Despite all the drama that’s surrounded Chief Keef lately—the feud with Lupe Fiasco or mocking the death of rising Chicago rapper Joseph “Lil JoJo” Coleman—50 Cent is defending him.

In fact, per an interview with V103’s Ryan Cameron this week he likes “the idea of Chief Keef.”

To further explain the reason behind his backing of the Chi-Town upstart, the G-Unit rapper spoke to Hot 97's Angie Martinez late Thursday afternoon (September 13) where he discussed Interscope initially wanting to drop the controversial rapper after the melee last week.

“There was some energy there in the [Interscope] building, they was actually thinking about dropping him,” he revealed to Martinez. “I was like, Damn you can’t just like drop him. That’s what hip-hop culture is. It’s an opportunity for you to make it from anywhere. If you from the bottom right now you could listen to this music that comes on, write something and put them cards back they gave you and deal yourself some new ones.”

It was just last week, after all the controversy that Fif sent Keef a casual tweet that read, “@chiefkeef if you still In new York come see me @50Cent.”  Short and direct, the tweet received a response from Keef accepting the request and according to the G-Unit founder the two ended up meeting. “I was telling him be careful,” responded Fif about the conversation that took place between the two. “[To] be aware of people that’s beginning to become jealous of that energy.” After being asked if Keef was receptive to the conversation, 50 explained “Yeah, because he know where I’m from. He know what I come from, so he could hear me a little bit.”

As previously reported, Lu and the “I Don’t Like” rapper’s back-and-forth stemmed from the former mentioned in an interview with Baltimore's 92Q radio that, “Chief Keef scares me. Not him specifically, but just the culture that he represents.”

“That stuff Lupe Fiasco was talking about, [Keef] can’t hear that,” explained 50 about Lupe’s comments. “[Keef] doesn’t get that you’re talking about what’s happening within the culture because you keep saying his name. He’s internalizing like you keep talking about me, I never said anything about you—I don’t care about, I don’t even listen to your music—and you keep saying me.”

50 will be releasing his forthcoming studio album Street King Immortal on November 13.—Ralph Bristout (@XXLRalph)