50 Cent Analyses Mistakes With G-Unit

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50 Cent reflected on the past recently. Speaking to HardKnockTV, the G-Unit captain spoke candidly about his role in the crew, and the mistakes he felt he had made. 50 explained that he was responsible for keeping the fans and public aware of the other members of G-unit, despite his own career taking off in such a successful way. “A lot of people here may not know every member of D-12 by name or every member of the St. Lunatics,” he continued.

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50 Cent Reveals NEW Album Title

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The G-Unit head honcho recently revealed the name of his next LP. 50 Cent has finally given fans some more information about his frequently delayed fifth studio album. Fif revealed the album title in an interview with Hot 107.9 Philly. Apparently, the album will simply be entitled, Five (Murder by Numbers). Not long after 50 made the announcement, the radio station issued a tweet on the subject: “@50cent has a new album dropping July 3rd called Five (Murder by Numbers). Make sure you go and get that.”

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Common Says “I’m to Hip-Hop What Obama Is To Politics”

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“How can I say this? Fuck it, I’m the greatest!”

Common is pacing the room like a prizefighter, his left arm extended above his head as he mouths the first 10 words to “Sweet,” a song off his new album that is anything but. As the speakers rattle at Roc the Mic Studios in Manhattan, Common nods along to the rhythm and echoes weighty declarations like, “I’m to hip-hop what Obama is to politics,” and “I’m the franchise, so I rock my own chain.”

“Sweet” may be the cockiest track that Common has ever recorded, but it feels at home on his insatiable new album, “The Dreamer/The Believer,” released Dec. 20, 2011, on Think Common Music/Warner Bros. Records. Ditching the electronic vibe of 2008′s disappointing “Universal Mind Control” (G.O.O.D. Music/Geffen), Common has regained his soulful swagger on his ninth studio set with the help of No I.D., who produced the entirety of “The Dreamer/The Believer.” The project debuted at No. 18 on the Billboard 200 with 69,000 copies sold (according to Nielsen SoundScan) and scored favorable reviews from such magazines as XXL, Paste and Prefix.

Common had grown up in Chicago working with No I.D.-the producer was heavily involved in early Common projects “Can I Borrow a Dollar” and the rapper’s breakthrough, “Resurrection” (which No I.D. also produced in its entirety) — but the pair hadn’t stayed in close contact as No I.D. moved on to helm tracks for artists like Jay-Z, Ghostface Killah and G-Unit. After running into each other at the 2006 premiere of Common’s film “Smokin’ Aces,” the two bonded again, and in September 2010 they laid down a handful of tracks at No I.D.’s Los Angeles studio.

“Working on this, it was more like, ‘We need an interlude, we need an emotional song, we need a single/radio song, we need a club song,’” says No I.D., who was named Def Jam executive VP of A&R in August. “You can think about the whole process, knowing what’s there already, versus going in to work with somebody and not knowing what else they’re going to get from somebody else.”

Common had wrapped primary work on the album in March when an invitation from first lady Michelle Obama to attend a poetry event at the White House pushed him in the middle of a conservative media cross-examination. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin condemned the rapper’s track “A Song for Assata,” which focuses on the controversial conviction of former Black Panther member Assata Shakur and appears on his fourth album, “Like Water for Chocolate,” as a plea for Shakur, who has maintained her innocence in the 1973 killing of a New Jersey police officer. Common, who attended the May 11 reading without incident, says the media scrutiny simply helped spread the message of “A Song for Assata.” “Even if they did delve into my lyrics, they’d see that I was speaking up against police brutality,” he says.


The political controversy certainly didn’t scare away Warner Bros. Records: After spending a decade on Universal Music (and the past seven years under the umbrella of fellow Chicago native Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music, where No I.D. served as label president), Common announced a distribution deal with Warner on June 24 for his own imprint, Think Common Music, which will primarily handle the release of “The Dreamer/The Believer.” “That was more of us wanting to take control of our assets, in a situation where we could own our masters,” manager Derek Dudley says.

“The Dreamer/The Believer” was originally slated for a Nov. 22 release, but was pushed back to Dec. 20 partly because of Common’s commitment to “Hell on Wheels,” a new western TV series that filmed its first season last summer in Calgary, Alberta, and premiered Nov. 6 on AMC. Show creators Joe and Tony Gayton describe the rapper, who stars as a freed slave named Elam, as the hardest-working man on the set.

“He was the first major part cast in this thing,” Tony Gayton says, “and we wanted to be very clear with him of the privations he would be suffering during the production of this television show-that it was going to be cold and rainy, there could have been snow, and it’s a basic cable show and there’s a brutal shooting schedule. He kind of smiled and said, ‘I’m up for all that.’”

In addition to “Hell on Wheels,” Common stars in the forthcoming independent film “L.U.V.,” scored a supporting role in Disney’s “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” lent a voice-over spot to “Happy Feet Two” and appears in a bit part in the ensemble comedy “New Year’s Eve.” The acting gigs have ultimately helped spread the word about “The Dreamer/The Believer,” with recent appearances on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” and “Chelsea Lately” used to promote both his acting roles and the new album.

Common will likely hit the road next year, and Dudley says the rapper’s camp has discussed the possibility of a co-headlining tour with Nas, who appears on the new album track “Ghetto Dreams.” “There’s nothing set in stone,” Dudley says.

The Most Anticipated Hip Hop Albums Of 2012

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The staff at Gutta World highlights 10 releases this year that we are personally excited about. And no, we’re not counting on “Detox” either.

After so many colorful releases in 2011, Hip Hop fans have a lot to look forward to in 2012. No, we’re not actually basing our hopes on Dr. Dre’s Detox or Jay Electronica’s elusive debut, the mythical merger of Nas and DJ Premier or the long-delayed complete reunion of Goodie Mob. Like any fan, we would love if any or all of those released before we purchased new calendars, but there are a plethora of albums already underway that have a ton of promise in making this year musical.

Younger artists who had powerful impact in ’11 as well as some “golden era” alumni keeping the hardcore alive are slated to make bold statements with their music this year, and the Gutta World staff sat down and compiled 10 releases that we can count on, and why we think they’ll make 2012 all the more exciting.

The Ecology by Fashawn


Few debut albums in recent memory were as potent and honest as Fashawn’s 2009 debut Boy Meets World. The independent release, produced entirely by Exile, helped rush the forefront of a West Coast renaissance of music coming from young emcees with wisdom well beyond their years. Late this summer, when the Fresno DXnext alum announced that he was going to uphold the formula with Ex on the boards, the Gutta World staff rejoiced. Expect colorful sample-driven sounds and common-man themes as the Young Santiago helps expand his legacy as one of the more resonant voices of this time. As Common, Talib Kweli and Mos Def all began as independent artists in the ’90s before reaching mainstream stature, Fash is another poised to have that kind of impact.

Trouble Man by T.I.


2010′s No Mercy felt like a rushed T.I. album, as the Grand Hustle founder was quickly recording as a free man before serving for his latest (and hopefully last) felonious brush with the law. Given Tip’s track record for every-other-album being outstanding (see Paper Trail and King), the album sharing a name with the Marvin Gaye hit sounds audiobiographical and brutally honest before it even nears roll-out. Hopefully the man who made Atlantic Records relevant to Rap music can go in and delicately walk that line with a mainstream-friendly album that still carries plenty of trappings.

The Kolexion by Bumpy Knuckles & DJ Premier


Dating back to O.C.’s Jewelz, Bumpy Knuckles and DJ Premier share a musical chemistry that reflects their strong personal bonds. Two “kings of the underground sound,” these masons of the East Coast Hip Hop sound have teamed up for a March album that’s fully collaborative. Whereas 2000′s Industry Shakedown was a mosiac from the likes of Pete Rock, Diamond D and The Alchemist, The Kolexion is a project the fans have been asking for and brings Premier back to one of the fiercest emcees of the Gang Starr Foundation glory years. We anticipate a mosaic of wisdom and aggression.

Live From The Underground by Big K.R.I.T.


Few artists have the ability to appeal to the streets and the college campuses as well as Meridian, Mississippi’s Big K.R.I.T. With two mixtapes that easily could have been albums held in the highest regard, the Cinematic/Def Jam emcee, like J. Cole has the ability to make an album entirely by himself that could change the face of Hip Hop. Given K.R.I.T.’s history of working with icons that influenced him such as 8Ball & MJG, Devin The Dude and Ludacris, even if that’s not the case, the expectations for this are high. Plus, with Sha Money XL (who made classic albums with 50 Cent and Game as G-Unit Records’ former President) having a strong hand in the project, this is an album that could prove to be another Def Jam southern game-changer in the line of debuts from Ludacris, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross.

Good Kid In A Mad City by Kendrick Lamar


After making the “album of 2011″ (according to us, anyway), Compton, California’s Kendrick Lamar is expected to go right back and drop another one. Good Kid In A Mad City, as its known now anyway, finds Jay Rock’s lil’ homie dealing with rumors of an Aftermath deal, Tech N9ne, Game, and Drake working with him, as well as a whole different place than he was in just a year ago. We hope the supporting cast is as obscure as they were last time (GLC, RZA, J. Cole, Terrace Martin), but that one of the smartest 24 year-olds you’ll ever meet has more anthems that carry Hip Hop out of its stupor.


God Forgives, I Don’t by Rick Ross


Few superstars have the ear for beats that Ricky Rozay possesses. Just as Teflon Don was one of the best-produced albums in recent years, we expect a refreshed (hopefully healthier) Rawss to make another gem. With the Maybach Music Group compilation and Wale’s sophomore LP being winners of 2011, this seems in the cards to one of the biggest voices and personalities in Rap since the 1980s. Moreover, like Drake and Lil Wayne, Rick’s guest-lists usually pack surprises that change lives, just ask Styles P.

R.A.P. Music by Killer Mike & El-P


Ten years ago, this collaboration would have sounded like a clunky April Fool’s joke. However, Company Flow-meets-Dungeon Family next year, as Brooklyn-meets-Adamsville. Mike Bigga and El-Producto have been at work on this album for years, and two of the smartest guys in Hip Hop music are expected to make joints that sound informed as well as experimental. Hopefully it puts each talent in front of audiences previously not exposed to their greatness. El-P’s track record with producing others’ albums (see Cage’s Hell’s Winter and Cannibal Ox’s The Cold Vein) is of the highest level. We are trying to get subs back in the trunk before this rolls out.

Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded by Nicki Minaj


The emcee with 2010′s “Verse of The Year” has proved herself to be one of Rap’s most animated lyricists since Busta Rhymes. While her debut, Pink Friday may have been guilty of trying to do too much, after strong appearances with Lil Wayne, Drake and Big Sean, Oneka is the one to watch in ’12. Mainstream Hip Hop fans should tune in to see this 2008 DXnext alum step in and give Lil Wayne a run for his millions as YMCM’s sharpest spitter.

The Make Believe Album by David Banner


2005 belonged to Houston. 2008 belonged to Detroit. 2012 may belong to Mississippi. The Magnolia State’s Hip Hop pioneer David Banner, along with K.R.I.T. may shake things up with brutal honesty over-top self-produced beats. After making ethery commentary on 2011′s “Swag” (an inclusion on The Make Believe Album), expect D.B. to come out vocally swinging. In late ’10, David brought out one of his strongest works to date in Death of A Pop Star. Now removed from the controls of SRC Records, this Rap veteran may do for ’12 what Killer Mike did for ’08.

Godfathers by Kool G. Rap & Necro


For years, Necro’s rhyme delivery has been compared to Kool G. Rap, and the Psycho Logical Records’ founder will proudly admit that the Juice Crew spitter is a deep influence. As not all G Rap works have sounded cohesive since Roots of Evil, hardcore Hip Hop fans can count on this merging of the musicians to sound grimier than New York in the 1970s. Meanwhile, this is a perfect vehicle for Necro to bring his brand of “Death Rap” and amazing sources for sounds back into the ears of common Hip Hop fans. As Riches, Royalty and Respect went under the radars of most, this is a perfect collaboration for two cult followed icons.

What albums are you most looking forward to in 2012?

Young Buck Is Selling His Name

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Young Buck faces an obstacle that most rappers never want to come across during their music career. The Tennessee native and former G-Unit signee may have to sell his rap moniker as a result of his current bankruptcy case.

The Tennessean newspaper reports that the trustee administering the 30-year-old rapper’s estate plans to sell his trademarked “Young Buck” name along with other assets. Buck filed for bankruptcy in 2010, and Judge George C. Paine II recently signed an order converting the case from Chapter 11 reorganization to Chapter 7 liquidation.

“My name, Young Buck, has been with me since I was 12, 13 years old,” Buck stated. “At the end of the day, it’s ridiculous. My name wasn’t given to me by G-Unit Records. They didn’t name me Young Buck. My mother calls me Young Buck.”

The conversion of his case does little to help Young Buck, born David Darnell Brown, who was close to signing with Birdman’s Cash Money label. The deal would have helped move the ‘Straight Outta Cashville’ rhymer out of debt slowly, being able to pay back child support he owes as well as the more than $10 million he reportedly owes 50 Cent and G-Unit Records.

Buck has been locked in a bitter legal dispute with the record label since 2008, which prevents him from recording any new material.


50 Cent Contemplates Leaving Interscope

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It is no surprise that 50 Cent has been unhappy with his current record label. 50 has made this clear via his official Twitter account over the past couple of weeks. The rapper is prepping his 5th and final album in his contract with Interscope Records and some wonder if it might be his last on the label.

In an interview with MTV, 50 said the following concerning if he would resign: “I don’t know, It will all be clear in the negotiations following me turning this actual album in. And, of course, the performance and how they actually treat the work will determine whether you still want to stay in that position or not.”

Last week, the G-Unit head honcho went on a Twitter rant and vented his frustration about his current situation. The Queens rapper took matters into his own hands when he released the first single, Outlaw, for his new album Black Magic.

“It’s not necessarily [Dr.] Dre or [chairman] Jimmy [Iovine]; it’s more the guys that they pass the responsibilities on to,” said 50. “It takes longer for people, because they’ll be like, ‘OK, we’re gonna do this and we’re gonna do that,’ and the building will start having those conversations, but they’re not actually moving at that point.”

50 has said that he wouldn’t mind staying at Interscope but he’s also not opposed to a change in scenery.

The story is sure to develop further in the next couple of weeks.

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