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The image is an ancient crossbow weapon brandished by the pin striped, power-suited, hip-hop warrior 50 Cent aka The General... and it speaks volumes about the artist’s return for a second round.   XXL magazine’s controversial, iconographic cover shot of the street’s most famous survivor, merely sets up the battlefield for his new album, The Massacre - 50’s first solo album since 2003’s colossal debut, Get Rich or Die Tryin’.  The game will clearly be played strictly as 50 defines it and the March XXL issue, on sale February 1, reveals 50’s battle plan to the world –first.

 

50’s first move for The Massacre, due March 8, is an exclusive and brutally honest interview for the magazine 50 calls, “…the best place to get unaltered info on hip-hop culture.  (XXL) knows a good thing when they hear it.”

 

“We’ve been documenting 50 Cent’s career way before he signed the deal with Eminem,“ says XXL Editor-in-Chief, Elliott Wilson, “He’s the most controversial artist in hip-hop today and I’m thankful that he came to us first to share his always provocative views.”

 

Acknowledging the pressure of following up one of hip-hop’s most successful debuts, 50 addresses those who question his encore attempt. 50 says, “If they doubt me, then that’s cool. It makes me feel like I’m making my first album again. I’m trying to destroy [Get Rich Or Die Trying].” He confidently continues, “Musically, I’ll never top how you felt when I first came out. Music marks time… But I can make a better record.”

 

While fellow label-mate, Eminem, is looking to move away from conflict, with the song “Like Toy Soldiers”, 50 Cent is back to stir things up.  On the album and this interview, he disses fellow New York rappers and expresses his disdain for New York’s lack of support.   A new song “Piggy Bank”, on which he disses Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Nas and Kelis, hasn’t been officially released but is quickly becoming the talk of the music industry.

 

As many already know, the beef begins with Ja Rule and Murder, Inc., and as for the rest, 50 flexes in the direction of his detractors,  “I’m responding to the a

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