50 Cent
I Was There Part 2

50cent1.jpgWhat percentage of MCs in hip-hop do you think are actually intelligent?
You have different kinds of people. You have people that are extremely book smart that lack common sense so they don’t know what’s going to affect their audience. They have more information than me based on reading. For instance, Nas is a really smart guy. He reads books constantly. We were around him on the Nastradamus tour. He was almost weirder than me ’cause we would go to breakfast and he’d be there reading a book. Conceptually, I think that’s what made him drift away from what his initial audience enjoys from him and why he’s not hot right now.

Because he reads too much?
Yes. He’s feeding you too much information in the music and they don’t actually want it. He’s like a teacher. I was in love with KRS-One when he came with “Criminal Minded” and “The Bridge Is Over.” That was theme music to what was going on at that time. And when he started teaching, he lost them. ’Cause it was like, “What is he talkin’ about?”

But you’re obviously really intelligent.
Absolutely. Smart enough not to overwhelm people with information.

But they’re still getting information from you.
Right, but in different ways and in pieces. Anything [that] changes too fast is no good—[the audience] isn’t sure what’s going on. It’s like you watching an actor portray a character in a film that you really enjoy. Then afterwards, he sits on the couch on a talk show and this guy is so artistic that you’re not sure if you [really] fuckin’ like him.

Why, ’cause they’re acting?
Yeah. They’re doing something that’s totally… That may not even be a small portion of their actual character. And then when you see them after the fact, they give you something that’s so artsy.

But the same can be said about you. Do I think if 50 Cent was in a situation where he had to protect himself or he had to hurt somebody, would he blast someone? I might think that. But also…
Under them circumstances…

I would think 50 is too smart to do something like that.
Now listen, I’ll explain this to you. Under certain circumstances when my back is against the wall, yes. But then you have a choice. To my knowledge, when your back is against the wall, either you can be victimized or you find a way out of that situation the best way you know how. I don’t say, “When I see you I’ma pop you” or “I’m gonna make it hot this summer.” I don’t say those types of things. That’s what [people] say to me. So now my antennas go up when they come around because you said that. I don’t believe you like that [but] I’ma give you the benefit of the doubt. When you do something that ain’t right, if you get hurt, you get hurt.

Cam’ron said he’s gonna make it hot this summer, right?
Yeah. I don’t know who he’s talkin’ to, like on what level? And I’m not responsible for the actions of others after you say that ’cause he doesn’t even know what heat is. ’Cause his track record and the lil’ thing that happened in D.C., that’s not heat. That’s a random incident. Heat is when you can’t come outside ’cause it’s gonna go down.

So even in this corporate environment that you’re dealing with, you’re saying you have to consider something like what Cam’ron says seriously?
You have to consider everything Cam says seriously on some level. You can brush it off, [but] then you’re not on point. You’re not paying attention. Ask me why I don’t drink. Is it because I don’t enjoy drinking? Or is it because I know drinking affects my judgment and I’ll start seeing things differently? I’ll start seeing a guy that’s staring at me because he’s intrigued by the success I’m having and he sees himself similar to me ’cause he grew up under the same circumstances [or he’s] looking at me like he might want a problem. You feel what I’m saying? There is no significance of success. The significance is coming from where I came from. I’m from the bottom.

When Cam called Hot 97 to talk to you about your Koch Records comments, you were being articulate, smart and you backed your argument up. But then he engaged you in a way that was a bit more belligerent.
My initial intention when we started that conversation wasn’t to cause an altercation. But after an altercation is caused, I have no intentions of resolving it. I don’t believe you can resolve a situation with someone you didn’t initiate. If they caused it, there’s nothing you can do on your end. You didn’t actually ask for it so it’s there. And you make it—you pound away at him with the consistency of releasing quality material ’til his ass is dust. He’s gone and everybody that surrounds him gets it in the end, too. This is why I tell him Jim Jones should be the boss of Dipset and now you see Jim Jones say he’s not fuckin’ with Cam.

Yeah, but you knew they weren’t really getting along.
I already knew the circumstances behind that ’cause I do my research. At the end of the day, [Jim Jones] is a more credible artist than Cam’ron is. You’re as hot as your last hit record. His last hit was fuckin’ “Horse & Carriage.” He’ll make comparisons to Lloyd Banks’ sales with Jimmy Jones’ sales. So what? Is my worst your best? Why are you not comparing yourself to me? Considering he’s supposed to be Dipset’s boss, while I’m supposed to be the headman for G-Unit. Maybe it’s because he sold 200,000 his last album and I sold 9.8 million.

Are you cool with Jim Jones?
I don’t have a problem with him. I think they got an idiot in the lead position. You gotta make the changes he’s making right now. I think they got some talent over there. Why would I want to destroy [Dipset] considering we have nothing going on from New York City? If it was up to me, Dipset would be hot. You just got an idiot in your frontline. You call him your leader? He just got punched in his eye. To be honest, that’s their responsibility to fix that—all of them.

Did you see Cam’s YouTube video while he was on vacation?
Yeah, he’s a fool. Why would you shoot a video from poolside [in] your little polka dot underwear? Doesn’t make sense.

What about him showing his eye to the camera?
I think he’s a fool for even showing me his eye. What are you proving? You’re showing me your eye two weeks after [you allegedly got punched]? We haven’t seen you for two weeks. You had ice on it for two weeks. [Laughs] Yo! He’s incredible, man!

Is Cam’s career over?
He’s been over. Cam had Columbia [Records] spend marketing dollars on him when he was with Untertainment. He had Def Jam spend marketing dollars when he was on Roc-A-Fella. Now he’s in a graveyard. The majors have no interest in spending money on him because they know the marketing dollars that’s spent is going to be in vain. [But] Jimmy’s done something that’s significant—he came out of the graveyard. His career started on Koch, which means he can go do his deal with the majors [and] he can go do a publishing deal. The kinda money he gon’ receive in those positions based on the success of his last project is gonna make, when he says, “ballin’,” real.

Talk about your next album after Curtis.
Before I Self Destruct. It’ll be out February 4 [and] I’m about three songs away from completing it. I’ll be done with that record and that really is my last studio requirement under my Shady/Aftermath/Interscope deal. ’Cause after that is a greatest hits record.

Will you stop rapping after that?
If I make music, it’ll be organically. It’ll be zero pressure towards releasing it in a time span. I’ll make sure everything that’s on there… I feel like this record is incredible but I’ll take [my] time. It’ll probably be like 60 or 70 records before I decide to pick 10 and then just put those 10 records out.

With so much revenue coming in from other ventures, does rapping even make sense at this point?
Well, it makes great… the energy changes when you got good music out. That’s all it’s really for. I’m in a great financial space in [my] life. I’m proud of my decisions. While people were trying to make their own alcoholic beverage and do different things, I went towards Vitamin Water. I’m health conscious. I work out. I’m actually physically training now for a boxing film, so they’ll see the difference in my physical because I’m working harder. They asked a question on 106 & Park if I took any…

Steroids or something like that?
I guess that’s a question they see when you make a physical change on any level.

Who are you training with?
With a personal trainer. He just brought me a diet supplementary card and I have a regiment. They probably can’t afford to do what I’m doing right now.

Who are they?

Other artists. I couldn’t afford to do it prior to the success, like nobody in my camp is doing what I’m doing. Nobody else in my camp has a nutritionist and a trainer and has them follow you around. You pick up a cookie, “Okay, put it down.” You see what I’m saying? Like everything possible he’s watching you like you’re doing something wrong when you’re ready to go the refrigerator.

Weren’t you trying to hook M.O.P. with something like that?
Yeah, I had M.O.P. live at my house for six months.

