50 Cent: Music of the Heart… Or Die Trying

No Estefan.

“What I fell in love with and inspired me to get into hip-hop is dwindling away. I’d like to be a representation of that, because there isn’t much of that left. I think people are so conscious of the numbers they’re not being creative anymore. I’ve received nothing but positive feedback on this collaboration. And it’s a surprise because it’s playing in a space where you wouldn’t traditionally hear 50 Cent. It’s exciting and it’s a whole new charge of energy for the person that is tuning in.”

-50 Cent, Billboard.com

By “this collaboration”, 50 Cent means “Mujeres En El Club” with reggaetoneros Wisin Y Yandel. By “positive feedback”, 50 means, “I haven’t left the crib in a while, but Dre and Em think it’s cool.”

Amazing. Such poignant and heartfelt words to make music by coming from one of rap’s most deliberate forgery offenders.

I understand the notion of artists losing their drive or curtailing true artistry to advance in industry. I don’t think it’s necessarily effective or the right answer in most cases, but I understand why it’s done. Niggas are trying to get out of the projects and don’t believe they can really do so on the strength of who they actually are. Whatever. The present incarnation of 50 Cent is a different man than the scruffy, scrappy youngster pouring everything he had into Onyx guest appearances. His metamorphosis was gradual and, needless to say, fiscally successful.

It’s kind of sad to listen to 2009 50 Cent fall prostrate before his [former] audience lamenting artistic integrity sold. However, the nigga is lying to you as he tries to pass off “Mujeres En El Club”–which translates to “Women in the Club”, in case you couldn’t grasp that one by context–as the result of a soul search intent on reviving the kid Clyde Smith wanted to slap around on Supreme Clientele.

“–In the Club”, you say? Hmmm. That sounds so familiar. I can’t put my finger on where I’ve heard it before, though. Damn. Oh, well. Put a pin in that one. We’ll come back to it.

[Blogger's Note: 50 Cent's debut album is entitled "Get Rich or Die Trying" not "Damn, I'm Just Dying Inside and Can't Wait to Share My Creative Vision With You", as many assume.]

“Mujeres En El Club” is not only a blatantly forced and obviously desperate crossover attempt, it’s also terrible. If 50 didn’t drop a throwaway verse on the jawn, I might even be inclined to believe his bellyaching. Instead, he mailed one in on a weak crossover and is paying for it in the court of public opinion.

[Blogger's Note: Wisin Y Yandel, on the other hand, are going as hard as their capabilities permit.]

It’s really easy to blame the same industry that made one rich beyond belief once the formula doesn’t work as well anymore. All 50 really had to do was make the shit dope. Then, we wouldn’t be having this conversation and I wouldn’t be making a few dollars off of his shine job today.

Interestingly enough, 50 Cent likens hip-hop’s evolution to that of rock & roll–with which I agree. But that’s an entirely new box of Triscuits to open. Eh, fuck it. I’m hungry.

Triscuit: Crossovers and cross-genre collaborations are nothing new. Part of a genre’s evolution is the eventual creation of what the music scholars like to call “sub-genre”. Hip-hop is big enough to maintain many of these, as rock does. However, I don’t give a fuck about the classification of my music. 50 could rap over a ukulele and accordion, so long as the shit is tight. If he makes a weak song using a transparent formula for commercial success, he should anticipate the pain associated with both musical and career cancer.

Damn. I fucked up the title. It should have read, “–Or Die Trying Too Hard“. Oh, well.

Questions? Comments? Requests? Need that cheap chemo? ron@ronmexicocity.com

  • Wallman

    hmm… i think Mujeres en el club is hot, except for that i don´t understand shit except from 50s verse, wellwell

  • Pierzy

    50 getting desperate? Sounds like it…

    How much do you think he says, “I wish it were still 2003″? I’m going with A LOT.

  • Prwhy

    boo……….50 first collaborated with these guys in 2008, they remix Ryder Pt 2 on there own, so 50 made an official single out of it.
    this new song just so happens to be a hit, and now ppl want to call it a crossover. gtfo, they both were on the same show bill in Median, Columbia and Chile in 2008. with this new hit they will continue to promform together if on the same bill in South America, Central America or NYC.

    fail post?

    • http://www.ronmexicocity.com Ron Mexico

      not only do i link to the article you took that information from, but it has nothing to do with the point of the entry.

      and do you know what crossover means?

  • EReal

    Just seems like a billboard plug to me. He obviously doesn’t personally believe that shit. Whats funny is, that statement seems more appropriate when applied to Curtis.

    What benumbs me about 50 and G-Unit is that they can consistently put out hot mixtapes, yet on their albums they seem to follow that commercial code to the letter, look at Buck The World.

  • DV8

    “I think people are so conscious of the numbers they’re not being creative anymore.”

    LMAO this coming form the guy who made such a big deal about “the numbers” in the first place. Nobody was really worrying about the numbers until 50 started dissing his enemies and basing there music by the numbers of albums they sold.

  • DazzOne

    I mean at this piont 50, if your ging to flop, at least drop something from your heart. No,really. There is 50 Cent there that still makes that “Your Life Is On The Line” murder. Just get away from Jimmy for a while…

    • EReal

      Flop? lol.

      This dude sold 700K first week last album, thats better than Em.

      Still huge worldwide.

      Thats like saying BP3 is gonna flop, lol.

      • Superstar Extraordinaire

        First off it was 691,000 do ya research homie….plus that 691k was like 2 yrs ago…..and it was against Kanye’s album which just pushed sales up

        • EReal

          That was a pointless comment.

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

    He should get a track from Dre or Primo & just keep saying, “I apologize” over & over again.

    Really, when 50 dropped, I dug his whole vibe. He was the “new, improved” Black American dream. Born from the slums, survived the street, hustled hard [||], made “it”, became successful…..

    Somewhere on that journey, the money got to him, in a real bad, transparent way. I know an artist should make money from his craft, but when does craft become blatant disregard for the sake of a (few million) bucks?

    Saddest part is that I’m still going to buy BISD, futher fueling his need to buy/wear sleeveless muscle shirts & the urge to throw all his doe in my face.

    He’s a jerk, no New Boyz.

    • DA TRUTH

      please explain how he was the new imporved black american dream. that nigga a puppet; has been and still is. Him and Rick Ross (the rapper not the snitch) need to do a ablum together called “nigga rich”.

      • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

        @ DA TRUTH

        I explained it briefly but clearly in my previous post. No need for me to re-type my opinion.

        Lol @ “Nigga Rich”.

    • latino heat

      i never head of that Jerk song until this past friday when i went with my chick to pick up her nephews from school. all 3 of them know the words and the dance. and of course they know how to do the Stanky Leg too. what the fuck are people teaching there kids when a 5 year old can do the Stanky Leg?!

  • $ykotic

    The bad part is I heard that song ALL weekend.

    • EReal

      Hahahaha.

      The bad part is the people in America who listen to that stuff have the most expendable income.

      • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

        No, the WORST part is that my wife downloaded it, & now its her ringtone…….

        So, on top of the fact that all her man-less chickenhead cronies annoy the piss out of me, everytime one of them call, her & my kids start “jerkin’” & singing the goddamned song.

        Ugh.

        • EReal

          Wow, bruh. Fail. lol.

        • Pierzy

          Ouch, Tony. Damn. I have no words…I’ll just hang my head…

        • Jamal7Mile

          LOL!

          Not laughing at you bro, just with you!!

        • $ykotic

          Never 4get the female factor guys.

          Personally I listen to Aventura(bachata). You can laugh now…

        • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

          I’ll take “This Is Why I’m Hot” over that garbage anyday.

          Hell, I’m going to buy Jim “Roach Coach” Jones new CD just to wash the taste out of my ears.

          Woe is me.

  • Epinz

    @mex
    Its funny cuz I read this shit and knew u was gunna get at em bout that shit. He invented the #’s game, now he complainin bout it and still droppin mediocre music.

  • Epinz

    He wasn’t sayin that it was like rock&roll he was sayin that these niggaz is turnin into that. That’s why he said he wanted to b a reflection of what made him love hip hop cuz these niggaz is actin like rock stars now and that real hip hop shit isn’t around like it once was, not mainstream anyways. Run dmc did rock&roll songs, but they were still who they were, they didn’t try to dress up like aerosmith and act like rock&roll stars. They were hip hop stars and acted like hip hop stars. I get what he’s sayin, hip hop is movin away from its origins and becoming sumthn it never was! Now whether that sounds good comin feom him is a diff story!

