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Big Mike & DJ Thoro Present Grand Theft Audio 8

I knew it was only a matter of time before rappers began using the T-Pain machine to make these sappy club records. It started with Snoop and his “Sensual Seduction.” Then more recently Kanye.

Now we got some group called Skull Gang rocking it. Their “Make ‘Em Say Yeah” joint belongs on the curb on Monday night so the garbage men can pick it up and take it away.

I swear to God. At least T-Pain and Snoop was harmonizing on they joints, Skull Gang couldn’t hold a note if it was glued to they hands.And for real, I got mad love and respect for Jadakiss, but he has to stop being one of those I’ll-rap-over-any-beat type rappers. His rhymes on “Reppin’ Time” was dope, but that beat was lame. It was two dimensional and Jada is as 3-D as it gets in this rap shit. “Buck ‘Em Down” and that Lox joint “It’s Like That” was a better example of what Jada is capable of when given the good track to ride.

50 Cent is the opposite. He has dope beats but doesn’t get right on them like he used to. He does show signs of life here and there, though. His “Bitch, Here I Am” freestyle was official tissue. But I don’t know what to feel about his joint with Mr. Smith. A couple of muscle-head niqqas known for being half naked in their videos get together in the studio and make a song called “Heartbeat?” Sounds a little suspect to me. The song itself was aiiight, but it wasn’t all that.

I was just as disappointed in “Swagger Like Us.” You got T.I., Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and Kanye West on the same joint and all you get is four mediocre ass verses.Kanye’s using the T-Pain machine (again) to get by. Jigga’s rapping about Rocawear, meanwhile he was probably wearing something I can’t pronounce. Lil Wayne tried to come hard [Editor's Note: A-yo!] and sounded soft. And T.I. was being T.I.Jesus H. Christ! What’s hip-hop coming to?!?! Four of the game’s best come together and they can’t even top “We Are The World?????”It is what it is. Then after listening to that Game and Akon joint, I was confused as to why it didn’t make the LAX album. That joint was pretty damn hot. Game and Akon came off on that joint. Their untitled joint was hard, too.

Speaking of which, can DJ Khaled get anymore annoying? Him saying “I do it for the ‘hood ’cause the ‘hood told me that I should,” on Juelz Santana’s “Go Hard” made me not wanna be ‘hood anymore cause I am not co-signing this man to speak on ANY record.Some DJ’s can talk on a record or over a record and sound cool. Dude’s like Kid Capri, DJ Clue, and Whoo Kid can pull that off. DJ Khaled can kill a record by speaking over it. And I don’t mean kill it in a good way. I mean he’ll butcher it. After he said that “I do it for the hood” I wasn’t even interested in listening to what Juelz had to say anymore. He just doesn’t have the voice or the energy to pull it off. So please, Khaled, just stick to the occasional “Whoo!” and let me enjoy these records, aight?As a whole the mixtape wasn’t that good but it wasn’t that bad either. It definitely had more aiiiight songs than it did hot or horrible tracks. Don’t blame Big Mike or Thoro though. It ain’t they fault. Throw that blame on these lazy-ass rappers that are living off their name more than they are their talent.

Hottest Joint: The Game feat. Akon

Weakest Joint: “Hammertime” Lil Wayne

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