FEATURE: 50 Cent: Evolution

[Editor's Note: This interview appears in the January/February 2009 issue of XXL Magazine.]

He was already battle scarred when he arrived on the scene. But, last year, for the first time in half a decade, 50 Cent was truly tested. As he adjusts to a seat somewhere other than the top of the game, is the biggest, baddest, dude in rap singing another tune?

It’s said that men are defined by adversity. And no one knows adversity like Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. The Southside Jamaica, Queens, native lost his mother to murder at the tender age of eight, spent his teens dealing crack and was a convicted felon by the age of 20. After a promising start at a rap career in the late 1990s, his first album was shelved by Columbia Records. He was shot nine times in May 2000, hospitalized for 13 days (he would be in recovery for nearly five months), only to rise up through New York’s street mixtape scene, crushing a raft of naysayers and rivals, and explode into 2003 as hip-hop’s biggest star.
Building his crew and record label, G-Unit, into an industry powerhouse, expanding his business into sneakers, clothing, video games and, most lucratively, beverages, 50 reigned supreme for years, amassing a fortune estimated to be in the $400-million range. September 2007, though, marked a sea change. When 50 lost a heavily hyped first-week-sales showdown to Kanye West, critics seized the moment to declare the end of an era. Though his album Curtis opened at No. 2, with a strong 700,000 sold, and went on to sell well over a million copies in a depressed music market, the numbers paled in comparison to the massive, multiplatinum successes of his previous two efforts. Things got worse this summer. After going back to their street roots with the modern-day mixtape classic Return of the Body Snatchers, and going at enemies like Fat Joe on the follow-up, Elephant in the Sand, G-Unit’s sophomore album, T.O.S., sold a measly 228,000 copies, 2.4 million fewer than its 2003 predecessor. As he preps his fourth solo shot, Before I Self Destruct, 50, for the first time in five years, is looking to make a comeback.

There have been other disturbances in the empire. On June 16, a YouTube video surfaced of G-Unit member Young Buck performing a solo show in Tampa, Florida. In the clip, Buck, who’d been defying crew doctrine by publicly squashing beef with adversaries like The Game and Jadakiss, emphatically yells out “Fuck G-Unit” from the stage, and goes on a rant about missing royalties and 50’s lack of street credibility. The response came quickly, but it was not via diss-track or mixtape mockery, as 50 had done in the past. Rather, a previously recorded phone conversation between 50 and Buck went up on the Web site missinfo.tv. During the call, Buck apologizes for prior transgressions and acknowledges a debt he owes the G-Unit general, before breaking down into tears and admitting that he often gets “confused” and that he was “out of line.” Listeners were shocked. And Buck’s been largely quiet since. But while the 50 of old might’ve further capitalized off of the controversy, using the turmoil as a selling point for the T.O.S. album, the new 50 opted to leave the matter alone.

Then, in July, Nas threw a jab on a song from his untitled album, “Queens Get the Money.” (“My assignment since he said retirement,” said the Q-Borough elder statesman, referencing 50’s proclamation that he’d retire if he lost the SoundScan battle with Kanye, “hiding behind 8 Mile and The Chronic/Gets rich, but dies rhymin’/This is high science.”) 50 didn’t even flinch. Most recently, when 50 teased Kanye, mocking his Auto-Tuned R&B hit “Love Lockdown” at a performance in Albany, NY, this past September, the barb came off as playful banter, rather than the kill-or-be-killed venom his fans were once accustomed to. (Days later, Kanye responded in kind, writing, “I guarantee this will be 50’s favorite album of mine,” on his personal blog, kanyeuniversity.com.)

