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DARK vs DARK: A Comparison of ‘The Black Album’ and ‘Beg For Mercy’

It’s rare that a victory lap amounts to much more than gratuitous showboating or preening for your adoring crowd. Yet in 2003, with a planned retirement in his sights, Jay Z went hard in the paint instead of gentle into that good night. The Black Album, which was at the time hailed as his final album, effectively obliterated any and all doubts following his indulgent yet successful The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse. Boasting some of the biggest hip-hop producers of its time —The Neptunes, Timbaland, and Kanye West — the record largely eschewed special guests and put the spotlight firmly on the Brooklyn emcee at what could be considered his creative zenith. With ubiquitous singles like “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” and “99 Problems,” it went triple-platinum in less than two years.

 

Ranking G-Unit’s Albums From Worst To Best: ‘Get Rich Or Die Tryn’ Edition

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1. 50 Cent-Get Rich Or Die Tryin

In hip-hop's grand retrospect, we take 50 Cent more seriously than we take, say, Nelly. As if Nelly was just a hitboy wonder of 2000, whereas 50 Cent was a #realrap icon, a credible promise of lyricism and violence, both at once. Yet in 2003, the appeal of "In Da Club" was no less immediate, and no more complex or high-brow than "Country Grammar," or than most of Ja Rule's contemporary hits, for that matter. Yet neither Nelly nor Ja nor even DMX ever made an album quite like Get Rich Or Die Tryin'.

What set 50 Cent's debut apart, then, wasn't just the singles, or all the beef and preemptive drama. With the Wu in decline

Ranking G-Unit’s Albums From Worst To Best: ‘Straight Outta Ca$hville’ Edition

buckcahsville3. Young Buck-Straight Outta Ca$hville

"In the street, the consensus is that Buck's album is better than Banks's," said 50 Cent, in a 2005 interview with VIBE, about Young Buck and Lloyd Banks' debut albums. Yup, even the G-Unit general knew Young Buck had somehow usurped the Punchline King as the second best in the crew. Few knew what to make of Buck when he first started rolling with G-Unit. He made an appearance on "Blood Hound" off 50 Cent's Get Rich but it wasn't enough to establish him. He did that on the Unit's Beg For Mercy where he was able to step in and play as

Ranking G-Unit’s Albums From Worst To Best: ‘Beg For Mercy’ Edition

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5. G-Unit- Beg For Mercy

Beg For Mercy, as its title suggests, was G-Unit's twisting the bayonet. 50 had just overwhelmed the rap game as a solo artist, and he had opened the door for his right- and left-hand men. Given the degree of 50's success (Get Rich Or Die Tryin' had been released nine months prior), the trio could have phoned this one in and had no problem with sales. What resulted was a very well-executed group aesthetic with a gang of classic songs, maybe even a classic album. 50 was rapping with the relaxed composure of someone who knew he had the game in his palm, while Banks and Buck came with the hunger.

The formula for a Beg For Mercy song was to take one of many perfect beats (the whole album was sonically reminiscent of The Chronic: 2001 to me, with a crispness that Dre had perfected just a couple years prior, despite

Ranking G-Unit’s Albums From Worst To Best: ‘Buck The World’ Edition

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Even before the infamous taped conversation, Young Buck developed a reputation as the most emotional member of G-Unit. But emotion isn’t a bad thing for an artist—just ask Drake. On his sophomore album, Buck The World, the Nashville native tapped into the full spectrum of feelings without ever once wavering from the G-Unit model of gangsta rap. This was the case with

Ranking G-Unit’s Albums From Worst To Best: The Hunger For More Edition

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Those of us who were recruited to G-Unit's fanbase via their earliest mixtape grind had to have been wondering what would come of Banks and Yayo. With the eventual recruitment of UTP's Young Buck and Dr. Dre's protege Game,

G-Unit was suddenly a crowded roster. Banks got the first solo release date following 50 Cent's debut.

Ranking G-Unit’s Albums From Worst To Best: Before I Self-Destruct Edition

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By 2009, 50 Cent's moment had passed. He had already suffered an embarrassing loss in 2007 to Kanye West when Graduation handily outsold 50's Curtis. But that only told half the story. Kanye didn't just make a better album (50 admitted as much in a recent GQ profile) but made 50's sound feel old and outdated—like a superstar athlete who ruined his knees and just didn't have the same lift anymore. By '09, all the seeds of Kanye's influence began to blossom as rappers like J. Cole and Drake began their ascent, creating a new paradigm in rap that left gangsta rap in the dust. Yet, even hobbled, 50 was still kicking that "aggressive content" as a reminder that street rap would always have a place in hip-hop.