Church for Thugs

Magic Man: 50 Cent tries to top himself.
Lionel Deluy

50 Cent has avoided confrontation exactly never in his 12-year career. His 2003 debut full-length Get Rich or Die Tryin', meanwhile, is universally hailed as a hip-hop classic. So he's been a polarizing force for a long time.

You could say that 50 took an artistic stumble on 2007's Curtis, perhaps due to an increasing involvement in his many other projects (acting and writing chief among them). But last year's Before I Self Destruct was a return to form, and if Chatter's recent conversation with the rapper is any indication, upcoming LP Black Magic will be worth a listen.

And in case you're curious, 50 only took about three minutes before getting in a shot at his old pal The Game.


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8 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at the Arena Theatre, 7326 Southwest Fwy., 713-772-5900 or

Chatter: How's Black Magic coming along?

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50 Cent: It's coming good. I've been working on the project for a while now. I don't know — before I actually release the record, I want to have enough time to make sure it's the best possible material I could present.

Because it's a concept album, and I kind of had a vision for what it would sound like. I was saying, "This feels like Black Magic; I'm going to use this beat," instead of picking whatever came on that I felt was good.

C: I've read that Black Magic will be a little more up-tempo, dancier, and that you were influenced by your stops in Europe.

50: I did a song while I was out there that kind of matched the up-tempo. And I'm not sure if these are going to make the record, because I record so many songs before I actually choose what has to stay and what has to go. I watch artists who utilize writers, and it's easier for them to make the decision on what records to keep than it is for me, being the writer. I always feel like I could top what I just did.

To give you an even clearer example, during the time frame of The Massacre, I wrote like 12 songs that only had two verses and a chorus on them. Song ideas. And I ended up scrapping those records and going on to create the hit music that ended up on The Massacre.

The things that I had on the album that stood out to me were after I created "Hate It or Love It," "Church for Thugs" and "Westside Story" that ended up on Game's album. So at this point, I don't want to throw away any hit records; I want to keep them.

I always said to myself, "What if I put all those records on one album?" The records that took off and created the momentum for Game, if I kept those records and put them on my own album, if I was a little more selfish and just kept everything to myself, then what would happen?

So that's exactly what I'm doing on this album.


Several major summer/fall tours announced Houston dates last week. The Eagles swoop into Toyota June 27 (tickets on sale now at and, while fellow never-say-die classic rockers Aerosmith come to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion with Sammy Hagar & the Wabos August 6 (on sale 10 a.m. Saturday at, and Beyoncé-loving moppet Justin Bieber brings his "My World" tour to Toyota November 6 (on sale 9 a.m. Monday at College-rock gods the Pixies will perform 1989 classic Doolittle in its entirety September 20 at Verizon Wireless Theater (on sale 10 a.m. Monday,, while one of that band's many, many heirs, Brooklyn indie darlings The National, announced an October 8 date at House of Blues (on sale now, or — the first of several Austin City Limits artists to add a pre- or post-festival Houston date, we imagine.


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1. Rush, "Cygnus X-1"

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4. Dead Kennedys, "Rawhide"

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(lists compiled by Chris Gray)

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