Has rap’s self-proclaimed “bad guy” grown weary of beef? Or is this just a new strategic direction for the genre’s grand-champion chess player? Maybe there’s just too much at stake this time out. The new album is 50’s last studio requirement with Interscope Records—a company he called to task last year for its continued sponsorship of The Game’s career. (The last disc in his five-album deal is a greatest-hits option.) And, aside from music, he’s been maneuvering into movies and television lately. Following his 2005 big-screen debut, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, and his recent role opposite Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in the cop thriller Righteous Kill, he’s directing, producing and starring in a feature-length companion piece to his new album. The DVD, also called Before I Self Destruct, will be packaged with all copies sold of the CD. (A second DVD, a documentary about 50’s late musical mentor, Jam Master Jay, called Two Turntables and a Microphone, will be included in a limited-edition deluxe version.) And 50’s reality show, The Money and the Power, premiered on MTV in November.

With big things on his mind, and little time for bullshit, the brolic MC sat with XXL at Industria Superstudio in Manhattan’s West Village for a discussion of issues past, present and future. Adversity defines the man. You are witnessing the evolution of 50 Cent.

Your new album, Before I Self Destruct, has an interesting title. What’s the concept?

For me, it’s conveying dysfunctional behavior in the environment I grew up in. It’s a body of work that people can appreciate. It’s being articulated in a way that they can enjoy it. It’s probably something that you shouldn’t enjoy. You probably I.D. with it immediately, but you wouldn’t want to tell nobody that you went through it, too… Portions of the actual writing is not traditional for rapping. It’s more Clark Kent than Superman.

Meaning it’s less exaggerated?

Yeah, it’s more bare. A rapper creates a superhero from a ghetto perspective. Our superheroes and role models in the neighborhood were drug dealers. Those were the guys that acquired the finances to the point to buy what our imagination said were the better things in life. They had the nice cars, the jewelry, the nice clothes. They had the things that generally end up in rappers’ material… Some rappers have a fascination with it, where they write before they actually acquire it. But the art form itself says to be authentic and write something that directly applies to you.

You said a rapper creates a superhero. How do you make a superhero out of 50 Cent? How do you exaggerate that reality?

You don’t. You write your life. But it gotta be something interesting about these people. Kanye’s car crash is parallel to my shooting. You gotta write adversity on some levels. If not, those kids on the cover of your last issue [December 2008] are writing something that somebody has to I.D. with, because that’s the lifestyle that they’re portraying. We can sit and watch a film that’s far from the lifestyle that we live and enjoy it, because it’s well-done—the same with music as an art form. If you write music and it’s well-done and it feels good when it comes on, I don’t care what he talking about. I’m not from Bankhead, but when Shawty Lo said it, it feels good. “Bankhead been pulling capers.” It just feels good. It wasn’t so lyrical, like, “Ahhh, you heard what he said?” Nah. But it was the type of shit that we needed at that point. That song definitely connected. Sometimes what I think happened with New York City was that it started to become so complex, because the competition in New York is so fuckin’ crazy. The bar is raised to the point… How do you beat somebody who—uh… When you say, How do you outdo 50 Cent? Are you saying, How do you write from a street perspective?

Yes, how do you write from a street perspective and have it feel real and bring you close to the street without having to actually go through the dangers of it?

What you realize when you really think about it is, the cycle in the actual neighborhood is supposed to dispose of, destroy 50 Cent. It’s a really special case and a really special situation to make it to the position that I’m in.

Do you think hip-hop has become desensitized to the dangers?

If you take it from the beginning to where it is now—I mean, the storm always looks different from the eye, from the middle of everything that’s going on. And I’m the actual source of it, so I don’t understand that. I’m only being what I was then, after acquiring new information and being inspired to go in different spaces and orchestrate deals with an entrepreneur’s spirit… Everybody’s assumption is their individual truth. So if they assume that I’m that dangerous, that’s my life—period. I don’t even know anything different from what you’re talking about.

So what’s 50 Cent’s individual truth? Is it what we hear on the records?

