There was a point when 50 had the game on tilt. Nobody can ever undermine the hunger and success he had since his mainstream inception in 2003. His fiery determination and willingness to grapple with anybody is what made him a supreme competitor in music. But, like with every artist at some point, father time nabs them of their creative juices, leaving their careers on a respirator.
If you recall, 50 had the streets on lock with Get Rich or Die Tryin’. His unflinching approach and gangsta persona was so appealing to the masses, that we had no choice but to ride with him. Tracks like “Many Men” and “What Up Gangsta” conveyed his ruthless nature. He was a beast and America applauded him for it. Even with The Massacre, his lifespan remained intact because of his sheer hit-making abilities. But, since then, 50 watched his quality dissipate. Curtis was a weak attempt to throw together mainstream records to reach his dying audience. Then, his last two albums displayed an artist who preferred to remain stuck in this archaic methods and not conform to the new sounds of music. His music sounded dated. “Smoke” sounded like a record he should have kept in the vault in 2007. 50’s penchant for writing hooks will always be recognized, but the Queens rapper needs to be cognizant of the times in music. With his last album Animal Ambition falling short once again, we ponder if he has any juice left in the tank.
With his last album Animal Ambition falling short once again, we ponder if he has any juice left in the tank.
50 has proven he can glide with the younger kids of today’s generation. His collaboration with Kendrick Lamar “We Up” signified that. When he gave Sonny Digital’s “I’m the Man” a test run, he once again proved he can segue into the new era of trap-sounding beats with no problems. If you look at his track-record, he’s currently sitting at 2-3, meaning his first two albums were fire, but his last three were mediocre.
I love 50 and believe in his ability to pen poignant hooks, it’s just I don’t know if he can craft another dope album. I have no problems listening to 50 on the mixtape grind, but he hasn’t proven to the world that he’s outdated. The last single of his that charted was in 2012 “My Life” featuring Alicia Keys. That song peaked at 27. That’s four years ago. 50 is better suited as a featured artist, and someone who can drop mixtapes.
I have no problems with that 50, but I don’t think anybody is clamoring for another 50 Cent album. I hope I’m wrong, but judging by this generation, he might not having anybody willing to check for him. SHARE this story.