Livin' in the Projects
Scrappy joined G-Unit in 2006, and this album projects a darker worldview. The production is hard, grimy crunk -- more reminiscent of crunk's dark Memphis roots than Lil Jon's late-period Caribbean mutation -- and is littered with grunted "hey"s and "ho"s. Scrappy projects the right mix of street menace and club savvy, letting you know he'll gun you down and then grind your girl. In small doses it's propulsive and engaging. Lead single "Money in the Bank," featuring Young Buck, is a hypnotic confession of wealth and excess.