In 2009, 50 Cent made his return to gangsta rap with the well received Before I Self Destruct. And one year later, he's apparently leaving the grittiness of the streets behind for the dance floor. While touring overseas, 50 was inspired by European dance music when he hits the clubs. As a result, the Queens MC hit the studio with his live band to begin recording Black Magic, his fifth proper album. And he's told his fans to "expect the unexpected" on here. What that likely boils down to is a blend of booty-shaking beats paired up with tough guy posturing.
But in late 2010, the rapper opted to shelve the techno and rock-inspired tunes for more of his raw, streets-driven hip-hop. Helping him achieve that goal is a star-studded lineup of producers including Alex Da Kid, Cardiak, Boi-1da, S1, Dr. Dre, and Swizz Beatz. With their help and a hint of hunger, 50 hopes to capture the "extreme aggression" of Get Rich or Die Tryin' on Black Magic.