50 Cent drops 5 (Murder By Numbers,) a 10-track free album that follows up his recent mixtape releases The Big Ten and The Lost Tape, a DJ Drama hosted, Gangsta Grillz project.
5 (Murder By Numbers) was at the root of conflict between 50 Cent and his Interscope record label, who apparently did not want to support the project as a release. 50 Cent decided instead to skirt the label, and release it anyway, without Interscope’s support, as a free album. The next official album release, necessary for 50 Cent to fulfill his contract with Interscope, is slated to be released in November, tentatively entitled Street King Immortal.
You can’t buy album 5 it’s FREE street king immortal will be for sale#SMSaudio
— 50cent (@50cent) July 3, 2012
50 Cent, after initially promising the album earlier, pushed the release back to Friday at midnight (Friday is 50 Cent’s birthday). He tweeted that the album was a “birthday present” to himself, and posted the link to download the project from his ThisIs50.com website.
Murder by numbers tonight at 12:00am it’s my birthday present to myself
— 50cent (@50cent) July 5, 2012
A mix of production is featured on 5 (Murder By Numbers), Havoc of Mobb Deep and Hit-Boy, as well as lesser profile producers Focus, Trox, Mr. Colt 45, The Letter “C”, Harvey Mason, Jr., and DJ Pain 1. Only three features on the 10-track album, Hayes on “Business Mind,” Kidd Kidd on “Roll That Shit” and Brevi on “Be My Bitch.”
We previously noted that we felt some of 50 Cent’s recent music was promising, as evidenced by the cocky and smooth, albeit sexually charged and vulgar, “All His Love.”
50 Cent was recently involved in a somewhat serious automobile accident on the Long Island Expressway. He has attributed surviving that accident to the strength of his bulletproof vehicle.
He may be called 50 Cent, but he sure has 9 lives. Let’s see if 5 is another of his lucky numbers.
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