5 (Murder by Numbers)

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5 (Murder by Numbers)
Mixtape by 50 Cent
Released July 6, 2012 (2012-07-06)
Recorded 2010-2012
Genre Hip hop
Length 31:29
Label G-Unit
Producer Mark Christensen, Dan Millice, Ky Miller, Focus..., Havoc, Hit-Boy, Trox, Mr. Colt 45, Harvey Mason, Jr., The Letter "C", DJ Pain 1
50 Cent chronology
Before I Self Destruct
(2009)
5 (Murder by Numbers)
(2012)
Animal Ambition
(2014)

5 (Murder by Numbers) is the eleventh mixtape by American rapper 50 Cent. The album was set to be his fifth studio album, a follow up to his 2009 studio album, Before I Self Destruct. Due to tension with Interscope Records, 50 Cent instead had to make 5 (Murder by Numbers) a separate, digital-release-only album, and instead release a new collection of material as his fifth studio album, titled Street King Immortal.

Background[edit]

While recording 5 (Murder by Numbers), 50 Cent listened to a mix of music performed by his favourite artists, including rappers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.. In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, 50 Cent explained these actions, stating, "I listen to those records to create expectations... It creates a level to me, within myself, of how good the record has to be before I'm ready to launch it." In the same interview, he described the album as a "whole new sound" for him and felt that it was "more soulful" and "more mature" than his previous work.[1] 50 Cent confirmed the album's title; 5 (Murder by Numbers) in an interview with the radio station "Hot 107.9 Philly" on June 13, 2012.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Consequence of Sound D[2]
HipHopDX 2.5/5 stars[3]
SPIN 5/10[4]
XXL 3/5 (L)[5]

Music videos[edit]

  • "Be My Bitch" was released on August 24, 2012
  • "Definition Of Sexy" was released on September 4, 2012
  • "Money" was released on November 7, 2012
  • "United Nations" was released on November 21, 2012
  • "NY" was released on September 17, 2013

Track listing[edit]

  • Features, producers were confirmed by This Is 50[6]
No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "My Crown"   Focus... 3:05
2. "NY"   Trox 2:26
3. "United Nations"   45 Music 2:44
4. "Business Mind" (featuring Hayes) Hit-Boy 3:01
5. "Roll That Shit" (featuring Kidd Kidd) The Letter "C" 3:49
6. "Leave The Lights On"   Trox 3:22
7. "Money"   Havoc 3:12
8. "Definition of Sexy" (featuring Guordan) Havoc 2:58
9. "Be My Bitch" (featuring Brevi) Harvey Mason, Jr. 3:55
10. "Can I Speak To You" (featuring Schoolboy Q) DJ Pain 1 2:56

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harper, Rosario (July 16, 2010). "50 Cent May Scrap "Black Magic" Album, "I Started Writing Material That Don't Fit That Concept" [Video]". SOHH. 4Control Media, Inc. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ Madden, Michael (13 Jul 2012). "Album Review: 50 Cent – 5 (Murder by Numbers)". Consequence of Sound.net. Retrieved 13 Feb 2014. 
  3. ^ Kuperstein, Slava (9 Jul 2012). "50 Cent - 5 (Murder By Numbers)". HipHopDX.com. Retrieved 13 Feb 2014. 
  4. ^ Mlynar, Phillip (11 Jul 2012). "50 Cent, '5 (Murder by Numbers)' Review". Spin.com. Retrieved 13 Feb 2014. 
  5. ^ Fleischer, Adam (13 Feb 2014). "50 Cent, 5 (Murder By Numbers)". XXL.com. Retrieved 24 Jul 2014. 
  6. ^ Track listing adopted from ThisIs50.com