Within recent years, it seemed like the hip hop world has largely passed him by, and honestly the last time 50 was a "hot topic" was when his 3rd album "Curtis" was released in September 2007, head to head with Kanye West's excellent "Graduation" album. Just about everyone I know (with the exception of myself, lol) has looked at his discography as if to say "it's Get Rich Or Die Tryin" and everything else. I have a different view on things.
Wayne's Words- In what was supposed to be 50's debut on Columbia in 2000, this album was supposed to have put 50 on the map, but the all too familiar "label issues" had this one on the shelf indefinitely. It's still a very good album though. I recall 50 saying in an interview with XXL magazine in 2009 that he was planning to re-record all the vocals on this album and re-release it. Nothing has been mentioned about it since and it'll probably never see a retail release.
Rating- Probably 3.5 or 4 stars for this one.
5 favorite songs- That Ain't Gangsta, You're Life's On The Line, How To Rob, Ghetto Qu'ran, and I'm A Hustler
Rating- Ah, I've given it 4.5 stars for the longest time, but I may bump it up to a 5 at some point.
5 favorite songs- Back Down (SEALED Ja Rule's fate), Heat, If I Can't, Patiently Waiting, & What Up Gangsta
*Including the week of its release, I bought this album a whooping 4 times.
Rating- I previously had this one at 4 stars, but it comfortably sits at a respectable 3.5 star rating.
5 favorite songs- This is 50, Ryder Music, I'm Supposed To Die Tonight, Ski Mask Way, and A Baltimore Love Thing
*In addition to the day of its release, overall I bought this album 3 times.
Rating- A complete 3 stars, which may be generous to some.
5 favorite songs- I Get Money, Fully Loaded Clip, My Gun Go Off, Man Down, and Movin On Up.
*I bought this album twice.
Wayne's Words- Things had clearly changed for 50 around the time this album came out. The was literally no buzz surrounding this album and I don't think anyone other than myself was anticipating it. It got pushed back a few times, which resulted in 160,000 copies sold in its first week, the lowest first week sales in 50's career. Either way, it's rather excellent and I consider it to be his most underrated album. And please don't get me started on the film that accompanied it (the same title of the album) and it was one of the worst "films" I've ever seen, even with 50 in it.
Rating- 4 stars
5 favorite songs- Psycho, Crime Wave, Gangsta's Delight, Death To My Enemies, and The Invitation
*I initially had this downloaded, but never listened to it. So one day (either late 2009 or early 2010, I have to check my receipt archive, lol), I went to my local FYE and previewed it, only thing it wasn't a "real" preview because one side of the headphones didn't work. So, I went back home and listened to the downloaded version with the intention of buying it, and needless to say, I liked it, so much so that I went BACK out, this time to Target, and purchased the album, lol. All that traveling, lol!
More from 50........
Wayne's Words- 2003 was definitely a great year for 50 Cent and G-Unit, and this album basically came out at a good time. Very good release and I'm glad Tony Yayo didn't play a major role in it, whether he was locked up or not.
Rating- Probably 3.5 stars
5 favorite songs- Stunt 101, Poppin Them Thangs, G-Unit, I Smell P****, & G'd Up
Wayne's Words- Yes, I did buy this one and outside of a few songs, this one doesn't carry any replay value whatsoever, honestly.
Rating- 2 stars
The sole highlights on this album are I Like The Way She Do It, Terminate on Sight, and Ready Or Not.
Wayne's Words- This was a very good, albeit slightly slept on, soundtrack, but it still produced a few hits.
Rating- Probably 3.5 stars.
5 favorite songs- Window Shopper, Hustler's Ambition, I'll Whip Ya Head Boy, Talk About Me, and Have A Party
50 Cent's next album, shown above, is scheduled to be released on July 3rd. I'm honestly not sure what to expect from this album, as there have been no songs, videos, or promotion for it, although I do expect 50 to begin promoting it as the release date draws near. A tracklist hasn't been provided as of yet either, which may be a good or bad thing. 50 stated whether he has the support of Interscope Records or not, he's still going to put this out, and while it may hurt him a bit, I respect the move. Once more details become available, I'll be pre-ordering it, you can believe that!