50 Cent "Many Men" Beat Was A Nas Song
"I'm trying to be what I'm meant to be."
50 Cent's breakthrough album get Rich Or Die tryin' is stacked with classic tracks from beginning to end, but one of their best songs almost ended up recorded by another rapper from New York.
Fiddy fellow Queens legend Nas supposedly happened in the rhythm of "Many Men," after which he was offered by the producer Darrell "Digga"Branch.
Nas' former a&R Lenny "Linen" Nicholson revealed that Esco had even written and recorded his voice for the track before giving up on it.
As part of the Mass Appeal of the oral history of Nas' Lost Tapes, an album which featured previously unheard studio recordings that never made it on the Nas, previous records, Nicholson shared what could have been.
"Many Men" was a Nas track first — that's actually vocalled. It was the development of another artist named Nashawn ... he had massive impress Nas. If Nas started something, I was going to add his voice to it and see if Nas would be impressed enough to keep it. [Nas] do not finish that track... that was a hint that he fell in love with."
Had Nas keeps the track it would have appeared in 2002, the album, the Son of God, a record that went platinum, but it was so beat by 50 Cent Shady/Aftermath debut, an album that sold more than 872,000 copies in its first week of release.
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