It’s been a while since we’ve had official output from 50 Cent. Which, to me, is great news. The sooner 50 puts a mic down and completely moves away from rap, the better, in my opinion.
He’s not a great MC, he’s one of the least creative minds in rap history and all he does is drag Eminem and Eminem’s image down the toilet. He’s cliche, he’s boring, he’s repetitive, he’s badly skilled and unimaginative in every sense. I’ve no problem with Em being on 50’s albums as, when they’re together, they can come up with reasonably enjoyable tracks.
But 50 on Em’s albums? that’s a big no-no in my books. I’d really rather not have that happen ever again. That being said, I’m still always excited for new Em material of any kind and if 50 being around Em means a few new Em tracks out of the blue… I’m all for it. For now.
50 has said that for his new album he’s worked with Just Blaze, Alex Da Kid and Boi-1da… sound familiar? quite obviously 50 is trying to duplicate Em’s Recovery formula in some way, at least with the production route. He’s using the exact same producers Em used. So far be it from his promise that this new album will be gritty and back to his roots… do Just Blaze and Alex Da Kid really create the idea of ‘gritty’ and ‘hardcore’ in your mind? as they certainly don’t in mine.
Alex Da Kid in particular creates very poppy, light, clunky, clashy music which is often hit and miss for me. He can certainly create a nice backing for some kind of inspirational rap-ballad, pop-rock mesh now and then but I’ve really heard quite enough of his influence over Em’s direction already. The sooner Em gets back to melody-driven, stripped down, bass-driven funk glory, the likes of which he created so wonderfully with the Bass Bros… the better.
Anyway, 50 has said that he and Em created four tracks, in Detroit. And that two of them are likely singles. His exact words were…
We made two that are definite singles and the other two are the kinds of records that we been making, more aimed at my core audience, more aggressive, more of a different kind of energy to it.
No word yet on when his album is arriving, but he’s vaguely hinted that it’ll be this year. We’ll see.
Check out a post I wrote earlier this year profiling some of Em and 50’s work together so far.
Let’s hope for some news on these tracks soon.