Long ago, 50 Cent proved that he was about his money. He shook up the music industry in the early 2000s with his mixtapes and debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin', and continued the musical onslaught for the next few years. But then a string of lucrative business ventures began to earn much of his time and devotion. Over the last twelve months, however, Fif has planted his feet right back into the world of hip-hop music. During that span, he released high profile remixes, a musical Street King Energy campaign, official singles, and three free projects, culminating in today's 5 (Murder By Numbers). Check out a breakdown of the Queens native's output over the last year. —Adam Fleischer (@AdamXXL)
50 releases his new single, “I’m On It.” The electronically-infused dance cut, produced by The Cataracs, had a West Coast feel to it. Though it never quite picked up, it kept Fif on fans’ minds musically.
50 keeps his club collaborations going, and hops on the remix to Dev’s “In The Dark.” This one was also crafted by The Cataracs.
50 complimented his Street King Energy initiative with a string of leaks and freestyles in late 2011. Some of the highlights included "Love, Hate, Love (Street King Energy #6)" and "50's My Favorite (Street King Energy Drink Track #11)."
50 links up with Hot Rod, who he signed to his G-Note records, for the “Hot Girl (Remix).” Another one for the ladies, here.
50 gets together with an unlikely cast of characters for the “Warning (Remix).” The song, whose original by Uncle Murda had been heating up New York streets and radio, featured Mariah Carey and Young Jeezy, as well as Murda, alongside Fif.
50 goes back to his Get Rich or Die Tryin’ roots with “What Up Gangsta Pt. 2,” creating a follow up to one of the many standouts from his classic debut.
50 commemorates the tenth anniversary of his breakout mixtape, 50 Cent Is The Future, with the release of a new tape, The Big 10 (the actual anniversary is the summer of 2012, but that’s alright. Check out XXL's homage here). Tracks like "Body On It," "Niggas Be Scheming," "Off and On," and "Wait Til Tonight" find the rap star sounding more comfortable than he has in some time, recalling some of his early career magic.
50 continues his trend of creating remixes of buzzing songs and working with West Coast artists by adding his cents to LoveRance’s “Up!” The X-rated party jam became a radio fixture and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
50 and Jeremih join forces once again, this time for Fif’s new single, “Girls Go Wild.” Once again, though, the Queens native is frustrated with his label, Interscope, and with the rollout for the record. Though the dynamic duo once again create an exciting track, the single doesn’t experience the same success as their initial teaming, “Down On Me.”
50 teams with DJ Drama for a creation from two of the most important individuals in hip-hop’s mixtape history, as they release The Lost Tape. Initially intended to serve as a warm up for his July album (which ended up being a free release, and a warm up for his November album), the project had a mixed reception but offered standout cuts like “Riot (Remix),” “Complicated,” and “Remain Calm.”
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50 made Wiz Khalifa’s wish come true with “Telescope,” which came a month after the Pittsburgh native took to Twitter to announce that he had an ideal record for Fif. Indeed, the collaboration worked, as the melodic sounds of Harry Fraud and Wiz’s easygoing flow complimented the G-Unit general’s approach on the track.
50 consistently claimed that he'd be dropping his album, 5 (Murder By Numbers) at the top of July—with or without the full support of his label home. But when it came time for the release, he announced that he'll give the project away for free, and instead his official fifth album will drop in November.