Not only is 50 Cent celebrating a career milestone with his new mixtape The Big 10, which marks the 10 year anniversary of 50 Cent is the Future, he’s also introducing the newest member of his G-Unit family by way of the project. Southside Jamaica, Queens, female MC Paris appears on a track appropriately-titled “Queens, NY” off the set.
“I’ve got a new artist, Paris,” Fif tells XXLMag.com. “Her tape is to come out shortly after [Big 10]. She’s been working quietly for a long time before I said I wanted to sign her. She’s from Queens, she’s from Southside. It’s easier for me… The element for me, the material I really understand. I know everybody in a part of the story she’s telling. I’ve known her [for a while]. Remember the T.O.S. song, ‘Kitty Kat’ where the girl is going ‘I need cash for my kitty cat’? That was her vocals on that track.”
“All my men is caked up, [I’m] stingy with the snatch,” Paris raps on “Queens, NY”. “Cause niggas get too attached / Sleep with the ratch-chet / Under the mattress / Natural, my cat got a five o’clock shadow / It don’t matter though…”
So why has it taken three years for Paris to officially become a part of Fif’s roster? Simply put, 50 says Paris wasn’t as developed then as she is now.
“She didn’t have what she has now,” 50 candidly explains. “I think the material she has is better than what’s out now.”
50 released The Big 10 mixtape last Friday (December 9); the project took four days to put together and was culled from new material and songs he planned to put on his Street King mixtape. “I was working on the SK mixtape, then I was like ‘oh shit, it’s been ten years [since I released 50 Cent is the Future],” he shares about how the project came about.
As tenured as Fif is, even he has a newfound respect for the mixtape game, adding that he plans on working on them as hard as he does his actual albums.
“For real, moving forward, everything I do has to be the highest quality possible,” he shares. “I’m gonna mix and master everything. Em used to do that. He would mix and master vocals [for mixtapes]. I’d be like ‘what are you doing?’ It takes me 30 mins to make the record, put it out and I’m done. Now, I don’t want to anything out there to not be the best performance I can have because I can’t take it back. For me, it’s not about actual record sales. I want everything I leave behind to be my best effort. I’m gonna keep raising the bar.” —Shaheem Reid