No knock to Digga, original producer of "Many Men," but this is clearly how this song is supposed to be heard—as a dead-serious hymnal with the dread, drama and narcotic solemnity imbued by Gonzales' piano remix. From his upcoming mixtape Pianist Envy (AYOOOO!), it's ramped up to epic Broadway levels, capturing 50 Cent's resignation that people are trying to bang on him. Yes, a REALLY GOOD piano version of a rap track defies all logic on paper, but this just underscores what a brooding-ass man 50 Cent actually is, behind that moneyed smirk and those The Situation-destroying abdominals. He is, it seems, mere mortal. Dates for Gonzales' piano talk show run at Joe's Pub in NYC after the jump.
Feb 4th (with Sia)
Feb 11th (with Andrew WK)
Feb 18th (with A-Trak)
Feb 25th (with Princess Superstar)