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Volume 2, Issue 2                                    University of Houston

Tupac comes back to life on Still I Rise; Juvenile lays down Tha G-Code

By Jesse Lauritz
Staff Writer

Juvenile
Tha G-Code
Cash Money/Universal

With the hits "Back that Azz Up" and "Ha," Juvenile has quickly become the new king of hip-hop.

Juvenile's new album, Tha G-Code, was produced and mixed by Mannie Fresh, who has produced, engineered and mixed every single Cash Money Record release so far, including Juvenile's last effort, 400 Degreez.

Mannie Fresh doesn't use any samples, unlike Sean "Sample" Combs. He uses drum machines and synthesized beats in all his productions.

The album features guest appearances from the Cash Money crew, reminiscent of Master P and Puff Daddy's work with No Limit and Bad Boy. The appearances include Big Tymers, B.G. and The Hot Boys.

Tracks like "Lil Boyz" and "Get It Right" feature the newest member of Cash Money, Lil Wayne.

"Catch Your Cut," "I Got That Fire" and the title track "G-Code" bring fast-paced, body moving beats that will have your hands waving in the air.

"Something Got 2 Shake" featuring Big Tymers and "Da Magnolia" offer Cash Money catch phrases and catchy choruses. Juvenile's deep, raspy voice reminds one of Busta Rhymes at times.

Since late in 1999 the Southern production team has dominated the hip-hop music scene and has risen over the likes of No Limit and Bad Boy. B
 

2Pac+Outlawz
Still I Rise
Interscope Records

Following the death of Tupac Shakur, his Death Row Records label released an album, The Don Killuminati, under the name Makaveli. The cover depicted Shakur nailed to a cross under a crown of thorns.

Death Row is said to have several unreleased recordings stored away for potential future release. Some of these were used for his latest posthumous album, Still I Rise. The recordings are a collection of vocal tracks from 1995-96.

The Outlawz set up the album, bringing Tupac back to life on Still I Rise. Tracks like "U Can Be Touched" and "Still I Rise" feature some clever samples and percussion.

Tupac raps about his lifestyle in the track "High Speed." His life was definitely high speed. The 25-year-old was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in downtown Las Vegas. He died six days later as a result of the wounds.

True to the difficulty of ghetto life, the track "Hell 4 A Hustler" showcases the classic rage and anger of Shakur.

The 15 track album features Shakur on all tracks and is put together better than most posthumous albums. The Outlawz did an excellent job but the number of hits left is decreasing. Although there probably will be another album from 2Pac and The Outlawz, don't expect anything like All Eyes On Me. C+
 

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