Taking some time off for his recent acting roles, 50 is back at it again with his latest single, “They Burn Me.” It feels like its been a really long time since 50 has released a new single, this proves to be worth the wait. Describing his confusion towards those who’ve turned on him and using haters as motivation are driving factors in all of 50’s stories, but something feels different here. Remembering lessons learned in South Jamaica Queens, both verses take you down a stroll through the hood with Fif. His beef with Bang ‘Em Smurf (50 didn’t bail Smurf out of jail, so Smurf had to mortgage his mom’s house) is recounted numerous times throughout the song.
The beat, classic with the embedded ‘yeah’ of a high pitched female singer, even has that Dr. Dre Christmas beat vibe. These are the beats 50 shines on. As he gives math lessons on doubling quarters to make ounces to a bird, he reminds his haters to grow up. Speaking on his baby’s mother and her naysaying to their son, its impacting the kid, saying, “the closer they get to me, the more they take from me.”
Whether you think this is the 50 from Get Rich or Die Tryin or The Massacre, I personally am in the first category – its fair to infer you don’t think this fits with 50’s latest release, Before I Self Destruct. Regardless, 50 is back and doing what he does best, giving examples of the biggest motivators to him, the haters. “They Burn Me” is an awesome comeback to every naysayer, especially the closest of them all; friends and family.