Well, you know, that’s not completely me. On the record, that’s me being an artist and trying to convey a portion of the emotions that I feel. It’s not all of ’em. That’s why I find interest in film projects. Hip-hop is so competitive that it doesn’t allow you to be vulnerable. You have to be in a space where you’re willing to take on the next person. My neighborhood conditioned me to be the same, so I don’t have a problem with it. You can do that or you can learn to watch people disrespect you and dust it off like it don’t matter.

Like Jay-Z?

Absolutely. Jay-Z is Gandhi.

And 50 Cent is not?

Nah. People can interpret our responses differently. He’ll bear the disrespect for what? For working to be in a great position. So for creating the comfort that he desires for his life, he has to bear the disrespect. Because they’d like to be where he is. That’s an interesting concept, because Jay rather just let ’em go. My take on it is, Yeah, I’ma say something back, and he gonna wish he never said what he said. He gonna wish he never came around here sniffing around me.

There’s often been a confrontation between you and another rapper around the time of your album releases. Not this time. Why?

I didn’t set it up. I didn’t set it up none of those times. You think I asked for the disrespect from Fat Joe on Rap City? That’s what restarted everything. And, later on, I think he acknowledged it. Later on, he said, “Yo, they threw some shit at me that he said a while back.” And he responded aggressively. And me, I’m like, “Where the fuck is this coming from? I’m not even thinking about him right now.”

Nas threw a shot on “Queens Get the Money,” and you didn’t respond. You getting all Gandhi on us?

Man, Nas is cold as ice. Nas is the block of ice that sunk the Titanic… I didn’t even hear his record. I didn’t even hear what you talking about… I really don’t want to talk about Nas. I think he’s at one of those points to where his career’s finished, to be honest. He’s had some great moments and made good music in the past, but he no longer has the interest of the general public or myself.

So if it’s not beef, what keeps you inspired this go-round?

Fortunately for me, I’ve been able to maintain the general interest creatively. I’ve been inspired and made material that people can actually enjoy. If that wasn’t the case, they wouldn’t even care what I’m saying… The artists that have different boundaries, they can do different things. For instance, if I released “Love Lockdown,” they would not buy a 50 Cent record. They would say, “What the fuck is going on? This shit is wack.”

Do you feel trapped because you’re regarded as rap’s bad guy, and you can’t be as experimental?

It’s not trapped, it’s just different standards. And you have to acknowledge what your boundaries are within the actual art form.

What are 50 Cent’s boundaries?

Well, I gotta give you something that has an energy to it that I gotta feel myself. I go through my own music, and go through available production, until I find things that jump out at me. I can’t just make up records based on what I wanna make, and say what I wanna say and what feels exactly the way I feel. No, it has to be strategically designed for the climate of what’s going on.

A record like Kanye’s “Love Lockdown” isn’t exactly your lane, but does that mean it isn’t good?

I enjoyed his other records since then. He impressed me. “Heartless” and “Coldest Winter.” And he might actually be right, this might be the album that I really like from him. When he said it, he was probably being a little humorous, but he got some balls, man. He’s willing to go ahead and make an R&B album. That’s a lot. He could not recover from this… I think that’s cool, if your fans will permit you to be creative in that way. From a business perspective, you gotta offer what performs. The public will tell me that Curtis is a failure. And I sold 700,000 copies the first week. So what do I gotta do? Reach a million, at a minimum?!

That’s the bar you set. You’re the SoundScan Killer, remember?

Right, but if we’re gonna call that a failure, then somebody identify what a win is for me. All I need to know is what it is, and then I’ll go ’head and go. Musically, from my perspective, Curtis was exactly what I aimed for it to be. Or I wouldn’t have presented it to the public. I listen to my music before I put it out. I’m listening to it, and I’m hearing it, and I’m like, Yeah, this is what I wanna do now.

For more of the Evolution Interview make sure to pick up XXL’s Jan/Feb issue on newsstands nationwide December 5th.

