G-Unit leader 50 Cent has looked to late rap icons Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur for inspiration on his upcoming Black Magic album.
According to Fif, he will also be taking a more “mature” approach on his Before I Self Destruct follow-up.
He calls the album a whole new sound for him, and describes it as “more soulful” and “more mature” than his past work. For inspiration, he says he’s listening to a mix he made of some of his favorite artists’ best songs, including 2Pac and the Notorious B.I.G. “I listen to those records to create expectations,” says 50, who turns 35 in July. “It creates a level to me, within myself, of how good the record has to be before I’m ready to launch it.” (Detroit Free Press)
Rick Ross recently said he found inspiration in the late B.I.G.
“When [Diddy] made the comparisons of me and Biggie, I didn’t take them as me being compared to Biggie. Biggie is maybe the greatest of all-time. That wouldn’t even be a fair comparison. But I sometimes try to channel the emotions Biggie had in his music and his ability to tell stories. It touched me in a certain way.” (VIBE)
Last March, 50 said he would apply rap lyrics to music outside of his “safety zone” with the new record.
“My Black Magic album, I’ve been listening to a lot of different kinds of music. I just want to create something that’s outta the box,” 50 told radio host Tim Westwood. “It ain’t the same style, same kinda music. I’m using different song formats. I’ll write a rap song in a sequence of a different kind of record…To write it in a different format, instead of writing it the way the traditional rap record is written, it’s to experiment with different things. It’s still hip-hop music, still 50 Cent content, it’s just written in a different way…” (Tim Westwood)
Before I Self Destruct reached gold status last January.
50 Cent has another Gold certified album on his hands. The rapper’s 2009 effort “Before I Self Destruct” was recently certified Gold by the RIAA due to sales in excess of 500,000 copies. Led by the single “Baby By Me,” 50 Cent’s “Before I Self Destruct” closed out a strong decade of hit albums and singles for him. (Examiner)
No further album details have been released as of now.
Check out a past 50 Cent interview down below: