I'll Still Kill

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"I'll Still Kill"
Single by 50 Cent featuring Akon
from the album Curtis
B-side Curtis 187
Released December 14, 2007[1]
Format CD single, Digital download
Recorded 2007
Genre Gangsta rap
Length 3:43
Label Shady, Aftermath, Interscope
Writer(s) Curtis Jackson, Aliaune Thiam, Khalil Abdul-Rahman, Brooks Honeycutt
Producer(s) DJ Khalil
50 Cent singles chronology
"Ayo Technology"
"I'll Still Kill"
"Get Up"
Akon singles chronology
"Never Took the Time"
"I'll Still Kill"
"Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008"

"I'll Still Kill" (edited for radio as "I Still Will")[2] is a song by American hip hop recording artist 50 Cent, released as the fifth single from his third album Curtis (2007). The song, which was produced by DJ Khalil, features guest vocals from Senegalese-American singer Akon.[3] The single officially hit airwaves on November 6, 2007.[4] The song peaked at number 95 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.


The song was originally produced for rapper Bishop Lamont, who titled the song, "Down". Lamont's version contained chorus vocals by Kobe. The song was scrapped (but later leaked) and the beat was handed to 50 Cent, who replaced Kobe's vocals with Akon's rewritten hook.

Both 50 Cent and Akon spoke highly of the collaboration, in which 50 Cent exclaimed,

This collaboration, it's perfect. Akon's tones, vocally what he did on the chorus and the last portion of the record, it's great.[2]

Akon shared more of the same thoughts,

Shortly after the song was completed, we met face to face, gave each other a pound, gave each other a hug, like, 'Nigga, we got a hit.' Now we're gonna do more records for both our upcoming albums. We'll swap out. Whoever's album it feel right on, that's where we gonna put it.[5]

50 Cent has since been seen working with Akon in his studio for his upcoming 5th studio album "The Return Of The Heartless Monster". Though the single was expected to be a hit, it had only peaked at #95 on The Billboard Hot 100 and #52 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, probably due to it being release months after the album already release, as well as the video being banned from BET and MTV. Snippets of Akon's vocals are sampled by DJ Premier in "Ain't Nuttin Changed" for Blaq Poet.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Jessy Terrero, who commented on the video shoot.[2] He said:

It's pretty hectic, but I have a great relationship with both guys. This is big — it's like 'Bourne Supremacy' meets 'Unleashed.' I threw out an idea and 50 enjoyed it.[2][3]

The video is based around 50 Cent who has to "handle himself in a world of trained killers".[2] In an interview with MTV, Akon commented on the video and said:

The video premiered via BET on November 12, 2007.[6] According to 50 Cent on his Shade 45 Interview on December 9, 2007, it was banned on the network. He criticized BET for showing American Gangster and The Wire, but not his video.[7] In the music video, the song is edited more than the original, with Akon saying "I still will kill" is changed to "I still will chill", and some of the more violent words being replaced with different words. The song and video has over 30 million views on YouTube.[8]


  1. "Still Will" (clean version)
  2. "Curtis 187"
  1. "Still Will" (clean version)
  2. "I'll Still Kill" (explicit version)
  3. "Curtis 187"
  4. "Still Will" (CD-rom video)

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
French Singles Chart 28
New Zealand Singles Chart 14
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 95
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[11] 52
US Hot Rap Tracks (Billboard)[12] 22
US Pop 100 (Billboard) 79