Album Preview: 50 Cent’s “Before I Self Destruct”

30 Oct

50 Cent - Before I Self Destruct OFFICIALWith Before I Self Destruct finally coming, 50 Cent has described it as the prequel to his 2003 debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’. A lot of critics say that 50 has gotten soft since his debut. When asked about the content on this album, 50 said that it will be his hardest album, yet.

It has been two years since 50 Cent’s forgettable Curtis release. The album was the lowest-selling and the lowest-rated album of his career. Coming into this album, 50 Cent had plenty of inspiration. With this album, 50 Cent is trying to successfully make songs for the radio and make music for the streets at the same time.

Initially, Before I Self Destruct was set for release in December 2008, but a lack of interest in his single, “Get Up,” led to the album being pushed back into this year. When this year rolled around, 50 Cent continued to release flops. The second single, “I Get it In,” had a nice sound, but it was criticized for sounding too much like “Just A Lil’ Bit.”

All of that led to 50 Cent changing the direction of this album. Instead of the album focusing on his actual self-destruction, he wants to make it into a prequel of his 2003 debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin. What 50 is truly aiming for is a cross between his first and second albums.

Track Listing:

  1. “The Invasion”
  2. “Then Days Went By”
  3. “Death to My Enemies”
  4. “So Disrespectful”
  5. “Psycho” (featuring Eminem)
  6. “Hold Me Down”
  7. “Crime Wave”
  8. “Stretch”
  9. “Strong Enough”
  10. “Get It Hot”
  11. “Gangsta’s Delight”
  12. “I Got Swag”
  13. “Baby By Me” (featuring Ne-Yo)
  14. “Do You Think About Me”
  15. “Ok, You’re Right”
  16. “Could’ve Been You” (featuring R. Kelly)

The album is a sharp turn away from the commercial appeal of his last album. For the first time in his career, 50 Cent is moving away from his comfort zone. This album will be notable for his apparent disses to Jay-Z, Game, and Young Buck. While he starts things with such tracks as “Strong Enough” and “So Disrespectful,” he puts a five-year feud with R. Kelly to rest of “Could’ve Been You.”

Overall, though, 50 Cent does not have many guest appearances on this album. The album is completely voided of appearances from his G-Unit group and label. Guest appearances come from Eminem, Ne-Yo, and R. Kelly. 50 Cent is trying to prove that he can hold down an entire album on his own, unlike most other rappers in the game.

Production on this album is coming from Dr. Dre, R. Kelly, Ty Fyffe, Timbaland, Polow da Don, Nottz, Mark Batson, Team Demo, Nascent & QB da Problem, Sha Money XL, Scott Storch, Tha Bizness, Rich Harrison, and DJ Premier. This list of producers has the potential to create an album that does master the pop charts and keep his street fan-base alive, too.

By the looks of things, Before I Self Destruct may very well end up being the best album from 50 released to date. The production seems to be on-point and all of the music is sounding pretty good, the only thing that the album is missing is being released.

Before I Self Destruct will be released on November 23, 2009 on G-Unit/Interscope Records.

One Response to “Album Preview: 50 Cent’s “Before I Self Destruct””

  1. tha mann November 8, 2009 at 1:40 pm #

    50 needs to hang it up, hes lame. Ja rule is gonna re-take the game next year and 50 goin back to queens wit no money.

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