Every Thursday is "Trend Thursday" at Seesound Lounge in Belltown, and tonight, Lush Life Entertainment is holding a listening party for 50 Cent's Before I Self-Destruct, and promises free giveaways like autographed posters, G-Unit apparel, and advance copies of the album. The album will play from 7 to 9 PM, and while the party is being billed as "an exclusive VIP industry" affair, there are still a little over two thousand people who have not confirmed their attendance on the Facebook invite, so you're probably OK. If you'd like to RSVP, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the guestlist. Afterwards, DJ Charma, DJ Risk One and DJ Kazan will spin 'til last call. Ladies are free all night.
I'll read Before I Self-Destruct, his last album before ending his Interscope contract, as an interesting allusion to KRS-One's "Self-Destruction," the classic posse track that warns against basically everything 50's positioned himself as through his career. Despite his mean-muggy veneer, his music is far less hip-hop than straight pop music, more skilled at creating catchy hooks than solid lyricism. And while I can't laud a mediocre rapper, I can certainly appreciate a good pop hit, which is why I was sold on "Baby By Me," his fourth single off this upcoming release. The video features an extremely smiley 50, Kelly Rowland, and the suave crooning of Ne-Yo, your favorite independent woman's guilty pleasure. 50's verses touting his sexual prowess are fairly pedestrian but the song is a mainstream banger. Check the video after the jump.