G-Unit leader 50 Cent has announced plans to release an upcoming LP-based mixtape called War Angel and claimed it will be his “best” underground project to date.
Giving fans roughly ten songs, Fif explained his desire to release the tape prior to his upcoming album Before I Self Destruct.
“I didn’t want to write ‘Angel Demon’,” 50 Cent said in an interview. It’s not the contrast between good and bad. But…if someone’s at war, I’m sure they’re saying their prayers. They believe they have angels around them. What would you call an angel around a soldier at war? That’s why I titled it that…Creatively, this is not even a mixtape. That’s why I put LP next to it…My core audience will understand it immediately, and it’s written specifically for that…When you hear it, out of all the material I put on the street, you’re gonna say that’s the best body of work I put out in the mixtape circuit, period…I have two other tapes to follow it. Fourth of July, Sincerely Southside Part 2 coming out with mostly ’90s music on it…Then, after that, there’s a G-Unit mixtape. It’s actually untitled. I’ll be finished with it in the next day or so.” (MTV)
50 recently spoke on his lack of motivation in today’s hip-hop climate.
“What I fell in love with and inspired me to get into hip-hop is dwindling away,” he explained in an interview. “I’d like to be a representation of that, because there isn’t much of that left. I think people are so conscious of the numbers they’re not being creative anymore. I’ve received nothing but positive feedback on this collaboration. And it’s a surprise because it’s playing in a space where you wouldn’t traditionally hear 50 Cent. It’s exciting and it’s a whole new charge of energy for the person that is tuning in…I wrote, directed and produced the project. With the purchase of the CD you get the film. I wanted my audience to see it, because I was inspired by what I wrote on the album…I feel music marks time, and there’s a lot of great music being made now that doesn’t completely match the time period…When these guys finish mixing I’ll finish making the decisions. People look at my projects as if it’s only 50, but it’s really 50 Cent up to Dr. Dre and Eminem standards. (Billboard)
Reportedly dropping this fall, Fif previously said his album would follow-up Em’s Relapse.
“My album Before I Self Destruct will be out in May,” he said in an interview earlier this year. “My record kinda got moved back because Eminem’s record will be coming out before me because Dre will have completed his project before I can get Dre to finish the pieces I need to complete my project.” (ABC Now)
Aside from music, the rapper has partnered with Lighthouse Beauty for his own line of cologne.
Set to debut at Macy’s stores, Power by 50 Cent is the first launch for the newly formed Lighthouse Beauty, which is comprised of artist managers at Brand Asset Management, the celebrities they represent, and developers and distributors of luxury fragrances. Lighthouse Beauty is helmed by Lighty, Howard Sherman of Mod Beauty, Philip Zellner of Product King Marketing, World Source Marketing Group, 111 Design and Edge Display, and Glenn Nussdorf, a major shareholder of Parlux, Perfumania and Quality King. (Women’s Wear Daily)
War Angel will reportedly hit the mixtape circut Tuesday, June 16th.
Check out Fif’s audio interview below: