Writing about hip-hop news is perhaps the hardest thing to do on Earth. Okay, maybe not really, but with details seemingly changing by the hour, it’s a pretty mind-numbing practice. 50 Cent is a prime example of this. Prior to the November 2009 release of Before I Self Destruct, the rapper’s fourth LP had about 13 different release dates, 1400 tracklists, and enough quotes from fellow rappers discussing how “the album would forever change hip-hop as we know it” to fill a book.
Now that Before I Self Destruct is finally out there, 50 is moving onto his next endeavors — a U.S. tour and another studio album (gulp). Starting May 28th, 50 will embark on “The Invitation Tour,” a 19-date trek that will have the rapper visiting medium sized venues through the U.S. until late June. He’ll use the shows to promote Before I Self Destruct as well his next new album, Black Magic, which is apparently due out in the summer.
[Queue obligatory comment how Black Magic will change hip-hop.]
“I got a joint that I did that was real uptempo,” 50 told British DJ Tim Westwood back in March (via MTV). “It’s a different type of vibe. It’s still 50 Cent. It’s official. If you heard the record, you’d feel different. My Black Magic album, I’ve been listening to different types of music. I just wanna create something that’s outta the box. I’m using different song formats. I’ll write a rap song in the sequence of a different kind of record. A traditional hip-hop record may have three 16-bar verses. To write it in a different formant instead of the way a traditional rap record is written, to experiment with different things, it’s still hip-hop music. It’s still 50 Cent content; it’s just written in a different way.” Sounds good, 50. Can’t wait to listen to it in 2012!
50 Cent 2010 Tour Dates:
05/28 – Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center
05/29 – Detroit, MI @ Chene Park Riverfront Amphitheater
05/30 – Chicago, IL @ UIC Pavilion
06/01 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
06/03 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
06/04 – Los Angeles @ Club Nokia at L.A. Live
06/06 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl Concert Theater at The Palms
06/07 – Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theater
06/10 – Kansas City, KS @ Midland Theatre
06/11 – Dallas, TX @ Music Hall at Fair Park
06/12 – Houston, TX @ Arena Theater
06/15 – Miami, FL @ The Fillmore
06/17 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
06/18 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
06/19 – Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
06/22 -New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
06/23 – Wallingford, CT @ Chevrolet Theater
06/24 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
06/25 – Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues