News: 50 Cent Delays 'Gangsta Grillz' Mixtape, "It's Been Long Overdue"

Saturday, May 12, 2012 9:45AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

G-Unit leader 50 Cent plans to tease fans a little bit longer over his upcoming Gangsta Grillz: The Lost Tape mixtape, delaying its release a full week before unleashing it to the world.

While he did not offer up an explanation for the minor setback, Fif did hype up what people can expect from the mixtape project.

"I'm back on the streets man, it's goin' down. Gangsta Grillz, the first Gangsta Grillz, it's been long overdue," 50 told Mixtape Daily on Friday while he was sitting in his G-Unit office in midtown Manhattan. On May 22 Fif is teaming with DJ Drama to drop The Lost Tape, a 13-track mixtape filled with murderous material. "I don't want to put too many joints on a tape where it overwhelms people and I don't like making Now compilations where I got so many people on it where you ain't sure you like it," he said of his formula. (RapFix)

In late April, Fif talked about what makes a Gangsta Grillz project so special.

"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)

A few weeks ago, 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 hit up 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)

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