50 Cent “50 Cent Is The Future” Mixtape Download & Stream
50 Cent releases his First Official Mixtape 50 Cent Is The Future, Presented by G-Unit. The 16-track tape has Features from fellow G-Unit members Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo & More. It features songs such as “Bump Dat Street Mix”, “The Banks Workout”, “Whoo Kid Kayslay Shit” & More.
Curtis James Jackson III (born July 6, 1975), better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, investor, and actor from New York City, New York. He rose to fame with the release of his albums Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003) and The Massacre (2005). His major-label debut Get Rich or Die Tryin’, has been certified 8x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). 50 Cent also gained prominence with East Coast hip hop group G-Unit, of which he is the leader.
Born in the South Jamaica neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens, Jackson began drug dealing at the age of 12 during the 1980s crack epidemic. After leaving drug dealing to pursue a rap career, he was shot at and struck by nine bullets during an incident in 2000. After releasing his album Guess Who’s Back? in 2002, 50 Cent was discovered by rapper Eminem and signed to Interscope Records, Shady Records and Aftermath Entertainment. With the help of Eminem and Dr. Dre, who produced his first major commercial successes, 50 Cent became one of the world’s highest selling rappers. In 2003, he founded the record label G-Unit Records, which signed several successful rappers such as Young Buck, Lloyd Banks, and Tony Yayo.
50 Cent Is the Future is the first official mixtape released by 50 Cent and G-Unit. The mixtape was recorded after his unreleased album Power of the Dollar was recorded and 50 Cent was dropped from the label and blacklisted from the recording industry due to being shot. 50 Cent then traveled to Canada to record the mixtape. 50 Cent Is The Future mostly revisits material by Mobb Deep and features New Orleans rapper Juvenile‘s group UTP. The mixtape was named the #1 best mixtape of all time in the Complex 50 Best Rapper Mixtapes of All Time.
After being shot nine times, and getting dropped from his label, 50 Cent got to work putting together a masterpiece that displayed his knack for displaying a gritty style of New York rapping. Borrowing beats from artists ranging from Jay-Z to Tweet, 50 put his own spin on of-the-moment records and made them his own. He wasn’t the first to use the formula, but certainly the most influent. The mixtape hit street corners on June 1, 2002 and it became the official soundtrack of summer 2002.
In the summer of 2002, 50 Cent changed the direction of the rap game. He dropped his breakout mixtape, 50 Cent Is the Future, successfully jacking other artists’s beats and remaking the songs to be his own—sometimes creating a more memorable product than the original. The tape’s legacy is layered. First, not only did it solidify 50 Cent as hip-hop’s next rising star, but it introduced his G-Unit crew—at the time comprised of Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo—to a massive audience. In addition, it shifted the focus of the mixtape game from DJ-compiled projects to artist-driven discs.
“Before 50 Cent Is The Future existed, what they call a mixtape now didn’t exist. A mixtape prior to that was sending sixteen bars over to [a DJ] for [his] tape,” he explained. “At that point, [with] 50 Cent Is The Future, what happened was…I saw a bootlegger, an African dude, was at the corner [selling mixtapes]. When I went there, I said, ‘What you got?’ He said, ‘Look, I got new…see? 50 Cent.’ He was selling it to me based on me, but I didn’t have any photographs any pictures or anything out there, so I said, ‘I’m gonna make my own tape.’” “When I put out my first mixtape, 50 Cent is the Future, it was the first tape where an artist did the entire tape in song format. It’s been 10 years since this happened for the first time. Before, a mixtape was performing with guys like Ron G, DJ Clue, Kid Capri, these different guys that you would have to go see and put 16 bars or 32 bars on an intro maybe, but not in song format.” said 50 Cent.
Very few in rap define “greatness” as well as 50 Cent in his prime. Instrumentals used include those of Jay Z, Mobb Deep, Cam’ron, Geto Boys and more. Overseen by DJ Whoo Kid, Sha Money XL, DJ Clue and DJ Kayslay, the success of 50 Cent Is The Future helped land him his $1 Million dollar deal with Shady/Aftermath Records. The rest is history. Today, I salute 50 Cent and his formula for success, which takes us all the way back to this mixtape. Follow on Twitter @50cent @thisis50 @MedievalBeatz Beats For Sale
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