Thoughts of a Predicate Felon

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Thoughts of a Predicate Felon
Thoughts of a Predicate Felon.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 30, 2005
Recorded2004-2005
Genre
Length1:00:41
Label
Producer
Singles from Thoughts of a Predicate Felon
  1. "So Seductive"
    Released: May 15, 2005
  2. "Curious"
    Released: 2005
  3. "I Know You Don’t Love Me"
    Released: 2005

Thoughts of a Predicate Felon is the debut studio album by American rapper Tony Yayo, which was released on August 30, 2005 through G-Unit Records and Interscope Records. The album sold 215,000 copies in its first week.[1] Debuting at # 2 on both billboard 200 and U.S Top hip hop/ R&B charts. On December 13, 2005 the album had sold over 800,000 units being certified gold by the RIAA. As of April 19, 2006, Thoughts Of A Predicate Felon has sold 981,000 copies in the United States and 2 million copies worldwide.

Background[edit]

The album features the hit single, "So Seductive", featuring 50 Cent. Other singles on the album include "Pimpin'", "Curious" featuring American R&B singer Joe, and "I Know You Don't Love Me" featuring G-Unit.

"With 50, he has the notoriety of hit records. I actually wrote 'Seductive' before he wrote 'Candy Shop'. [That's why] you hear him say 'so seductive' [in the 'Candy Shop' intro]. 50, he plays a big part in all our albums. I feel like we can stand on our own cause we're writing all our material," Tony told SOHH.com. "50, he just adds on. I love to hear 50 get on a record. I love the way 50 rides the beat. I did 'Seductive', 50 came on it and I was like, 'I gotta keep him on it' cause it sounds ten times better with him on it."

50 Cent is the executive producer, and is also a featured artist on the album. G-Unit members also contribute to the album, including Lloyd Banks and Young Buck, as well as various other guests and Interscope label mate Obie Trice. The album was released on August 30, 2005. The album was delayed and highly anticipated, due to Tony Yayo's time in prison.

It features guest appearances and production from various artists, such as Eminem (who is also an additional producer on the song "It Is What It Is"), and a limited edition with a DVD is available. The album also includes other appearances from Spider Loc, Olivia, Joe, Kokane, and Jagged Edge. Other producers include Havoc, Hi-Tek, J.R. Rotem, Domingo, Focus..., LT Moe, Megahertz, Punch, Ron Browz, Sam Sneed, Studio 44, Sebb, Black Jeruz, Sha Money XL, and DJ Khalil. Additional producers include Jeff Bass of the Bass Brothers, and Luis Resto.

The songs "So Seductive" and "Live By The Gun" were featured in the 2005 Xbox video game 50 Cent Bulletproof. Tony Yayo appears in the video game providing his own voice and likeness and is a playable character in arcade mode.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]
HipHopDX.com2.5/5 stars[3]
RapReviews.com(7.5/10)[4]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[5]

Rolling Stone's Christian Hoard wrote: "With the exception of a few complete duds, Felon is a solid stopgap, although it may also mark the moment when designer bullet holes start to go out of fashion."[6] Some critics noted that the album had stellar production but thought that Tony's vocals and lyrics were not up to par.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Intro"  1:13
2."Homicide"Gomez ZorrillaDomingo3:38
3."It Is What It Is" (featuring Spider Loc)
5:00
4."Tattle Teller"
  • Bernard
  • Daryl Hall
  • John Oates
4:16
5."So Seductive" (featuring 50 Cent)
Punch3:30
6."Eastside Westside"Focus...2:47
7."Drama Setter" (featuring Eminem and Obie Trice)
  • Eminem
  • Jeff Bass[a]
  • Luis Resto[a]
5:03
8."We Don't Give a Fuck" (featuring 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks and Olivia)
J.R. Rotem3:41
9."Pimpin'"
LT Moe3:06
10."Curious" (featuring Joe)Sam Sneed3:23
11."I'm So High" (featuring Kokane)
DJ Khalil3:24
12."Love My Style"
  • Bernard
  • Anand Bakshi
  • Laxmikant Kudalkar
  • Dorsey Wesley
Megahertz4:08
13."Project Princess" (featuring Jagged Edge)Focus...3:49
14."G-Shit"Ron Browz3:45
15."I Know You Don't Love Me" (featuring G-Unit)
  • Bernard
  • Jackson
  • Lloyd
  • David Brown
  • Eugene Daniels
  • Leroy Pendarvis
Studio 443:55
16."Dear Suzie"Havoc3:07
17."Live by the Gun"
  • Bernard
  • Edwards
Focus...2:57
Notes
  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
US Billboard 200 2
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 2
Belgium Albums Chart 50
Canadian Albums Chart 3
French Albums Chart 50
German Albums Chart 34
Irish Albums Chart 23
New Zealand Albums Chart 38
Swiss Albums Chart 58
UK Albums Chart 41

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-15. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ HipHopDX.com review
  4. ^ RapReviews.com review
  5. ^ Rolling Stone review
  6. ^ "Tony Yayo: Thoughts of a Predicate Felon review". Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved 2011-04-11.