Whoo Kid & 50 Cent: Sincerely Yours, Southside

I have to say, I’m was feeling the concept of this mixtape. From the get-go, Fif goes into retro mode with the Southside flow that ended Murder Inc.’s reign. But what also helped the cause was the return of his confident/charismatic persona that carried him from the mixtape game through his first album…then got lost in his gangsta persona thereafter.

Taking popular music from the ’80s and remaking them to fit his style (This is what made him such a monster in the mixtape game in the first place), 50 racks up some A-Rod type hits. The laid back “Cruising Music” can blast out the speakers and have you floating on an empty freeway. Or the stoop bumpers, “I’m Rising To The Top” and “My Heart.”

But while Fif had a dope notion, he lacked the execution. Taking hot joints from the past decades and giving them the G-Unit treatment, tt’s worked for him in the past, but why not now? Mostly because some of the songs he chose are just plain corny. They classic, no doubt, but just sound corny with 50 on it. “Don’t Stop 50’s Music” (Don’t Stop The Music” by Yarbrough & Peoples), “I Wanna Be Your Favorite” (“I Wanna Be Your Lover” by Prince), and especially “My Name Ring Bells” (“Ring My Bell” by Anita Bell ) are gonna put this man’s sexuality under extreme scrutiny. But he’s probably used to that by now, what with him smuggling raisins on that GQ cover and the release of those much-questioned G-Unit tank tops.

Hottest Joint: “Cruising Music”

Weakest Joint: “My Name Ring Bells”

  • Pierzy

    Yeah I feel you. I liked “Elephant in the Sand” much better and I’m not even a big 50 fan…

  • KLETEWOOD

    Its BAD. Thats surprising.

    WHATS THE BEST SONG 50 PUT OUT LATELY? I’m talking STREET.

    AYO TECHNOLOGY don’t count (thats some faggot shit)

    I’ve heard all the mixtapes. Elephant in the Sand was okay. Return of the Body Snatchers was okay. Sincerely Yours SUCKED. Nothing gets constant spins.

  • http://getalife.com Getalife

    Are you serious?

    Good music is good, regardless. Where the fuck did sexuality come in to the picture?

    I still play Luther Vandross to get my girl in the mood, and he was clearly gay.

  • Livin Good

    Man, first this mixtape has been out for a minute so your late on this one. Second it worked for me cause I’ve played it at a couple of barbeques(ages 30 n up) and they was feeling it. It’s not built for an younger generation, even with 50 on it. Plus Fif didn’t rap on it long, and let the whole song play. It was different. Bottom line, it was straight.

  • The_Truth

    There’s a point of “no return” and that’s where 50′s at. . .the respect he HAD in hoods across America won’t come back, regardless of what he puts out.

  • Macdatruest

    I don’t even know why XXL is talking about this A) this shit is ols as hell B) Who expressed any interest in 50′s music? He admits himself he’s not that good, and so do his fans they more or less ride his dick about his first album, or his money. So unless we talkin about the ten million he sold, or a park getting named after him then what the fuck is there to comment about WAIT-don’t tell me yall gonna try to keep dude from falling off by talking about him still…XXL is about to suck balls in that case

  • darrell

    4 once i…disagree wit cha, this mixtape single-handedly made me from a 50 despiser to a 50 fan[still not my fav though, but def top 5], i haven’t heard 50 come dis hard on a mixtape since “50 Cent is the Future” dats rite i sed it…

  • fireforreal

    No matter what people say, I like 50′s mixtapes way better than his albums.There just way more entertaining and he feels more comfortable on tracks then he does working like a slave for interscope.

  • Hood Figga Wood Figga

    I’m co-signin’ with Livin’ Good on this one..

  • Jaydawg

    I THINK 50′S THE ONE ARTIST WHO REALLY SHOWED THE GAME ABOUT MIXTAPES AND THEIR IMPACT ON MAINSTREAM MUSIC. 50 GOT SIGNED BECAUSE OF HIS MIXTAPES. DJ WHO KID IS THE MOST FAMOUS MIXTAPE DJ ON EARTH. FUNK FLEX AND DJ CLU STARTED RELEASING MIXTAPES ON THE MAJOR LABEL FRONT. THE PROBLEM WITH EVERYONE IS THEY WANNA SEE 50 FALL BECAUSE HE HAS WON SO MUCH. ALL THE NIGGAS THAT TRY TO DESTROY HIM ALL FAIL. LOOK AT GAME FOR INSSTANCE, IF HE WAS SUCH A GOOD RAPPER AND CREATIVE, THEN HOW COME HE HASN’T SOLD 5 MILLION PLUS ON HIS SECOND ALBUM? OR HOW COME “DOPE BOYZ” SOUNDS LIKE JAY-Z’S ROC BOYS. THATS BECAUSE GAME LACKS CREATIVITY AND THE NEW SONG WITH LIL WAYNE IS GARBAGE AND EM SHOULD JUST DESTROY HIM FOR THAT BULLSHIT HE SAID. FAT JOE IS GARBAGE AND HE HAS STOPPED RUNNING HIS FAT MOUTH ” HE AIN’T THE BEST” FUCKIN FAGGOT, YOUNG BUCK IS BROKE AND NOW WE SEE WHAT KIND OF CHARACTER HE HAS NOW. DIDN’T JADAKISS RECORD A CONVERSATION HE HAD WITH GREEN LANTERN, THAT RESULTED IN GREEN LANTERN BEING FIRED BY EMINEM. LOOKS LIKE HOP HOP PLAYS FAVORITISM. GAME AND BUCK NEXT TIME U BOTH FEEL LIKE SUICIDE U SHOULD SUCCEED. THE GAME DOESN’T NEED FAGGOTS LIKE U. OHH AND I’M RICH BITCH!!!!! REALLY I AM!!! BUCK U NEED HELP HOLLA AT ME. I WAS WRONG!!!! I’M JUST CONFUSED

  • Impulse

    I agree 100 percent with Fireforreal. His best shit is his mixtapes.

    I liked that Rings Bells songs, Idk what you people talkin about “it sounds gay” no it dont. that shit was good.

    The album overall I didnt really like though…But his other mixtapes I liked.

  • Afi K. James

    Face it, 5-0 is finished, not even the mixtapes can save his sorry ass, karma has hurt him big time, majority of the hip-hop community do not like this piece of shit.

  • Young 50

    I co sign Jaydawg i been saying that shit for the past three years. Name another rapper that is being talked about more than him regardless if its good or bad he is always in the news. Game’s first album which sold 5 million because of 50 was on his first two singles.That dude second album took ten months to go platinum and this album coming out might go gold. Game is a good actor cuz this nigga is bi-polar.Game say he aint beefing with G-unit but every week this nigga got a dis record. He say one thang and do another then he on tv crying talking about he dont want to be apart of Hip Hop. He should join the WWE real talk.