Is it true you were offering them a G for every pound they lost?
Yeah, M.O.P., they just ain’t after the same thing. They are a great group. They got music I’d love to put out. I’m just not going to bet on a horse that got three legs in this climate. It won’t win a race.

Did your beef with Game cause any weirdness between you and Dr. Dre?
It always did, just in my head. I’m not even sure he knows. He might read this and be surprised that I said it. But Dre didn’t voice his opinion knowing I gave Game everything that made him what he is. And that didn’t matter. It shouldn’t matter that [Dre] gave me “In Da Club.” He brought something creatively to the table that helped spawn my entire career and I respect him for it. On a higher level, Em for me is like next to my grandmother. He did things for me when I couldn’t do them myself. I needed him at that point and he actually came through for me.

  • Zino

    nas has always been ma favorite rapper but dude got a point bout him becoming too smart for his audience. i still bump all his shit tho…even Nastradamus LOL!!!

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  • BROWNSVILLE BROOKLYN

    True hustler! Hell Rell needs to be down with g-unit!

  • jay

    umm so yeah. reading is bad kids. SMH. also if this duke says the word “space” one more time imma make the summer hot! i bet he does 8oo k first week tho. eminem is like my grandma too.

  • http://www.myspace.com/mrmanish707 Mr. Manish

    good interview

  • Gallas

    This is a Hot Interview Watch out for Curtis September 11th

  • http://a davis

    first! biaitch!!!!!!

  • Joey

    50 seems lonely.. besides when he is with his “Personal Trainer” …

    50: “Em for me is like next to my grandmother” WTF?

    50′s new song is bangin but…

    Rappers should stop makin interviews, and start makin good music.

  • http://a davis

    first biaaaaaitch!

  • tim

    first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Holla

    50 is a fool – Nas fell off cause he reads too much? LOL

  • http://xxlmag.com cutthroat

    hope mop kick his ass
    that punk bitch

  • http://www.yahoo.com What it do

    50 keepin it real as always. Respect his gangsta.. GGGGG-UNIT

  • Gallas

    This interview is hot watch out for Curtis September 11th

  • gman

    better acticle then last one

  • Klassik

    50 Cent is one that I think can save Hip-Hop from all the declineing sales. I think he pushed his album back again because he is working on three more tracks for Curtis. Also the singles are not popping like they should. Nice interview.

  • http://50centarticle... kisha

    … was the best you’ve had in a long time.he may be many things but he is defintitely intelligent and at least gives you food for thought in his interviews and i’m not even a huge fan of his anymore. these other rappers are rehearsed and unbelievable.

  • http://www.soulink.net Cool

    this was a very good interview ,50 has some very valid points . about the music industry and I love the fact that he is very honest about the questions he was ask .

  • NePsOne

    when i first read the headline..nas fell off because he reads to much.. it thought ‘ oh brother”…dumbass.

    but after reading it..I understand what he means. Its great to read and educate yourself but you also have to know how to communicate to others in order tor be able to teach or for them to understnad you.

    anyhow….I pump nasty nas all day…even when i dont get him..lol..

    this article is fresh.

    seems to have a good relationship with em…and em is another smart artist..

    oh yea.. 10th!

  • http://myspace.com/ajpone Pellot

    good interview, 50 speaks the truth, whether ppl wanna hear it or not, they still gonna be mad hatin on him but like the nigga relaly care, i really think curtis is gonna be a good album so watch out for it 9/11

    bk in here

    1

  • guyeight

    TECH N9NE is the best rapper out right now. Better lyrically then any them other maintstream niggas.

  • CIG FREE

    FREE GNARLOW WILSON!!!
    17 year old black kid from georgia gets ten years for consentual sex with 15 year old(wanna know if she was white?). I think georgia wants to teach us blacks a lesson.

  • BlueBerry

    that was actually a half decent interview from Fiddy. He’s right about Nas , he’s too complex for your average “Dem Franchize Boyz fan” to understand.

  • SAN FER

    this shit was tight!!!! cam is over..

  • havoc

    “is my worst your best?”

    damn, cam got fucked with this.

  • gerold

    And Why didn’t you guys run this…

  • KLETEWOOD

    50 DON’T DRINK? 50 DON’T SMOKE? 50 DON’T MIX ARM AND HAMMER WITH HIS COKE.

    50 better come up with some creative lyrics on CURTIS>>>I won’t listen to lyrics about nutrition and shit. You pick up a cookie, “Okay, put it down.”

    GIMME A BREAK!

    EMINEM…PLEASE HELP 50 BEFORE HE SELF DESTRUCTS INTO A GAY MAN.

  • BABESBLINGANDBOOZE.BLOGSPOT.COM

    50′s A FUCKING IDIOT

  • mazemayhim

    I’ma Nas fan. But, Curtis Cent had a point. Nas did get too smart. Niggas can jump on here and deny it if they want to. But, ain’t no “conscious” rappers doin Timberlake numbers. If it ain’t the nihilistic themes(club, hoes, drugs, etc) then niggas ain’t running out to the record store to go get it. Common ain’t multi-platinum. Nas ain’t multi-platinum anymore(unless you include his sales overseas), Ras Kass ain’t platinum(who’s asking for Soul On Ice to be re-released? It’s a classic! Fuck niggas for complaining about the production). That’s just 3 examples. But, niggas like Jeezy and TI go platinum. Curtis will go platinum. And what do they talk about? Exactly. When niggas wanna hear a history lesson on wax, then they will cop. But, niggas don’t wanna get schooled on book smarts right now. Quit lying to yourself. Now for me to put this book down and get on some work to that new TI lol

  • sATaLyte

    Nas lyrics too smart? Not really, thief’s theme? that other one? Not over your head at all. He’s not spitting calculus! He just drops a jewel here and there about our ancestors.

    If anything you Fifty fans should be proud of your leader, he just called you all a bunch of non-reading dumbasses.

    For real though, Nas’ songs have just been lacking quality beats and real enthusiasm for the craft, however he hasn’t been spiting textbooks off the dome.

  • JADA

    nas – tha truth, but 50 cent says some serious shit and i am getting to like him for that.

  • T

    50 is the man. When he speaks we listen or read. It’s always real talk with him and he always has a valid reason behind his thoughts. To some it may sound as if he’s a fool, ya just dont get his insight. I love dude. I always learn something while reading anything on him.

    CURTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTISSSS!!! Cant wait!

  • Rambo

    He has a problem with Nas but he still gives him the credit he deserve…

    But my only thing is he should have said for Radio/mainstream.

    that shit nas kick is enlighting i dont like nas the Man (to much hate in him)but i will always respect cuzz a top 5 MC

  • stuff

    50 is a smart dude. its funny how much hate he gets now , but thats what happens to everyone that gets put on a pedastal.

    He was right about nas , in the sense that , nas is a great artist and is very articulate ,he is one of my favorite artis. i love the intellect he kicks but its not what everyone else can comprehend. if you look at the struggling times of the industry the only people getting airplay or doing any numbers are these one song wonders , that lean , rock and snap . its only hooks and beats .. i miss real hiphop, and 50 is the closest to what was hot in ny on a street level that is still influential in hiphop. he may not be the best rapper but he is a great artist that knows how to appease his audience. he’s not putting out the hard stuff we are accustomed to and loved which sux but he has to ensure sales to keep interest from the market of sponsors and continually fulfill his contract.etc. the last album will probably be the hardest most verbally direct one he ever puts out because it wont matter at that point. it just really sux that artist like lil wayne , unk laffy taffy dudes and all the rest of the corny shit is whats the voice of the hiphop culture.

    but whats really crazy is that , i dont go to hood spots , i go to mostly white lounges where it is mixed and where the money is greener*, and whats playing is no rock , no house and few alternative , or maybe some sort of mix, but the biggest thing you have 50 and they all know the words .. so whether people like it or not , alot of the top 40 hiphop is acceptable and even tollerated in spots where its usually not a hiphop crowd because of the dude, aswell as jay-z

  • http://haterfree.com me nigga

    fif is intelligent u can be a concious rappper but jus dnt get to concious bkuz u will lose your croud. fif coud prolly cum out all intelligent but he understands he has to sell. but then again that also goes back to nas and krs keepin it real wit themselves you no. but they shoud try to meet in the middle you no, be concious and still stay relevant

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=11868 G

    I thought 50 was like diddy in a shady sense that he just fucked the other artists he had around him (no homo intended) outta money…but after readin this i see dis nigga is really fuckin smart. This dude is so fuckin careful!! I can almost see this dude literally planning how many steps he takes to pick up da mail. Maybe niggas should be more cautious like him they wouldnt be gettin shot up all da damn time…

  • Samurai Man

    >NePsOne Says:
    but after reading it..I understand what he means. Its great to read and educate yourself but you also have to know how to communicate to others in order tor be able to teach or for them to understnad you.”
    I agree with him.
    I dun really like 50, but I think he’s super rite bout Nas..

    I think wht fif meant wasn’ tht reading too much makes u fall off. I think wht he’ sayin is tht obtainin too much info makes u confuse urself.

    I noe good rappers read lots of books. The best ex is obviously Tupac. u can c their influence from da readings in thier lyrics nd I really enjoy intelligent lyrics. However, in da case of nas, it seems like he’ puttin too many different ideas wihch often contradict himself…

    Obtaining intelligent thoughts is necessary to write good lyrics, but you’ve got to know da way to put it and choose which idea or thoughts you gonna use.

  • boss of all bosses

    HOW MUCH DID MOBB DEEP SELL CUUURTIIIIIISSSSS?!?

    Get ‘em Killa lol..

  • mississippiboyjb

    curtisssssssssssss! dat nigga real as fuck. fuck all hatas.

  • ALBANY4LIFE

    REAL TALK.ITS UNFORTUNATE BUT TRUE THAT YOU CANT COME ACROSS TO EDUCATED IN YOUR LYRICS OR PEOPLE TUNE OUT.THATS WHY YOU SEE SO MANY UNEDUCATED,BULLSHIT LYRIC ARTIST OUT NOW,BECAUSE THE MUSIC IS MADE FOR PILL POPPING MOTHERFUCKAS THAT WANT TO HEAR BASS BANG AND NOT LISTEN TO A FUCKIN WORD ON A TRACK.

  • Tha Ace

    what he said about nas is true…today about 85% of rap listeners want a good beat and somethin to sing along to. Only a few cats out there wanna hear some knowledge and somethin that makes em think that is why HIP HOP IS DEAD

  • Tha Ace

    and samuri u the one that gettin it confused nas knows exactly what he doin and he doesn’t contradict himself unlike all these other fools

  • Shakim Allah

    I get everything that Nas says, but I don’t think that he is too smart, I just think that tha hip hop audience has got dumb as hell. cuz lyrics have been so dumbed down when someone tries 2 say anything with some intelligence no one getz it. Lyrics don’t mean shit anymore tha beat can be hot and tha lyrics can be stupid as hell and not make any sense what so ever and it sells. That’s most likely why Nas says hip hop is dead it’s obvious

  • the G.O.D

    Peace
    Now since money thinks he is keeping it real le me pull your ears a little bit, I remember in Beantown my peoples and I had stopped to get a few beers at a liquor store and I stayed in the Car (Nah, I was not sleeping I had a book in my hand; 5-0 rolled up and they stopped my friends frisking them et al. I knew they were out there doing their their job and they kept banging on the windows and I still ignored them and they were amazed by the fact that I was lost in that book and I just looked up at them and went back to my book and they shook their heads and got in their rides and left–respect that is what they gave me–being dumb ain’t street–being smart is
    dumb n—s snitch–smart cats keep their mouth shut
    peace

  • http://www.myspace.com/PSTSaint PST

    50 is smart, and I agree with him with everything he just said, and i’ma fan of Dipset Game and Nas too.

  • Ryan

    Nas reads too much, wow, I know we’re at a turning point in society at large when a large public figure like 50 Cent is telling people that an artist reading too much is bad and being educated and putting it into your work isn’t good. Remember when lyrics actually mattered, not hooks and record sales?

  • http://www.myspace.com/krazy_sexxxy_kool king_of_gq

    iM a bIG fAN oF 50…iM aLSO vERY iNTELLIGIENT bROTHA…bUT 50 mADE NO sENSE tHROUGH hALF OF tHE iNTERVIEW…hE’S vERY aRTICULATE tHOUGH…bUT nOT wELL pUT tOGETHER…i mIGHT bE bUYIN hIS aLBUM …sO fAR…i hAVE aLL 2 oF tHEM…lol

  • half past 30

    What a weirdo. he honestly thinks he still has a career in hip-hop. its very sad. Nas has been around and respected for 14 years. I bet everything that in 14 years we will be asking “50 who.” Yeah, he will have his money and good for him. He says that Camron compared his worst to Camron’s best. First of all after 50′s first 2 albums what on G-Unit has done anything? nothing. oh yeah Game, who is a much better rapper than 50 will ever be. If my 5 year old cousin recieved the “in the Club” track from Dr. Dre then he would be a superstar right now. When Nas said Hip-Hop is dead this is what he was talking about. Its not about the south, its about sad men who have to say that everyone in Hip-Hop is stupid or act like they’re stupid to be liked. You know who 50 reminds me of, George Bush. 50 feels that being stupid, which he is, is an accomplishment. And anyone not with him is the enemy. Is it just me or can you tell that 50 goes home and sits in the bathroom, looks at the mirror and just cries. And the thing about the actors……WHAT. when an actor articulates what he/she wants out of his/her art and talks about how he/she is moved when people watch his/her work is what you want from someone who gave a good job on the big screen. AND thats another thing…He will do a few movies and that will flop worse than his music career because the movie industry doesn’t play that shit. Half of acting is exposing yourself and doing something out of you comfort zone. Get rich or Die Tryin was nothing of the sort. When I see him play a role that doesn’t remind me of wack ass 50 cent himeself then I can make an informed decision about his acting. what a loser. Its a lot of people with money in this world and they aren’t dissing their friends and people around him like 50. Question, who rolls with 50 anymore? People see him dropping and if he is not giving money away then what is the benefit for hanging with him besides getting some. Imagine if all Hip-Hop artists read like Nas and used this outlet we call music to educate the masses. Do you know what type of control that could be. 50 sounds like a white man in a suit behind a desk working for Sony. We set the standard. If everyone demanded substance then it would not be people like 50 cent around. All 50 needs to say is “thank God for Dr. Dre or I would not be here right now” Just imagine if Dr. Dre would have been like, “Ok 50, I’m signing you but you and Eminem make all the beats and songs for your album.” It would have been nothing and we wouldn’t even be having this conversatipn right now. Peace.

  • MEDINA

    ONCE AGAIN, YA’LL HAD TO PUT DAT NIGGA 50 ON DA COVER. DAT NIGGA’S WHACK. ALL HE DOES IS BRAG BOUT HOW HE GOT SHOT AND ALL DAT BULLSHIT. CAM’ GOT SHOT TOO. BUT U DON’T C DAT NIGGA MAKING COMMENTS BOUT IT. NOW U GOT DAT NIGGA 50 WANTIN’ ALL HIS G-UNIT BITCHEZ TO GET OFF HIS DICK. SAYIN’ HE AIN’T GONNA ASSIST DEM FINANCIALLY AND ALL DAT BULLSHIT. SHIT…DA NIGGAZ FROM DIPSET B DOIN’ THEY OWN THING. JUELZ HAD HIS ALBUM AND DAT SHIT WAS A SELLER. JIM JONES HAD HIS ALBUM AND DAT SHIT WAS A SELLER TOO. BUT WHAT THESE G-UNIT NIGGAZ GOT. THEY AIN’T GOT SHIT. ‘CEPT FOR CURTIS. U GOT ALL THESE OTHER NIGGAZ CALLIN’ HIM OUT. BUT CURTIS WON’T DO SHIT…’CEPT MAKE A RECORD BOUT IT. MAN FUCK 50 DAT NIGGA NEEDS TO EAT A DICK!!!
    SHORTY LOC.

