Artists Speak On Their Songs Remade for 50 Cent Is The Future

In the summer of 2002, 50 Cent changed the direction of the game. He dropped his breakout mixtape, 50 Cent Is the Future, successfully jacking other artists’s beats and remaking the songs to be his own—sometimes creating a more memorable product than the original. The tape’s legacy is layered. First, not only did it solidify Fif as hip-hop’s next rising star, but it introduced his G-Unit crew—at the time comprised of Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo—to a massive audience. In addition, it shifted the focus of the mixtape game from DJ-compiled projects to artist-driven discs. For years, others have tried to mimic the model, with attempts at dismantling peers’ products for new songs. Following up Monday’s video of 50 Cent reminiscing on the tape himself, XXL caught up with many of the artists whose songs were remade, from Prodigy to Raekwon, as well as Sha Money XL, who produced the only two original tracks on the release, to get their reflections on 50 Cent Is the Future. —Jakei Cho (@jaekicho), Adam Fleischer (@AdamXXL), Mark Lelinwalla (@XXL_Mark) and Neil Martinez-Belkin (@Neil_MB)

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  • ricky ross i wanna be as real and as rich as 50

    I am lucky enough 2 own a real copy of this and man i miss hip hop back then it was so fresh and real and hood and exciting and so much better than it is today

    50 has never been the best rapper ever but he will always be the realest and best hustler ever in hip hop if you disagree go and check his track record

  • Mario

    I Am Also Fortunate Enough To Have a Copy Still in the Shrink Wrap And Next To My Signed Copy Of Lloyd Banks’ Money in The Bank Pt. 1, G-unit Will Forever Be My Favorite Rap Group, No one Has done What He did to Rap in Such a Short Time And He Really is The Mixtape King!!!

  • jrash87

    this is the 1st 50 album i ever got. i remember when heard this, i thought wow! this dude must be crazy jakin peoples beats like that!! he put his left foot forward an now look at him..

  • lerone

    str8 heat…i was a fresh man in CT high sch when this drop..had me on sum G shyt…history..yall followme on twitter @mr_attitude954

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