.

50 Cent Goes on a Felony Spree in Violent "Crime Wave" Video

October 23, 2009 11:52 AM ET

It looks like hip-hop is embracing the concept of the short film. Just days after Kanye West's "We Were Once a Fairytale" — an introspective meditation about isolation — leaked, 50 Cent unleashed his own entry: the video for "Crime Wave," the first official single off his upcoming Before I Self Destruct, on his ThisIs50 Website. But where West's collaboration with director Spike Jonze is aimed for the art-house crowd, 50's mini-movie is modeled on a big-budget blockbuster, complete with explosions following the opening credits.

Check out photos of Kanye West and 50 Cent's joint RS photos shoot.

If "Crime Wave" had to receive an MPAA rating, it would definitely be an emphatic R. Within the first two minutes, expletives fly at a Pulp Fiction-esque rate and 50 graphically kills someone with a shotgun. Then the music finally starts and the MC starts rapping all about the gangsta game; ironically, the clip glorifying gun violence arrived the same day Lil Wayne pleaded guilty to firearms charges.

As the song's title hints, the video features 50 Cent and his felonious associate going on a multi-borough crime wave that includes bashing a Long Island drug dealer with a hammer after he's light on his payment, slashing the face of another dude under the Brooklyn Bridge and using a baseball bat to break the leg of an unsuspecting Harlem criminal. The "Crime Wave" finally comes to an end when police catch up to 50 Cent's ostentatious blue car. "To be continued…" reads the final overlay before fading to black.

After a year's worth of delays, 50 Cent will finally release Before I Self Destruct on November 23rd, giving Queens, New York, a challenger in an insane new release battle that will also include Rihanna's Rated R, Adam Lambert's For Your Entertainment, Shakira's She Wolf, Britney Spears' The Singles Collection, Timbaland's Shock Value 2 and Lady Gaga's The Fame Monster. That's a stacked week of music. As Rolling Stone previously reported, 50 Cent released both the Forever King and War Angel mixtapes this summer in anticipation of Self Destruct.

Related Stories:
50 Cent Drops Violent "War Angel" Mixtape As Free Download
50 Cent Dropping New "War Angel LP," Plots More Mixtapes

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Road to Nowhere”

Talking Heads | 1985

A cappella harmonies give way to an a fuller arrangement blending pop and electro-disco on "Road to Nowhere," but the theme remains constant: We're on an eternal journey to an undefined destination. The song vaulted back into the news a quarter century after it was a hit when Gov. Charlie Crist used it in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida. "It's this little ditty about how there's no order and no plan and no scheme to life and death and it doesn't mean anything, but it's all right," Byrne said with a chuckle.

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com