Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire to Win [Clean Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
With his mentors/friends off selling companies to Apple for billions of dollars, or re-entering the mainstream game with an album dispatched from 8 Mile, rapper/mogul 50 Cent decided to distance himself from the business world of Iovine, Eminem, and Dr. Dre, leaving the Interscope, Shady, and Aftermath label family after 12 fruitful years. Not only that, but he took his unreleased Street King Immortal album with him. Know that 2014's Animal Ambition isn't that album but instead, a collection of new cuts meant to clean the creative pipes as 50 gets back to retooling his unreleased, high-profile effort. That might help explain why the hypnotic "Hold On" opens this one not ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
With his mentors/friends off selling companies to Apple for billions of dollars, or re-entering the mainstream game with an album dispatched from 8 Mile, rapper/mogul 50 Cent decided to distance himself from the business world of Iovine, Eminem, and Dr. Dre, leaving the Interscope, Shady, and Aftermath label family after 12 fruitful years. Not only that, but he took his unreleased Street King Immortal album with him. Know that 2014's Animal Ambition isn't that album but instead, a collection of new cuts meant to clean the creative pipes as 50 gets back to retooling his unreleased, high-profile effort. That might help explain why the hypnotic "Hold On" opens this one not with a kick, but with a quirk, as it's the kind of stoned immaculate that doesn't cause one to shudder. It's quite good though, as is the title track with its strange light funk; then there's the broken beat, bone-chilling lyrics ("We by the schoolyard, waitin' for you to get your kid"), and guest appearances from Jadakiss and Kidd Kidd that make "Irregular Heartbeat" a great candidate for any mix titled "Ski Mask Way." Giving the album some radio-worthy relief, the "Smoke" is a Euro-disco and dro influenced redo of "In Da Club" with guest star Trey Songz appearing on the album's lone Dr. Dre production, and after a lazy hook, a woozy chorus, and a profanity-laced and vicious verse, the cut "Hustler" recalls the high-quality, street-worthy tracks that would land on old G-Unit Radio mixtapes, but therein lies the problem. Like those mixtapes, Animal Ambition lets the tracks run out with long, slow fades and introduces the concept of "track list ambiguity" with a running order that's just as good shuffled. The whole package comes off as 50's first "street release," one where mixtape cuts are bundled with Trey Songz-featuring singles (and in the grand G-Unit style of overdoing everything, there's a Deluxe version made available for the superfan). Consider it the album before the album, and it plays out as interesting and often awesome, but put this next to his major works and it seems a bit off and quirky. [Animal Ambition was also released in a clean version.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2014
  • Label: G-Unit Records
  • UPC: 864904000012
  • Catalog Number: 4000012
  • Sales rank: 23,904

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hold On (3:46)
  2. 2 Don't Worry 'Bout It - Yo Gotti (4:03)
  3. 3 Animal Ambition (3:08)
  4. 4 Pilot (3:20)
  5. 5 Smoke - Trey Songz (3:51)
  6. 6 Every Time I Come Around - Kidd Kidd (3:11)
  7. 7 Irregular Heartbeat - Kidd Kidd (3:41)
  8. 8 Hustler (3:05)
  9. 9 Twisted - Mr. Probz (3:13)
  10. 10 Winners Circle - Guordan Banks (3:23)
  11. 11 Chase the Paper - Kidd Kidd (4:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
50 Cent Primary Artist
Travis Ferguson Keyboards
Twanée Background Vocals
Jameson Jones Bass
Technical Credits
Dr. Dre Producer
B. Strong Composer
R. Facchinetti Composer
Nancie Stern Sample Clearance
C. Stewart Composer
Mark B. Christensen Mastering
Swiff Producer
Jake One Producer
Ky Miller Composer, Producer, Engineer, Additional Production
Dawaun Parker Producer
Jesus "Poobs" Fernandez Engineer
D. Parker Composer
S. Thornton Composer
D. Styles Composer
J. Dutton Composer
T. Neverson Composer
C. Jackson Composer
A. Johnson Composer
J. Ortiz Composer
T. Fyffe Composer
Frank Dukes Producer
Ty Fyffe Producer
G Rocka Producer
Alberto Erazo Art Direction
Jesus "Poobs" Hernandez Engineer
Charli Brown Producer
Kyle Justice Producer
C. Barrionoevo Composer
C. Mayfield Composer
Steve Alien Producer
Shamtrax Producer
Medi Producer
Just Hustle Producer
Joe the Engine Ear Engineer
Jayson Robbins Engineer
Jayden Wiggins Talent Coordinator
Dennis P. Stehr Engineer
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