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Music Review: Eminem featuring 50 Cent – The Re-Up

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Eminem's new Shady/Aftermath compilation Eminem Presents the Re-Up is the latest hip-hop release to make an early "debut" on the net, which means that I've been spending the past few hours weeding out the crap from the quality. Considering we've got 22 tracks and that they run the gamut from recycled beats to relative genius, it took some work.

There are several quality songs on the album, most notably all of the stuff that Stat Quo is featured on (especially "Get Low" and "Tryin to Win"). Obviously, this is a good sign for the Aftermath's Atlanta rep and should serve to raise expectations for the long-awaited Statlanta. Another general observation is that most of the stuff I really liked on this release came from all the producers other than Eminem.

Other than the remix to "Ski Mask Way" (which actually improves upon the overlooked Disco D original from The Massacre), Eminem doesn't really produce any true gems here, with the stellar cuts come courtesy of Alchemist, Dre, and Witt and Pep. Which sort of confirms my suspicion that Eminem isn't all that great of a producer and that he's been recycling his best song — Jay-Z's "Moment of Clarity" — for the past three years. But whatever.

One of the Dre tracks on the album is the title track, which isn't great as much as it is important. Why? Because <i>The Re-Up</i> announces the return of the Old 50 Cent. You know, the pre-Candy Shop 50, the "I'm not a marksman while sparkin' so I spray random" 50. There's no way to know whether this version is here to say or whether he will return to his quest of becoming the biggest R&B star on the planet, but I did an auditory double take the first time I heard this song.

The whole thing start off in rather innocuous fashion. A pretty mellow beat box kicks off the track before a throbbing base and typical Dre synth merge with a rather strange "boom, boom, cha" chant. The whole effect gives some sense of atmosphere and we are clued in that this is to be a "hard" track, especially when Eminem tries to launch into that aggressive style that used to be his whole persona but now feels like a role he's playing. He has a few typical Eminem rapid-fire rhymes that are on par with his verse from Obie Trice's "We All Die Someday" (probably his last great guest appearance), but certainly doesn't blow the lid off it.

By the time the song was 1:45 in, I was ready to chalk it up as a total loss, and I'll be honest, I definitely wasn't expecting Ferrari 50 to save the day. But boy does he ever. He launches right into a kiss my ass revelry that includes the lines "the clean parts/the s***** parts/my bullet wounds, my beauty marks/the fifth will tear your ass apart" and that just glides over the beat, suddenly making the previously boring track sound haunting and menacing. I hit rewind four times before moving on.

After a brief trip to Genericville (although it still sounds good), the beat changes up and splices in the instrumental from "In Da Club," which is both a little surprising but also kind of nice, like getting a phone call from an old friend. And the change of pace is perfect, because 50 switches his flow up right along with the beat. Not only that, but he pulls off his greatest coup on the track within this mini interlude as he combats all of the vitriol and recent success of the Game with just a few bars, rhyming: "I carried Game's style for nine months and gave birth to it/now I feel like a proud father watching him do it." 50 really only has one card to play with Game and that is that he, in effect, "made him." I'm not sure I agree with the sentiment, especially since Game seems better now without 50, but the argument sure was presented beautifully. Less is more and all that.

After the brief segue into 50's favorite pastime of dissing Game, the beat is flipped back to the throbbing bassline, which 50 greets with manic energy and hammers home ("Every day is Dre day, front and cause a melee/turn a town upside down/with a frown upside down/I smile and do something foul/and watch my money pile/I'm f****** with straight stacks/I'm kicking you straight facts/I hit you where they bag it punk and bring me mine right back").

All told, it's my favorite 45 seconds of 50 Cent since he obliterated Ja Rule on "Back Down." And I have to tell you, it makes this song one to remember. We can only hope this version of 50 Cent (he also provides some memorable lyrics two tracks later on "Jimmy Crack Corn") is here to stay.

Track Score: 8/10.
50's Verse: 9.5/10

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  • dopeboy-O

    shout to all my shady/aftermath we getting money R.I.P proof GGG-UNIT

  • sarah biggest eminem fan eva xxxxxx

    eminem is so sexy im gonna ave im 1day he is gorgous

  • http://www.DidoPhotos.AbelhaDigital.com Fil

    Why do all c**** these days feel like they have to bash Eminem? They think they’re so good just for doing that. Incredible how many people envy him and the position he is in.
    Whoever bashes Eminem knows absolutely nothing about music.
    And some even consider themsleves “music reviewers” hahahahahahahahahaha

  • http://slimshady Maria montano

    hell yeah em’s the shit and if you don’t like that then fuck you. well point the finger at you and it’s not the thumb pinkie the ring or index it’s the one you put up when you don’t fuck
    and thats old school bitchs hahhahah

  • Matty Read

    WTF is this guy goin on about, eminem is a ledge and always has been. im sure it will be some of the shite he has ever written

  • kyla

    EMiNEMS THE BEST AND iM HiS NUMBER 1 FAN — THE RE-UPSS THE SHiT =) I CANT WAiT FOR HiS SOLO CD !! LOVE HIM <3

  • elliot

    the reups eminems come back yea i said it hes on top top yall bitch niggaz from the south better step your game up

  • Justin

    Eminem is the greatest Rapper there is, he is sick. The Re-Up will kick ass all the artist that are on it are good. Proof is one of the greatest rappers D- 12 its a shame what happen, R.I.P Big Proof

  • http://www.myspace.com/mmpact Mystro

    Emimem is arguably the best rapper ever. Well, If Jay Z, Nas, Game, Redman, Method Man, Cassidy, Canibus, Busta Rhymes, Andre 3000, Kurupt, Obie Trice, Swifty, Rakim, Melle Mel, Crooked I, die along with Proof, 2Pac, Big Pun, and others. He can be a favorite but if they REALLY know about “music” as someone said, they would know this.

  • http://ss darah lilbuck

    50 cent u and d12 are best since hip hop began fuck gamye

  • Cree

    I luv Eminem’s song’s so dam much Jimmy Crack Corn is the best !!!!1

  • shayra

    Ya Fuck u if u think Cree is rong !!!!
    I dont even know her !
    LOL
    Lov ya Slim

  • http://fuckin* MARSHALL MATHERS

    I WANNA FUCK ALL THOSE WHO BASHES EMINEM

  • rosie gangsta babi

    i fink that eminem is da shit , even tho all the motha fukas mess im bout , i fink hes 1 of dres and 50s bestest

  • rosie gangsta babi

    shout out to all mi m8s at skool motha fuking big dogs ABI LIN N KEZZ XXXX LUV YA EM

  • ali

    some new song appeared yester week on MTV of 50cent n D12 do any one have info about that one. Its video was shot in a prison if any one know about this song please tell me kindly

  • mike hamilton

    ems the greatest cant wait till solo 1