Released to toast the 10th anniversary of his first mixtape, 50 Cent Is the Future, the fallen star’s latest street album time-warps back to his glory days, when he was gangsta rap’s premier beefcake. 50 snarls uncouth come-ons over some of his sunniest hooks in years, gushing, “Bedroom superhero – naked, I’m Batman,” on the Bobby Womack-sampling “Wait Until Tonight.” His underdog grit is back too. On “Body on It,” he flaunts his gun stash and mourns the dying code of the streets. “It seems like principled living is startin’ to fade,’ he says, stretching out that last word till it’s downright funereal.
Listen to 50 Cent’s “Wait Until Tonight”: