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Album Review

Loaded with hooks, weekend anthems for thugs, and bright J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League productions, Death Before Dishonor rocks the house, but as a debut album, it fails to lay the groundwork for a long-term career. Newcomer 2 Pistols is offered the same style of beats his Florida brother and fellow J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League subject Rick Ross receives, to the point where you could pitch the raps down a bit and pass this off as Port of Miami, Vol. 2. The slick and infectious "She Got It" single is practically a T-Pain track, while the feel-good "Been Throwin Money" borrows everything great about Ross' "Money Make Me Come" and ends up a swagger-jacking success. The League can't lose when they update Mad Cobra's reggae hit for "Flexx 2008," and the minimal "We Run It" scores thanks to U.S.D.A. members Blood Raw and Slick Pulla's allegiance to street music. The excellent "Robbery" (which is refreshingly written from the victim's point of view) also suggests the album should have traded some of the polish and high-profile guest stars — Ray J, Trey Songz — for more gutter tracks, while the hungry and convincing closer, "From the Bottom," displays Pistols in top form, telling his story in a vivid manner. Way too little, way too late to call this a compelling debut, but just like any given Ross album, Death Before Dishonor has singles to spare and enough of that Florida flavor to keep fans happy.

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2 Pistols-Death Before Dishonor

Yet another Florida product, young emcee 2 Pistols exploded on the scene through promoting other popular artists. He eventually got signed and delivers his debut album, Death Before Dishonor. Death Before Dishonor: Excellent start, as J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League deliver great production that has an intense feel with bass banging, church bells and fitting horns. The guitar keeps the tempo throughout, as Pistols drops some decent rhymes. 3/5 She Got It: Lead single that got people listening, has R&B man T-Pain delivering a smooth hook with his lovely autotuner. Pain’s protégé Tay Dizm drops a charismatic sing songy verse, as Pistols slow drawl sounds very similar to fellow rapper, Plies. Seems like “Shawty” except 2008 version. 4/5 Been Throwin Money: Club ready with its banging production and synthy background, Pistols spits about making it rain and throwin money at the ladies. Yet another make it rain track with tiresome lyrics of being fresh and clean, as well as hitting up various clubs and paying ladies. Tiresome make it rain cut. 2/5 Gettin Money Mane: Deeper vocals on the hook of getting money mane, give off an attempt at sounding like Young Buck. Decent production and mediocre lyrics make for a decent banger. 3/5 Let’s Ride: Great sample by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, as the light hearted feel and breezy summer feel of a ride get through. Pistols flows nicely on this one, macking to the ladies and convincing them to ride with the boss. 3/5 Flexx 2008: Jamaican sample that fits with the bumping bass, twinkling bells and synth melody. A sex cut that is more summer love and feel good then real sexy and slow. It's a decent bedroom cut, but also a little cliché. 3/5 Eyes Closed: Dark horns fill this menacing banger, as Pistols makes sure that you see the shine on his watch. Production is solid, although a different topic would have been more fitting. Lyrically it is just average and recycled. 3/5 You Know Me: Ray J has a solid hook and sounds real good over the light production. The second single, it is yet another track for the ladies, as Pistols speaks to the them, making sure they know who he is. A solid follow up to “She Got It” that features a solid hook and workable lyrics. 4/5 We Run It: Bass heavy and club ready, as synths and eerie xylophone create the melody. Blood Raw drops the most memorable for his charismatic flow, as Slick is just mediocre along with Pistols. A decent banger about running things. 3/5 That’s My Word: Trey Songz adds a decent hook, as Pistols let’s his lady know that she’ll be alright with him and that’s his word. A little weaker compared to the previous two lady cuts, but its decent. Solid production by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League. 3/5 Robbery: Average production and weak lyricism make for a skipper. The hook is a little corny with a call and return “whose that peepin at my window? Last night!” but the story is just dull and boring due to his flow. 2/5 Lookin Down On Em: BMU contribute to the hook and deliver verses, as Pistols is lookin down on the haters with his huge rims. Gruff and raspy flows are spread throughout on this horn filled banger. Decent. 3/5 Candy Coated Diamonds: Tyra B’s hook isn’t bad, but the production is a little weird and gets irritating after a while. Repetitive lyrics about jewelry that aren’t cunning and dull flow, makes this a skipper. 2/5 From The Bottom: Fitting ender, it's a banger that has Pistols reflecting about getting from the bottom to the top. Lyrically it isn’t bad, one of Pistols better tracks throughout the album. 3.5/5 Overall it's a decent debut but is a little dull. His flow sounds very similar to Plies and many others from the south. Take lead single “She Got It”, which sounds very much like 2008’s “Shawty”, as Pistols takes a slow drawl sounding relative to Plies, just not as enthusiastic. Opener “Death Before Dishonor” starts things off nicely, but Pistols gets cliché and rehashes tiresome topics with little difference in “Been Throwin Money” and “Getting Money Mane” which ride or die off their productions. Having J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League back you is good though, because Pistols is able to hide his lyrical woes with strong production and catchy hooks. He tends to work better catering towards the ladies, as evident in “She Got It”, excellent Ray J feature on “You Know Me”, the decent Trey Songz assisted “That’s My Word” and the breezy “Let’s Ride”, which all feature solid beats. “Flexx 2008” is a decent bedroom number, while “Eyes Closed” and “Candy Coated Diamonds” are cuts about his jewelry and how he’s shining. Dull and wack story in “Robbery” make it a skipper, while “We Run It” and “Lookin Down On Em” are mediocre bangers. “From The Bottom” finishes things off with Pistols delivering better lyrics about his motivation for the money that led to his rise. Overall the album is lacking lyrically and it seems that Pistols is just another rapper from the south that was luckily picked by the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League to be the next to blow up. Great productions, weak lyrics make for a unfulfilling debut in Death Before Dishonor. While the production may shine, there isn’t much substance underneath to back it up. Rating: 6 out of 10

