50 Cent is celebrating the tenth anniversary of his sophomore album, The Massacre.
The chart-topping album sold 1.14 million copies in its first five days and included four top 10 singles in the U.S. But according to 50, The Massacre that fans enjoyed was a second attempt, since the original content of the album was given to another member of G-Unit – at the time.
“The first record that I wrote that was supposed to be my second album, I did it so fast,” 50 told the Hip Hop publication. “It was like three days, over a weekend. I recorded 12 records, but they were all two verses. They were incomplete songs and I knew I had to go back to come up with something to bring the lyrics all the way to standard, but I got what I was trying to get out. The concepts where there. The choruses were playin’. The outline for the album was there. But it had happened so fast that I was like, maybe I should just keep writing.”
After flying to Los Angeles, Interscope founder Jimmy Iovine asked 50 to work with one of Dre’s newer artists, Game.
“They said, ‘The kid can rap, but he’s not a great songwriter,’” 50 said. “When Jimmy called for me to do it I was like, ‘Alright, cool, I’ll fix it,’ and I gave it [to Game]. I only worked with him for about, I think, four days.”
50 appeared on three songs off Game’s album: “Westside Story,” “Hate It or Love It” and “How We Do.”
The latter, Fif says Dre fell in love with.
“He [Dre] was in love with ‘How We Do’ and I was like, ‘Yo, I’ll give him that if you put it out right now,'” 50 recalled. “And we just put it out. Put it together. Sold about five million records for Game’s album [The Documentary] and then I came back.”
The final version of Game’s major label debut album consisted of 18 tracks and it has been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America [RIAA]. 50 Cent was credited on the album as the executive producer.
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