50 Explains “Psycho” & His Four Albums

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50 did an interview with MTV and discussed a track from his Before I Self Destruct “Psycho” with Eminem. 50 describes theprocess of creating the song and working with Em in the studio that day.

50 also describes his first three albums Get Rich Or Die Tryin’, The Massacre, Curtis and his fourth album Before I Self Destruct. Here’s what 50 had to say regarding each album.

Get Rich or Die Tryin’
“Largest debuting hip-hop album. [The guy on the cover], oh, he’s crazy. I mean, so much was going on at this point when I was writing this record. I had war chants like ‘Many Men’ … ‘P.I.M.P.,’ I was exposed to that lifestyle — I actually gave confirmation on Before I Self Destruct with ‘Stretch’ where I kinda explained where I was exposed to that on that record: ‘Like a pimp, me I was in the passenger seat.’ So I wrote the things, why these things were relevant to me, from this album onto the latest CD. You know I only recorded with Em and Dre for six days on this album? You can do a lot in six days, man!”

The Massacre

“[In] 2005 I was about 15 pounds heavier. I had to draw my muscles on. I got fat while I was doing the tour. And, umm … I overwrote this album. Yeah. It’s 22 cuts, the maximum playing time on a single CD. Technically it’s a double-disc. You know, I had so much going on creatively at that point that I also wrote the hit music that was on Game’s effort, you know, doing this project.”


“This right here is my artist album — Curtis, album three. I had to name this album Curtis. My grandfather’s Curtis Sr., his first born is Curtis Jr., I’m his first grandchild, I’m Curtis James Jackson III. And that’s why my third album is titled Curtis. I attempted to make this album human. That was my outline for what the record should be. I wrote ‘Straight to the Bank,’ I put laughter in the record — that was one of three records. I wrote what I felt what was representation of joy. I wrote ‘I Still Kill’ featuring Akon. ‘I Still Kill’ had the aggression, anger. ‘Ayo Technology’ was love, sex. I put a lot of different things into this album, and I found a new place musically collaborating with all the talented artists on this project. What’s interesting is I came up with the concept before Before I Self Destruct and wrote four demo tracks before I decided to go with Curtis because I knew Before I Self Destruct would impact harder behind this.”

Before I Self Destruct

“Finally, album four, Before I Self Destruct — I’m deeming this classic here. I didn’t overwrite it. It’s got 15 cuts, 16 is the bonus with R. Kelly, ‘Could Have Been You.’ I pick and choose my moments on this actual record. I finally found a balance of what I feel like a great album is — and this is representation of it right here. I knew what my singles were before we even got started. I came into it and said, ‘This is going to work, I’m going to do “Baby by Me” and then I’m going to explain what happens when that doesn’t work, when a relationship doesn’t work. And then I’m going to go here, get it hot.’ And people don’t understand the transition and difference between Curtis and Before I Self Destruct.

You check out the interview below.