50 Cent feat. Nate Dogg – 21 Questions

First Hit #1: May 31, 2003

Last time, I said mean things about 50 Cent, and I will continue to do so. Alright, 21 Questions isn’t necessarily a bad idea for a song, and it actually makes a movement to a bit of vulnerability, as the rapper outlines a bunch of scenarios that might make a woman leave. The guy loves his braggadocio, but here he’s actually trying to be more than just a pile of money, which actually makes him almost endearing. For all his bragging, he wants a real human connection, and his obsession with money – the album is called Get Rich or Die Tryin’ after all – actually sounds like it’s making him unsure of whether or not he can manage that. Sure, the subject of the song is a woman, unnamed, but it’s also 50 himself, as he worries that he’s just a pile of money rather than a compelling person.

But 50 Cent is awful. Nate Dogg gives him a smooth hook, he has a good beat, he provides the same mush mouthed delivery, sounding like he recorded his lines after a trip to the dentist. Plus, after a relatively serious song he throws in the fat kid loves cake line, which is one of those things that might have worked in a more self-consciously silly song but takes away from something that’s attempting at least a measure of seriousness. To be fair, this shows that he’s at least a more compelling person than he might appear on first encounter, but in all honesty, he’s not very good at rapping, and that’s kind of his job.

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One Response to 50 Cent feat. Nate Dogg – 21 Questions

  1. RBerman says:

    We’re back in the land of Ja Rule with these two charmers. Nate “Dogg” Hale had multiple brushes with the law for stalking and terrorizing his ex-wife. He died at age 41 after multiple strokes. That death at that age makes me wonder about drugs, unless he had sickle cell disease. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson similarly has multiple criminal charges related to violence. That aside, the track is reasonably catchy. The lyrical theme reminds me of Alanis Morissette’s “21 Things I Want in a Lover” and “Are You Still Mad?” both of which are list songs along this line.

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