  • theworldfamousbp

    nice interview

  • ^^

    im not a fan of 50 anymore , but i hope his album is good….G-unit shouldn’t be a rap group but just a brand or some…non of them sell records…

  • lil sen

    you don’t like 50 cent?!go and kill yourself pussy motherfucker!!!or go suck the game dick!!shiit !!50′s real hip hop!

  • FLY GIRL!!!

    YA KNO MY BOTHER TALKS ALL THE TIME BOUT CURTIS..IN A BAD WAY….BUT READING THIS ARTICLE…HE IS SOMEONE THT IS REAL AND U DO NOT SEE OR HERE THAT FROM RAPPERS…STAY THAT WAY AND YOU WILL GAIN ALOT OF RESPECT…

  • Ay Bay Bay

    Are rap heads admitting their low IQs up in this bitch? Are we about to have a “we too dumb to read” session? What the fuck is goin on man?

  • http:////kama360.hi5.com Kama360

    nas is the greatest. i respect a brotha tryin to improve his situation.
    I’l jus torrent the curtis album. i bought the doctors advocate and hiphop is dead. cant 50 no mo money,he made enough.Desire by pharoahe_monch is tight, cope it.
    BWS+ILL Will. the realest

  • CMoney

    I can understand why he’s more cool with Eminem then with Dre. It was Eminem who heard one of his mixtapes & went to Dre to co-sign with him. Dre is a super busy person due to his legacy, while Eminem isn’t as busy making beats. I’m kind of shocked at the lack of positive comments he has for Dre, seeing as the song that would turn into “In Da Club” made him a lot of money. If it was me, I would forever be grateful, as he could of locked that beat up after D12 passed on it. Good read. He’s making money, which in the end, really is one of the main goals in most people’s lives.

  • Dan

    Nas had to be smart to spit on Illmatic, no wonder why I couldn’t understand how he did it but now it make sense.

  • INTERSCOPE JACKSON

    WOW ..yet aNOTHER CLASSIC 50 INTERVIEW

    hmmm….fif is a smart businessman, all of that is business information right there
    well from a business aspect hes right and this is the music business

    basically 50 saying, yeah, i could rhyme about the 5% nation, the Moorish empire and the eurocentrification of our school system, but i’d rather just tell yall bullshyt like fukk nikkas kill em all, sell crack, fukk bytches, and various fukkery

    its not that nas reads too much thats the negative ..it’s that he reads dis sh!t and he tries to spit it at u tryna sound smart n sh!t wen he really is a middle school dropout.. he dont even be accurate wit his fact.. niqqa lost

    Nas lacks basic knowledge.. the dumb niqqa reads sh!t and throws it into a rhyme tryna sound intelligent like we give a fukk..

    the niqqa dropped out after the 8th grade .. that explains everything ..

    prolly was spittin all dis sh!t to carmen, das why she began letting jay nut in her grille.

    Nas Lost.

  • http://myspace.com/shay3ffm Lady Shay

    cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurtis

  • these posts are racist

    50′s Strategy:

    I think he’s trying to recreate the “underdog” image he came out with, hence the slow quasi break up of G Unit…Ja Rule is slowly gaining his career back. If its 50 against the world, that will make 50 more popular on a street level, that’s what he’s looking for now.

  • LOOSE_CHANGE

    HEY LOOK AT ME IM 50 CENT! I CAN COME BACK TO MY FORMER HOOD WITH 137 ARMED SECURITY PERSONEL AND RECEIVE NO LOVE. YAY.

  • YoungLL

    HOW MUCH DID CURTIS SELL CAM??? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA GET EM’ CURTISSSSSSSSS!!!! 9.8 MILLION TO 200,000??? LAME ASS NIGGA’… FUCK CAM.. U SOFT PUSSY BOY

  • YoungLL

    NAS THINKS HE’S TO SMART FOR HIS AUDIENCE… FUCK THAT FUCKING NERD… U WANNA’ BE A TEACHER? GO TEACH UR WIFE NOT BE HOE NIGGA…. GET EM’ CURTISSSS!!!

  • bizkit85

    good interview as usual.
    i just wanna ask where ppl read that 50 said reading is bad?! lol lol haters. that’s not what he meant. i think ppl r just mad cause their hero nas isn’t the only intelligent person in rap. i think 50 is a good rapper- he’s making music he wants to make, music that sells. who cares if white ppl buy it to? what the hell has that got to do with anything? 50 has worldwide appeal- that is fact. i’m from south africa and let me tell u guys, he is huge out here. he gets alot of respect and love. maybe even more than nas or jay. i think nas is bitter- so what if rappers aren’t making conscious records? why sholud artists make the music YOU want them to? and another question… how can hip hop be dead when we have ppl like common, talib kweli, lupe and even kayne??? if u want to talk about artists who have lyrics with “substance” and a “message”

  • ac

    Nigga said it hiself. He an Actor.

  • uvf_4_life

    hey no one can deny anyone whos listened to nas hes went over everyones head with some of his shit so dont start thinkin 50 is dissin nas this is him jus givin his opinion and even nas will appreciate that but hate or luv his music 50 speaks mad sense no other rapper will speak so truthfully and make so much sense. i.e cam on 60 mins, see the difference people

  • PEno1

    let me articulate this for you like an intelligent man should;
    firstly, i understand what 50 is saying, and its true that in hip hop, if you have nice beats and dumbed down rhymes it will equal sales. it will also equal a dumb audience. he is speaking like a typical business man trying to sell records and promoting the ‘dumb black man’ mentality. Would any of you look at a typical white musician and call them dumb? well they lookin at you pointing their fingers laughing.
    nothing wrong with learning and reading books. thats what will take you out them project buildings. ‘what influence my rap?/stick ups and killings/kidnappings/project buildings/drug dealings’ and what he say after that? ‘most intellectuals will only half listen’
    if you not familiar get familiar. hip hop is dead.
    before you speak 50 you should get his facts straight because nas say himself he sometimes dumb down his lyrics for his audience (usually on a single and will get deeper on the album)
    10 years from now 50 will be remembered as a guy that made some club bangers and most likely be hated
    Nas will be shown love.

  • stattrice

    g unit everyone scared of 50 and everyone can stop hating cuz 50 dont give a fuck about you fuckers act like he reads computer nerds comments g unit

  • pedohead

    *PLEASE READ*****************
    basically, what he said about nas was sad, but true. Nas is very smart, but unfortunately the majority of today’s hip hop audience isn’t. Like little brother, said, niggas aint listening. They all wanna hear about rims,hoes and blunts, while the small black minority (and let’s face it, a hell of a lot of white guys too) keeps the light shining listening to the likes of (early) mos def, common(since forever), atmosphere, murs and so on and so forth. Education is pretty much dead for black youth, (and an amusing amount of suburban white children too) and the vicious cycle continues.
    Meanwhile, 50 is happy to keep his paper up catering to the brainless, gun-toting and ass shaking masses. And who can blame him? He used to try and come with more introspective lyrics (see power of the dollar), but once his shit blew up and realised most people only knew him for in da club’s and 21 questions, he focused the hustle on that.

