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T.O.S. (Terminate On Sight)  Hear it Now

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One of the silliest rap feuds of the past few years is the ongoing struggle between G Unit co-founder 50 Cent and former member Young Buck. Fiddy claims he's upset that Buck complains about not receiving royalty checks and fraternizes with known G Unit enemies like Lil Wayne ­ though it can't help that Buck has always been the group's critical favorite and secret weapon. Completed before his recent ouster, T.O.S. devotes no less than four tracks to Buck, and while he doesn't deliver any unforgettable verses, his raspy marble-mouthed delivery is a welcome respite from the rap-by-numbers approach of Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo. In fact, T.O.S. would simply be a middling posse record if it didn't further undermine its own cred by constantly referencing better rap songs: "I Like The Way She Do It" is a pale re-write of Ice Cube's already tepid "You Can Do It," and "Money Make the World Go Round" lifts lines from Wu-Tang Clan's "C.R.E.A.M." The only time T.O.S. comes alive is on the Swizz Beatz-produced "Get Down," which recalls some of Beatz' lo-fi hits from the Ruff Ryders days, and "Piano Man," where Buck declares he can "fill up the door panels and stuff the floorboards / I can fit a hundred in a Honda Accord." Without Buck's cheeky wordplay, G Unit's next record will be like a three-legged pet without the underdog charm.


(Posted: Jul 1, 2008)


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Review 1 of 7

waldodio writes:

3of 5 Stars

There's something infectious about this album. Despite all the hard lyricism it actually sounds like these guys are having fun making this and it comes across. It's not easy to get my yuppie white head bopping to rap music, but it was to this.

Jul 30, 2008 14:49:09

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Review 2 of 7

popie writes:

Not Rated

#1 I havent heard too much of this release. But I was reading one of the other reviews and he called this cd, Hip-Hop. You must understand that there is a difference between Hip-Hop and Gangsta Rap, or just Rap. Tribe Called Quest=Hip-Hop..G-Unit,50 Cent & Affiliates=Gangsta Rap..Underground 3-6 Mafia + 1st 3 or 4 cd's=Horror-Core Rap, their last few albums=Mainstream Rap(a little Gangsta Rap in there too). Just like Metallica isnt' the same as Nirvana. They both have the same set-up basically. Lead Singer, Lead Guitar, Bassist, Drummer, but you dont lump them together in the same genre. There is a huge difference between Rap and Hip-Hop. There are a number of genres that fall under the Umbrella of "Rap" or "Hip-Hop" cant compare Blackalicious and Flo-Rida. They don't reside in the same genre at all. Peace. Wu-Tang Forever!!! btw, I'm from Memphis.

Jul 21, 2008 10:14:49

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Dalo writes:

4of 5 Stars

Players got play and haters... well, you know how you are. Haters will have to find another level to even be heard. This swings, stunts and rolls like a the G-Unit airbody (yeah, i said it like dat) is jealous of. I wish all of them could get some serious movie roles, since it seems to have helped Curtis get even bolder. Can U imagine Yayo and Lloyd BOLDER? Mavado makes a sweet appearance and swizzy is getting a bit like Mannie on these beats - like, you know they got it copyrighted and will sue. I wish Buck would grow up. We all know a brotha like him, maybe Britney will hook up with him next. Just joking...

Jul 2, 2008 17:08:58

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theunholy1978 writes:

4of 5 Stars

I'll simply say that this is a solid album. Tony Yayo has really stepped up since 2005. Young Buck has gotten worse since his debut. He reminds me of Kurupt. He came out hard, but had no cardio. The Elephant in the Sand mixtape, available on for free, I admit is a better album. The best tracks are Straight Outta Southside, Rider Part 2, and Casualties of War.

Jul 2, 2008 08:38:44

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Review 5 of 7

pahundley writes:

4of 5 Stars

Obviously the author of the Rolling Stone review of T.O.S. is pissed off at Young Buck parting ways with G-Unit. That and he must not have listened to the record very much. This will be one of the best rap records to release this year, and that INCLUDES if Eminem and Dr. Dre complete their projects by the end of the year. The tone is very dark for the most part with this record, and in turn the Unit comes off very hard, and is a welcome from the lighter hip-hop soul of late made popular by Kanye (take Tha Carter III style). It is true that Young Buck isn't on the record that much, but the rest of the album is worth it. Check it out for sure.

Jul 1, 2008 18:56:41

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Review 6 of 7

Ash01 writes:

5of 5 Stars

The 'official' review on this page is terrible

The whole Young Buck situation with receiving royalty checks is because Buck has spent all his money on drugs and trying to keep up a 'rich apearence'

50 has bought load of Buck's stuff, from his spinning YB chain to his house... and Buck's gone against him because he won't give him money

The feud with Lil' Wayne... didn't really exsist, if anyone dissed Wayne it was more Buck

This album is Hip-Hop, hard hitting tunes just like it should be. Good mixture between 50, Banks & Yayo.

Banks brings clever word play, Yayo brings the energy to the track and 50 remains on-top.

Is one of the few albums where you can enjoy the whole album, and not have to flick through tracks...

A best buy!

Jul 1, 2008 13:41:44

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Review 7 of 7

jim041792 writes:

5of 5 Stars

oh man G-unit really comes back on this one really all the tracks are straight hip hop no lie, tony yayo goes really well on the whole album and banks with his punchlines oh he kills it and 50 like always is the general. It's a must get on july 1 2008

Jun 26, 2008 22:09:00

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