50 Cent Sets Album-Release Date, Stays Active Underground

Plus: the hottest mixtapes and DJs of 2009 and our list of breakthrough producers, in Mixtape Daily.

Midseason Salute: 50 Cent

Officially, [url id="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/50_cent/artist.jhtml"]50 Cent[/url] just told us that Before I Self Destruct is now slated for a September 29 release, the last Tuesday of that month. But as we've become accustomed to, Fif can drop an album anytime he wants. A street album. 50 does what no other artist who has sold the amount of records or gained the mainstream fame he has will do: consistently give free product back to the core who launched his career. In just the last couple of weeks, he hit with two dope bodies of work, War Angel LP and Forever King, and is probably going to drop two more joints before the album comes out. Fif explained to us that he just can't contain himself.

"I don't have the ability to do that," Fif answered about why he put the tapes out at a fever pace. "You have to set up records now, position them at radio. I get frustrated with that sh--. Sometimes I just want people to hear what I just did. I be like, 'This sh-- is hot, I want it out now. So I'mma just start giving it away.' "

But for Before I Self Destruct, you'll have to make a purchase.

"My album — it's perfect, I feel," he described. "I'm ready. I'm ready to put this album out. I really don't need adjustments. I need a few songs to be finished, mixed. Dre, he drags his feet. He's slow, but it's because he's so creative. He's gonna make sure it's perfect. I'm never mad at it. I understand that process from him. But for me, I kinda go on my gut. Ain't nobody pick 50 Cent records. 'Wanksta' went on its own. They caught up to my records. The only record they launched was 'In da Club.' When we was all on deck and they launched it. Even going back to the last record — 'I Get Money' was going at a great pace, then 'Ayo Technology' fell on top of it. I had all of the records that sold the Curtis record laying there the whole time. I was just like, 'I can't put this out until after I've done this.' My core, if they can't expect aggressive content or that content that feels like what's going on for them at the moment from me, then who can they get it from?"

The Hottest Artist Mixtapes Of 2009 Thus Far (In Alphabetical Order)


» 4-30-09: Happy Birthday Volume Four - Lloyd Banks

» Abstract Best - Q-Tip and J.Period

» Back to the Feature - Wale and 9th Wonder

» Beam Me Up Scotty - Nicki Minaj

» Bullets Ain't Got No Name: Vol 2 - Nipsey Hussle

» B.O.B vs. Bobby Ray - Bobby Ray

» Covers the Classics - Joell Ortiz

» Dat Kid From Cleveland - Kid Cudi

» The Demo Tape - R. Kelly

» Forever King - 50 Cent

» Gone Fishin' - The Cool Kids

» HerFavoriteColo(u)r. - Blu

» Hottest in the Hood.com: Welcome to Bad Boy - Red Café

» Kiss My Ass: The Champ Is Here 2 - Jadakiss

» Road to Till the Casket Drops - The Clipse

» So Far Gone - Drake

» Swine Flu 1 and 2 - Tony Yayo

» War Angel LP - 50 Cent

» The Warm Up - J. Cole

» Writing's on the Wall - Gucci Mane


DJs Keeping The Circuit Hot

» 31 Degrees

» Drama

» Empire

» Green Lantern

» Holiday

» Infamous


» Skee

» Scream

» Scope

» Smallz

» Superstar Jay

» White Owl

» Whoo Kid

» Woogie

Breakthrough Producers

» Tha Bizness

» DJ Khalil

» Inkcredibles

» J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League

» Super Producer 40

» Zaytoven

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