Hip Hop Is Dead

If you think this is hip hop, turn this off. Every song in this album almost sounds like either she got it or you know me.

Death Before Dishonor

2 Pisols proved to be a great rapper in the singles. This is the start of a successful career, and I hope it is a long one. 1. Intro- This is one of the better intros I've heard, but isn't worth the buck. 2.5/5 2. Death Before Dishonor- It isn't very long, but is packed with many highlights. 3.5/5 3. She Got It- There isn't much to say. T-Pain drops a nice chorus and 2 Pistols and Tay Dizm impress on the verses. 5/5 4. Been Throwin Money- This is a pretty solid song but it is really dirty, so if you aren't into profanity it isn't for you. 3.5/5 5. Gettin Money Mane- This is pretty sick. The background is sick and Pistols kills it. 4/5 6. Let's Ride- The chorus is very repetitive and the verses are weak. 3/5 7. It has a pretty straight forward message, but it is an ok track. 3.5/5 8. Eyes Closed- 2 Pistols does great and Jeezy impresses. This is one of the stronger ones. 4.5/5 9. Phone Skit- I won't bother reviewing. 10. You Know Me- 2 Pistols does great as always, and Ray J does well on the chorus and his verse. 4.5/5 11. We Run It- Slick Pullas and Blood Raw contribute nicely to make this a good song. 4/5 12. That's My Word (Intro)- A nice intro to a great track. 13. That's My Word- Trey Songz kills it and Pistols does his thing. This is hit material and he knows it, that's why there's an intro. 5/5 14. Robbery- An average track. 3/5 15. Lookin Down on Them- A pretty nice track with some help from BMU. 3.5/5 16. Candy Coated Daimonds- A pretty meaningless song but it does sound good. 3.5/5 17. From the Bottom- A strong closer to a great album. 4/5 A great debut from 2 Pistols. Great job done by J. U. S. T. I. C. E. League no the production.


Born: June 11, 1983

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The hard street life addressed in the raps of 2 Pistols stems from a turbulent childhood. Born Jeremy Saunders in the Tarpon Springs area of Florida, Jeremy spent most of his childhood without his parents, who were in jail, leaving aunts and older brothers to raise him. He was involved in the drug game by his teens, which seemed a more stable gig since his hopes of becoming a pro football player had been crushed due to his smaller stature. He eventually landed in prison, but an earlier impromptu...
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  • $8.99
  • Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music, Hardcore Rap
  • Released: Jun 17, 2008
  • Parental Advisory

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