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Thoughts of a Predicate Felon

Tony Yayo

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Album Review

It's near impossible to ignore all the drama that colored the release of Thoughts of a Predicate Felon. Tony Yayo, the mythical fourth member of G-Unit, was locked up during his crew's rise to supreme power, big boss Eminem wore a "Free Yayo" shirt to the Grammys, and just when everyone throws on their "Yayo's Home" shirt, the man lands himself lands another jail sentence within 12 hours of getting out, because of a forged passport he handed to a parole officer. Course, everything associated with 50 Cent and crew has such hype leading up to it that you'd think the hood closes shop for a day to honor the release date, but the events in the weeks right before this drop date tell a different story. The album was leaked across the Internet like a dam busted, and nobody at the label seemed to mind and didn't bother to push the release date up. Plus, the guy finally gets his shot and lands the same release week as Time cover boy Kanye West's sophomore debut. All this hype and then all eyes on Kanye? It's actually crazy like a fox because Yayo's album is unable to support the big build-up, so let Kanye draw the five-star reviews while Internet downloaders sing the praises of the album's excellent highlights to their homies. Yayo's craftier and smarter than expected considering the thug myth built around him. He handles hooky party numbers like "So Seductive" extremely well, he drops the occasional stinger that draws a "damn!" and even on the lukewarm bedroom number "Curious" with Joe, he saves face with a decent flow over the sickeningly slick production. He has the fiercest growl and bite in the G-Unit family, but he's also a loose canon who delivers a clumsy dis at Fat Joe during the otherwise hot "Tattle Teller" and delivers a euphemism for the female anatomy that would make R. Kelly embarrassed on the horribly titled "Project Princess." Maybe 50 handled Yayo with too much reverence and not enough grooming, but if Predicate Felon only offers a few tracks of interest to the general hip-hopper, it offers a bit more to the loyal G-Unit soldier. He bleeds hood from his veins and while Young Buck and Lloyd Banks benefited greatly from the polish, Yayo is rightfully served some of the toughest bangers and darkest cuts from the crew. Add another exciting production from Eminem ("Drama Setter") and a whimsical highlight in the fourth quarter ("Dear Suzie"), and you've got an album worth every G-Unit fan's attention. If he held back any longer the myth was going to blow up in his face. Sneaking an uneven but occasionally thrilling hood album out under Kanye's shadow is another stroke of brilliance from 50's marketing department and excellent way to transition Yayo from monolithic myth to gutsy second-line soldier.

Customer Reviews

G-UNIT!!!

Tony Yayo has come out with a nice album, hot tracks include 1. So Seductive 2. Drama Setter 3. Curious 4. Live By the Gun

Let Down

THis song and Massacre were the biggest let downs. I thought it was gonna be hot. Bucks CD was hot, 50s 1st cd was hot, but Yayo has no flow. Some very good tracks, but overall a poor CD marked by bad flow. 50 at least has flow and just came out with one dissapointment, but Tony is just makin a livin off the g-unit name.

Thoughts Of A Predicate Felon-Tony Yayo

With G-Unit soldiers Lloyd Banks and Young Buck getting their share of fame, 50 brings us the former incarcerated soldier Tony Yayo and his album, Thoughts of a Predicate Felon (what a title). Homicide: Production is straight gangsta, Yayo's verses aren't that great and get annoying. 3/5 It Is What It Is: Spider Loc joins Yayo for this average track. Decent beat, nothing great. 3/5 Tattle Teller: Solid production, a track about snitches, it's decent. 3/5 So Seductive: Hot production, banger that had a lot of buzz. 50 helps a lot. 4/5 Eastside Westside: Piano laced track, decent, except for Yayo's sing songy lyrics. 3/5 Drama Setter: One of the best tracks on the album, Em's intense production is fitting as Yayo's paranoid flow fits. Obie has a great verse also. 4.5/5 We Don't Give A F***: Jonathon Rotem produces another great track, this G-Unit fam track is great with Olivia on the hook and all members spitting fire. 4/5 Pimpin: Smooth and relaxing, good hook. 3.5/5 Curious: Similar to "Pimpin" it is a lot more polished with Joe's hook and better production. 4/5 I'm So High: Skipper. 2.5/5 Love My Style: Decent production, Yayo sounds bad on this. 2.5/5 Project Princess: Boring track, Jagged Edge adds crooning but it's just unappealing. 2/5 G-S***: Average. 3/5 I Know You Don't Love Me: Hated the hook, production got annoying and I think this got popular only because of profile. 1.5/5 Dear Suzie: Bad production, decent rhymes. 3/5 Live By The Gun: Focus' beat has a great gangsta feel, nice ending. 3.5/5 One too many times to the well, Banks and Buck both had solid debut releases but Yayo's was a little more lackluster. Bangers are "So Seductive", "Drama Setter", "Live By The Gun" and "We Don't Give A F***". "Pimpin" and "Curious" are decent chick tracks, but other than those selections the album is pretty dull. It's the usual gangsta talk, but Yayo isn't as appealing as other members of G-Unit. G-Unit fans will cop it, but others I suggest not. Rating 6.5 out of 10

Biography

Born: March 31, 1978 in Queens, New York, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A street legend before the recording of his debut even started, rapper Tony Yayo is a lifelong friend of 50 Cent and a member of his G-Unit crew. Yayo had been with 50 during his career-building years in the world of mixtapes. Along with 50 Cent, Yayo was arrested on New Year's Eve 2002 on weapons-possession charges. During a background check, police discovered Yayo had an outstanding warrant for a previous weapons-possession charge. Early 2003, he was sentenced for bail-jumping and would remain...
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