G-Unit head 50 Cent recently updated fans on the status of his long-awaited Animal Ambition solo album and revealed what two key New York hip-hop heavyweights have served as inspiration.
According to the Big Apple native, rap veterans Nas and Rakim heavily influenced 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)
Curtis Jackson 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)
A few weeks ago, 50’s unexpected “The Funeral” music video premiered online.
50 released “Funeral” on Friday (February 21), breaking down the emotional roller coaster of a murder with a the single and its video. “Flowers, funeral service, a kid’s in a coffin/ It sounds so familiar, don’t it happen so often,” Fif begins his rap with a dark flow. The rapper runs down a story which begins with a shoot-out in front of a non-descript New York corner store. “In her eyes, he was mommy’s little baby/ But he was outside talkin’ to n—as crazy,” 50 raps in an attempt to offer some reasoning as to why he had to put a hit out on his now deceased enemy. (MTV)