News: 50 Cent Follows Eminem's Blueprint, "I'm Dropping Two Albums" [Video]

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2009 10:30AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Despite constant setbacks, 50 Cent has announced plans to release two solo albums before the end of 2009.

The decision reportedly comes as a result of waiting on producer Dr. Dre to complete his duties on Fif's upcoming album Before I Self Destruct.

"The new announcement is that I'm dropping two albums," Fif said in an interview. "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. (MTV)

Fif previously said his album would come out in May, following Em's long-awaited release.

"My album Before I Self Destruct will be out in May," he said in an interview last month. "My record kinda got moved back because Eminem's record will be coming out before me because Dre will have completed his project before I can get Dre to finish the pieces I need to complete my project." (ABC Now)

The G-Unit leader is falling in line with the same marketing strategy as Em who is also releasing two albums this year.

"A lot of people were expecting Relapse to drop last year," said Eminem. "I was one of them. Then Dre and I went back in the studio in September for a few days, and that turned into six months. We were on such a roll; we wound up with a ton of new musicproduced by Dre. Putting out Relapse 2 will let everyone get all of the best stuff." (SOHH)

Accompanying Fif's deluxe edition album will be a bonus DVD called Two Turntables and a Microphone: The Life and Death of Jam Master Jay.

"Times are hard," 50 said in a statement. "Everyone is trying to make the most of what they have. I want to give my fans something extra for their hard earned dollars. They'll get a free bonus when the pick up the album." Focusing on 50's late mentor and friend, Run DMC's Jam Master Jay, the 85-minute disc will include appearances from Reverend Run, Russell Simmons, Jay-Z and more. (Rolling Stone)

Check out 50 making his album announcement below:

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