  • JAY STONE

    ja rule>50
    Murder inc>G-unit
    Pain is love>the massacre
    Always on Time>candy shop

    • G-UNOT KILLA

      Love Trannies>Jay Stone

  • brand-new

    jay stone, are you on crack??

  • dan99

    nas spittin so complex that it went over 50′s head. If anything 50 cent is the titanic that is sinking, and nas have always been the assassin.

  • prophecy_projectz

    That “Cold as ice” nigga’s last 2 albums were considered “flops” (Despite #1 debuts and going past gold) and still outsold everything his camp released except himself.
    He’ll understand how the rap game is when BISD inevitably fails to go plat in 09 (and it wont)

  • Victor

    I cant believe dis bredda just said Nas isn’t relevant nowadays? What rock was he sleeping under? Nas’ last album had months of hype and sold reasonably well.

    I dunno why rappers dont listen to their own art form, you get into rap because your a fan, why cant you stay a fan. If 50 has been listening to any Nas of late he would know Nas has been releasing solid to dope albums from stillmatic onwards.

    Plus 50 got destroyed by Nas not once but now twice, 50 just hasnt replied because he knows he aint on the same lyrical level.

  • KLETEWOOD

    SEEM’s like 50 is stuck in a place and doesn’t know where to go……

    The substance is gone!

  • drox

    this has got to be the most interesting post on this site in a long time. yea 50 aint stayin relevant and hearin him admit what’s at fault is weird! Maybe now he can do smt the crowd wants and give something close to GRODT even though he said he’s new album is gonna be beef free. So in a sense if this dude wants to sell records not using the method that made him millions in the past, BISD better be a really good album. But based on recent tracks it’ll be hard to expect that!

    • Dro

      50 is still one of the most talked about artist in music today if not all time so therefore he is still winning as long as people are talking about him he is winning…. I think he will came back with yet another album that will rule the charts in 09 see you at the record store haters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • amfv

    I dont know man. I aint listen to 50′s last 2 albums, but he’s kinda got me interested in this one.But will it really be different or will it just be hyped up different? i guess time will tell.

  • FLOSS

    I been gettin tired of 50 even tho his last album was sub par i will give him another shot but hope he comin wit some better production cuz he aint never been to lyrical. And cant believe what he said about NAS such bullshit but whatever. If you think about i would say Jezzy and 50 on the same level lyrically and ya’ll cant tell me nothing, cuz Ye’ is a much better artist period and he knows it thats why he stay hatin on ‘em

  • http://xxlmag.com fancyboy923

    Great article,While nas’s lyrical content tops fifty’s ten fold but there is some truth to it. I wonder how many more have jumped on nas’s fanbase..What did tupac say about nas (You want to live my life)you watch to many movies.Is there an interesting story for his life before the rapgame..Nas is a great rapper that’s not hard to understand but does fifty have more game I think so.Fifty needs to go back to the old formula Dre and em and maybe storch 2 it’s that simple.

  • gkid12345

    its the truth, what does he have to do for it to not be considered a failure? When jay z sold 600k of kingdom come it was the biggest thing, why 50 sells 700k and its a failure he fell off? come on man

    • Shawty J

      Curtis was far from a failure. What was that; 2.2-2.5 million records sold? People would kill to do those numbers. But the thing is compared to his previous record sales that’s somewhat of a flop.

  • TonyStackz

    lol Curtis Ratson is Played Out Plain and Simple He Will Never Be Able to Top where His Name Is Dude ain’t gonna Get any Better And If he thinks Nas’s Career’s Finished lol Than Five O’s Been over Since the Massacre!!!

