but still ended it up doing the exact same thing you dissed Ja for.

  • jrash87

    this is a good album. Best from him in a while, been listening to it and red all morning, then 421 the day after.

  • Big Booty White Girl

    The cover has the same color pattern as Meek Mill’s cover. Plus, 50 even has Jahlil Beats (who’s worked with Meek and MMG) production on this mixtape.
    Beat selection is decent, the song structure is nothing new. Actually, 50 Cent follows the same Ja Rule formula (sings his chorus or has an R&B artist handle the hook). Damn homie the fuck happened to you. Be more creative.

  • jr88

    dope mixtape…and ja rule was singing in the rain with his shirt off while being a fake gangster with no cred….50 just does what nate dog does..not as good as the late great nate but still good….great mixtape and kidd kidd is hungry..cant wait to hear kidd kidd mixtape

  • Rap’L

    Common:
    (The Dreamer/The Believer)
    Warner Bros.
    (c) 2011

    Beats: [XXL]
    [ S ] [ M ] [ L ] [ XL ] [ XXL ]

    Lyrics: [XXL]
    [ S ] [ M ] [ L ] [ XL ] [ XXL ]

    Originality: [XXL]
    [ S ] [ M ] [ L ] [ XL ] [ XXL ]

    Common album is seriously a DAMN! Classic!.
    I’m very Pleased that this album.
    Was definitely made, with the Real Common.
    People slept on him with “Universal Mind Control”, for him trying a new style. Well! No more of that, I’m here to say I’m a “Believer”. Cause He came Perfect on this album.
    I wouldn’t be writing this, if it wasn’t a Pure Classic!

    Next Classics in Line
    I’ll love to See is:

    Jay Electronica, Kendrick Lamar, Nas.
    Thats coming from me,
    a True Hip-Hop Fan
    Named, Raphael

    One Love

  • b

    50 cent is gaaaarbaaagggeee

  • bean

    he killed this tape..classic shit

  • http://www.gmail.com Deuce

    50′s mixtape is straight up bullshit,and XXL still say his back i say he aint he left a long time ago.he should luk at his businesses.Lyk rick ross said”get rich or die trying was a great album,to bad he make another one!Damn media hore!

  • drew

    50 Cent is the man, he gives free music all the time, and its stuff thats better than the shit thats on lil wayne’s actual album, or rick ross, or any of those other punks you all listen to. I didnt like this mixtape when i first listened to it, cause i didnt listen to more than 5 seconds of any of the tracks, and just assumed it was going to suck. But its actually pretty good, even the songs for the bitches are good, there was no baby by me type bullshit on there.

  • kenny

    IT WAS GREAT YES . BUT NOT XL .MANY ALBUMS THAT GET XL ARENT ANYWAY. L MEANS 7 OUTTA 10 OR 3.5 MICS THATS WHAT THIS ALBUM IS . 3.5 USED TO BE GREAT 4 MICS CERTIFED BANGER . 4.5 MICS NEAR CLASSIC .

  • 1love

    Garbage…XXLmag reviews are straight politics.

  • niggaslim(50Cent)

    Yo im dope as fuck and if you have dont have anything nice to say dont say it quote this pussys
    I forgive
    I forgive you for doubting me
    I forgive you for wishin the worst upon me
    I forgive because a man is not a man until he begins to take on god like way
    I forgive but i will not forget
    -50 straight up cent

  • O.K.A

    YO MAN THIS SHIT IS DOPE HOPEFULLY NIGGA STAYS ON THE SAME TRACK.. AND GIVE AS A DOPE ALBUM . SUM SHIT THT WE CAN ACTUALLY LISTEN TO.. NON OF THT CANDY RAP THAS AROUND NAWADAYZ

  • Genesis Jay

    50 has been in the game for a long time . Im tired of people hating on him instead of xxl talking about mixtapes and albums and shit they need to talk about the person as a whole all their accomplishment cause he would have had XXL. I don’t see any other artist with the XXL mark so the rating was fair. I don’t think their on anyones dick they looking at the music and stuff sooooo whatever … the shit was hot and he still is a contender cause if he wasn’t he wouldn’t be selling now would he ?

  • mk

    “The Big 10″, by 50 Cent, is a very good album. This was released as a mixtape but has the quality of a full album. This release is a 2012 version of “Get Rich or Die Tryin’”. I, for one, am very happy that 50 Cent is back to his roots. This album is very good. Any for credentials I love Pharoah Monch, Styles P, The Game, Cool Calm Pete, Wu (The W is their best), Krayzie Bone. etc.

  • gma

    great mixtape…got all these new school cats confused sayin mac millers shitty ass album is better ha…

    also… ‘skit – i just wanna’ track had me crackin up after the intro

    shiiit…good work 50