50 Cent gives a sample of what to expect this summer

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By Sebastian Garcia

The notion of mortality has plagued humans since the dawn of time. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is familiar with this notion more than most people. Shot nine times in 2000, 50 Cent is lucky to be alive.
Unlike other gun violence victims, he got another chance at life and he has not wasted it.
Trying to build on his Billboard dominance of the early 2000s, 50 cent released his first mix tape since his 2009 studio album “Before I Self Destruct.”
Released only on the Internet in December, 50’s mix tape “The Big 10” had an aura of failure surrounding it. Following the major letdown of “Before I Self Destruct,” “The Big 10” had to prove that 50 could still hang with the new, younger rappers.
Drawing off of old chart-topper beats like KC and the Sunshine Band’s, “That’s The Way I Like It,” “The Big 10” proves that 50 is still a force to be reckoned with in the rap industry.
At one point, he even draws off of West Coast Rapper Snoop Dogg’s hook from the song, “Lodi Dodi.” 50’s fifth studio album was supposed to be released soon after the mix tape, but has been delayed until July 2, due to disputes with his label Interscope.
The main thing to remember about this mix tape is just that, it’s a mix tape, so it doesn’t have mass amounts of production time put into it.
“The Big 10” was released as a teaser for 50’s upcoming studio album. Guest appearances are mostly by Tony Yayo, a long time member of 50’s group G-Unit. Like every other 50 Cent album and mix tape released, “The Big 10” contains explicit lyrics and material that may not be suitable for all audiences.  
All in all, this is a very good effort from 50 Cent. Faith in 50’s rapping abilities has now been restored as anticipation for his fifth studio album builds.