  • balaramesh

    @gkid12345, the reason why fiddy can sell 700k and jay and nas sell much less is because they do not aim to be specifically commercial sellers. they want to sell records but most importantly, they want to create great music. in contrast, fiddy is all about the numbers. nothing more or nothing less. he rather 800l people buy his album and only listen to three songs than make a classic record. for jay and nas, their respective best albums reasonable doubt and illmatic are barely over 1 million in sales 12 to 14 years later. realistically, could you see fiddy do a themed album like american gangster or untitled?!? before i self destruct?!? it will sound no different than the last few albums musically or lyrically.

    fiddy is NOTHING without a gimmick or a hot beat and catchy hooks. that is why he hates that kanye can do whatever music he likes and still maintain his core audience.

    fiddy, if he does not try to re-create “in da club” for the hundreth time now before his album comes out. fiddy, i think you need to release a couple more “club bangers” because “get up” is laughable at best.

    nas makes hip hop music not commercial rap music. therefore, he is wack to fiddy. i wonder what walmart fiddy would be working at if he did not dick ride nas for a record deal with columbia and have jam master jay teach him how to write hooks. his lyrics are getting him no where fast.

    fiddy is a great businesman and a great seller. but his music is no different than anything currently out by t-pain, akon and lil boosie: catchy hooks and unremarkable bars.

    • drox

      @ balaramesh
      for starters it’s nas that went after 50 to star on his NY tour(b4 50 hooked wit colombia)… check the records. Anyways u got a point but i dont c how an artist gets signed to def jam and puts an album that aint bout numbers? Nas most of the time tries to be controversial wit his work (hip-hop’s dead made the south go mad!) and Nigger made FOX go crazy so i really dont c how Nas aint bout numbers. And let’s not forget bout when Nas started sayin he’s “God’s son”!

  • simpleTOM

    “Fortunately for me, I’ve been able to maintain the general interest creatively. I’ve been inspired and made material that people can actually enjoy. If that wasn’t the case, they wouldn’t even care what I’m saying… The artists that have different boundaries, they can do different things. For instance, if I released “Love Lockdown,” they would not buy a 50 Cent record. They would say, “What the fuck is going on? This shit is wack.”

    “It’s not trapped, it’s just different standards. And you have to acknowledge what your boundaries are within the actual art form.”

    so it looks as if fiddy is not comfortable within his own skin. i guess he wants to be an “artist” now like nas or kanye?

  • Shawty J

    50 is like the least interesting rapper out there. I mean we all know he’s lost his thunder, he’s lost his hunger, and we see how stale his creative and business strategies are with his music. I don’t understand how he got the cover, I read that issue and the only thing worth interest in that issue are the pictures of Dollica and the count down of this year’s past drama in hip-hop.

  • a

    XXLMAG STAY ON 50′s NUTS!

  • Macdatruest

    Fiddy must own some stock in XXL cause they stay riding his dick. The way he always gotta explain why you should like him sound stupid. Music speak for itself. You talkin’ bout how creative your new album is but the first single is a fake ass “Club Banger” and he just not interesting no more-he’s not a gangster he’s an analyst now. Put as much spin on him falling off as you want XXL, but it cant change the fact that plain and simple, controversy made him. And cntroversy killed him. It was a wrap when The Game left GGGG-Unit and was droppin Gangsta shit while Fiddy and them niggas was struggling for Pop Tunes and playing friendship with Mobb Deep. And nas career is over right? Not like Ma$e or M.O.P. huh? XXL, yall is fuckin dumb if you can’t see the holes in dude theories. Dude is a fuckin dumbass. Far as I’m concerned, he just signed up to play the Gangter in GRODT, Eminem and Dre made that nigga- Maino coulda been you or Grafh. Nigga you should name your next album after this “the victory lap” cause yo run in the game is over. xxl just making shit obvious tryna clean him up. E Real aint even dick ridin no more thats a shame

    • Afi K. James

      Face it, I Never liked this faggit ass fool from the beginning, 5-0 has always sucked and now he has the nerve to say that nas is irrelevant?

      Negro please.

      5-0 you are irrelevant and so is your shitty ass crew.

      Your crew is so horrible, it’s a crime.

      Face it, his time is up, nobody believes in him and nobody likes him just like his enemies.

