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Volume 71, Issue 61, Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Life & Arts

50 gets beat out by a little chicken

Hip-Hop Update

Eli Jabbe

Everybody's favorite rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is in the news again. And this time, it's not because of a ridiculously stupid comment or beef that he started with another rapper to sell records. 50's "movie" Get Rich or Die Trying (aka 8 Mile knockoff) was actually outsold by Disney's kiddie movie Chicken Little in its first weekend. 

Loose Change's semi-autobiographical flick has sold considerably fewer tickets than it was expected to, but that's not the biggest (or worst) news. Recently, 50 has had the internet going nuts. The source of the uproar? 50's recent photo shoot for GQ magazine, specifically a picture of the tough, "gangsta" rapper that is "questionable" to say the least. 

What's so funny is that 50 once criticized rapper/singer Ja Rule for being "soft," as he himself has slowly evolved into a 2005 reincarnation of a 2002 Ja Rule by singing in songs like "Candyshop" and now even worse, this photo in GQ magazine. 50's ever-decreasing male fan base is all but nonexistent, if they weren't already scared away by songs like the one previously mentioned. 

A quote from a friend of mine perfectly describes what is no doubt the majority of male hip-hop fan's view of him: "After 50 started talking about going to the Candyshop, that's when I had enough of him." 

Nas reveals future plans in new magazine

On the cover of the December 2005 issue of Scratch Magazine are two hip-hop legends -- Nas and legendary producer DJ Premier (aka Primo). Primo of course is responsible for producing the classic "New York State of Mind," as well as other classics in Nas' extensive catalog. This is definitely a historic cover for the young Scratch Magazine, which has been in print for less than two years. 

In the exclusive interview, Nas reveals his future plans, explains that Primo will be the executive producer of his next album and sheds light on the Jay-Z reunion. He mentioned that he's definitely looking for a new label and is looking forward to collaborating with Jay-Z, now that their beef is squashed. Nas even said he would be interested in the rumored collaboration album with Jay-Z and Kanye West. Even just one song with Kanye, Jay and Nas would be historic -- but an album would be even more unbelievable.

Chamillionaire drops first album

Houston rapper Chamillionaire, best known for his 2002 collaboration album with Paul Wall, Get Ya Mind Correct, is finally dropping a solo album on a major label. Cham will join the wave of mainstream success for  countless Houston rappers, including Paul Wall, Slim Thug, and Bun B. 

As everybody knows, childhood friends and former rap partners Chamillionaire and Paul Wall are no longer friends, but Cham shows that he's ready to move on alone with his major debut album, The Sound of Revenge, dropping today on Universal Records. 

The debut features 16 songs, collaborations with Houston legend Scarface and, of course, his usual singing.

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