"Not particularly this song, but the entire project ... I meant for it to be a little harder and what I fell in love with about hip-hop and within hip-hop. I accomplished it. Before I Self Destruct is absolutely harder than Get Rich or Die Tryin' or other projects in between. The Massacre had some real aggressive content on it, but there were other things I wanted to do, like 'Ryder Music,' 'Baltimore Love Thing,' 'Build You Up,' featuring Jamie Foxx. This project [Before I Self Destruct], I kept all of those things out of it. I just made it what I wanted it to be. This album is my album right now. It's like the prequel to Get Rich — the things I missed on that project."
-50 Cent, talking about how hard his forthcoming album Before I Self Destruct is going to be in comparison with his other work. MTV News caught up with 50 on the set of the video for "Baby By Me," the first single from the album. He says that despite the fact that it's a slower paced number with a hook sung by Ne-Yo, the rest of the album is going to contain some of the most aggressive music of his career, and that listeners should look at his two mixtapes from 2009 — especially the excellent War Angel LP — for a good sense of what to expect. The oft-delayed Before I Self Destruct hits stores on November 23.