[Update: Listen To "New Day" Here]
50 Cent may have ruined/tarnished careers during his prime, but he has moved on from his immature ways and is making amends with people he once slandered–particularly women. He settled his differences with Oprah and apparently has become cordial with Oprah’s good friend, Alicia Keys.
In 2008, Keys reportedly made statements to Blender regarding gangsta rap being a ploy spearheaded by the government to get black people to kill each other. She clarified her statements in a follow-up interview, claiming the magazine misconstrued her words. Despite her clarification, 50 said he doesn’t like her anymore.
Four years later, the New York natives have settled 50′s pettiness and are working on music together. In a recent interview with Digital Spy, 50 announced the first official single from his forthcoming album, Street King Immortal, would arrive today (Tuesday) and that it features Keys and Dr. Dre.
Alicia has done records with NY’s finest (see Nas’ “Warrior Song” and Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind”), so I’m intrigued to hear what she contributed to 50’s project. Undoubtedly, Dre’s contribution will be nothing less than impressive.
[Update] The single cover for 50’s forthcoming single has surfaced, and it is titled “New Day,” the same title as Keys’ upbeat, inspirational song released weeks ago. On July 24th, we’ll know if Fif and Dre maintained the concept of Keys’ high-spirited, summery anthem.