NEW YORK — Thursday night was just a regular evening at the movies … well, if you’re used to seeing [artist id="860639"]50 Cent[/artist], [artist id="1245018"]Lloyd Banks[/artist] and [artist id="1689514"]Tony Yayo[/artist] at the theater! Fif held a screening of his film “Before I Self Destruct”; the movie shares a title with 50′s new LP and they will be released together on November 16.
“I’m trying to be ahead of the curve because things are changing in music,” 50 told the audience at the AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 theater in Manhattan on Thursday. Members of the audience included Red Café, Uncle Murda, radio personality Miss Info, DJ Jazzy Joyce and actor/MC AlBe Back.
For Fif, the “Before I Self Destruct” film “was an opportunity to show the cause and effect” of a good guy gone bad. Fif also said making a 90-minute film presented an opportunity to get more in-depth than a three-minute song.
50 stars as Clarence, a street-basketball superstar with enough promise to possibly make it to the NBA. When he injures his knee during a game, his hoop dreams are smashed and he’s left to figure out what to do with the rest of his life. When Clarence and his genius pre-teen brother Chaka suffer the ultimate family tragedy, Clarence turns to the streets for salvation and money. He becomes a ruthless hitman for a local kingpin played by Clifton Powell. Lloyd Banks also has a role as Chaka’s school teacher — yes, Banks appears in a dress shirt and tie, surprising the crowd with a character no one expected.
One hilarious moment during the screening came when 50 had to cry onscreen, and an audience member started to laugh. 50 himself yelled from his seat, “Shut up, n—a!” causing the entire crowd to laugh.
Also released with the album and film will be the documentary “2 Turntables and a Microphone,” which explores the murder of Run-DMC DJ and 50 mentor Jam Master Jay. The trailer was shown at the screening on Thursday night as well.
“[Jam Master Jay's nephew] Phonz was working on that project for five years,” 50 explained to MTV News a little over a year ago. “He came to me, and I shot my [interview] portion that’s on the documentary. We met in Atlanta the first time and ended up shooting in Amsterdam.
“It’s not a random act of violence,” 50 also said about Jay’s murder. “People just don’t walk in your studio, shoot and kill you with several other people around, and no one knows anything. I believe the documentary sheds light on it — a little bit. It creates a clearer picture of what actually happened at that point. People just heard, ‘Jam Master Jay got shot.’ They don’t understand the circumstances. [The film] creates some clarity.”
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