The Big 10

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The Big 10
Mixtape by 50 Cent
Released December 9, 2011
Recorded 2011
Engine Room Audio[1]
(New York, New York)
Genre East Coast Rap, Hardcore Rap, Gangsta Rap
Length 38:09
Label G-Unit Records
Producer Jahlil Beats, Scoop DeVille, D.R.U.G.S., EQ, DJ Khalil, KY Miller, Jake One, Street Radio, Trox, Twice as Nice, !llmind
50 Cent chronology
Forever King
(2009)
The Big 10
(2011)
The Lost Tape
(2012)
Singles from The Big 10
  1. "Wait Until Tonight"
    Released: December 20, 2011
  2. "I Just Wanna"
    Released: March 26, 2012
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Consequence of Sound 3.5/5 stars[2]
Spin (6/10)[3]
RapReviews (7.5/10)[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]
XXL 4/5 stars[6]

The Big 10 is the ninth mixtape by American rapper 50 Cent. It was released on December 9, 2011 via his community website ThisIs50 as a free download.[7]

Background[edit]

On December 7, 2011, it was announced that 50 Cent was to release new material over his community website. On the same day he also made known to have signed a new artist to G-Unit Records: Paris.[7] The rapper stated that it was more of an LP than a mixtape, because it has all new material on there.[7]

He also stated that on this mixtape, he had "pressed the restart button"

Promotion[edit]

Singles[edit]

On December 20, 2011, "Wait Until Tonight" was released to the iTunes Store,[8] preceding 50 Cent performance on the X-Factor Season 1 Finale.[9] The song did not have an impact on the charts.

Before being released as a single, "I Just Wanna" featuring Tony Yayo, peaked at number 61 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.[10] The song was released on iTunes for purchase as digital single on March 26, 2012.[11]

Videos[edit]

On November 27, 2011, 50 Cent confirmed via his official Twitter account that every song off of the The Big 10 would be accompanied by a video, tweeting "I’m shooting videos for every song on the tape".[12] The first video released was the one for "Queens, NY", on December 9, 2011, featuring the newly signed Paris and cameos from other G-Unit artists such as Tony Yayo.[13] The second offering was the video for "I Just Wanna" featuring Tony Yayo, being released on December 12, 2011.[14] The third one was the video for "Wait Until Tonight", which was released on December 14, 2011.[15] "Off & On" was the fourth song to receive visual treatment, being released on December 16, 2011. The video is restricted for viewers over 18 years-old.[16] After a short break, 50 released on December 27, 2011, the video for the Jahlil Beats-produced "Put Ya Hands Up", featuring a broad array of video vixens.[17] Despite contradicting his early comments, "Nah Nah Nah" featuring Tony Yayo was the last video released by 50 Cent from The Big 10. It was released on December 28, 2011 and shows Curtis going undercover as an overweight assassin, hunting down two of his victims with a gun and taking a knife to another one before stripping off his disguise.[18] On February 14, 2012, the video for "Shooting Guns" was released. It features Kidd Kidd, performing with 50 between guns and blood."Niggas Be Schemin'" video was released on May 16.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro (Skit) / Body On It"   Jake One 4:24
2. "Niggas Be Schemin'" (featuring Kidd Kidd) Twice as Nice 4:10
3. "Queens, NY" (featuring Precious Paris) EQ 3:19
4. "Skit / I Just Wanna" (featuring Tony Yayo) D.R.U.G.S. 4:21
5. "Shooting Guns" (featuring Kidd Kidd & Twanée) DJ Khalil 3:23
6. "Put Your Hands Up"   Jahlil Beats 2:27
7. "Wait Until Tonight"   Scoop DeVille 2:51
8. "Skit / You Took My Heart"   Trox 3:23
9. "Off & On"   Street Radio 2:40
10. "Nah, Nah, Nah" (featuring Tony Yayo) KY Miller 3:41
11. "Stop Cryin'" (bonus track) !llmind 2:54
12. "Outro (Skit)"     0:36
Sample credits[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Mixtape: 50 Cent The Big 10". RapRadar. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  2. ^ Flynn, Brittany (December 14th, 2011). "Album Review: 50 Cent – The Big 10 Mixtape". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  3. ^ Greene, Jayson. "50 Cent, The Big 10 (Self-released)". Spin. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  4. ^ Juon, Steve (December 13th, 2011). "50 Cent :: The Big 10 :: DatPiff.com". RapReviews. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  5. ^ Herrera, Monica (January 12, 2012). "The Big 10 | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  6. ^ Fleischer, Adam (December 12th, 2011). "50 Cent, The Big 10". XXL. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  7. ^ a b c "50 Cent Presents The Big 10 + New G-Unit Artist". ThisIs50. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  8. ^ "Wait Until Tonight – Single by 50 Cent". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  9. ^ "Watch 50 Cent, Justin Bieber, Pitbull Perform on "X Factor" Finale". Complex. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  10. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs & Singles Charts > Biggest Jump". Billboard. Retrieved March 10, 2012.
  11. ^ iTunes - Music - I Just Wanna (feat. Tony Yayo) - Single by 50 Cent
  12. ^ "50 Cent to release 10-track mixtape". Rap-Up. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  13. ^ "Video: 50 Cent f/ Paris - 'Queens, NY'". Rap-Up. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  14. ^ "Video: 50 Cent f/ Tony Yayo - 'I Just Wanna'". Rap-Up. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  15. ^ "Video: 50 Cent - 'Wait Until Tonight'". Rap-Up. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  16. ^ "Video: 50 Cent - 'Off and On'". Rap-Up. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  17. ^ "Video: 50 Cent - 'Put Ya Hands Up'". Rap-Up. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  18. ^ "Video: 50 Cent - 'Nah Nah Nah'". Rap-Up. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  19. ^ "50 Cent's Sample-Based Music > Page 8". WhoSampled. Retrieved January 12, 2012.