50 Cent Explains Why "My Life" Could Be A Crossover Hit

50 Cent anticipates his next single to be a huge success.

50 Cent's "My Life" has a lot of star power on it, in the form of a verse from Eminem and a hook from Adam Levine. So perhaps it's no surprise that it's been as well-received as it has.

However, 50 believes that the track could be especially potent. 

"This may be one of the biggest records that I've recorded because the parties involved in it, the features with me, Em and Adam all on the record at once, our positions all within the music culture, it could turn it into one of the biggest records I've made because it's a song that's susceptible on all music platforms," explained Fif in an interview with SOHH. "It can be at Urban, Rhythmic, Top 40 and Crossover Radio all at one time."

50 addressed the elements that make "My Life" a potential hit. "The drum sequence on the 'My Life' production is within the tradition of abiding to the older breakbeats," he said. "It's authentic Hip Hop under there, you see what I'm saying? And what I did was after me and Em rapped on the actual record, the traditional strings Em laid on it made it feel like something that could play on Top 40 and Crossover Radio."

"Adam's tones on the actual record, he sings higher [tones] than the average male solo artist in music right now. It'll all come together to make a record that I feel separates itself apart from anything else. Look at the facts, the proof is in the pudding when it's number one in twelve hours. Usually artists debuting music on iTunes and it's number is usually after the record is played for weeks on radio," concluded 50.

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93 Comments

  • Stanley

    The song is too average for me!!! 5/10 at best. 50Cent is over. He has all those features just to boost the record. It has no cohesive message/theme 50 needed to come a lot harder n this days all Eminem needs to do is rap fast and guys think he's killed it!!! The sharp lines and disses he used to spit are pretty much done n if u notice long long long long time ago he wasnt rapping fast many time, I think he had issues to vent then, nowadays not so much, just rapidfire lines and no real substance. As for Levine, he's ok :-)

  • jay

    is it just me or does 50 say 'actual' to sound smarter like 100 times an interview..?

  • Anonymous

    It's now out of the top ten on Itunes. So much for using Eminem's name to sell your shit.

  • HHH

    this is the first time 50 has had Em on a song released as a single with a video for his album, which is his last album for Interscope, desperate time calls for desperate measure besides ''You don't know'' for Em

    • Anonymous

      He's on Eminem's label and Eminem didn't have to do the song. BTW "Crack A Bottle" was a single. You can't even hate correctly.

  • fuck white people!

    what a desperate move to do song with two lame pussy ass crackers.

  • PLK

    I smell haters this guy allready did what he had to do in rap he done lots of classics he deserve a respect for his hard work "Power of a dollar" , "Guess whos Back" , "Get Rich Or Die Tryin" hes done with that gangsta music he wanna do something different how long can you rap about gun shots , drugs and bitches ? shit get a life people

    • Reality

      50 Cents, MC Hammer, Nelly, Master P and Vanilla Ice all made history with sales, however, none of them will ever go gold again...lol

  • Anonymous

    Fuck 50! Ja Rule should remake this song without 50 and that white boy Em, and it will make an even bigger impact. And don't forget, 50 took Ja's style and ran with it. RULE!

  • Shawn

    Thanks for breaking it down for us, Fif. I would have never guess that a hook from Adam Levine could ever result in a crossover hit.

  • Fish

    This won't be hit in hip hop, pop, rock, metal, classical or any other genre. Its fucking garbage and you are done 50. I'm gonna go listen to Get Rich Or Die tryin to try and remind myself that you weren't always this awful. G-Unot.

    • Anonymous

      actually, its probably the best track this dude came out w/ for a minute. if you don't see that you're a hater.

    • Anonymous

      NO POWER OF THE DOLLAR OR 50 IS THE FUTURE HUH? THE ALBUM THE "PEOPLE" KNEW ABOUT BECAUSE OF THE ASSOCIATION & BEEF WE C U I CAN HEAR THE NERD IN YOUR TYPE

  • So Icy Boi!

    This nigga sucks even harder than, me with a bag of dicks laid out in front of me.

