Whether we like it or not hip hop is turning into a more commercial scene, in his latest interview with the BBC 50 Cent claims Gangsta Rap Is Relevant As Ever, and his new album will hit harder and have more of an impact than Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Maybe he is right but with this age of skinny jeans and pop music selling platinum contrasting major hip hop artist selling double wood his theory does not seem feasible. When interviewed by the BBC about his new record 50 said:
“This record could potentially be the one to top Get Rich or Die Tryin’. I think it could impact as hard, but not necessarily sell as much.”
He also admitted the timing of the release was him “being smart enough not to come down the track while the Eminem train is coming”.
Slim Shady released his much anticipated Relapse in May this year, while 50 Cent is lining up his new offering for November.
However, there could still be a clash, with reports that Eminem will release the Relapse 2 during the same month.
50, who grew up in the tough New York city neighborhood of Jamaica, Queens and famously served time for drug dealing, also insisted that gangster rap was as relevant as ever.
“People are still living under these circumstances,” he insisted. “They ID with it because they have similar struggles or have experienced something similar. They enjoy it (gangsta rap) with a different intensity.”
The 33-year-old insisted he wasn’t prepared to dilute his style or make it less intense: “If we just follow trends then we’re all doing the same thing,” he said. I dont hate 50 cent or his music but I think he had the same beef rap formula since he came out with the mad rapper , I think he should try something new really do something that has never been done, maybe people in the hood can identify with what he is saying but will they identify with it enough to buy his albums with an old formula?.