    Once again, very very sad, but painfully true. And if he’s business-oriented enough to set his heart aside and produce that brainwash for his financial security, who the hell am i to judge.
    MY cry is for people to lift the standards of what they hear in their music, we all like hitting the club here and there and getting our swerve and party on, but all the damn-time with the brainless music??? Step it up, and make the light shine bright
    ************************************

  • http://richarte.blogspot.com IB Illin

    50 scared of Killa!

  • The Spaniard

    This cat is similar to Tupac in the sense that I really enjoy a lot of their interviews and listening to their prespectives on the industry and the audience. On the flip side, I really wasn’t a major fan of the music they produced. This was a good interview. A lot of people reading this are going to miss one of the main underlying points.

    50 is not downtalking Nas in any sense other than his opinion that Nas makes songs too smart for the audience.

    (i.e. 50 is saying that you are probably not to bright so you need to be spoon fed)

  • AEROSTATLE

    Regardless what you say about this man he is clearly an intelligent human being. Hey readers you ever notice something about all of your primary rappers that outsell everyone else. Take a guess(Jay-Z,T.I.,50) They are all extremely intellingent….Hmmm someone needs to tell the kids hey even in the rap world wise up….

  • http://www.myspace.com/whateva The Spaniard

    this is a bitch nigga speakin right about now…i have 50′s dick in my mouth right now…get @ me later…

  • The Spaniard

    (yawn.)

  • The Spaniard

    ^
    (yawn.)

  • The Spaniard

    50 thinks you’re dumb also…email him.

  • http://VOODOOEDDY.COM ACTION

    WHAT A DUMB FUCK!
    This fool is all about money and nothing but money.
    What you pepole don’t know is making hits is esay, the real challange is to have substansce in your songs and still be no.1 like Nas. He could have gone the esay way but he chose not to and that’s why his music will be consider as classic a couple years from know.
    Saying that it’s better to dumb down your music in order to sell more just shows how you se your fans, dumb as fuck.
    One of the greatest rappers of all time had nothing but knowledge in his music and he is the most selling rapartist of all time, yes the GREAT TUPACK AMARU SHAKUR. And to the guy named The Spaniard please do not compare curtis to Tupac they don’t play in the same league.

    Music is more than just money and recordsales.

    And the shit about him beeing consius/careful that’s just shows a scared man, scared of life, scared of the pepole who put him where he is.

  • poppa

    LMAO YO 50 IS FUCKED

  • derfla the hus’la

    THE WORLD IS ABOUT MONEY DUMBASSES.

    I WAS NEVER A HUGE FAN OF 50, BUT U DONT HAVE TO BE.

    DUDE IS SMART AND DOIN HIS THING.

    HE STAYS WINNING

  • yessir

    BET is BIAS. The EAST COAST don’t any fuckin play. I thought Papoose has a video with Addictiv.

  • GET MONEY N INVEST

    50 a real dude, I respect his ambition. Ride wit him or get left behind cause he’s doing nothin but moving foward. As as he got his money right and knows where it’s going(which alot of artists fail to do)he set for life. Just pay yo TAXES! Don’t pull a Wesley Snipes. If the rest of the Unit is smart, they should be taking notes and implementing their own plans to secure their futures. I wish M.O.P would get back on target.

  • Get Dat Gwap

    AND WHY ISN’T THIS IN THE ARTICLE IN THE MAGAZINE. YA’LL PLAYED UP US ON THAT ONE. GIVE US WHAT WE PAYED FOR!

  • The Spaniard

    Learn to read and/or comprehend
    (the latter being most important)…

    I didn’t compare 50 to Tupac. I clearly said I found them interesting to listen to in interviews.

    As artists, I can do with or without either of them.

  • Freddy(Vega$)

    Respect this niggaz hustle!! I just dont know why he has to push his album back till Feb for?? once it gets leaked it will be out umm X-Mas- bet on that!!! but for reals 50 just tells it like he sees it!! Fuck DipSet them niggaz is real soft over there only Hell Rell got clout!!

  • AK93

    50 DNT WANT BEEF WIT JIM JONE5

  • slashed em

    for all you brainless d*ck heads this is a good article nigga 50 always keep it real he got a point bout nas i mean i bump all his old shit cant say i heard one song from his new album nigga got mad intelligent (which aint bad but still) and cam come on cam is trash now compared to back then jim jones is doin it now if it werent for jones niggas like max b stack bundles would be un heard of (byrdgang) juelz in his own world and hell rell getin old played out and lastly niggas gotta be fools to not understand what fif meant bout em bein like his grandma… makes me sick im sure alot of ppl had a person hold them down help them out so much that its like ya closest fam member … fools gunit

  • maximuspop

    how come everybody forgets POWER OF THE DOLLAR his best album get POWER OF THE DOLLAR THEN LISTEN TO GET RICH OR DIE TRYING THE ALBUM FEATURES U.G.K. NORE AND DESTINY CHILD GET THAT ALBUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ripsta

    oh shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he just called his fans stupid!!!!!!!!! he said he’s too intelegent to get smart on his dumb ass g-unit fans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yall g-unit fans are STUPID !!!! HE SAID IT HIMSELF!!! LOL

  • grapes

    i don’t even know what to think bout this guy..

  • The Legend (Mont)

    Fiddy has had a few bangers (Baltimore Love Thang immediately pops to mind) but real hip hop fans such as myself who grew up on that 1988 sh** knows he commercial. Suburb caucasians are the ones who buy his albums to the extent that they go quadruple platinum. What kills me about dude is the fact that he thinks record sells make him a superior MC and they do not. Yeah, dude sells mad albums got mad money and is a very smart business man (i.e. Vitamin Water)But to the hip hop junkies who keep their ear to the street who is 50????

    Would you say he a better lyrcist than say Joe Budden? nope! Big L?? nope! Jadakiss?? h*ll naw! and I won’t even mention Nas, Jay and Big.

    My point is this ….William Hung sold mad records. When you got a good gimmick, a corporate machine behind you and target a demographic that is so fascinated by a “black man from the hood getting shot 9 times” it ain’t hard to sell records ….BUT THAT DON’T MAKE YOU GREAT B!

    You a good lyrcist but when it’s all said and done you would never have legendary Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Kool G status ….so what’s your legacy??? You sold mad records …I give ya’ that but nothing about your style is exceptional ….I’ve heard n*ggas just as nice on the last 4 tracks of my Superstar Jay mixtapes!!

    Nas left a mark on the game ….Pac ….KRS …..dude done sold mad records then all of them combined but when it’s all said and done YOU NOT SPECIAL …..just right dude at the right time ….planets lined up for ya’.

  • The Legend (MONT)

    Fiddy has had a few bangers (Baltimore Love Thang immediately pops to mind) but real hip hop fans such as myself who grew up on that 1988 sh** knows he commercial. Suburb caucasians are the ones who buy his albums to the extent that they go quadruple platinum. What kills me about dude is the fact that he thinks record sells make him a superior MC and they do not. Yeah, dude sells mad albums got mad money and is a very smart business man (i.e. Vitamin Water)But to the hip hop junkies who keep their ear to the street who is 50????

    Would you say he a better lyrcist than say Joe Budden? nope! Big L?? nope! Jadakiss?? h*ll naw! and I won’t even mention Nas, Jay and Big.

    My point is this …William Hung (asian cat from American Idol) sold mad records. When you got a good gimmick, a corporate machine behind you and target a demographic that is so fascinated by a “black man from the hood getting shot 9 times” it ain’t hard to sell records …BUT THAT DON’T MAKE YOU GREAT B!

    You a good lyrcist but when it’s all said and done you would never have legendary Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Kool G, Scarface status …so what’s your legacy??? You sold mad records …I give ya’ that but nothing about your style is exceptional …I’ve heard n*ggas just as nice on the last 4 tracks of my Superstar Jay mixtapes!!

