As 50 Cent puts the finishing touches on his latest album, Street King Immortal, the Queens rapper sheds some light on the creation of its lead single, the Dr. Dre produced "New Day," which also features Alicia Keys. Fitty starts off by noting that he met with the good Doctor on the west coast while the Beats By Dre headphones founder (who recently landed at #5 on Forbes' list of highest paid celebrities) was working on that album. "I went to go see Dre in Los Angeles, he was actually working on Detox," says 50. "Brought me out, he wanted to play some of the music that I was creating for my album. See if there was something there musically that would inspire him to do something different and at the same time, maybe we do some writing, work on some other things while we're there."
Fif then described how he usually plays new tracks for Dre, who will
then offer him even better stuff to use. The G-Unit honcho then went
into further detail about the genesis of "New Day." "The song
originally, the chorus was on that record on the production end, it was
called 'This Life Won't Last Forever.' It was vocally recorded and
written by Ester Dean. They sent Ester Dean's version to Alicia and
Alicia sent it back with the 'New Day' concept and it had new strings
she put on the record. Dre will decide to work with whoever he want to
work with, but I remember that he gave me the biggest records of my
career. I played it for him and he went nuts. He was like, 'I gotta mix
this. This gotta feel like a movie, man.'"
Check out the rest of the interview below to learn how Eminem toyed
with the idea of tinkering with the song's drums, and insisted that Dr.
Dre kick the song's lead off verse, as well as Alicia Keys dropping her
own version of the tune. 50 Cent's Street King Immortal is due in stores November 13th.