50 Cent is a busy guy. The G-Unit general may not be flooding the radio with hits and the streets with mixtapes like he once did, but that doesn't mean he's slowed down. From movies to headphones to a new energy drink called Street King—you'd best believe 50 is still getting money.
But no matter how many straight-to-DVD movies he makes—or how much cash he generates on his next venture—50 is (and always will be) a rapper in our eyes. So we can't help but wonder what's up with a new 50 album? Especially after he scrapped the idea of doing an album called Black Magic and later went on Twitter and vented his frustrations about Interscope, Jimmy Iovine, and even Dr. Dre.
To find out what's what, we caught up with the man born Curtis Jackson at the Hudson Hotel in NYC and asked him directly. He assured us that the still untitled disk is already done and even found time to talk about hipster rap.
As told to Insanul Ahmed (@Incilin)
50 Cent talks about his new album...
“My album’s done. I’ve just got to go through the mixing process. I always have issues with people not moving at the pace that I move at. It’s obvious I work a lot. They don’t work as often as I do, or they’re patient. [Interscope] thinks it’s going to be better if they wait. [They think] I’m going to change my mind and switch to something different in the presentation.
“They didn’t want me to change the album. I don’t want you to take it out of context, the album’s done. What I’m saying to you is they’ll sit there and think taking your time is making it better. And I mean, you do get a chance to evaluate and see what everything else is.
“I’m confident that the music that I have will help sway hip-hop in the right way. I think [hip-hop is going] one way. Where is the aggression in hip-hop? Where is the things that you initially fell in love with? They’re not there.
"Everything cycles. Hip-hop has cycled so far back that it felt like it was something new, but it was a hipster [thing]. A new terminology that would be a hippie. It’s that far back. So when it comes time for it to come full circle, it’ll be time for me.”