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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. [Thoughts of a Predicate Felon was also made available in a clean version, with all explicit material removed.]

Customer Reviews

how did this man get famous?!?

im sorry this guy is simply a bad rapper he has no good rapper qualiteys, he has a scratchy annoying voice wich elimenates the possability of him having a cool deep voice like 50 cent or dr dre, he dousn't do anything clever with his voice wich eleminates the possebility of him using pure skill to rap such as eminem krayzie bone or chamelionair so all of that equils that he is not a good rapper.


Man!!! There are some tight tracks on this! My personal favorites are 1.We Dont Give A F*** 2.So Seductive 3.Drama Setter 4.Pimpin5. Curious 6.I Know You Dont Love Me. This is a great CD by the great Tony Yayo. And one thing....FREE YAYO!!!!!

Tony Yayo-Thoughts Of A Predicate Felon

Tony Yayo Thoughts Of A Predicate Felon Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap This is a pretty good album. The last of G-Unit to release a solo album has made a name for himself and given the folks at Interscope something to talk about. As for the album, it opens (after the intro) with Homicide, a tale of Yayo’s life before, during, and after his imprisonment in 2003. It Is What It Is (feat. Spider Loc) is a radio song that can be played anywhere anytime. Tattle Teller is about Yayo and the guy who ratted on him. It’s not a great song. So Seductive (feat. 50 Cent) is the hit single and, while is not the best of the album, certainly is in the Top 5. Then comes Eastside Westside, which, apparently, Yayo did well on. He just couldn’t cover everything. Frustrating for me is the fact that he did so well but couldn’t put it away. Drama Setter (feat. Eminem & Obie Trice), is my favorite song. Everything came together. Yayo’s two verses are the best of the whole album, Obie Trice came very strong, like he always does, and Eminem sang a “beautiful” hook, which is the best part of this album. Gangsta (feat. 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, & Olivia) sounds like it would be an awesome single, and probably will be. Again, all the guest stars did really well. The next song, Pimpin (feat. 50 Cent) is a very interesting song to listen to. While not the best, it’s worth a listen. Curious (feat. Jo) is an R&B song with a great hook and okay verses. I’m So High is another interesting song that packs a pretty good punch, even though it’s not as good as Pimpin. Love My Style ranks right up there with Drama Setter and So Seductive. Arguably the most “crunk” song on the album…Project Princess (feat. Jagged Edge) is a softer song about a different part of Yayo’s life. However, it’s NOT a good song, but still not as bad as Tattle Teller. G-**** is another good song. I Know You Don’t Love Me (feat. G-Unit) is another great song, which, again is highlighted by the hook (in this case, 50’s). As we near the end of the album, Dear Suzie, the second-to-last song, is three words: bad, badder, and baddest. Live By The Gun, the last song, is yet another tale of Yayo’s life. Top 5: 1. Drama Setter 2. So Seductive 3. Gangsta 4. I Know You Don’t Love Me 5. Love My Style -Music Man January 29, 2006


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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