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50 Cent – “Pilot”

Posted: March 25, 2014 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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50 Cent is back with another leak off Animal Ambition entitled “Pilot.” 50 speeds up his flow on this one and it fits well with the booming string arrangements. While the rhythms are different, this has the same catchy feel of Schoolboy Q’s “Man of the Year.” Speaking of Q, he’d be well served on a remix to this joint.

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[Video] 50 Cent – “Don’t Worry About It”

Posted: March 19, 2014 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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For his latest release off Animal Ambition, 50 Cent drops the club-themed “Don’t Worry About.” Tracks like these are to be expected on major label albums, but let’s hope Animal Ambition has more tracks of “The Funeral” variety. You can purchase “Don’t Worry About It” HERE.

[Video] 50 Cent- “The Funeral”

Posted: February 21, 2014 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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The post Interscope era for 50 Cent is off to a strong start via this new video for “The Funeral.” Produced by Jake One, 50 tells the story of a murdered man and the college kid who risks everything to avenge him. The story flows with the imagery and the hook is a nod to long-time fans, who’ll remember it from those vintage mixtapes of the 2002-2003 era. The album, Animal Ambition, drops on June 3. You can also check out a “behind the scenes” feature on the video HERE.

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After a record-setting, 12-year run with Eminem and Dr. Dre’s respective Shady/Aftermath imprints, 50 Cent has confirmed his departure from the labels and a new deal with Universal Music Group’s Caroline Records.

In a prepared statement, 50 Cent thanked is mentors while alluding to the surprise move being spear-headed by creative differences.

I’ve had great success to date with Shady/Aftermath/Interscope and I’d like to thank Eminem and Dr. Dre for giving me an incredible opportunity. I’ve learned so much from them through the years. I am excited to enter this new era where I can carry out my creative vision.

Founded in 1973, Caroline Records has primarily served as a jazz and rock label, putting out records from The Misfits, White Zombie, Hole and Ben Folds Five. 50 Cent, who’s sold over 14 million records in his solo career, will be the label’s sole rap act.

Eminem added his own encouraging words for his former protegé’s new venture.

Both myself and Shady Records are grateful to have had the chance to play a part in 50′s career. Shady simply would not be what it is without 50 Cent. I’ve developed a great friendship with 50 over the years, and that’s not going to change. We know 50 will have success in his new situation, and we remain supporters of both him and G-Unit.

50’s last solo album, the gold-selling Before I Self-Destruct, was released in 2009. Since then, he’s released several mixtapes, including The Big 10, The Lost Tape (w/ DJ Drama), and 5 (Murder by Numbers). His next album will be the much-delayed Street King Immortal.

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It’s way too early to make predictions on how this will play out. On one hand, you could argue this might be problematic considering Caroline Records lack of previous work with Hip-Hop artists, let alone someone of 50’s caliber. On the other hand, no other rap act ensures 50 would likely get a lot of attention and as he put it, allow him to make music without the pressure of meeting his previous success.

What’s your gut reaction — good or bad for 50’s career?

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Last month, 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions held a their first ‘Big Apple Boxing” show in the mogul’s native Queens, New York. Over the weekend, 50 released this video recapping the entire card. As you can see from the list of performers, 50 was attempting to draw in the casual fans who love the music but not necessarily the sport. While I’m not personally a fan of music performances during a boxing show, it was a smart move in this case considering what most know 50’s brand for. Hopefully this will be the first of many cards the G-Unit founder will bring to NYC.

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It’s been over 13 years since Ja Rule’s Murder Inc. and 50 Cent’s G-Unit engaged in a contentious and sometimes violent fued. Earlier today, Rule disclosed that the former bitter enemies not only ended up sharing a flight, but also sat in the same row .

While not revealing where the flight was going or what was discussed, Rule noted on Twitter earlier that the pair were able to be civil with each other.

What are the chances me and 50 same flight same row no problems!!! #Grownmanshit

— Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) November 18, 2013

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Ja Rule was released from prison on May 7 after serving nearly two years on drug, gun and tax evasion charges. Since then, he has released two singles, “Fresh Out Da Pen” and Everything,” and also starred in the Christian drama I’m In Love With a Church Girl.

50 Cent is gearing up for the SMS Promotions debut of his newly signed fighter James Kirkland, as well as a NYC “Big Apple Boxing” show on December 20.

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Last time I call these two mentioning each other on Twitter (circa 2011), they were still issuing idle threats. It’s good to see that the “beef” has been officially dropped, although it’s too late for it to have much impact on where they are currently in their careers.

Then again… would a Ja Rule-50 Cent collab be just the spark both need?

James concentrates on conditioning and building strength. He brings the fight to you and is aggressive in the ring. The crowd loves the action and I’m excited to make him a part of our team.” – 50 Cent

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James Kirkland’s forced sabbatical from boxing will come to a end December 7, as the former junior middleweight contender launches a HBO comeback against Glen Tapia under the banner of 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions.

Kirkland’s fight puts him right back in the national spotlight, coming as part of a HBO triple-header featuring Matthew Macklin vs. Willie Nelson and Guillermo Rigondeaux against Joseph Agbeko.

In Tapia, Kirkland faces an undefeated fighter (20-0, 12 KOs) ranked in the Top 15 by the WBA and IBF. Nonetheless, Kirkland views Tapia as ill-equipped to handle his power and has promised a knockout. 

“I had this great opportunity come along with Glen Tapia. He just doesn’t have what comes with knowledge in boxing, but he will know that December 7,” Kirkland vowed. “There are different levels of fighting, as they say in the street, and he hasn’t fought anybody at my level in his 20 fights. I don’t talk too much before a fight but, he doesn’t have to worry about being 21-0, because I’m going to knock his ass out December 7.”

Kirkland’s last fight was a controversial DQ win over Carlos Molina in March 2012. Despite what will be a near 21-month layoff by fight night, Kirkland maintains that he never stopped his intense training regimen even while juggling a pending lawsuit with Golden Boy, and a dosmetic violence charge in this past summer.

“I’ve been working hard since the beginning of my lawsuit. Now that things are in motion, I’m jumping right into the mix,” said Kirkland. “My sparring sessions are like fights for other guys.”

“The proof is in the pudding. All I have to do is put in extra work and that’s what I’ve been doing. I’m not overlooking him.This is his ‘Mayweather’ fight. He wants to win and be an exciting fighter on HBO…..that’s not going to happen! It all comes down to me boxing at my best; I can beat anybody at 154 pounds or 160, name anybody. Who does what I do?  There are a couple of cats at 160 who can put on a great performance but, right now, I’m concentrating on Glen Tapia. Congratulations for him getting this fight but we are at different levels.”

Kirkland’s comeback fight will be aired on HBO live from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

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December 7 sure has heated up quickly, hasn’t it? We’ll have dueling tripleheaders that night with HBO down in Atlantic City and Showtime holding court in Brooklyn. Both are very good cards, and this fight with Kirkland is likely to be the most explosive and unpredictable.

The Kirkland we remember is likely too much for Tapia, but even that Kirkland was reckless and could be put down (as Nobuhiro Ishida showed). He mentioned as a positive that his sparring is as intense as most people’s fights. That’s not a good thing — if he’s really been doing that without restraint, there’s no telling what type of fighter we’ll see in December.

Kirkland’s been so secluded from the media that we have no idea about his conditioning and habits over the last year and a half. That will make for a 50-50 fight come December.

Now that you’ve digested the news, do you see Kirkland making noise at 154 and 160 pounds? Do you envision guys like Gennady Golovkin and Sergio Martinez in his future?