50 Cent exploded onto the music scene with his blockbuster debut Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Now he’s set to deliver his fourth major label album, Before I Self Destruct (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope), and he’s brought along a couple familiar faces.
The Queens-bred rapper returned to working closely with Dr. Dre and Eminem as he did on his first album. The album package also includes a DVD with an original, gritty, feature-length movie he wrote, directed, and starred in.
With Dr. Dre and Eminem each producing and guesting on tracks, and led by the club-friendly first single, “Get Up,”Â produced by Scott Storch, Before I Self Destruct is darker and harder than last year’s Curtis. 50 Cent wrote much of the album while he, as Curtis Jackson, was also penning the 90-minute film of the same name that would be his directorial debut.
The film, Before I Self Destruct, is a coming of age story about an inner city youth raised by a hardworking single mother. When his dream of becoming a basketball player fails to materialize, he finds himself employed in a supermarket. After his mother is tragically gunned down, Clarence (played by Jackson), is consumed by revenge and takes up a life of crime in order to support his younger brother.
“My film captures the harsh realities that reflect so many communities today. There will be some who will greatly identify with the characters and the situations presented and then there will be others who may be shocked at the struggles that go on in the inner city,”Â states 50 Cent. “I made the film for both groups.”
Before I Self Destruct arrives in stores and online December 9th. Watch the film’s trailer below.