50 Cent To Release Two Albums This Year

Rapper plans to drop Before I Self Destruct and a follow-up in conjunction with Eminem's pair of 2009 LPs.

Recently, while filming a video, [artist id="860639"]50 Cent[/artist] said it was he who gave Eminem the idea to [url id="http://newsroom.mtv.com/2009/03/16/eminem-u2-coldplay-promise-two-albums-in-one-year-will-it-happen/"]release two albums this year[/url]. Fif is taking credit for that — you're welcome, America. The Queens MC also said he's going to do the same thing.

"What they don't know ... the new announcement is that I'm dropping two albums," Fif smiled. "I've had an opportunity to record since I thought I was releasing an album in December. But the portion of my record that I recorded with Dr. Dre was incomplete, because there was no opportunity to mix it. The only song that was mixed that I worked on with Dr. Dre is 'I Get It In' — that one is out now. It's cool, but I need the rest of them to be mixed before I can present my project to the public."

Fif projects Before I Self Destruct will drop in June, after Eminem's Relapse hits stores on May 19 — and 50's second album will come one month after Em's second album, according to the current game plan.

When asked to describe the concept of the upcoming "Crack a Bottle" video, 50 didn't say much. "The concept ... this video is very artistic. It's an idea that Em and [his manager] Paul [Rosenberg] agreed on. It's exciting."

And ...?

"So you want me to tell what it is?" 50 laughed. "I'm not telling you."

Fif is set to join Fall Out Boy on tour for five dates, starting with the Dallas stop on April 14.