Beg for Mercy Beg for Mercy , the debut album from multiplatinum rapper 50 Cent's group, G-Unit, has monster written all over it. Certainly, its themes are pretty… Beg for Mercy Beg for Mercy , the debut album from multiplatinum rapper 50 Cent's group, G-Unit, has monster written all over it. Certainly, its themes are pretty… 2003-11-18 G-Unit Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

Beg for Mercy (2003)

50 Cent, G-Unit, ... | HAVE MERCY 50 (center) and the G-Unit ain't too proud to ''Beg''
Image credit: G-Unit: Sacha Waldman
HAVE MERCY 50 (center) and the G-Unit ain't too proud to ''Beg''
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Nov 18, 2003; Lead Performance: G-Unit; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Beg for Mercy, the debut album from multiplatinum rapper 50 Cent's group, G-Unit, has monster written all over it. Certainly, its themes are pretty monstrous -- or they would be if a decade-plus of gangsta rap hadn't already rendered subjects like homicide, beat-downs, and down-and-dirty casual sex business as usual. The foursome, which features 50, his fellow Queens homeboys Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo, and the Atlanta-bred Young Buck (not pictured), functions as a sort of barbershop quartet -- the kind that frequents those barbershops where straight razors are used for purposes other than shaving. Most of these tracks -- produced by a variety of knob twirlers, including Dr. Dre -- are rife with trashy tough talk. ''My Buddy'' even uses gangsta's hoariest cliche: the ''say hello to my little friend'' speech from ''Scarface.''

Amazingly, 50 and his crew are able to imbue such crassness with a sort of rough-and-tumble charm, winning you with their sheer boisterousness and the fun-house spirit of the music. And, truth be told, they sometimes let their sensitive sides show, as on perky R&B-styled numbers like ''Wanna Get to Know You'' and ''Smile.'' But perhaps the most touching moment comes when 50 waxes spiritual on ''Footprints,'' a retelling of a popular parable: ''First there were two sets of footprints in the sand/Then there was one set of footprints in the sand/When times get hard and s--- hits the fan/God don't walk with me, he carry me, man.'' Hmmm. Guess that old saying ''God don't like ugly'' might not be entirely true.

Originally posted Nov 21, 2003 Published in issue #738 Nov 21, 2003 Order article reprints
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