    Nas left a mark on the game …Pac …KRS …dude done sold way more records then all of them combined but when it’s all said and done YOU NOT SPECIAL …just right dude at the right time …planets lined up for ya’.

  • Dub

    MAN FUCK 50!!!! HE HAS 2 BE THE WACKEST NIGGA IN THE GAME. THIS BITCH ASS NIGGA CANT EVEN DO A FUCKIN INTERVIEW W/O DISSIN SOME FUCKIN BODY MAN. WHY DA FUCK DOES HE FEEL DA NEED 2 TALK SHIT ABOUT PEOPLE SOO MUCH??? IT SEEMS LIKE A NIGGA WITH ALL HIS SUCCESS SHOULD BE HAPPY ENOUGH WITH HIMSELF 2 LEAVE OTHER PEOPLES NAMES OUTTA HIS MOUTH!!! BOTTOM LINE DUDE IS PUSSY…HE SAID HE’D VOTE FOR BUSH IF HE COULDA VOTED!!! WUT KINDA SHIT IS DAT??? I DONT EVEN LIKE DIP-SET , BUT ID BUMP 10 OF THEY ALBUMS B4 ID BUMP ANY OF THIS FAGGOT ASS NIGGA’S WACK ASS MUSIC. THIS NIGGA TALKED ABOUT JA RULE WAS SINGIN ON HIS TRACKS…AND NOW HE DOIN DA SAME SHIT!!!! AINT NUTTIN ABOUT DIS CURTIS NIGGA REAL!

  • Reality Recognized!!!!!!!

    Just another ploy by ya Man 5-0 to get a TOP DOG MC like Nas or Jay to bite to generate interest in this train wreck of a album “Curtis”. The album title sucks as will the album. But I hope Nas drops a bomb on fif only after his forever pushed back album tanks. If Ghost dont get to him first!

  • Saddened

    its kinda funny saying that his fans gotta have all their music dumbed down..saying Nas is too smart. He just called all his fans and anyone who comes close to conscious rap dumbasses…..50 playin the game though..he cant win unless somebody payin him and these clowns out here payin him. The only smart comments he made in this interview are those about Cam…but who didnt already know that? Its a sad day for the human race when 50 tells his fans that your too stupid to know when your bein played and all of you still buyin his music and products as if he is givin you something great.

  • traebiz

    If fifty toured with NAS why was he talkin greasy on mix tapes and beefin wit em. Thats Loyalty and gratitude huh? Rap is the new WWF- day time soap.

  • buck

    I respect 50 and nas as men of different cloths. 50 lives for the here and now and nas is more worried about selling his sole to the devil. 50 would release a song called f ya momma’s in the rear if he would sell 5 million coppies , nas would’nt….. Nas wins

  • The Real

    U COULD HATE HIM BUT U GOTTA RESPECT THE MUTHAFUCKA. HE’S A SMART DUDE. HE SURPASSED ALOT OF MUTHAFUCKAZ. BECUZ ALL MUTHAFUCKAZ DO IS COMPLAIN. SNAP OUT OF IT FOLLOW THE FOOT STEPS. DICKHEADS.

  • sk

    Yo! this dude ain’t lying bout Nas cause when i

  • sk

    WTF……Dude ain’t lying man cause when I bought Nas third album

  • yadadafeelme?

    damn this interview was some real shit. 50 knows how to answer questions and be clear about shit. cam’ron and dipshit are over. only good rapper in dipshit is juelz santana, that “second coming” shit is fire. got respect for the nigga 50 and i’ma get “curtis” when it drops. as of now, 50′s singles are trash, especially “amusement park,” and i hope “curtis” isn’t the massacre part 2, ’cause that’s what it looks like.

  • http://datpiff gods other son

    Curtis made some sense in this interview, but how can you criticize a man when you were once on his tour, riding his dick, and wanting to be a braveheart. That’s not loyal. This man tried to put you on when no one else would fuck with you. In conclusion, isn’t this the same guy that stole Ja Rules style.

  • dray

    curtis is gonna sell no matter what real interview and g-unit do to sell dummy

  • truth.com

    Some of these niggas must not have ever taken reading comprehension. What the fuck is in correct about what 50 said about Nas. It’s hard to preach and sell hip hop music if niggas what preaching and learning a nigga will go to church or collegee not put in a hip hop CD. When you sign a Music contract you and your company intentions are to sell CDs. If you are talented but not selling CDs who fault is it yours or the record labels. I was just listening to Common and Kanye on the Angie Martinez show and Common said he had to talk to kanye about why his songs where not connecting to the audience and realize he was giving information in a way that the regular person couldn’t totally understand. So Common said that now he believes that he raps to were more people can understand his message.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com EAR DIS

    i partly agree with 50 on wot he sed about nas about him being 2 smart for da average dude. I understand what nas’ says in his rhymes but da masses seem to only be interested in guns, chix and money. i think only 30% at most bother to sit down and listen to a rap trak for it’s lyrics. I like artists like Weezy, T.I, Luda but i got luv for lyrical cats like Nas dat try 2 add another dimension to hip hop. Dat’s why hip hop sux rite now, it’s all da same shit. I mostly only check hip hop now 4 da beats and dats it. I bet da Curtis joint is gonna have tunes about money,girls,guns and that’s it. People need to be more open minded and realise there’s more 2 life and hip hop than those 3 topics. holla bak!

  • Holla

    great interview

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  • Tha Ace

    The Legend (MONT) Says:

    Nas left a mark on the game …Pac …KRS …dude done sold way more records then all of them combined but when it’s all said and done YOU NOT SPECIAL …just right dude at the right time …planets lined up for ya’.

    ^^^^ what is u stupid or somethin i agree with the rest of your shit but nas sold more than pac??? NOBODY as far as rap has sold more than 2pac

  • Big Boy

    its not dat nas is 2 smart its dat he matured from hip hop

  • Roosta

    Come on people… How could you say 50′s talking real shit when he’s straight up calling Hip Hop fans stupid… He says that Nas’ lyrics are, “too smart.” Hell nah, I thrive off of ill shit like Nas, Talib Kweli, and Immortal Technique. Smart ass motherfuckers that spit the truth. They make you smarter when you bump their stuff. And as far as success goes, it depends how you measure success cuz to me success is respect from the masses. And 50 lost that when he sold out. People like Immortal Technique have been offered deals from that majors and turned them down to stay humble on the Independent hustle. Yet he still has fans all over the world and he’s making a viable impact on the world… Now that’s success.
    p.s… Hip Hop never died, it was just misrepresented by people like 50…

  • Block Knotz

    i think this is one of the best interviews with 50 i’ve ever read. dude is truly a very talented guy with a lot of passion for what he does. damn good statement on nas! i’ve been on my dude since way back but he’s lost some. check this…i was at a nas concert in las vegas standing around hundreds and when he went through the list of tracks i noticed that i was one of the only guys that knew the lyrics to his latest projects. oh but people new the words to every song from his old joints. fif keeps it realier than most and at times gives u 2 much 2 chew. i’m not a fan of g-unit but i am a fan of realness!

  • FIDDY4LIFE

    Who need books learning and ignorant shit like that IN MUSIC???? FUCK THE HATERS FIFTY IS WHERE IT’S AT!!!!!!!!!

