This month marks the 10th anniversary of 50 Cent’s hugely successful sophomore album, The Massacre.
When the project dropped in March 2005, it went on to sell 1.14 million copies in its first five days, and has gone on to sell more than 13 million copies worldwide.
In a recent interview with XXL, 50 recalls The Massacre, revealing that many of the songs he initially intended for his project were given to Game, which eventually landed on the Compton rapper’s debut album, The Documentary.
“The first record that I wrote that was supposed to be my second album, I did it so fast,” 50 said. “It was like three days, over a weekend. I recorded 12 records, but they were all two verses. They were incomplete songs and I knew I had to go back to come up with something to bring the lyrics all the way to standard, but I got what I was trying to get out. The concepts where there. The choruses were playin’. The outline for the album was there. But it had happened so fast that I was like, maybe I should just keep writing.”
During this time, he flew to Los Angeles, where he met with then-Interscope head Jimmy Iovine who asked 50 to work with Dre’s new artist at the time, Game.
“They said, ‘The kid can rap, but he’s not a great songwriter,’ ” 50 explained. “When Jimmy called for me to do it I was like, ‘Alright, cool, I’ll fix it,’ and I gave it [to Game]. I only worked with him for about, I think, four days.”
50 appeared on three songs off Game’s album: “Westside Story,” “Hate It or Love It” and “How We Do,” which Fif says Dre Dre fell in love with. “[Dre] was in love with ‘How We Do’ and I was like, ‘Yo, I’ll give him that if you put it out right now,’ ” 50 recalled. “And we just put it out. Put it together. Sold about five million records for Game’s album [The Documentary] and then I came back.”
The Documentary would eventually be certified double. 50 Cent was credited on the album as the executive producer.