50 Cent Refuses to Talk About French Montana

Last week, 50 Cent dropped his latest single, “My Life,” featuring Eminem and Adam Levine. The record quickly shot to the top of the iTunes charts and is positioning the Queens rapper to finally drop his Street King Immortal album on February 26, 2013, after multiple delays. He’s been on a promotional media blitz of late, during which his issues with Floyd Mayweather, Game, Young Buck and French Montana have been spotlighted. Though Fif has also fired a number of tweets in French’s direction of late, he decided to excuse himself from this particular conversation with XXL when the Bad Boy signee’s name was brought up. But prior to that, he dished on the single, his beefs with Game and Young Buck and why he’s “confused.” —Adam Fleischer

XXL: You just dropped “My Life,” and it’s going crazy on iTunes. How do you feel like the reception has been?
50 Cent:
I don’t think you can ask for more than your record being No. 1 on iTunes 12 hours after you release it. A lot of times when you see artists have No. 1 records on iTunes, their record is played for three weeks at radio, and then they decide to finally make it available for people to buy it. So to have it be No. 1 on iTunes in 12 hours would be a good indication to radio programmers that the general public wants that actual record.

It looks like it’s on pace to be your biggest hit in a while—since “Ayo Technology” or “I Get Money.” Did you anticipate that going in?
I did. That song, I actually recorded it almost two years ago. It was intended to be the first single off Street King Immortal. The content would even suggest that I would have released it first, it’s just [that] the “New Day” song, which was the first song off of the actual album, was released by Alicia Keys. Dre actually produced the “New Day” track, they had a chorus on it, it was recorded by Ester Dean. Alicia re-recorded it and added strings to the actual track, and Dre sat on the record for so long that Alicia did her own version of it. The version of “New Day” that’s on Alicia’s album is actually produced by Swizz Beatz. It’s the same track, but it’s been completely re-produced.

Ideally, when would you have dropped “My Life”? When did you see that coming out?
It was the first statement that I wanted to make with the actual record. So because ["New Day"] came out first, it reversed when you heard which material I wanted you to hear. “New Day” could have potentially been the second record, but ended up being the first record because it went out first. Immediately, the company runs and they say, “OK, OK, we gotta put this record out. We gotta catch up to the song,” or you lose the Alicia Keys record.

Do you feel like you lost it? Like it didn’t do what it could have done?
No, I feel like it did do well. I haven’t heard anyone say they didn’t like the song. It didn’t do what this record is doing, if that’s what you asking me. It also didn’t have a set up, because it just came out. You catching up to it. There was no performance on The Voice with me and Alicia Keys, or—you know what I’m sayin’?

On your last verse from “My Life” you say, “I haven’t been this fucking confused since I was a kid.” What did you mean by that?
It’s being in the position where you’re the happiest person in the world, because the general public is deciding to support you as an artist, and it’s almost a dream sequence for you as an artist. Everything’s going your way, right? And you’re successful long enough for the artist community to put a shadow of doubt over you. Meaning the guy that wants next, that wants to be the next artist, he wants his turn. So, if you stay in a position where you’re winning, he goes, “Damn, I won’t get a chance to be No. 1 as long as he’s around, because he’s No. 1.” For some reason, they think they gotta get rid of the guy that’s No. 1. It’s like, you reach a certain point in your career—right now, I believe Wayne is at that point. He’s had so many successful records that I hear people go, “Yeah, it’s cool, but it ain’t as good as it was when Tha Carter came out.” And that’s exactly what they did to me with Get Rich or Die Tryin’. So it feels like a cycle of things that artists experience.

So you think that kind of feeling is more a reflection of other people than the music itself, whether it’s you or Wayne or whoever?
Exactly. When you get talent out there and they making good music—I mean, music marks time, so you never really get a second chance. Wayne came in as an artist—when that Carter record worked, he had been working how long before he got to that point? That wasn’t a new artist. He was established, so he was ready for the attention and for the run that he actually got.

“My Life” features the lines “I tried to help n—as get on, they turned around and spit / Right in my face, so Game and Buck, both can suck a dick.” Why did you include that line on your big single?
So you must’ve not heard me when I told you I recorded this record almost two years ago?

Right. But why did you choose to leave it in?
I would have included it if I was writing in the confusion. The confusion of what are you doing when you’re performing on an unknown artist’s song? Like, he hasn’t had a hit. There’s no hits under his actual belt. I don’t give a fuck how cool he is in the streets or in the neighborhood. He don’t have no hits. So if you get on his record, you’re helping him; you’re actually helping him because of the exposure. If you’re someone that has an established sales history, you’re collaborating with a new guy, it gives confirmation that this is cool. So, that was done for both of them [Game and Young Buck] at that point. And it didn’t mean anything for them. That’s like me telling Dr. Dre “kiss my ass” at this point, when I come to him and he gave me the biggest records of my career. Would that be cool to you personally? That’s not cool to me.

Speaking of new guys: French Montana. I don’t know if you saw earlier that…
Hey, can you do me a favor? Listen, do me a favor.