  • Juzzy

    50s Music is good. Nas’s music is good, both in different ways of course. No problem…

  • the G.O.D

    Peace

    You know I thought that interview was going to be something real but it was garbage except for the part about Jay being in a position that most of peers will never be in, including this clown–First he is right Nas is the ice that sunk the Titanic/50. That ship was to be indestructible, remember, it did not self-destruct, it got sunk. Lyrically he attacked Nas and paid for it. And not to be labor the point, Nas & co gave him that Wanksta shit -Queens has disowned you dun wake up.

    Peace

    Peace

  • The_Truth

    ***If TOS wasn’t enough proof G-Unit is dead, wait until you see this album. . .the streets left 50 a long time ago. His music belongs in Target/ Walmart, 2009 MC Hammer of Hip Hop.

    • Afi K. James

      Except this rapper’s even worse than MC Hammer and Master P Combined.

      It’s all the same.

  • flex3366

    50 has been irrelevent for the past 2 years..why is he still talking as if people are still listening..Dude is the most overrated rapper of all time and he shouldnt even be allowed to mention jay-z or nas..im jsut waiting for another candy shop lol

  • ONE

    FINALLY SOMEBODY HAS THE BALLS…50 WAS RIGHT NAS IS DONE. NAS AIN’T MADE NOTHING WORTH ROCKING SINCE IT WAS WRITTEN SORRY BUT IT’S THE TRUTH.

  • Swizzy

    WATCH NOW I BET NAS IS GONNA DISS 50 n ETHER HIM FOR THIS STATEMENT EXACTLY >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    >> ” but he no longer has the interest of the general public or myself.”

  • phatsam

    what nas song is rocking the club or killing the radio name the last song by nas that did that. he speaks the truth, the hate is crazy what was commercial about massacre only now club songs are pop if they are done by 50 but u niggas love gay azz kanye song stronger , flashing light , the good life hiphop is dieng because niggas are getting softer pants hanging off there azz singng flashing lightthis site has the gayest hiphop fans

  • TEZZY

    return of the bodysnatches was a hot mixtape
    matter fact sabrina’s babyboy was a hot mixtape curtis was a good album EXCEPT some of the radio singels man down,bring em in,curtis 187,i get money,fully loaded clip,moving up,all of me,still kill
    thats about 8 good cuts now your favorite artist puts out an album with about 12 or 13 cuts on it and its only about 3 bangers on there so overall i say his shit is still worth buying and even though im a nas fan he proved he was like everybody else when he changed the name of his album cause he didnt think wal mart would carry it

  • http://www.myspace.com/crockerishiphop Crocker

    Return of the Body-Snatchers is a modern day mixtape classic? Reading this entire article made me wonder if Fifty just didn’t do the entire interview himself without an interviewer. Wow. The guy that posed those questions and inscribed that build-up needs a long look in the mirror.

    • Rob the Music Ed

      The “interviewer” you speak of would be me Crocker.

      Let’s see if I could help you out:

      Yes Bodysnatchers is a modern day mixtape classic, especially since most mixtapes these days suck. Aside from Nas and Green Lantern’s joint and a FEW others, 08 wasn’t quite the year for mixtapes.

      No Fif didn’t do the interview himself, I was there.

      *stops takes a long look in the mirror. Likes what he sees*

      happy?

  • Yessir

    NAS is still relevant to the people that know what hip hop is support to be, which is INSPIRE, ENTERTAIN, UPLIFT, and EDUCATE with nice beat and nice lyrics.

    The current new 50 Cent, Lil Wayne and Soldier Boy fan won’t understand NAS.

    Oh Yeah, Joe Buddens for President.

    His new mixtape “Halfway House” is fire.

    • Afi K. James

      At Least Lil Wayne fans understand nas, unlike 5-0 stans who are pussies.

      Nas is a legend, 5-0 will never be one.

