How 50 Cent Self Destructed

How 50 Cent Self Destructed

Hip Hop albums are just not selling like they used to, as is evident by the somewhat disappointing first-week sales of 50 Cent’s latest offering Before I Self Destruct.

Curtis ‘Interscope’ Jackson’s fourth studio album, which was projected to sell only 160,000, hardly exceeded expectations moving just 161,200 units according to Nielsen Soundscan. The figure is somewhat disappointing for 50, especially considering that he predicted first week sales of a million during a 2008 MTV interview. There are a number of excuses materialising within the Hip Hop community, although perhaps it is time to take a rather more indepth, honest and substantiated look into why BISD and other promising projects have failed to reach sales targets.

Please read the full editorial HERE.

Dr Dre Announces Another Detox Setback

Perhaps unsurprisingly Dr. Dre explained in a recent interview that the his long-awaited ‘Detox’ album shouldn’t be expected until 2010.

The news hardly comes as a surprise after a number of setbacks and West Coast rapper The Game’s revelation last week that he had been in the studio working on the project with Dre and Snoop Dogg.

When asked what he had been working on recently, the iconic super producer maintained, ‘Only my album that I’ve been working on for the last 10 years, that’s it, Detox record.’

Dre mentioned that he hoped to have the project finished by the end of the year so it could hit stores next year.

‘Detox’ was until recently still expected to drop in the fourth quarter of 2009, although many industry professionals and fans alike had doubted that for some time.

The elusive album, which was officially announced five years ago, has actually been in progress for almost ten years.

Pro-Verb’s Lyrical Workout Plan

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In the eyes of many Hip Hop is getting rather out of shape, but instead of staring into the mirror and grabbing hold of some lyrical flab, rapper Pro-Verb decided to whip it back into shape with his epic track The Workout.

Looking to fill the position of Hip Hop’s personal trainer, West Coast MC Pro-Verb provides no less than 20 minutes of pure lyrical heat complimented by production from a.Fam super producer Focus… What separates The Workout from other Hip Hop epics is the distinct lack of repetition and poetic padding that was rife in The Game’s Bars efforts for example. In fact the only use of repetition in the entire song is his call to action for lyrically unfit.

Claming that he is ‘in it for the long haul,’ Verb maintains his extraordinarily high standard throughout the 20 minute joint, which is an impressive feat even for the most experienced MC. Producer Focus…, who has worked closely with the likes of The Game, Dr Dre and Chino XL, is equally as on point, only fuelling Verb’s energy further.

Displaying a sharp wit and an even sharper flow, Verb proudly mentions he ‘don’t namedrop’ and he ‘don’t know Big’ and ‘can’t claim Pac,’ highlighting his lack of embellishment but maintaining just enough creative license. After all, it is important to have a balanced workout.

Hotter than a summer day in Lucifer’s back yard, The Workout puts many artists to shame when it comes to lyrical quality and rhythmic accuracy. So rather than complain about the state of the genre, I strongly suggest that other rappers start lifting some lyrical weights and follow Pro-Verb’s example.

The Workout (full version) is available for download from http://www.sendspace.com/file/lut40eV