The bad guy is almost back: [artist id="860639"]50 Cent[/artist] said he's completed "80 percent" of his next album, the forthcoming Black Magic, which should arrive later this year.
The G-Unit rapper has continued to make inroads into Hollywood since his last project, 2009's Before I Self-Destruct, but Fif told MTV News at the Sundance Film Festival that he'll be focusing on music in the near future.
"[Fans] should look forward to the actual album this summer, so I have to release something soon," he said about when to expect the first single. "I'm not sure if I'll make a full mixtape [beforehand]. That's what I was doing when I was making collaborations with new artists: I was working with artists that wouldn't exactly be my equal because they don't have a successful track record. But at some point you have to make the decision to just be an artist and work because you enjoy the music and you think it's a good idea, as opposed to it being someone of your caliber."
50 had already announced Eminem will appear on the album. But the Queens lyricist also said he'll be working with a slew of new collaborators, including Boi-1da, Alex Da Kid and Kanye West's "Power" producer Symbolyc One.
Lil Wayne producers The Surf Club — Hit-Boy and Chase N. Cashe — said the Get Rich or Die Tryin' superstar will revisit the aggression of his earlier work on his latest set.
"He's taking it back to the old 50," Hit-Boy told us late last year. "And he had some new records that were some different-sounding stuff too. I'm excited to see how people react to it, and hopefully we end up with some stuff on the album. I gave him some stuff he really loved. It's really a blend of the old 50 mixing with the new stuff that he's doing. It's crazy."
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