  • cameo

    Black Canseco Says:
    you know what?

    strip 50, the caricature, from 50, the artist/businessman/hustler and you’re left with a pretty smart cat whose only real problem is that The Hustle is always at least 5 steps ahead of the smartest most thorough hustler.

    What 50 said about Nas is true. I like Nas but lets be real, the intent Nigger was as much about sales as artistry yet the results have been questionable on both fronts. Did Nas break new ground on Nigger? Not really. There’ve been books and albums that have used the same title with greater effect. Did the album change the dialogue of the word? Don Imus got America talking more honestly about race than Nas on his best, most socially-aware day.

    Again, Nas is a top 5 lyricist but he’s always struggled on key fronts necessary to be a perennial game-changer/innovator: (1) he’s a terrible live act which makes his shows less than must-sees. (2) Left to his own devices he doesn’t pick/get enough great beats to deliver that OMG album. (3) He doesn’t like to do press junkets or promo tours, so he doesn’t grow beyond a certain niche. (4)

    His lyricism—when it’s on, overcomes much of this. But when he’s giving the standard Nas-isms–articulating just well enough to make people say, “if you’re smart enough to see all this, why don’t you do something besides rhyme about it and do the opposite” that’s when the trouble starts. (Ever heard of Nas doing any community activism, charity work, donating to causes? Fox News protest coinciding with his album release withstanding.)

    All 50 is saying is that Nas’ work isn’t strong enough to outweigh his weaknesses and that’s what prevents him from consistently being your MC’s fave MC to being your favorite MC.

    As for 50, he’s my favorite interview in hiphop. You’re hard-pressed to find anyone not in executive/distribution/on-air who kicks more game more accurately about the ins-and-outs of the industry, what goes into hit records and behinds the scenes drama (i still see you ?uesto!).

    And lets be real, moving 700K in your first week? If Nas did that, we’d call him a genius and talk about how “folks are finally waking up to hiphop’s truth”. Fif does it and it’s a failure. And the failure is based more on his persona than expectations.

    What makes 50 such a lightening rod is, as Redman sang, I’ll Be That. 50 saw the game was built on stereotypes and said, “Fine, you want niggers? I’ll be the biggest nigger in the room. But you gonna pay me for it.”

    Dude is walking talking performance art. While everyone else pretends to be a victim or a pseudo revolutionary, 50 is a mirror. He shows us what we made of this thing called hiphop and we keep smiling at it until we realize that we made this bed as much as he did.

    You hit the nail on the head son.

    • TEZZY

      co-sign cameo

    • ChevyBoy

      Shit son…that was accurate as fuck…

      I think 50 might actually comeback man…its been a minute

  • Gabriel

    Y’all some back-bitin fucker’s…. same cunts that were on 50′s dick 5 years ago… not relevant? The man still is the most entertainin dude in the game even if the last album was hot garbage. Nas and him go back… he’s not talkin shit for no reason, nas bailed on him when columbia fell through…smartenup.
    If fif can spit that ish like when it rains it pours, hate it or love it, 50 shot ya …introspective shit, he’ll stay on top. fuck a lip ring. y’all bandwagon-hoppin corny ninjas…

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  • Enlightened

    I actually like 50, but he’s the Oscar De La Hoya of rap right now.
    He’s too much of a business man.
    It’s necessary to have a business mind that’s how he got where he is, but he’s on the other side now.
    Listen to em. Every other sentence out of his mouth is something about the “market” or “business” or sales”. This explains why he actually thought “Get Up” was a hit. He thought it fit a “formula” for the “consumer” – nope.

    50, go ahead and live on that other side and do the damn thang with the Donald Trumps and Mark Cubans of the world.

    You’re one of them now, so you might as well put your all into and go as high as you can on that side. We need more Black people on that level than in the studio anyway.

  • http://wtf S on My Chest

    Anyone who actually knows 50 knows he likes Nas’s shit and these two were good friends prior to the beef. shit Nas took him on tour for free! And gave him a leg up in rap for no reason. So you’ll find both have admiration for one another just somewhere down the line things turned sour personnally between them.

