Call him what you will, but 50 Cent is nothing if not competitive. Following the news of falling three spots on the Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Kings annual list, the Queens-bred rapper promises to be back on top. "I'm on deck," he said in an interview. "I'm loaded. Call me 'four' this year, and then you call me 'one' next year, because I'm really preparing for my cycle."

50 lost his No. 1 spot to hip-hop mogul Jay-Z, landing him at No. 4 alongside singer/producer Akon. The rapper's yearly income fell substantially from over $100 million in 2007 to $20M in 2008. Either way, 50 is happy to be on the list. "What kind of person would be upset at what position they fall when they're on the Forbes list. That person would be a complete idiot.

"If you ask me to show you a guy who's piss-poor with really nice things around him, I'll show you the guy that's on that list that's worried about being number one. And [the person] won't stay there, trust me."

'Before I Self Destruct' has seen several delays, but is said to be released later this year.