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Soulja Boy, 50/13

If Soulja Boy’s release of the 50/13 mixtape is a precursor to the Promise album, then many of his longtime fans may end up disappointed. Clocking in at 15 tracks, the tape is a smorgasbord of lazy production, uninspired lyrics, off-beat flows, and skippable tracks. It feels like he decided to make this over some holiday downtime, because it certainly sounds like it didn’t take much time and effort to produce, and he would have been better served focusing his attention on his next album.

Soulja Boy would benefit from the less-is-more approach on his tracks (and releases of his mixtapes, for that matter; he dropped this only a week after Gold On Deck). Many of the songs on 50/13, without having anything going on, have too much going on—with combinations of chants, yelling, and background noise—and begin to irritate rather than entertain. If SB could leave more room for the track to breathe and take a more subtle approach to his lyrics, he would allow the tracks the opportunity aurally welcoming. On top of that, curiously, the sound quality isn’t nearly as crisp as it should be for an artist of this status.

Not surprisingly, considering his history and recent offerings, Dre doesn’t raise the lyricism bar with 50/13. “Moving, ”featuring Agoff, features such poignant lines as, “40 million salary, just like the NBA/All white everything, like I’m in the KKK.” Later, on “Fuck Around (Buck),” the tape’s protagonist spits tales about cutting heads off, shooting people in their assholes, and hanging them by their dicks.

Luckily for Soulja Boy, an artist is not judged by one release, but by their entire catalog. Hopefully Promise will bring a more enjoyable album, in contrast to the quickly concocted content found on 50/13. If things go right, Soulja Boy still has the chance to become a Soulja Man. —Matt Wright

  • josh

    “the tape’s protagonist spits tales about cutting heads off, shooting people in their assholes, and hanging them by their dicks.” HAHAHAHHA

  • T

    HAHAHAHAHA. The first Small! Good job XXL!

  • scott

    i think this is the 1st s i’ve seen on this website

  • blasphemy

    soulja is a garbage rapper

  • srsly

    who is this dude kidding, what is the point

    never had any talent, will do whatever to get any attention

    kill this motherfucker off already

  • guest

    This is probably the first S I’ve seen, also think Soulja Boy has set a record with this rating.

  • number1priority

    hahah good review!
    Anyone else think the cover art is blant jacking of A$ap Rocky’s Live. Love. A$ap?

    • 6661Joker

      WTF??? 0Now that you say that. Fuck Yeah.

  • sc

    WOW this is the first time i have ever seen a record get a Small. This nigga needs to quit now WOW

  • T-Mac

    I’ve seen many M’s, but not S! That can mean only one thing … worst rapper of all time!

    • Pacer

      Major LOL!!!!!!!!

  • philthedude

    This fool gets on a track with Lil B and all of a sudden thats how he starts rappin. doesnt this cover art look familiar? ASAP Rocky anyone? This fool is the most trendiest rapper of all time and the wackest at that. He deserves an S.

  • http://XXLmag.com Leroy Love

    If Common needs to be going after anybody in defense of Hip Hop’s honor, it would have to be this dude. They should remake “Self Destruction”, with the best lyricist takin it to SB, cause his lyrics are BS.

  • psychosis

    this guy is a 1 hit wonder
    lil b is as wack as this guy

    v nasty and riff raf too

    these 4 punks better quit

  • @JMDav1es

    i herd this new mixtape from soulja boy, and its the firsts small ive seen but it deserves it, this mixtapes shit

  • D-Lloyd

    THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN GAVE EVERY SOULJA BOY ALBUM OR MIXTAPE AN S, HE BEEN GARBAGE HIS WHOLE CAREER!!!!!!

  • yungrilo

    xxl can u do a review of red cafe hell kitchen mixtape

  • http://lazeehipart.tumblr.com/ Lazee

    Stop rating his projects.

    Rate projects worth rating…..it’s foolery

  • Pacer

    LOL @ S rating.
    I guess ‘S’ is simply for Shit. haha

  • http://www.gmail.com DEUCE

    STRAIGHT UP SOULJA BOY SUCKS LYK A BITCH,HE IS A WAIST OF TYM AND AND MONEY,ITS JST AT A BUNCH OF DUMP PPL R STUIPD ENOUGH TO BY IS MUSIC!

  • jbfam

    St lunatics got the first s I remember I didn’t think Nelly’s group succ that bad but that was in 2001

  • Decatur ATL BOI

    Dude should have gotten a ES (Extra Small)-’cause he is the epitome of Str8 Trash, garbage, horrible music.

  • http://youtube.com/tylervaupel Ty Vaup

    THIS LAME ASS WANNA BE IS A JAOKE!!! WHO THE HELL GETS A SMALL!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  • northbest

    I’m convinced that rodney dangerfield is a better rapper than soulja boy

  • Grant

    people should stop hating on soulja boy, i feel this tape deserved a Medium but some of his other mixtapes like supreme, the last crown and supreme wern’t bad. SODMG!

  • TheMechanic

    I aint a of Soulja but what if he is doin this on purpose????…he releases a few fucked up mixtapes and then BAMMM!! outa nowhere he realeases a DOPE ass album!!….i mean ive heard some verses that he featured on and they sound well put together unlike his mixtapes….his mixtapes are fucking outa ther….you never know..theres sumthing the few fans that are still holding on can think about hahahaha…

  • @BrandoHuddle

    Soulja somehow always has the tightest beats. But anyway I think its funny that niggas be getting mad at this nigga. He go in his basement and do whatever the fuck he want and still gets money. This nigga is doing whatever he wants. Just stop giving him attention

  • OMEGA Black

    ….S?!? I couldnt stop laughing. So does that mean he wont ever appear in the magazine again?