Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The 50 Cent Method

By Scott Tre

Extreme methods are often the sign of true dedication. Sometimes, to prove your mettle you have to go all out. No one respects a half stepper, and minimal effort rarely bears fruit. Such adages are rarely recognized or respected in Hip-Hop unless they apply to business acumen or financial success. A rapper who employs extreme methods in a purely artistic Vein is almost never celebrated.

50 Cent portrays a football Player stricken with cancer in the upcoming "Things Fall Apart", which is based on a screenplay by him and Brain Miller. In preparation for the role, 50 put himself on liquid diet and shed 54 lbs. These pictures show him looking nothing like his muscular self. One can imagine any one of these pics gracing the cover of a tabloid under a caption that has him struggling with a mysterious illness.

No doubt his transformation will draw comparisons to the extreme methods employed by actors such as Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, Tom Hanks, and Christian Bale. Whether his dedication will pay off with the same praise and accolades visited on the aforementioned thespians remains to be seen. 50's track record as an actor has been less than stellar thus far. Still, you can't say that guy isn't serious about the craft. Let's hope his actual performance turns out to be as startling as the images in these photos.

50's star may be fading, but I've always considered him one of Hip-Hop's most entertaining personalities and I hope he proves the naysayers wrong. See the other pics over at

Pelvic Thrusts and Gyrations abound as Ciara and Luda Prepare To "Ride"

By Scott Tre

Simplicity is often the most effective mode of delivery. Get to the point and get there quick. Don't have any illusions about what your doing. Sell what your selling and be up front about it. If nothing else, your detractors will respect your honesty. Then again, maybe they'll just ban you.

The video for Ciara's latest single, "Ride" (featuring Ludacris), has been banned from Black Entertainment Television. The clip features a slim and flexible Ciara performing countless pelvic thrusts to the delight of heterosexual males everywhere, but BET was clearly unimpressed. This is rich coming from a channel that once aired the video for Nelly's "Tip Drill" countless times on the now defunct late night program Uncut. Pretty late in the in the game to be drawing lines in the sand, no?

Well, no one ever accused the more puritanical of us of consistency. Aside from the suggestive dancing the clip is pretty standard. I'm guessing even the guys who don't dig her music will be viewing this video over and over again, which is the point. Might as well just sit back and enjoy the eye candy. Either way, the clip is now available via CiaraVEVO on Youtube.