50 Cent's major label debut Get Rich or Die Tryin'
was so well-managed and packaged, with all the imagery of precision-engineering in the "In Da Club"
video and then the awesome Eminem duet "Patiently Waiting"
, which might explain why everything he's done since has seemed so terrible and tacky. Now, the latest track off 50's forthcoming Before I Self-Destruct
(November 23)—along with the hilarious, Terminator
-style official album art (pictured)—has leaked, and it's basically a lesser version of "Patiently Waiting."
From the mic-time to the subject matter to the beat, "Psycho" is really more of an Eminem song with a 50 appearance, which speaks volumes about their respective popularity right now. It's a pretty standard Dre beat with bleeps throughout and dramatic strings on the chorus, and Em just sounds like 100 times better, even if he's saying the same old shock-horror stuff. It's also a much, much better song than today's other 50 leak, the scattershot beef-starter "So Disrespectful."
Also, at one point Em talks about killing someone named Portia and another person named Jessica: Is he making Shakespeare