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50 Cent – Before I Self Destruct

November 18, 2009
50 Cent - Before I Self Destruct

Written By: Victoria Hill
(Urban/Pop Editor)

Label: Aftermath/Interscope – Rating:

“Before I Self Destruct” was planned to be released in 2007, but 50 decided to release “Curtis” instead and pushed “Before I Self Destruct” back. A few singles were leaked earlier this year like “Get Up” and “I Get In.”

Some fans were confused about why “Curtis” came before “Before I Self Destruct.” 50 said, “Some people think I changed the title of my album from ‘Before I Self Destruct’ to ‘Curtis,’ but what I did was I changed albums. I had ‘Before I Self Destruct,’ recorded; twelve songs under that actual topic, and then I created the material that is under ‘Curtis,’ and I felt like this album should come out right now and ‘Before I Self Destruct’ is gonna be my follow-up record, so I’m probably like three or four records away from completing my next album at this point.

“Before I Self Destruct” is a mix of street life and sex. The first part of the album is violent, with tales of drugs, death and vengeance with the last part of the album being dedicated to the bedroom.

“The Invitation,” “Death to My Enemies” and “So Disrespectful” are your typical gangster rap standards, with lyrics like “I bring money to my friends, death to my enemies” and “Enemies stay enemies/ But friends they change/ Niggas go crazy over money” from the track “So Disrespectful.” Eminem and 50 pair up on “Psycho” and is one of the highlights of the album.

The creepiest lyrics in music has to be from “Then Days Went By” in which 50 talks about sleeping with his babysitter. “She was 20, I was 12/ Nana said she raped me/ I just smiled ear to ear saying ‘take it, baby, take it.”

“Baby By Me” with Ne-Yo is currently a hit on the Billboard charts, and with ladies, as 50 raps about finding the love of his life and starting a family. The song contains a sample from 50’s “I Get Money.”

Dr. Dre, Lab Ox, DJ Khalil, Rockwilder create dark, heavy bangers, which is reminiscent of 50’s first album “Get Rich Or Die Tryin’.” 50 still has a hunger and drive in him (which is why he is one of the richest rappers of all time). The contrast of having street and sex is good, but I think 50 is better when he sticks with street life as a few of the sex songs come off as cheap and cheesy, otherwise “Before I Self Destruct” is a good album.

50 Cent Screens “Before I Self Destruct”

November 12, 2009

Written By: Victoria H. (Urban Editor)

50 Cent made a special appearance at the AMC 16 in Burbank yesterday to talk to his fans and screen his newest movie, “Before I Self Destruct” (also the name of his new album, releasing on 11/16).

Fans were lined up around the block for the screening, waving pictures and posters, wearing G-Unit clothing and blasting 50’s music. As the crowd entered the theater at 7:45pm, 50’s new album was playing. Fans begun dancing in the aisles and texting and calling everyone they knew to brag about where they were.

At 8:35pm, the music stopped and a voice came over the loudspeaker saying “What’s up everyone? You like the record?” Cheers, clapping and screaming filled the room as 50 Cent took the stage. 50 said that he was happy to in Burbank with his fans to show them his labor of love “Before I Self Destruct,” a film he wrote and directed. 50 told the crowd how he has made four albums, over 60 music videos and countless films. Working with talented producers, writers and directors inspired 50 to branch out and focus on his other talents.

With that said, 50 sat with the audience (and two rows away from me) to watch the movie. The movie is about Clarence (50 Cent,) a basketball player who suffers an injury which prevents him from playing in the pros and his family’s struggle to survive. When his mother is tragically gunned down, Clarence is consumed by grief and revenge and takes up a life of crime in order to support his little brother. The movie will be included with the “Before I Self Destruct” CD.

When the lights came up, the audience applauded and 50 waved goodbye. As the fans exited, you could see them texting and calling again to brag (and I can’t blame them as I was doing the same.)

The movie is a great debut for 50 as he created characters with depth and a wide range of emotions. 50 said that this is just the start of his writing and directing career as he is working another project that will start filming in December.

Hip-Hop Week On Fuse TV

September 14, 2009

Written By: Victoria H. (Urban Editor)

This week is Hip-Hop week on Fuse TV as the channel airs movies, interviews and documentaries about some of the most popular and influential rappers of all time. Check your local listing to confirm the dates and start times.

50 Cent: Refuse 2 Die– Filmmaker Mike Corbera interviews friends and colleagues of the successful rapper.

The 50 Cent Chronicles– Music videos show the artist’s rise to stardom from humble beginnings.

Tupac Shakur: Before I Wake– Hip-hop pioneer Tupac Shakur during the final year of his life.

Juice– Four Harlem buddies hold up a store, and one of them (Tupac Shakur) gets hooked on the thrill of the gun.

The Jay-Z Chronicles– The history of Jay-Z.

Jay-Z: Conversations In Hip-Hop– Jay-Z discusses several topics including his album “The Blueprint 3.”

Jay-Z Live From Madison Square Garden: Answer the Call– The rapper performs a charity event.

Beef: The MC Battle– High profile disputes among artists; featuring 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Nas, DMX, Snoop Dogg, Tupac, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.

50 Cent Postpones 40 Day Event

September 2, 2009

Written By: Victoria H. (Urban Editor)

50 Cent had to postpone his 40 Day event that was supposed to occur on Sunday, August 30th in Queens, NY as he was not able to obtain a permit from the city for the picnic.

50 Cent met with NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg to discuss the event and it had his support, but the main reason why the event could not go forth was that there was a fear that too many people would show up and safety would be compromised.

50 said “They (the Mayor’s office and city officals) told me not to promote the event, and then it got national coverage (the Post ran an article promoting the event before negotiations were completed). Then the fear factor comes in, can you control 100,000 people being in your neighborhood? Cause you might not be sure of a turnout at an actual venue, but in the neighborhood, everyone is gonna show up.”

50 questioned why the Post would report on the event before negotiations were completed by saying “Why are they reporting about an event that hasn’t taken place yet? Did no one get killed that day? Did no accidents happen that day? Why are they so interested? Because they know they can sell newspapers that way.”

50 said he is disappointed as he wanted to give his community something special. The Mayor’s office and city officials said that they will continue to work with 50 to ensure the event is successful and safe.

Slim Da Mobster- Dr. Dre, Eminem & 50 Cent’s New Protégé

July 29, 2009

Written By: Victoria H. (Urban Editor)

Dr. Dre has added up and coming South Central rapper Slim Da Mobster to the list of contributors for the Detox album.

Slim Da Mobster is new to the rap scene, but his flow and rhymes impressed 50 Cent, Eminem and Dr. Dre so much all three signed Slim Da Mobster to their respected labels (G-Unit, Shady and Aftermath). Slim is also managed by John Monopoly, who helped guide Kanye West’s transition from a producer to an artist.

Slim said “I’m not even focused on my album right now. I’m all about his (Dr. Dre) album, cause the better I do on that, the better it is for the situation with my album.”