The video's coming in about two weeks: That's what [artist id="502642"]Eminem[/artist]'s manager, Paul Rosenberg, said in a blog post that accompanies a photo from the much-anticipated video for the Eminem/ [artist id="860639"]50 Cent[/artist]/ [artist id="1061"]Dr. Dre[/artist] tag-team effort "Crack a Bottle." The photo, posted Wednesday morning (February 25) on PaulRosenBlog.com, shows a horrifically dirty vagrant holding a bottle that's wrapped in a brown paper bag.
Rosenberg blogged that the video will be "ready for the world within a couple of weeks. The video is directed by Syndrome and it's going to be bananas."
Still unclear at press time is just who is the lead artist on the "three-headed monster" track; the label hasn't commented. 50 Cent told MTV News earlier this year that "Crack a Bottle" — which was reportedly intended to appear on either Dr. Dre's years-in-the-making Detox or Eminem's forthcoming Relapse — would be on his upcoming Before I Self Destruct. That album has been pushed back to a summer release.
In its first week on iTunes, "Crack a Bottle" sold close to 500,000 units. The posse cut also went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
50, Eminem and Dr. Dre have all been hard at work on their albums in recent weeks. Although there has been no comment from the label, Dre tracks — in various stages of completion — have leaked, especially from his latest sessions with T.I. Tracks that feature Tip apparently referencing Dre have leaked onto the Internet before the Doc even had a chance to lay his vocals. "Crack a Bottle" also leaked in unfinished form, with Eminem calling for a Dre verse that hadn't yet been added.
Meanwhile 50 has been double dipping on the radio. Besides "Crack a Bottle," he also has the record "I Get It In" (featuring a beat Dre originally recorded for Eminem) out now.
In a separate development, 50 told MTV News this week that the leak of a photo of a bruised Rihanna after her alleged altercation with Chris Brown led him to rethink the videos on his Web site spoofing the situation, and that "there will definitely be no more reference to that from me in any way."