  • SCHWARZ

    Anonymous: Ayo Ayo this nigga sux. Know why? Cos I said so. I have no life and no money therefore I make sure I come to HipHopDx and hate on anyone I don't like and then comment on my own post to give myself props. When I'm done I log off and go do whatever useless thing useless people get to do in their day. Nothing like saying an artist is irrelevant enough times for me to believe it. It's not like Jeremih and 50 had a chart topper. It's not like he was also on that song i shaked my ass to by Loverance called Up, that shit was fire, but this nigga irrelevant. Niggas love Ross, Jeezy (your fav rapper here) hotter than this nigga, but they sold less, that dont matter, he irrelevant and my fav rapper relevant nyikka. This nigga was number 1 on iTunes within 3 days for his new single, his video in the first 24 hours was viewed 1.5 million times. That don't matter, this nigga 5-0 irrelevant cos I said so. All these other facts and stats don't mean shit, what I say goes and everyone else on HHDX must give me props for also hating on 50 Cent. My nigga Game/Ross/Gunplay/Montana done sold and will sell less than this nigga and they hotter and more relevant nigga. "His mixtapes hot son", what?? What? Didn't I tell ya this nigga irrelevant, I only listen to The Black Bar-Mizvah nigga, if I didn't hear it it sux and that shit irrelevant O_O Sign Out Stereotypical 50 Cent Hater ++++++++++++ LMMFAO

  • walo

    Difference between him and Eminem is that 50 cent was at the top for about 4,5 years and now his music mostly sucks and doesn't sell. Eminem has been going hard since 1999 and his albums are still topping charts going straight to number. 1 I agree Em isn't releasing the same dope stuff he used too, but he still going hard and running the game almost 15 years later. Everytime he releases something new everyone going crazy still to this day. Props to him.

    • Anonymous

      The song is good with them both, you just want to separate them for your golden opportunity to ride Eminem's bozack.

  • T

    the writting was fantastic but i hate this song hook made me wanna rip my headphones if u like this u listen for attention ... same as tech n9ne fans

  • The MG

    The song was alright, could've been a little better. Eminem kills his verse though, as expected.

  • Milehighkid303

    I may be the biggest 50 fan on this site, and to be 100% honest. I'm tired of 50 selling this shit to us, look fam.......the music HAS CHANGED. He is NOT that type of MC who does CRAZY crossover shit cause he not that dude. He's not Nas, he's the hustler turned rapper (the best one at that), his story was so real that in ONE album he gave it ALL up, I mean HOW many times can homie spit the same things, I have EVERYTHING this man has ever made, and what I noticed when I was thumpin' to some old braveheart shit with him and Nas, is that his craft, style and cadence has COMPLETLEY changed, in all honesty, its like my boy got famous, changed the style, stacked the money, and got cool with it. My point is this.....he just don't have that outright hunger no more, he SHREDDED the game in three years, and did it so quickly that he can't even live back up to his pinnicale moments (but who really has). I will always support 50, just getting tired of NO NEWS NEWS, I wanna see some work in the booth and a SOLID product, I could care less what you anti-50 fans think or the ones who will GRILL me for being a fan or supporting the man.

    • Anonymous

      "or return to your roots and just make sure you're making pure hip-hop. Just do SOMETHING again" ^ I don't think you've heard War Angel, Forever King, Big 10 mixtapes, you're waiting for the big chart topper like the rest of the gossiping nation.

    • Anonymous

      its like jigga said, if you want the old style, go buy get rich again

    • Anonymous

      probably not the biggest fan. youre that nigga he's talking about that wants get rich all over again. im a fan, but not a dickrider. its his best album cut in awhile. if you actually listen to it, its not just the same bravado shit he's been doin on the mixtapes. not that i don't like that, but he's growing.

    • Milehighkid303

      @anon and @realtalk I feel both of you. I felt like that about EM after Relapse, homie LISTENED to all these simple minded fans and sold his soul......50 did the same after Massacre, these cats fold to the pressure of dollars and relevance.

    • Anonymous

      True, except Eminem successfully made a redefinition of himself, while 50 is struggling with that for years. Problem is he have to give up certain part of his identity to stay somewhat relevant, and I'm not sure if its worth. Just look at Ice Cube, he's making albums for his hardcore fans and don't really care about anything else. Of course, he was never an international superstar like 50, but the principle is the same. My point is that as a fan, I'd understand that we can never get another GRODT or even Massacre. But dammit 50, either go pop and keep dropping hits with whoever hot nowadays; or return to your roots and just make sure you're making pure hip-hop. Just do SOMETHING again, because those weak attempts in the past few years won't stand the test of time. 50 Cent is just a little more than one dimensional, so he have to focus his energies where he is the best. Even if it sounds outtated now.

    • realtalk

      i dont like 50 but i agree with what u said. ngga was a beast in his younger years. he just dont got that same hunger no more. i had tons of 50 cent songs when he was droppn the mixtapes n shit. after he stoppd dissing ja rule n he was gone 50 basically went out the window. ngga took ja whole style n that shit sucks. thats not what we used to hearing

    • A

      I'm a huge Fif fan, agreed. I think you can put Eminem in that statement too. Very disappointing...

  • Anonymous

    It was #1 for a day lol Fact is people saw Eminem and Adam Levine's names and decided to buy the song. If this was such a feat why won't Jimmy release the album sooner?

  • TOP

    hahahaha 50 cent topic again and again most comments ...3,2,1 ...haters HATE !