  • Trev-O-Negative

    First off i wanna say dat i agree wit GUYEIGHT,tech n9ne is betta lyrically than all dez mainstream niggaz,but then so is pharoahe monch.Now as it relatez 2 dis article,meatheadz alwayz get shit confused,fif wuzn’t callin’ hip-hop fanz stupid,he wuz jus sayin’ dat in today’z music scene nas’ style doesn’t sell.And i’m gettin’ tired uv ppl sayin’ 50 ain’t a great lyricst,he sellz recordz,so dat gotta say sumthin’?I mean lyrically fif is up there with biggie and pac(DAMN!!,did ya’ll niggaz 4get about “eye for an eye”).Stop hatin’ and give da king his crown,u know he run NY(mad shoutz goez out 2 LL,da realest nigga in da game,4 passin’ da torch 2 Mr. billion dollar buget Jackson),plus he da oly jackson still makin’ money in da music biz,ROFLMAO!!!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/makeemsaydam Jazmyn Gill

    when I opened my mailbox n got my newest issue of XXL I was like WTF IS DIS NIGGA DOIN ON DA COVER!!! Im not a hater I love every1 in hip hop from Lupe to Soulja Boy but dis nigga is WACK and he has no kinds of morals n ethics and dat shit pisses me off. He’s neva gonna b respected as a rapper cuz all dis nigga rap about is money n amusement parks n dats shit’s WACK!! He’d have a better chance of gainin fans if he did a track wit da Aunt Jackie boys ft. Lil Mama lol
    J.Gill

  • Essential

    Damn,50cent is a str8 ignoramus so is his base,Nas taught de mass,Canibus informed de selected region,krs 1 made a spiritual impact on Hip Hop,nd such achuevements wil never b lost…His millions wil b gone in few years,but wat about his legacy?Canibus nd Nas have loyal fans,thats love nd dats success…de type of success no1 can take away from you…but m glad 50 told de world dat every1 who listens to him is dumb cuz Nas is “too smart 4 them(50cent included)…it was a insult 4 The Game to be in ya crew,a lyricist like him cnt b led by a mini creche rapper like You…just learn 1 thing,Hip Hop wil continue cuz of Canibus,KRS 1,Immortal,nd Nas,fuck 50 nd his cronnies telling us we nid to be dumb.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com SeduCtivECanDii

    mayne.. this is wuz up… yall need to giT tha Fuck ova It Or Go kiCk roCks!!! haha… yaLL kNO fifty iz Runin this Motha fuCkin gAme…Heard Of any Other Rap ArtiSt dRop mmmm 3 albums and sUm othA…HELL naW!!! tHis kid iZ kEepIN hip HoP frEsH Ta deaTh….So nIccAS itS all JEalousy And Envy…git Used 2 IT
    CURTIS 9/11
    go Git IT!!!

    Much LuV from YA gUrl….

  • Gnicks

    F 50. Did Nas get too smart, or did his fans get simple minded? Nas’s rhymes aren’t all that complicated if you listen. I’d rather listen to Nas drop knowledge every song than 50 compare sex to an amusement park. 50 is a dumb ass phony. Watch 50 talk about shooting guns and gangbangin even though he lives in suburbia Conneticut. Talk about a wanksta.

  • J

    Wow. If you’re a 50 fan right now, how upset are you? He basically said you’re fucking stupid. This is why hip hop is in the toilet. They know they’re marketing homogenized, bullshit, purporting a image to black people that is utter garbage.

    Yet we can’t wait to buy more!

    I wish I could call Fidee a fucking moron, but he’s not the one buying his own records. If you guys were smart, I wouldn’t buy shit else he sells.

    Keep it real. Don’t read.

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  • http://www.myspace.com/notthatdude Courtney B. Bryant

    Clearly, Interscope Records put the kibosh on asking questions having to do with censorship.

  • buckback

    fiddy should do a ja rule collab

  • Esse

    Damn the nigga kips proving me right that he`s dumb,1st and 4most,Nas has been reading b4 he even wrote Illmatic,so the fans who got to no0 Nas new him as a constant reader,and those who loved him bcuz of illmatic were thinkers according to 50cent…So how is it that Nas has drifted from his base of listeners? no 2 its disgusting that 50 thinks being smart and being informed makes people colder musically,Nas hasnt lost me and most of de adherents he had since illmatic….i am no ignoramus personally i study to upgrade my iq and to further my understanding of the things i fathom,so i challenge and modify my thoughts,so fuck 50 for calling majority of rap listeners dumb motherfuckers……..nad hell yeah am from south africa and i never liked 50 bcuz his muzik is 4 de dumb and numnuts.

  • Dirrty South Soldier

    he may not be the greatest rapper of all time, but he damn right is the smartest.
    peace

  • http://andygunitclick.com Andy Perez

    I think 50 is right about everything He always got proof to back him up and thats how a real man should take care of an arguement and I respect him for that.

  • The Legend (MONT)

    Tha Ace Says:

    ^^^^ what is u stupid or somethin i agree with the rest of your shit but nas sold more than pac??? NOBODY as far as rap has sold more than 2pac

    you misunderstood me dude …I was saying that 50 has sold more records but is nowhere near the status of Nas & KRS when it comes critical acclaim as an MC …and if Pac has sold more records then that just strengthens my point

  • ROCK

    U rap dudes need to smarten up. I like 50 cent. He is a smart dude, but he is dumb at the same time. So he is a smart dumb nigga. but anyway, he starts beef with a whole bunch of people everytime his album comes out right! If rappers were smart, they wouldnt even repond to him. Because if he’s not beefing with nobody, then he dosent have any hype around his album. He feeds off yall responses to his nosense. So yall make him sell alot of records, if you dont respond to his nonsense, then he has no one to beef with. Whats he going to do then? Beef with his own crew….yall have to play chest with 50. not checkers….its basic mathmatics……U can tell from his music that he is running out of talent. So let him destroy himself……Vitiman water!! It dosent matter….Well what the fuck are you still rapping for then nigga, fall back and let thease young hunry dudes eat. Pussy!

  • ROCK

    I AGREE WIT YOU CHICAGO HIP HOP, 50 IS COOL, BUT HE SAYS THE WRONG SHIT OUT OF HIS MOUTH SOMETIMES. HE NEEDS A GOOD HUMBLEING. EVERY MAN NEEDS A GOOD HUMBELING EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE. HE IS ACTING AS IF HE IS GOD…REAL TALK! AND ITS STARTING TO TURN HIS FANS AWAY. HE IS REALLY GOING TO DO WHAT HIS NEXT LAST ALBUM IS TITLED “SELF DESTRUCT” HE IS GOING TO BE HIS ONLY FRIEND AT THE END. I CAN CARE LESS ABOUT LIL WAYNE….HE’S GARBARGE TO ME, SO LET THEM KILL EACHOTHER. BUT HE CAN NEVER TAKE IT TO WHERE NAS TOOK IT. THATS REAL TALK….HE BETTER NOT EVEN COMPARE HIMSELF WITH NAS BIG PAC OR JAY

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  • BaLLaAAAAA

    fuckkkk 50 that wangsta is wackkkkk. he starts shit with everyone and cant finish his shit… fucking snitchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…. thats why all of g-u nottttttt pretty much left his ass… fucking snitchhh ass wangsta. its all about dipset. FUcK 50 u digggg

  • Young Ca$h

    it says a lot about hip hop when someone says the reason an MC isn’t popular is he has too much to say.

    Oh, and M.O.P. could rip 50 apart lyrically, speaking of three legged horses.

  • GWB’s Fresh Prince

    Yo 50 is def. smart about what he’s doing. I see where he is coming from about Jim Jones and Cam’. Cam to me really never could be called a good artist. His voice never went to the beats he had and to me the nigga just succed..Now don’t get me wrong i like some Dipset members like Juelz and Jim Jones cause they always come with some fire tunes..but 50 def. will have my money for the Curtis album..G-Unit pimp!!

