News: 50 Cent Promises To Be A Drama Setter, "Gangsta Grillz Is Actually The Biggest Mixtape Brand..."

Saturday, Apr 28, 2012 8:31PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

G-Unit leader 50 Cent recently discussed the importance behind his upcoming Gangsta Grillz: The Lost Tape project and what approach he took for his latest mixtape.

In Fif's perspective, there is no other mixtape brand which holds the same standard as DJ Drama's Gangsta Grillz series.

"I never really, on the mixtapes, reach out and put the people I needed to put on to make it feel like it was a different energy. It was me doing what I want to do, and of course, putting the artists around me on the tape to get them that exposure," Fif said in an interview. "This go-round, I said, 'Because it's Gangsta Grillz, it's an event for me! ... Gangsta Grillz is actually the biggest mixtape brand you can be associated with. Everyone else has lost the consistency." (Shade 45)

Last night (April 28), DJ Drama unleashed one of the mixtape's records.

50 Cent will drop The Lost Tape, his Gangsta Grillz collaboration with DJ Drama, on May 15, and it appears the rapper is in rare form. Last night (April 27), Dram posted the first track from the collaboration - a new one called "Remain Calm (Al Qaeda Bomb)" that also includes Snoop Dogg and a verse from 50's quick-spitting female protege Precious Paris. The Queens MC sounds rejuvenated on the menacing, street-oriented track, continuing the throwback hot streak he started on his last effort The Big 10. He released that mixtape last December to positive reviews as fans praised a return to his early sound and brash attitude. (RapFix)

On the same day, Fif officially announced the project's release date.

I just finished another joint off the lost tape I'm mixing tonight. Street king energy I'm up all night tonight baby. I'm getting it in #SK," he tweeted April 27th.
"Catch the first joint off my GANGSTA GRILLZ @djdrama getting ready to let it loose on his show. The lost tape"
"The LOST TAPE is coming out on the 15th. Nothing but heat watch how it shake things up. #SK" (50 Cent's Twitter)

In light of the brand's success, Drama recently talked to SOHH about watching Gangsta Grillz excel careers of rap's elite such as Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy.

"At times I do [look at the Gangsta Grillz legacy], me being a fan and a student of the game, I can't front like it doesn't amaze me with some of the things and the brand and what the brand and I have been able to accomplish in the game," Drama told SOHH. "I'm very humble and I really came up loving, studying and watching the mixtape game and deejays and just hip-hop culture in general. I've been a part of so many mixtapes that have meant so much to so many people and so many careers. It actually pushes me to keep accomplishing more. Me and Don Trip sat down in the studio and talked about how his [Guerilla] was like an album before the album drops to him, speaking of the Gangsta Grillz." (SOHH)

Check out 50 Cent's interview below:

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