It seems you can’t keep 50 Cent down for long.
For much of 2010, the controversial rap icon has endured negative criticism that his once-dominating career has stalled following the commercial disappointment of Before I Self Destruct and the shelving of his club-aimed release Black Magic. But the opinionated street rhymer/mogul has returned to the spotlight with a series of much talked about Twitter posts. The surreal commentary has ranged from the hilariously brilliant (50 set up an account for his dog, cheekily named Oprah) to the unsettling (his war of words with the gay community).
But what about the man's music?
50, who has been juggling a busy acting career, is intent on getting his MC mojo back following an appearance on Cee-Lo Green’s Internet sensation single, “Fuck You.” He recently talked up his eyebrow-raising plans of working with former rival Kanye West and is currently finishing up a follow-up to Before I Self Destruct. Indeed, 50 recently told VIBE that longtime fans would be surprised at some of the unreleased collaborations he has recorded over the last few years.
“I’ve gone in the studio with Kanye West, will.i.am, Pharell, Swizz Beatz and Polow Da Don,” says 50 of some of the tracks he has worked on. “I wanted to see if they could provide a new creative direction that would send me somewhere I would never go. We made some good music, but at the time the songs were not what I felt like I should present.”
When asked why he was hesitant in the past to drop such left-field material, 50 explained, “I don’t think people were ready for that. I think my audience wanted to just hear a good record and have a good time. They didn’t want to hear anything that was so complex that they had to think about what I was actually saying to them. I got records in the house that the fans would bug out on.” —Keith Murphy