  • THA TRUTH

    ACTUAL>>>ACTUAL>>>ACTUAL>>>ACTUAL>>>ACTUAL>>>>THE ACTUAL TRUTH IS THAT 50 CENT BELIEVES HIS OWN HYPE...GET LOST DONKEY

  • RedX

    It's not a bad track, but it's bland. It's got the names but it does not have the sound. Beat is flat, 50 is meh, Eminem sounds lost as to how he should make the most of that poor beat and Adam Levine does a good job on the hook but nothing memorable as 50 is trying to sell us. It's got a nice video (one of the best I have seen this year) but the music is lacking.

    • Anonymous

      Co-fuckin-sign. Solid description, exactly my thoughts. The best word for that song is "forced". New Day was much better, a truly wasted hit.

  • Black De La Rocha

    His answer should've been "Because Eminem & that Maroon 5 nigga are on it"

  • Bootyman

    I lke ya.. And I want ya... We can do this the hard way or the easy way. The choice is yours... Lookin ass nigga...

  • Anonymous

    That shit goin hard. If we can listen to simple ass 2Chains, then the crossover is in full swing. I fuck with innovation in music now, hip hop is dead on the main line. Thank God for old school rap, I have an extensive collection but music like Kendrick Lamar is innovative. I love it! And its bangin the vehicle...

  • 50 Cent needs to go back to school

    Words 50 Cent always says in interviews to try to sound smart: Actual Space Marketing dollars General public Environment Harsh realities Actually Position And he's always rambling on about nothing, going off topic, leaving the interviewer like "ummm...Yeah, next question". He's such a fucking inarticulate moron with a limited vocabulary. I think he may be the dumbest rapper. Even soulja boy and people who make dumb music, give smarter interviews. smh

    • Anonymous

      haha, i didn't even watch the video but i can hear him saying those. yeah i don't think he's trying to sound smart but those are his favourite subjects

    • 50 Cent needs to go back to school

      ^^ haha Yeah, I forgot resonates. He's been saying that one a lot recently.

    • Big Dan

      I get what homie is trying to say. Reread, then maybe check out a couple Fiddy interviews and you will get it. No they are not big words, but I'm sure pre 2003, 50 did not talk about people being in a good space or bad space. He does also go off topic like a mother and he does it in a stick his nose in other people's business because he knows better how they should run their life. Recently, he was asked if he had fought with Floyd and dude answered the question, but then started talking about how FM does not have accountants, how the Harvard trained people around him should be running things etc. Okay, he was talking about Floyd owing him a couple million, but Floyd not having an accountant isn't the reason he wants to get sleazy with his debt. He used to do the same with Game. Then I saw a video interview on I think Power 105.1 a couple months ago. Now I'm gonna have to go grab a transcript so y'all know what the man was trying to say... A simple question - how is SMS Audio doing? Here is 50: Fine. I'm growing faster than I anticipated internationally. I toured a lot. Its cool cause if u have a long enough career, you have peaks and valleys. It comes from the artist community itself. The talent is there, is not losing the ability to create music up to standard but our culture is out with the old in with the new. So they kinda wanna give you resistance at point and you gotta work your way through it. That way...um, I have respect for artists that over generations, sustain interest for a long period of time. HUH?!?!? One of the DJs thankfully, interjects at this point and asks another question. Here is another word 50 added to his vocab for when he his giving interviews..resonates. Then he went off about Chief Keef (good stuff, he likes Chief Keef) and Lupe talking smack about Chief Keef.

    • Anonymous

      Look at all the 50 groupies who responded to this comment. lmao You mad huh?

    • YOU LOST

      bitching about ans interview? yeah typical hater shit. YOU LOST

    • Anonymous

      Lmao...^^ 50 cent stupid? You musta missed his carreer... His first album was and still is a lyrical classic. Fuck outta here with that bullshit. Think before you type.

    • Anonymous

      those are just regular words, maybe you are just a retard and need to reed a fucking book or go back to school

  • ymcmb sucks

    this track fucking sucked how do people like it?

