It Ainâ€™t Over â€˜Til The Fat Man Sings
Fat Joeâ€šÃ„Ã´s All or Nothing, while offering a few club bangers, is an absolute failure. Relying mainly on his criminal reputation, Joe truly makes a mockery of rap music with some of the weakest lyrics ever put on wax. His delivery is unoriginal and his subject matter is uninspired that even his reputation as one of the truest â€šÃ„Ãºgangstaâ€šÃ„Ã¹ personas in hip-hop and a number of top tier producers canâ€šÃ„Ã´t save this album. As All or Nothing progresses, lines like â€šÃ„Ãºthey even warn the kids in school that coke kills, crack!â€šÃ„Ã¹ fail to evoke more than a sarcastic chuckle. The drug dealing tales and thug love anthems do the production of Just Blaze, Scott Storch,, and Timbaland little justice as Joe laces track after track with unbearable hooks and lame punchlines. In â€šÃ„ÃºMy FoFo,â€šÃ„Ã¹ his retort of 50 Centâ€šÃ„Ã´s infamous â€šÃ„ÃºPiggy Bank,â€šÃ„Ã¹ Joe borrows the melody of The Flintstones theme song to create one of the most annoying choruses ever recorded.
More disturbing than the incessantly irritating hooks and superficial themes is the fact that the best verse on the album is one of the worst lyrical performances of Eminemâ€šÃ„Ã´s career. In the Lilâ€šÃ„Ã´ Jon remix of Fat Joeâ€šÃ„Ã´s successful summer anthem, â€šÃ„ÃºLean Back,â€šÃ„Ã¹ Eminemâ€šÃ„Ã´s mockingly slurred delivery puts Joeâ€šÃ„Ã´s entire arsenal of lyrics to shame in less than thirty seconds.
All or Nothing offers little more than a few good beats and a couple good laughs as Fat Joe repeats â€šÃ„Ãºitâ€šÃ„Ã´s cooked coke, crack!â€šÃ„Ã¹ in one too many songs. And if thatâ€šÃ„Ã´s not bad enough, did I mention the duet with J-Lo?