50 Cent Taps Chris Brown, Ne-Yo for 'Street King Immortal'

69 Billboard Rating

50 CENT FEAT. EMINEM AND ADAM LEVINE
My Life (3:59)
Producer: Symbolyc One
Writers: various
Publishers: various
Shady/Aftermath/Interscope

"This is my recovery/My comeback, kid," 50 Cent raps on "My Life," the gaudy new single from his oft-delayed fifth studio album, "Street King Immortal." That line could understandably be interpreted as "This is my 'Recovery'" -- as in, Curtis Jackson's version of Eminem's "Recovery," the 2010 album that returned the Detroit native to the hip-hop all-star game after years of middling efforts. 50 Cent has spent years trying to properly follow up 2009's disappointing "Before I Self Destruct" and regain his cultural relevance, and "My Life" successfully mirrors Eminem's comeback single "Not Afraid" by pairing pseudo-introspective lyrics with a chorus full of vague yet decisive statements. Maroon 5's Adam Levine provides the pop backbone to a trio of surly verses from 50 Cent and Eminem, with the latter thrusting himself full force into lines like, "Sipping some of that revenge juice, getting my taste buds ready/To wolf down this spaghetti… or should I say this spa-get-even!" "My Life," like "Not Afraid," is not nearly as dangerous as its exhilarating early output, but should serve its purpose of giving "Street King Immortal" its crowning pop single.

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