    • Zulu1925

      @ Epinz

      Hip Hop did not begin with Run-DMC. Have you ever seen Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force or Grandmaster Flash $ The Furious Five? Those dudes dressed as wild or WILDER than the rock stars of their era! In the beginning, Hip Hop was a party. DJs were the stars – rappers didn’t even call themselves MCs back then (Melle Mel, part of the Furious Five, was arguably the first). The emphasis on intricate wordplay and rhyme schemes was a later evolution. If anything, the beat-driven, simple rhyme style of alot of the current music despised by so-called ‘heads’ is actually a RETURN to the roots of Hip Hop.

  • Jamal7Mile

    Did anybody watch the video on YouTube just now? I can’t read/speak a lick of Spanish, but I can still tell that the commenters on the Tube thought that 50′s verse sucked!

    • $ykotic

      Yeah we know he sold them a cutting room throwaway verse. But hey, Swiss kids bump MOP.

      Go figure.

      • Jamal7Mile

        What’s up $yk?

        Co-sign the “go figure.” An interesting point… I’ve always had trouble understanding non-English lyrics, but I still be jamming to some of that shit! Les Nubiens got this one song called “Mandela” that I still don’t understand (10+ years old and in French) but I just blast the hell out of it when it comes on the radio. And I’ve heard stories about how Run-DMC were amazed at how the crowds in Japan knew their lyrics word-by-word… but couldn’t speak English!!

        I’ve got the same problem understanding “hi-speed” emcees, too. I love Twista, but I couldn’t quote you too many of his verses. When Busta Rhymes first came out with “Gimme Some Mo”, I blinked twice and said “WHAAAT?!” while breaking my neck trying to nod to that beat! Interesting!!

        • $ykotic

          In 2k3 I was in Helsinki. Their accent is thick as hell. Imagine them singing and knowing every single verse on “Triumph”. The club was rocking!

          That’s when I questioned why don’t dudes make music for the masses instead of just for the hood. Cutting off their own $ by being limited. Albeit Wu music is hood.

          But the concept of being a worldwide artist should appeal to anybody signed. I’d rather go salsa/bachata dancing in a heartbeat than posing inside a musty rap show. Again the “chick” factor.

  • DetroitDraper

    50 and the Unit still consistently put out hot mixtapes i.e. Return of the Body Snatchers but that TOS album was garbage. Idk why theycan make such a classic mixtape and then follow it up with a just horrible album. Maybe they cant get some of the samples cleared or somethin but people need to stop talkin down on the Unit if they have’nt heard any of there new tapes.

  • latino heat

    i saw this video a couple months ago on MTV Jams, and the first thing that popped in my head was, “this isn’t serious, right?” then as it went on and i saw it was serious i could just think of how desperate 50 must be getting.
    you never saw 50 jump on any reggaetone songs even at it’s height of popularity about 5 years ago when everybody was jumping on the bandwagon. the fact that he’s doing it now screams of desperation.

  • Azhar

    I saw the demise of 50 when he dropped “candy shop” after dissin Ja for makin the same type music… real recognize real and 50 lookin unfamiliar right now… He need to get back to basics, stop beefin wit niggas..get in the studio wit Dre, Em, and Premo and just go in! Stop wit da gimmicks and bullshit! Then maybe he’ll start to look familiar again! roll up!

  • Shawty J

    50 got on someone elses song doin the same old shit he always does and then calls it “creative” WTF?

  • Superstar Extraordinaire

    WE (men) listen to that that Aventura/bachata, r&b music just for the bitches, if the didnt like it, we wouldnt listen to it…..thats what 50 is doin……the bitches like that song….they gonna make their man listen/buy/download it…..pussy makes niggas do crazy shit

    • $ykotic

      My bad SE. Just caught your comment. On the real I just listen to it. Salsa too. But you are somewhat right because if my girl wasn’t Spanish I might not have a taste for it.

      Naw the bodega’s stay pumping it. Still rather do that than see ___________(insert whoever’s payola is good right now).

  • http://danjlovesthe90s.wordpress.com DANJ!

    50′s doing what every rapper does once they fall off. When them niggas are doin’ well, they don’t care about what other wack shit is dominating. They even take part in wack shit themselves because they’re tryna eat. But THEN- nobody’s coppin’ their shit anymore, so it turns into “there’s something wrong in the game and we as artists aren’t allowed…” Like these niggas were artist’s artists and then the new shit came along and killed their artistry. 50 was the main one jokin’ niggas because of their sales, but now it’s a problem? HAAAAAA!

