50 Cent knows the score. When Eminem finally drops his long-
awaited new solo record later this year, 50 Cent will run for cover.
"My advice to myself, and all others, is to let Em's release date go
by and, after that, we can all come out comfortably," he said,
"Nothing is safe when that time comes around. Em is dropping a bomb."
50 Cent should know. He has heard tracks from the new Eminem record.
"It's very different," he told Inside Entertainment magazine.
"It's still Em rapping, but the concepts and things he talks about
are somewhere else. He has gone in another direction."
Ondre Moore (Swift), of D12, says the hip-hop superstar, born Marshall
Mathers, has taken the last few years to get a life.
"He always shows growth with each album he brings out," said Moore,
who has also heard Eminem's new solo tracks.
"This new album shows growth, understanding and the fact that Eminem
has paid attention to everything going on around him.
"He is doing his thing. The only thing is, this particular thing
sounds like it was recorded on Saturn or Pluto."
Eminem has no release date in mind for his untitled fourth album for
To date, his three albums for the label have sold 43 million copies
Moore and 50 Cent refuse to be drawn on a track listing for Eminem's
new album. "All I'm gonna say is: 'Watch out!' " Moore said.
50 Cent said Eminem started working on his new album the day he
completed the 8 Mile soundtrack.
"Em is all about the music. He is a perfectionist," Moore said. "He
won't accept anything else. Em works hard and he doesn't stop. And
even then, he can still run circles around anybody in the studio."
After the global success of The Eminem Show record and the 8 Mile
movie, Eminem, now 31, took his own advice.
He vanished, shutting down most of the controversies that dogged him
from the start: divorce court, slander suits and weapons charges. He
kept his friends close. He spent quality time with the most important
person in his life: daughter Hailie Jade, 8.
"Em handles things real well, as long as he has people he can trust
by his side," Moore said.
Eminem was most upset by recent claims in The Source magazine that he
is racist. The magazine cited a 1988 rhyme in which he says, "I don't
like the n***** s***/I'm just here to make a bigger hit."
Eminem said he was young and naive when he wrote that rap, titled Oh
But The Source's publisher, David Mays, claims Eminem is a bigot, out
to exploit hip-hop.
"Come on, Eminem is not racist," Moore said. "Everybody in the world
knows this. It is common sense. The Source is jealous and mad. They
want to be like Eminem and cannot.
"But that's when we have to tell Em: 'We know you're bigger than
this. Be the bigger man. Be strong.' He appreciates that. Otherwise,
he stays in his own zone. He makes music, he raps. When we see him,
we shoot pool, go bowling and laugh.
"We're his family. We hold each other up. That is what a family is
supposed to do."
50 Cent said: "When you blow up, everything changes. There is
confusion with becoming successful fast. Eminem went through the same
"His advice to me was: 'Create your circle and keep that circle
around you close.' "
Eminem's time with Hailie has inspired 50 Cent to do better for his
son, Marquis, 12.
"Hailie thinks Em is a superhero," 50 Cent said. "My son feels the
same way about me. Em changed his life for Hailie and I changed my
life for my son.
"He knows I was out on the street doing certain things, but I stopped
because I had responsibilities. I had to take care of him.
"I know Em feels the same way about his life. He has changed a lot of
things to try and get back to normal."
For recording, Eminem divides his time between Detroit and LA. He
will work with friend and collaborator Dr Dre on the new album.
Other producers believed to be connected to Eminem's project include
Scott Storch and Hi-Tek. Storch has hinted that Dre may be the
radical influence behind Eminem's new direction.
Storch worked on Dre's now-aborted solo record, Detox. "This will be
the most musically advanced hip-hop album ever," Storch said.
Moore confirms Dre's desire to smash musical boundaries next
year. "Dre ain't changed a bit. He's still supercool," Moore
said. "But the things he's doing with Em are different. Dre is still
vibing with Em like they always did, but you can see him drilling
deep within the brain to get the best result."
50 Cent is signed to Eminem's label, Shady Records. Later this year,
he will release the follow-up album to his nine-million-selling
debut, Get Rich Or Die Trying.
"Em told me the only way to be a true entertainer is to keep
everybody guessing," 50 Cent said. "Expect the unexpected."
Eminem's solo album is due out later this year. His single with D12,
My Band, is just out. The album D World will be released tomorrow.