News: 50 Cent Feeds The Beast, Unleashes Fangs W/ "Animal Ambition"

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 9:06PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

G-Unit head 50 Cent is giving fans a reason to get excited for the release of his long-awaited Animal Ambition solo album by releasing its cover art this week.

The G-Unit boss opted out of featuring himself and, instead, showcases a lion on his project's new artwork.

50 Cent is unleashing the beast. The hip-hop mogul has revealed the ferocious cover for his fifth album Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire to Win. The artwork, which he posted on 50Cent.com, shows a lion staring into the camera and baring his teeth. The album marks his first since leaving Shady/Aftermath/Interscope and signing an independent deal with Caroline/Capitol Music Group. (Rap-Up)

Recently, Curtis Jackson credited rap heavyweights Nas and Rakim for heavily influencing the upcoming release.

"When I fell in love with hip-hop it was more important that you had your own style than you being able to master a version of Rakim or a version of another artist's style," he says alluding to artist he has publicly called his idol. "Nobody does that better than [Rakim]. Even with new content that flow is still his flow. Nas is [also] one of those guys...he has his own. Even if some people make comparisons that was just Queensbridge, man. That period for me...Mobb Deep, Prodigy is in his own class in my mind." (VIBE)

He also admitted the delayed solo offering may not appeal to all listeners.

50 even admits that his hardboiled view of the world won't be for everyone. "It's going to be really interesting because some of [Animal Ambition] is written from a slightly warped perspective," he muses. "But it's all about prosperity." (VIBE)

While details are scarce, Fif recently revealed music producer Dr. Dre would appear on his upcoming Animal Ambition project.

The first songs he plans to release are called "Don't Worry About It," and "Smoke." Smoke, like Tony Stewart? "Nah, this one was produced by Dr. Dre." Dr. Dre produced songs on 50 Cent's new album, perhaps triggering the latest hip-hop rivalry: Which rapper has the freshest headphones, Beats by Dr. Dre or SMS Audio? "I'm listening to mine, he's listening to his," 50 Cent said, laughing. (Racing AP)

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