  • DazzOne

    $ykotic, your comment made me wonder-what happened to the anthems?
    ‘Triumph’-anthem. Epic.
    ‘Hail Mary’-anthem
    ‘Ruff Ryders Anthem’-well…anthem(it’s in the name)
    ‘Who’s World Is This’ ANTHEM.

    What I’m saying is, 50 had people looking at the numbers, like Buddens pionted out in the mixtape cassic ‘Who Killed It?’. To make those numbers, 50 figured out a formula for album sales, and then followed it to the letter. The club song, the girl song, the “I’m a P.I.M.P. get pussy song, and so on. Once we really understood that formula being brought to us so blatantly with ‘Get Rich or Die Trying REALLY REALLY REEEAALLLY Hard’, we grasped that, then expected more, taking it to the next level next time(we only got more the same with The Massacre. very tragic indeed). With that formula, where does the anthem fit in?

    You can’t come off as contrived on songs that are supposed to express real heart and emotion. That’s what anthems are.

    Rant. What were we talking about again?

    • $ykotic

      Peace Dazz.

      You see it. Too much of the cosmetic formula has caused the immune system to kick in. 50 is suffering from the same strain he created. The exposure created the anti-virus.

      Everybody’s scared to make music. Don’t understand why. Maybe it’s the THC’s.

      Even “Jigga My N*gga”-anthem(Ruff Ryder camp). Maybe that’s what we’re missing. Them dudes with that lane. But we’ll build.

      Just had a convo 2nite on how even WITH the internet brothers STILL own no distribution whatsoever.

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

    “You see it. Too much of the cosmetic formula has caused the immune system to kick in. 50 is suffering from the same strain he created. The exposure created the anti-virus.

    Everybody’s scared to make music. Don’t understand why. Maybe it’s the THC’s”

    ^^^^Damn $yk, that was a hell of a way to put that. Kudos, comrade. I concur to the fullest.

    • $ykotic

      Don’t forget I’m in your time zone Grand$. And Ranga is right my views went up 300+.

      Commission!

  • TCUK

    Mexico….if you don’t have anything to blog on then don’t fill this site full of non-sensical bullshit. Just take the day off to clean your apartment (mamas basement)

    The rider pt2 mix was hot, this song is hot…look at it from a business perspective, south american tours and record sales. Your looking at things from Ron Mexico’s point of view…. your the only dude with these bullshit opinions keep them to yourself no-one else gives a fuck what you have to say.

  • DazzOne

    @TCUK
    Damn,50! It’s like that son?!?!? And Ron’s not the only one who feels that way. I mean look around you.

    • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

      Co-sign………….

  • V

    Shit, as much as I hate to say it, I totally agree. 50 used to be my favorite rapper and I would listen to everything, but I think the man has gone crazy. I dont know who are the people who give good responses to GET UP, I GET IT IN, and OK, YOUR RIGHT…I cant even listen to that joint. I used to be excited for the three headed monster but as of now its just the two headed monster with three albums. But who knows, at the rate bank$ is going maybe he can fill that void.

  • chillin mayne

    TCUK u deserve a negro please for claimin “your the only dude with these bullshit opinions keep them to yourself NOONES ELSE GIVES A FUCK WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY” wen clearly u just read the entire article, and took the time to comment about it, which means u are a Grade A buffoon…no disrespect

  • Samuel L.

    I’m the biggest 50 fan there is but I’m not too sure about what he’s doing now. His verse on that song was hot but Curtis was pretty terrible. It’s not a good sign that his albums are only getting gradually worse with the exception of T.O.S.

  • http://www.dalockerroom.com Deez Nutz

    Andre 3000′s pinky toe > any creativity 50 ever had or will have…hell soulja boy creativity > 50 cent creativity…superman dat ho>50 cent performance arm swing (wtf is up with that cryptic azz move)

    (what up ron…just left the super lyrical debate and need to rant/hate…thanks for the forum…continue the hate my brother)

  • http://www.obeseamerica.com sankofa

    Dude got the money he wanted and then some. Would he trade it for that feeling? Didn’t think so.