  • Anonymous

    Ayo Ayo this nigga sux. Know why? Cos I said so. I have no life and no money therefore I make sure I come to HipHopDx and hate on anyone I don't like and then comment on my own post to give myself props. When I'm done I log off and go do whatever useless thing useless people get to do in their day. Nothing like saying an artist is irrelevant enough times for me to believe it. It's not like Jeremih and 50 had a chart topper. It's not like he was also on that song i shaked my ass to by Loverance called Up, that shit was fire, but this nigga irrelevant. Niggas love Ross, Jeezy (your fav rapper here) hotter than this nigga, but they sold less, that dont matter, he irrelevant and my fav rapper relevant nyikka. This nigga was number 1 on iTunes within 3 days for his new single, his video in the first 24 hours was viewed 1.5 million times. That don't matter, this nigga 5-0 irrelevant cos I said so. All these other facts and stats don't mean shit, what I say goes and everyone else on HHDX must give me props for also hating on 50 Cent. My nigga Game/Ross/Gunplay/Montana done sold and will sell less than this nigga and they hotter and more relevant nigga. "His mixtapes hot son", what?? What? Didn't I tell ya this nigga irrelevant, I only listen to The Black Bar-Mizvah nigga, if I didn't hear it it sux and that shit irrelevant O_O Sign Out Stereotypical 50 Cent Hater

  • 50 Cent

    I woke up in the middle of the night and I noticed my girl wasn't by my side.

  • real

    Lmao! Yeah ok. That shit wasn't that good. 3 Stars at best.

  • Pussy Eata

    This nigga won't top In da Club, at least not with this forgettable single

    • 12-inch Dick Having Ass Nigga

      You that kind of nigga that listens to GRITS and already thinks he smart. Listen up bitch, you're NOTHING. That shit's a hit worldwide, how the fuck you finna say it won't top In Da Club? Can you see the future nigga??? Shut the fuck up

  • george bush

    50 is favourite to land the role of the ape in the new planet of the apes hahaha word!!!!!!

  • TROLLING

    MY LIFE IS KILLING IT RIGHT NOW... 50 HAS ANOTHER HIT

  • wtf

    Count how many times this nigga uses the word "actual" in this interview and the previous one, damn Fif how many times you wana kill that word??? Huh Stupid nigga trying to sound intelligent

    • Anonymous

      He didn't make 400 Mill you lying hoe. He made like 90 Mill...Either way, that money is gone now. Getting lucky doesn't make you smart, he's still dumb as shit.

    • Jacc

      Look at what a nigga comes down to, hating someone OVER A FUCKING WORD

    • DUMBASS

      TRYING TO SOUND INTELLIGENT? THIS DUDE SOLD WATER FOR LIKE 400 MILLION, I GUESS ANY DUMBASS COULD DO THAT... HOW MUCH YOU MAKING YOU "INTELLIGENT" FAGGOT?

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the haters that made it a hit

  • Anonymous

    Man, fif got so many muthafuckin hater's it's actually disgusting.. people acting like fif been dead, but the music he's dropped (murder by numbers, the big 10, the lost tape) is actually doper than some of the wack shit you hear on the radio. Granted, comparing fif to YMCMB, etc. is kinda redundant but if he can restore the same passion and hunger from GRODT or Massacre into his next LP then it should hella nice. For all you nigga's shitting on 50, give him a chance yo... he might actually surprise you.

  • realtalk

    hahaha @ 50 cent being so garbage he has to discuss his songs hoping itll be a crossover hit smh. karmas a bitch

  • Anonymous

    Shit is boring. Cure for insomnia.

  • I'm not a hater!

    damn this dude fell off so hard. this fucking song has no replay value. shit, even video is lame as fuck. damn son you so desperate that you praising them two crackas. and that itunes success is manufactured, belee dat. this music ain't music from heart, this shit plastic.

  • Anonymous

    The song is boring as fuck , after one listen you don't want to listen to it again. Fifty clutching at straws, very desperate for people to like his music again.

  • Anonymous

    wth! many men, in da club, heat, 3am, bad intentions, forget bout dre dats all rap,,, my life, da way u lie(rhianna) dats pop orientated music,, nuffin to do wiv em being on da track,,, get it!!

  • Anonymous

    why do people say its a pop track cos a white guy is on the hook hip hop fans are so stupid

  • Anonymous

    i suppose everyone gotta have one pop track on there album nowadays(my life),, hope da rest is rap tho

  • Anonymous

    50 Cent says the word ACTUAL in almost every sentence. Look up all his interviews, he says it every chance he gets. Fuckin weird.

  • Anonymous

    Man will he STFU with his new song. It's very average. And it was one of the worst Eminem verse and flow. His album will be shit. he's so proud and thinks this track is a classic just because it went number 1. And thats because Em's name is on it. He gives way too much importance to this average song. That tells us a lot about the rest of his album. Which will probably be crap.

  • BOY

    50 sounds like a fat fuck n eminems flow has gone to shit he is sooo off flow. adam levine saves it. they shudda put lil wayne insteadf

  • Anonymous

    the song is average...

  • creeeper

    i like 50, get rich and massacre are classics but this is trash, his flow is so annoying now this is sell out music. your time is over 50. accept it and move on 50s a lame now

  • Anonymous

    "In Da Club" was much bigger and better hit. just sayin'.

  • Hip Hop please

    We will see But first, we let the haters hate It's 50!!!

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