Juelz Santana Presents Skull Gang: Takeover

It’s official: Juelz is a boss! After years of playing second fiddle to Cam’ron in Dip Set, Juelz is a free man and can do whatever he wants. First order of business, create Skull Gang.

Now I’m not gonna front, I was under the assumption that Skull Gang was mainly composed of dudes using the T-Pain machine to sing and left the rapping to Juelz Santana. So like I told my homie, J-Rod, I was ready to shit on this mixtape with a fury that hadn’t been seen since I chased Easy Jesus VSOP with a milkshake. But the joke was on me and this mixtape turned out to be a banger.

First of all, the production and instrumentals chosen for this mixtape were off the hook. Definitely made for the ‘hood by ‘hood niggas. From the guitar riffs on “Drama Fold” to the “Electric Relaxation” instrumental used to make “Relax,” where Juelz imitated Phife Dog’s verse by spittin’, “I like ‘am black, white, Puerto Rican or Haitian / Asian, Jamaican–body that’s bangin’ / no discrimination, I like all races / fryin’ pan man, make ‘em pop like bacon / I love naughty girls, Baby I give spankings / and if it smell good then I’ma drop my face in…”

Can’t front, the man makes a good argument: If it smells good then it must taste good, right?

Other nostalgic sounds that were used came from Jeru The Damaja (“Droppin’ Some Shit”), Naughty By Nature (“Peepin’ Swag”) and Case (“Touch Me Tease Me”).

But what really had me feeling this mixtape was the chemistry that Juelz, Un Kasa and Richmond Rabb have on a track together. Their styles complement each other’s in a way that hadn’t been seen since the early days of G-Unit (Okay, maybe not that good, but pretty damn close). And together they’re actually more explosive than Cam, Juelz and Jim when they rock together on a track. And I can’t front, even T-Pain’s son, John Depp (dude using the T-Pain machine to create a career for himself) got right on some of the hooks on this mixtape. But I’m still not co-signing any dude that uses the T-Pain machine and that includes T-Pain.

Word to everything, I think Skull Gang could be the next “It” group if they play their cards right. The chemistry is there and if they get the proper producers to jump it off then they’re gonna be a problem.

If they get on top don’t’ be surprised if G-Unit starts to subliminally dis them. Who knows, maybe even Cam will begin the onslaught on his former protégé. Only time will tell. What I do know is that this mixtape is gonna get more burn on my stereo than any Dipset album.—The Infamous Omar

Hottest Joint: “Drama Fold”

Weakest Joint:
“Body Like A Maserati”

  • FLYTE DA FLY BOY

    I don’t think that Cam would diss’em just cause they comin up and makin money. Come on XXL. I can’t say that about G-Unit though.

  • http://xxlmag.com OsoulG

    True, but will Cam say something once they blow is the question…

    • Chase

      who had the nerve 2 say when they blow up? im sorry but these niggaz r not impressive u better check out helter skelter these niggaz iz hard.
      im sorry juelz. try again. skull gang iz wack!!!

  • chase

    how can u say better than dip imm pt 1 u must b out of yo mind. this is garbage and an insult 2 g unit u need 2 recheck yo ears.

  • http://xxlmag.com O

    Heltah Skeltah is the truth. I’m from BK so i’ve been a fan of theirs since Nocturnal. And like i said,the chemistry between these dudes is better than that of the Dip. But that’s how i feels. Niggas say Nas is better than Jay but I say Jay’s nicer. To each his own, na’mean.

  • mel

    I love juelz he was the nicest in dipset without a doubt but i like the early dipset shit i havent heard this but i wanna cop it just 2 hear juelz hopefully they can get the heatmakerz 2 handle some of the production thats where dipset fucked up @ by not dealing with them anymore.

  • balaramesh

    d12 > skull gang

    juelz, tell LA Reid to get that advance for your cd right

  • dj nice wit it

    this mixtape sucked!!!

  • Pillage

    This reviewer is on fucking drugs

  • http://www.myspace.com/chocquikmusic chocquik

    i fuck with skull gang, juelz i like what your doing.

    but im the best rapper hands down.

    http://www.myspace.com/chocquikmusic

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  • SHARA

    MAJOR HARRIS FROM THE GROUP SKULL GANG IS A MAJOR RAT DEA INFORMANT IN BOSTON! HE HAS BEEN FOR THE LAST 3 YEARS WEARING WIRES IN AND OUT OF JAIL AND MOST RECENTLY TESTIFIED IN A FEDERAL TRIAL AGAINST TREVOR WATSON IN BOSTON! HE IS THE BIGGEST RAT MOVING RIGHT NOW