50 Cent Promises July Album Release

CURTIS JAMES JACKSON III (a.k.a. 50 Cent)

The follow-up to 50 Cent's "Before I Self Destruct" may finally see the light of day soon. The hip-hop star posted on Twitter on Tuesday (Mar. 20) that his fifth album will be released on July 2.

"I got some heat trust me I'm ready," 50 wrote. "My birthdays july 6 so that's a cool date for ME. Its gonna be july2 album, july4 independence day, then july6 my birthday."

The rapper recently dusted off a classic by performing his debut album, 2003's "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," in its entirety at the "Fuse Live: Shady 2.0" showcase at South By Southwest on Friday night. 50 Cent was joined by his Shady/Aftermath mentor, Eminem, who ripped into tracks like "Patiently Waiting" and "Crack a Bottle" alongside the New York rapper during the show.

"I kicked it with EM after the show i told him how I feel about my new album," 50 wrote on Tuesday. "I'm gonna get on the phone with DRE today about it."

50 Cent's fifth studio effort has been mired in delays for over a year: last June, the rapper criticized his label, Interscope Records, for holding up the release before leaking a new track, "Outlaw," himself. In December, the rapper released a new mixtape, "The Big 10," featuring his recent G-Unit signee Precious Paris.

"Before I Self Destruct," which featured the single "Baby By Me" and guest spots by Eminem and Ne-Yo, has sold 500,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.