First things first. Let’s talk about 50 Cent’s CD. I’ve had some time to listen to it and I have to say that it is fucking awesome. Most CDs I buy I end up listening to 4 or 5 at most tracks regularly. On Get Rich or Die Tryin I usually just let the thing roll. Skip track 1 (a 5 second Intro track) and you have 5 solid songs right in a row, and inside that 5 are three fucking great tracks in a row. We start out with track 2: What Up Gansta, a fairly uptempo track that gets the album off to a good start. Then track 3: Patiently Waiting, which in my opinion is the better of the two Eminem collaborations on the disc. Plus the hook is pretty catchy. My guess is the next single will be either this song, track 4, or track 14. And track 4 is the best one on the whole disc. I couldn’t put my finger on what was good about it, but Judd came up with a bit of an explanation. It is 50 Cent’s 2Pac song. And it is good. I have to admit, though, that it isn’t nearly as good unless you know 50 Cent’s background (he got shot 9 times, etc.). The way he delivers the line “Every night I talk to god, but he don’t say nothing back/I know he protecting me, but I still stay with my gat/In my nightmares, niggas keep pulling techs on me” just gets to me somehow. It’s not complicated, it’s not too deep, but it is just affecting somehow. I’m positive it has to do with his delivery. Everyone’s heard track 5, In Da Club. It’s a good song, and I’ll leave it at that. Track 6: High All The Time, is a good tune as well. Seven is a good Dre-produced track who’s backbeat is the sound of a gun cocking over and over. That’s tight. Track 10: Back Down is where 50 describes his beef with Ja Rule. It has a few good lines and a tight background track. Number 14: 21 Questions is one of my new favorites. Most music critics have named it the bad mark on the cd overall, but I like the track and its got a catchy hook. I guess I’m easily entertained. Also, if you don’t count the repeats of the same questions, 50 Cent and Nate Dogg combined actually ask 21 questions of the course of the song. I counted. Track 15: Don’t Push Me, is the other Eminem collaboration on the disc, and it is very ok. I mean, it’s nothing great, but I’m pretty sure that half of Eminem’s verse (if not more) is pure freestyle, which is interesting to hear. Then you’ve got some bonus tracks, including Wanksta. So overall a tight CD, and definietly one of the best I’ve purchased in a long time.
Let’s see. Apparently no one has any faith in me to beat Cal two weeks in a row. I’ve got everyone betting against me. Are there any takes for Raj in straight sets again? Anyone at all? Jen, I know you’re good for it. Maybe Erin.
There’s a new poll up. Now we’ll see what the world truly thinks of the Madd Scientist.
I hereby declare Thursday Virtual Friday. Any questions? Wirkus, this time bring your recorder along for the fun. We’ll do Virtual Friday in stereo, you in the Midwest and us on the West Coast. Somewhere in Montana someone’s ears are gonna hurt.
We’ve got a houseguest this weekend! Erin’s friend Steph is coming to stay. Let’s take her out in style in San Jose, Palo Alto, or San Francisco. Careful Scott, she’s engaged. Ehh, you might as well try anyways.
Got my tax refund already. That’s the only good thing about doing taxes online.
Not much else to say. Pretty boring beginning of the week. Hopefully more stories to follow after Virtual Friday and Friday.
ps– I will beat Cal at tennis on Sunday. Get ready for a losing streak, buddy.