  • Mowph_Megaverse

    Tell me this how can a person be to smart, and how can people be so stupid?! Crazy to think that some one would recomend putting limitations on your thinking capacity, or ask you to willfully climb in a box they designed for you! bad for our future if this man is leading the way! My son is gonna be a book smart man so that he wont have a slave master. “cuz masta tinks smar niggahs iz uh dangah”. most ignorant banter i’ve heard “wow” in a while. sorry fif i feel some of your work but man at this moment in your life you played yourself out. sorry bee. one

  • Mowph_Megaverse

    Ohhh and by da way son you skitzo…. you should get your head checked!

  • Mowph_Megaverse

    ohh and by the way you skitzo son…. you should have your head checked!

  • http://www.myspace.com/honey_kisses86 Michelle Ramirez

    50 Cent, KRS-One, and Nas are completely different types of rapper. Krs-One and Nas are conscious rapper, 50 Cent is a gangsta rapper. 50 Cent is street/business smart, but he doesn’t appeal to concious rap fans. 50 Cent appeals, well who the fuck does 50 cent appeal to these days??? 50 is just a dumbass to me.

  • Eternal Haze

    I think u should’ve waited to put 50 on the cover until it is closer to his release date. y dont u guys ever do any articles on any Canadian hip hop acts, we’ve got plenty of them Classified, jay bizzy plus many more. u gotta check out the scene up here ur missin out were bringing bak real hiphop. wat about papoose when r u gonna do an article on him i cant wait until nacirema dream drops.

  • itsmesamsnee

    Firs of all I’ve been listening to NAS for a long time and I don’t understand how 50 can say that he fell off (I mean…..”He’s not hot right now”). NAS is one of the last of a dying breed (for those of you that don’t understand…I mean a real rapper). 50′s gunna say that NAS is feeding his listeners with too much information…..But isn’t that what music is supposed to be about (or used to be about)….????? I would think that means that 50′s just making DUMB SHIT up for his listeners……Right? That’s what I got from his comment. He would rather be like most other rappers out there right now (Rappin about some bull shitttttttt) just to make money. Most rappers are on some other shit now days, shit they’ll let anyone rap. People need to stop being greedy and rap the way they want and for the reason they started…..FOR THE LOVE OF THE MUSIC & to be able to drive down the street and hear everyone bumpin your shit!! Ya Dig!!

  • drop mop please

    good interview and yes nas does have a problem with communication. also drop mop

  • GODS_SON

    NAS IS THE TRUTH, 50 IS A FOOL LIKE COME ON THE DUDE GOT A BABYSITTER. “NO COOKIES FOR YOU TONITE 50″ THE NIGGA IS A HOMO CANT EVER SHOW HIS FACE IN THE HOOD.

  • gama

    curtis is a fool why would he say that about nas and he helped him alot nigga he aint smart cuz if he was he would understand just because he dont dumb his self down like him dont mean shit fuck that nigga.have any of yall on here been to a nas show that shit will change your life word for word every song nas aint hot? is curtis sure he dont drink?

  • slabhouseceo

    FUCK 50

  • P eastwood

    I ‘am from NYC and 50 and dipset is all new york has right now, whats going on were the mecca of hip hop. No one is stickin together or ridin 4 da cause, ( keepin hip hop alive and meaningful).

  • Nysyoungy03

    IT AINT ABOUT MUSIC NO MORE,HE COULD CARE LESS ABOUT BEING THE BEST EVER, IN JUST A FEW YEARS HE HAS MADE MORE MONEY THEN JUST ABOUT ANYBODY IN THE GAME,HE IS THE TRUE DEFINITION OF A HUSTLER, I UNDERSTAND JIGGA GOT CASH BUT WITH WHAT HE GOT FROM VITAMIN WATER I THINK HE PROLLY PASSED JIGGA ALREADY, SO YOU HAVE TO ADMIRE ON SOME LEVEL HOW FAST HE HAS GOT RICH.

  • LaoBoy508

    I like the 50 Cent article, You gotta admit the guy just knows what he’s doing. I liked how he broke it down on coming up with the concept to Curtis irrevelant dealings with Cam and how he tried to help his artist to Yayo’s situation. Mostly the guy just insires me to wanna get into the industry (not to become a rapper) but to work for someone of his stature. Hip-Hop is one of my loves and 50 just does thing to keep me drawn to the culture!

  • traebizzo

    ***BOYCOTT NIKE and REEBOK AND ALL ATHLETE OWNERS*** SPEAK FOR VICK

    If you think you have to dumb down and show an ignorant side to sell records then you are lost. Rap was not always record sales. Me personally i listen and breaks ish down when a cat talk so if all i hear is “lolly pop and candy shop” type ish then im out.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Comment King

    50 Cent is nothing but a sell out who cant be successful unless he is in some sort of BEEF.I predict that his new album “Curtis” aint gonna get anywhere near platinum. The first two singles are garbage and I dont even see the videos on 106 & Park.I guess he needs more of that vitamin water cause that motherfucka dry!!!

  • SOUTHERNBREED

    I Had A Feeling He Would Be On The Cover.
    Ever Since Everybody Was Mad About Having Southern Dudes On The Cover.
    I Like 50 But,When Will Dude Finally Give Up The Beefs!
    “I Get Money” Is The Shit.
    But The Only Way He’ll Sell Records Is To Be In Some Kind Of Beef.
    I Won’t Be Surprise He Doesn’t Go After Lil’Wayne.
    Oops!
    He’s Already Doing That
    Predictable!!!!!!!!
    He Is Gonna Have The Whole Hip Hop World Against Him If Doesn’t Stop This Shit.
    Now He Has To Live Up To What He Told G-Unit Artists.
    He Gotta Sell Records Or Shut The Fuck Up!

  • young Brooklyn

    On some level i agree with 50 but then again cam still goes on lenox just for the hell of it just cause his dudes is there. fif just went back to right an album i know niggas on jamacia ave and i know niggas on west side merrick and 50s never there you know how can we respect that killa on the other hand u kno where to find him he be in the streets his whole team is there just one question where’s lloyd banks?

  • Young Money

    G-Unit? where is g unit we havent heard a good g unit song since that mess wit joe and all that mess 50 should put his priorities in check like not getting killed or shot several times again hes just become to commercial if u ask me not more than jay z but hes steadily getting there if u know i mean dipset on the other hand just has a few shining stars and cam fell off drastically thats a shame that u have to gain publicity by getting punched in ur mug lol any way nas is the truth even if hes a lil too academically inclined u digg so ima holla at yall NYC stand up UNO

  • http://www.myspace.com/awol91 Yung Turth

    Hey y’all its yung truth reppin great britain i have to say that your interview with 50 was absolute genius, he is one of the only artists who knows how to appeal to a wide range of people and that is mirrored in how many records he sells, it doesn’t matter about beed with Cam’rom, Ja, The Game or Diddy he can still sell quality records and its genius to go back to where it all started to get inspiration, even though he has been in the rap game a while now he is still fresh which is great to see. I have just started to develop a play more 50 cent campaign in my county!!
    GGGG unit

  • Walker V.W.

    I am getting VERY irritated with XXL havin’ 50 on their cover again. He can’t rap or hardly talk for that matter, what is it that keeps you guys running back to him? It’s pathetic, EVERYTIME he’s interviewed he says some shit that I know you guys can’t even believe. He’s been on that damn cover so much that it’s ridiculous.

  • Walker V.W.

    50 Cent has been on the cover more times than Biggie and ‘Pac combined. And then my God same thing with Jeezy. PLEASE go back to what this magazine once was. What happend to the Wu Tang Clan, Canibus, Outkast, or Scarface? And what about the rappers who are EASILY better rappers than Jeezy or 50. Here is just a small amount of people who haven’t been on the cover that deserve it way more than the people “gracing” the cover currently: Common, Papoose, Boot Camp Clik, Juelz Santana, Talib Kwali, The group of thhe Geto Boys, Sean Price, Royce da 5″9, I could keep going.

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