G-Unit - Extortion      
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Following the weekly trend of newly released G-Unit mixtapes; "Extortion" combines some of the finest material from various mixtapes such as "God's Plan" along with some new material, which is controversial to say the least. Mixed and produced by Sha Money XL, "Extortion" is your typical 50 Cent/G-Unit album, pitting the crew jacking for beats for the most part. "187 On Ya Block", "She love G-Unit", "My Own Thing" and "You're Not Ready" are all memorable experiences featuring your favorite instrumentals and songs redone G-Unit style. However, while most of these tracks have been featured on other mixtapes the past couple of months, it's the new material that really makes "Extortion" worth checking out.

As the newest Aftermath/Shady records employee, you knew a 50 Cent/Dr. Dre collaboration was bound to happen. After the long wait, the good doctor finally comes through with his first 50 Cent produced track "Ridin Threw The Hood". The track also features Dre's newest female emcee Brooklyn, who can also do double the duty singing as well. Dre's production is a nice change of pace from his recent work, which has been anything but memorable. Expect a lot more of these efforts as it's rumored that Dre produces up to 10 tracks on 50's up and coming album "Get Rich or Die Trying".

However, causing the biggest stir on "Extortion" is 50's relentless barrage of Ja Rule diss tracks. "Extortion" and "I Smell Pussy" both viciously attack Ja, Irv Gotti and the whole Murda Inc staff. After Ja came out with the remarks that 50 and G-Unit have a restraining order against him, this feud has elevated to another level. And as 50 proclaims on the album, those remarks were nothing but a publicity stunt that just happened to occur 7 days before his album "The Last Temptation" dropped. However, the controversy doesn't stop there as 50 thrusts the knife even deeper with the two humorous parodies depicting Ja Rule singing and hollering over some of the biggest pop hits this year. The skits are quite amusing, as 50 takes jabs at Ja's pop status and street credibility, but what else is new?

While 50 and G-Unit's buzz and street hype have reached its height for many, the crew continues to put out quality work, especially in the mixtape department. "Extortion" is a nice pick up for G-Unit fans and its controversial nature is reason enough to check it out.

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