My Life” is a song by American hip hop recording artist 50 Cent and the second official single of his forthcoming fifth studio album Street King Immortal. The single, which features his mentor and fellow American rapper Eminem and Maroon 5‘s lead singer Adam Levine, was produced by American music producer Symbolyc One. The song premiered on American radio station Hot 97, and was made available for digital download on iTunes Store on November 26, 2012.
Although without a confirmed name, the single was announced on September 30, 2012, by 50 Cent himself in an interview with the radio station Channel 4 FM, with host Chris Birks. He stated that he wants to top his most-successful single so far, In da Club, before retiring. 50 Cent also talked about his performance in the Atelier festival in Dubai, which he will be performing songs from his recent projects, such as The Big 10 (2011), The Lost Tape and 5 (Murder by Numbers) (2012).
While confirming the name of the single, 50 Cent has revealed, during an interview while he was in France, that the beat of “My Life” was taken from Dr. Dre‘s long awaited album Detox. It marks the third song off Detox for his album Street King Immortal, along with “New Day” and “The Psycho”.
The track was produced and written by Symbolyc One, 50 Cent, Eminem, Adam Levine and Herb Rooney. Recorded in 2010, it finds the two rappers spitting about the pressures of fame, with Eminem and 50’s past collaborations focusing on menacing wordplay. However on this song they both opened up about their lives like never before. 50 Cent raps about pressures of fame, rifting on his meteoric 2003 rise and former G-Unit artists Game and Young Buck, who he feels took advantage of his creative generosity. While Eminem goes as far as to question even returning to rap to make Recovery.
A video for it was shot with 50 Cent, Eminem and Adam Levine in Corktown Historic District, Detroit and directed by Richard “Rich” Lee, who previously directed videos for Eminem’s single “Not Afraid” and Bad Meets Evil‘s single “Lighters“. It features cameo appearances from affiliated boxer Andre Dirrell. On November 26, 2012, the official trailer of the music video was released. The video was premiered on November 27, 2012, on MTV and was added to 50 Cent’s channel onVEVO on the same day.
50 Cent and Eminem spoke to MTV News about the video, describing it as a perfect illustration of the difficulties they face day by day.
Synopsis and reception
The video begins with an helicopter illuminating a building which 50 Cent and Adam Levine are inside. While singing the first chorus, the Maroon 5‘s front-man is sitting down behind of a wall what the helicopter lights up. 50 Cent raps his first verse, walking inside the building illuminated by the chopper, going to find boxer Andre Dirrell. When he does, both men get into a Chrysler 300 John Varvatos Special Edition. On the second chorus, Adam appears walking inside the building, again, and Eminem makes his first appearance in it walking on a dark road. Eminem appears running from the chopper sometimes in the video. He also appears rapping his verse on a park, under the helicopter’s spotlight, as does Adam. During the song’s third verse, 50 Cent appears in a Razer‘s laptop screen, used to locate him. Driving a car, he continues rapping his verse, with Andre Dirrell on its passenger seat, while pursued by the helicopter. The video finishes with all artists stopping from running from the helicopter.
Jason Lipshutz, from the website of American magazine Billboard, reviewed the song comparing it to Eminem’s single Not Afraid: “‘My Life’ successfully mirrors Eminem’s comeback single ‘Not Afraid’ by pairing pseudo-introspective lyrics with a chorus full of vague yet decisive statements.” He also said: “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”. At the end of it, Lipshutz stated that the single “is not nearly as dangerous as its exhilarating early output, but should serve its purpose of giving Street King Immortal its crowning pop single”.
In the first verse of the song, 50 Cent dissed former members of G-Unit, Game and Young Buck. He mentioned the facts of writing songs for them, and both former members being ungrateful. Game responded to 50 Cent’s comments in an interview with American radio station Power 106, saying he might have to make a sequel to “300 Bars and Runnin”, finally killing 50 Cent and G-Unit. 50 Cent later said the song was recorded two years ago and he no longer had any ill will towards Game.
The song was debuted on American reality talent show The Voice, with a performance by 50 Cent and Adam Levine on November 26, 2012. The second live performance of the song took place on December 8, 2012, when 50 cent performed the song during his fighter Gamboa’s entrance to the ring. In an interview with Carson Daly on AMP Radio, 50 Cent confirmed another performance of the single, now with Eminem at a show soon.
- Digital download
|1.||“My Life” (featuring Eminem & Adam Levine)||Curtis Jackson, Marshall Mathers, Adam Levine, Larry Griffin, Herb Rooney||Symbolyc One||3:59|
|1.||“My Life” (album version) (feat. Eminem & Adam Levine)||Curtis Jackson, Marshall Mathers, Adam Levine, Larry Griffin, Herb Rooney||Symbolyc One||3:59|
|2.||“My Life” (edited version) (feat. Eminem & Adam Levine)||C. Jackson, M. Mathers, A. Levine, L. Griffin, H. Rooney||Symbolyc One||3:59|
Credits and personnel
- Songwriter – Curtis Jackson, Marshall Mathers, Adam Levine, Larry Griffin, Jr., Herb Rooney
- Production – Symbolyc One
The song debuted on Billboard Hot 100 on the week of December 6, 2012 at #27, selling 140,000 units in its first week. It also debuted on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at #6 and at #5 on Rap Songs. It also charted outside the U.S. on Canadian Hot 100 at #14, on Mega Single Top 100 at #89, Schweizer Hitparade at #36, on Ultratip Flanders at #9 and on others charts. In its second week on the Hot 100 it dropped to #80 and in its 3rd week it dropped to #99. In its 4th week it fell out of theHot 100. The song reached number 9 on the Belgium Ultratip chart, which is the Belgian equivalent of the Billboard bubbling under chart .
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)
|Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)
|Germany (Media Control AG)
|Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)
|New Zealand (RIANZ)
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)
|US Billboard Hot 100
|US Pop Songs (Billboard)
|US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)
Radio and release history
|United States||November 26, 2012||Digital download||Shady, Aftermath, Interscope|
|France||November 27, 2012|
|United Kingdom||January 13, 2013|
|United States||December 4, 2012||Rhythmic contemporary radio|||
|December 11, 2012||Contemporary hit radio|||