Yeah?
Don’t mention artists that haven’t sold records while I’m talking to you.

I was just gonna say that he asked if you wanted to drop your album on the same day as his. I was curious if you had a response to that.
[50 hangs up phone]

  • Hilarious

    Silly white boy asking stupid ass questions. You were just waiting for the French Montana question and look what happened smh. 50 is done promoting that down syndrome looking sand nigga. Ask him about his SK and SMS projects and his work for charity and the food he was serving for the Sandy victims. No, this white boy just had to go for the punch line and he shot his load way too early.

    • jk

      lmao…i second that

    • http://www.facebook.com/ronald.jack Ronald Jack

      As a journalist he’s suppose to ask those questions

      • Hilarious

        Well, evidently this guy sucks as a journalist because he didn’t even get a full interview. When 50 says don’t ask me no question about artists who haven’t even dropped an album then your next question should be about a different topic. Why is the ‘journalist’ so focused on the negative shit when there are so many other things he could have talked about instead of perpetuating the bullshit. These ‘opportunists’ want to make headlines about controversy and everything else is over looked.

        • http://www.facebook.com/ronald.jack Ronald Jack

          You ask the questions that people want to know about

    • hashswag

      thats ummmm, pretty racist, on a few fronts.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sohail.khan.925 Sohail Khan

      50 cent’s career is dead you dumb welfare monkey

  • Brian

    To hell with French Montana

  • PAPI MORENITO

    Damn, 50 finally in love, in love with the adjective ‘actual’ and the adverb ‘actually’. Cute!

  • rlw3333

    THANK YOU 50 french montanas a fucking joke

  • bread

    hahahahha

  • NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

    50 hangs up the phone LOL that’s the 50 we all know!!!

  • 2012Industry1

    “So you think that kind of feeling is more a reflection of other people than the music itself, whether it’s you or Wayne or whoever?” Is this cat serious?? So it has nothing to do that either you or Wayne hasn’t given anyone other than your Stans a reason to think you guys can still make dope records?? Nothing to do that your skills have diminished under Beef, Ego and Bad Movies? Nothing to do with Banks even coming with a hotter record than you have inthe last..say….6 Years? Also, he said that no one goes number one in 12 hours after they drop a single without it going to radio for weeks first…LIE! Wiz, T.I., Taylor, Kanye, Drake have all gone #1 on iTunes within hours, sometimes without people not knowing how it sounds. My problem with Fif is he plays the people with lies he thinks no one knows. He’s like the Mitt Romney of Rap! I can go on for days on how many lies was told in this little interview, truth be told, that song wasn’t #1 on iTunes 12 Hours Later, and has dropped out of the Top 10 within a day. Hot Music = Respect and Relevancy! Something he hasn’t given us (not stans) in about 7 years! Him and Nicki gets Mr. & Mrs. Donkey of the Year!

    • WhatIsYourAgenda?

      Even though you sound mad bitter, I do agree with most of you have stated. 50 gave up on the music in 2007 when he openly admitted he was putting more emphasis on producing movies. He clearly peaked during 2002-2005 and although he had a few moments after that period, the majority of his music has been very average to say the least. The way his music has digressed over the years is painful to hear and at times I have to ask myself if the GRODT 50 cent got replaced with an impostor. 50 did got #1 in 12 hours so I don’t know where you got your facts from but there is no need to add bullshit to fill your argument. So because the song is not in the top 10 does it make it less dope than when it was #1? It is all subjective criticism these days, and your statement is full of cynicism.

      • 2012Industry1

        Bitter…NO, frustrated with him making excuses and not great music…YES. I spoke the truth when I said it wasn’t #1, 12 Hours later….Will I Am & Britney was, which still is. It did get to #1, but left and dropped quickly. Being in the Top 10 does not make it less dope, but the song sounds dated as far as the beat goes and the standout of that record was Eminem. I think he has it in him to make a dope record, he just relies on tricks instead of relying on Dope Beats and relating to what people want to hear from him. He once said in an interview that people still want GRODT from him, and I think that’s half true. I haven’t heard a sincere record from him speaking on his troubles of success and life after GRODT that wasn’t Kill, Beef and Richness…not everyone relates to that. He needs to tap into his creativeness, tell stories, try to uplift, have fun. He’s shown no growth as an artist. I’m not BITTER, just disappointed!

  • Amario

    DAMN thas like 2 points for xxl, french motana sandy ass aint no rapper. i guess thas a successful drug dealer but no you dont know a gwad damn thing bout hip hop B. 50 is pretty much your god in NY. so i suggest you shut you monkey ass sand looking ass up before them queens niggas take action. bitch ass sand nigga cant even finish a good song look what he did to Wale Actin up….horriible lmfoa

    • http://www.facebook.com/sohail.khan.925 Sohail Khan

      go cash your welfare check monkey and stop posting on xxl

      • Amario

        o you barley realized? nahhhhhhh this is xxl so take out the bad and replace. stupid fuck.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500500120 Steve Vincent Roy

    for real though if your sitting on the kind of money 50 sitting on i would get bored too and start messing with clowns.