  • Rex Banner

    hes right, nas fell off. every rapper falls off just face it.

    • Afi K. James

      hes right, nas fell off. every rapper falls off just face it

      At Least nas is better than this clown has ever done, face it, fuck 5-0 and gay-unit, they are done, nobody likes them and nobody ever will, these are the same punks responsible for recording conversation of young buck and fucked over the game as well

      and fuck cuban link too for supporting gay-unit over the late big pun’s legacy, I Hope you and triple assclown seis rot in hell just like you shit ass enemy fat hoe.

      This is a fucked up decade for hip-hop as usual

      with nobama gonna be in the white (fuck his change we can believe in, it’s more of the same, wars, more recessions, more of the same shit), there will be no change.

  • Snot Rod

    Before I Self Explode is gonna be the shit. You gotta drink a gallon of Vitamin Water and Watch Fiddy Cent: The Monkey Wit The Power upside down foward and in reverse. This album Fiddy is showing us his real side. No rapper has ever done that. Every rapper is all about money. But not Fiddy. He admits to his Homo tendencies, “growing up I was confused my mommy kissing a girl” which led to his “special” line of Candy Striped wife beaters. Only Fiddy is keeping it real. Before I Destroy Myself is gone go platinum too! Did you here the scotch storch baanga get up? He said who u gonna blame when I’m on the bilboards again? He knows all rappers careers rely on bilboard numbers, and as soon as he gets back on there, he can talk more shit to other rappers!!! Then if they care, he can have something to rap about. This is a cold cut throat hard cold big business. You gotta be a bully son! if you aint a bully you gotta make… “quality music” thats that homo shit. Beef is real out here in da hood. Fiddy is the I mean da King of Legendary rap and they all hate him because of it. He took out Ja Rule!!!!! One of the greatest Rappers in history, unlike Nas takin out lil’ Jay-Z…FIDDY!

  • Knowledgable

    50 cent? 50 cent sucks

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  • bum azz haters

    all you muthafuckin hater talkin all this shit about fidd dont know what the fuck you talkin about numbers not lie you mark ass bitch sittin at home broke as fuck listening to all that garbage ass musice from game nas lil wayne kanye like i said the numbers not lie haters………get money get money……..GGGGGGGGGGGGGGUNIT ALL DAY……FUCK BUCK FUCK GAME

    • macdatruest

      sound like u at home riding dick:GGGGGGGG Unit all day? who is G-Unit? Yayo, Spyder and Whhoo Kid? sayin’ G-Unit all day is like sayin Junior Mafia baby baaaby! News Flash: Them niggas done. Plus you aint on G-Unit are you? Ma$e? is that you? Hot Rod? hahaha Before I Self Explode, comin soon cop that!!

  • macdatruest

    THATS THE FUNNIEST MEAN MUG I EVER SEEN!!!! LMAO @ fIDDY CENT: THE MONKEY WIT THE POWER

  • balaramesh

    @ cameo,

    you made a few good points. however, you have to remember is that nas is a lyricist and 50 is a rapper. 50 will by no means say ANYTHING that could potentially hurt his sales.

    fiddy is a great businessman. he music is garbage. his music is no different than plies, tpain and yung berg. all hooks and hot garbage lyrics.

    50 sells a lot of records. but mcdonalds sells a lot of burgers too. SAME DIFFERENCE

    fiddy’s music is a failure because UNLIKE nas, 50 is COMPLETELY about selling records disregarding the integrity of the music.

    • Afi K. James

      Not Only that, 5-0 has the lowest approval rating of any rapper since the era of MC Hammer/Vanilla ice, 5-0′s a failure of making music, sure he’s a good businessman, but he is also a phony, a disgrace to our genre and the music industry and his GED-Unit is garbage too

      Time to take our genre back, cause we mean business.