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New 50 XXL Interview

Unread post by Trav » July 10th, 2007, 4:06 pm

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Low ceilings, no windows, walls plastered in promotional stickers. It’s a small room in the basement of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s grandmother’s house in Queens. And the way 50’s bulked up right now—training for a role in The Dance, an upcoming boxing movie with Nicholas Cage—it’s a surprise he fits in here at all.

’Course, 50’s awfully big metaphorically, too. As in, the biggest hip-hop star on the planet. He’s got the biggest portfolio, with G-Unit Records, G-Unit Clothing, G-Unit sneakers with Reebok, and a reported 10 percent stake in Glaceau Vitaminwater—the Queens-based beverage company that just sold to Coca-Cola for a cool $4.1 billion. (Some quick math will tell you that was a big day for 50.) Now he lives in the biggest mansion in Connecticut, formerly owned by the big, big, retired heavyweight champ Mike Tyson.

Despite his size and status, the dude keeps his ear to the street and his feet in some beef. We know this. We know he got shot nine times a few years back—right outside this house, in fact. We know that his first two albums, 2003’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and 2005’s The Massacre, combined to sell some 20 million copies worldwide. We know that Dipset don Cam’ron has been tryna knock his cred via Internet songs and videos and an oft-repeated cry of “Currrtis!”—this in the same spirit of former G-Unit soldier The Game’s G U-Not campaign.

We also know that, recently, G-Unit’s sales have been slipping, along with the rest of the rap industry’s, and that 50 has adopted a harder line when it comes to sponsoring his troops—except for his original soldier, Tony Yayo, whom he continues to support unconditionally, even in the face of Yayo’s March arrest on charges he assaulted the 14-year-old son of The Game’s manager, Jimmy Henchmen. (And we learned, a week after this interview took place, that 50’s upcoming album, Curtis, originally scheduled for a June 26 release, won’t be coming out until September.)

Damn, the big homie sure has come a long way. But as he sits down on the bed where used to rest his head, 50’s more Curtis than ever.

We’re in 50’s grandma’s house. The very crib where it all popped off.
We’re in my grandmother’s basement. I kinda grew up right here. You seen in the movie, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, I got into an altercation with my uncles, so I had to move from upstairs down here, and they converted this into a space for me. You got to bend down to walk in.

Right. It’s pretty much like a cell.
Yeah, it is. But you know what’s crazy? There’s, like, pinkish paneling under there. [Points to the sticker-covered wall] I ain’t like it. So I took the stickers—promotional stickers from my first record I made with Jam Master Jay: “50 Cent Means Change.” This was ’97.

There must be a thousand stickers on these walls. I mean, is this a window into how your mind works? Like, in terms of focus?
Yeah. I’ll sit there and make sure each one of them fit perfectly.

So you were living here until when?
2000. I got shot out front. I went and stayed in the Poconos after I got out of the hospital. It was me, my son’s mom and my son. I had a place that we was staying in the Poconos. And then I came back here. Then when the record took off, I went from this space right here into a 65,000-square-foot home—Mike’s house. But this is why I had to be that excessive. It had to be that big.

What’s the story behind this house? How long has it been in your family?
Prior to Get Rich or Die Tryin’, this was the largest asset in my family. It’s worth about $250,000. Now I got cars in my yard that cost $400,000. My grandmother don’t stay here no more. I bought her a house in Long Island. I own, like, five other houses.
And you wrote your new album down here?
Yeah. Curtis.

It’s musty, the floor isn’t finished… Why did you come back here to write?
I mean, it just brings memories back to me. I’m in my old space, see old faces, things start feeling the way they used to. Being able to write material from a perspective I couldn’t probably write [from] in any other space like that. And I was in one of those funky creative spaces where I couldn’t come up with nothing… For me, when I come back here, it’s like my feet are on the ground. I don’t think nothing is more painful than having known what it feel like to be successful and then having it taken away from you. So on some levels, it’s healthy for me to go ’head and come from the financial space that I’m in back to here, as a reminder, so I can actually appreciate what I’ve got.

How did it feel coming back to this house the first time after you’d been shot?
Initially? Paranoia. It’s still like—that don’t ever go away. I think, after the experience, period, you a different person. I think anyone would. Even war. Like when you go to war. Even though you signed up and you can anticipate death being around you, the experience of having lived in those threatening situations, I think, can change your character.

So it makes me almost a fatalist on some levels. I accept the fact that I’m going to die, that we’re all going to die. But what confuses me is, people think that when I say I’ma get rich or die tryin’, they think I meant it literally. If someone you respect in the workplace tells you they going to get rich or die tryin’, it simply means they’re determined. That was my meaning for it at that point.

But I think a big part of your mystique is the potential that maybe you will die.
I will. And I’m sure that everyone else will.

No, no, no. It’s in terms of—I think fans are thinking of the likelihood of your dying a violent, hip-hop–related death.
I mean, you’re going to have random acts of violence, period. All you got to do is say to yourself, How do you actually choose to live your life? ’Cause you’ll never get the chance to live, being afraid to die. You’ll never have an experience where you’re actually free, ’cause you’re conscious and you’re afraid.

But in hip-hop, on a certain level, it’s about being accessible. And because you are who you are, it’s almost impossible for you to do that.
To be accessible. Like, when you reach a point that I’m at, when you’re an international rap star, the less common you appear, the bigger your celebrity. You know, so it’s a different thing. You got a guy out there that just sold 500,000 copies that needs to be wherever the cameras is going off at, and I’m just not in that same space.




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Some of Cam’ron’s jabs are about your not being in the streets with the people.
What am I supposed to do, stand on the corner and smoke weed with him? I don’t smoke weed, and I’m not standing on the corner. For what? I stood on the corner when that was my hustle. I got a new hustle and a new concept of a corner to stand on. The same idiot that you just mentioned went on 60 Minutes and said he wouldn’t tell police about [the whereabouts of] a serial killer. Only thing missing from hip-hop is an IQ test. If you’re smart, you know that’s not the fuckin’ place to say that. Then you gotta send a statement out and apologize. What does that mean? That he will snitch?

The whole “Curtis” thing. That was Cam’s thing, his way of attacking you, and now you embraced it.
I always take things people feel are uncomfortable for me, when they aren’t, and I make them comfortable. I make them not make sense to the public.

Why would someone saying your name…
That’s another point. Like I’m telling you, you’re dealing with a real idiot. He calls me the name my mother named me, to make me feel like that’s a disrespect on some level. Doesn’t make sense. Curtis is now the name of my album.

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Unread post by YO-B » July 10th, 2007, 4:45 pm

THAT WOULD OF BEEN FUNNY AS SHIT IF 50 WOULD OF FELL OFF THAT WALK/STOP MACHINE LIGHT,,,, BUT NAH 50 BETTA KOME with IT ON THIS ALBUM, the MASSEKRE WAS A PIECE OF SHIT,

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Unread post by Trav » July 17th, 2007, 5:20 pm

This nigga killin Cam. Lol



What percentage of MCs in hip-hop do you think are actually intelligent?
You have different kinds of people. You have people that are extremely book smart that lack common sense so they don’t know what’s going to affect their audience. They have more information than me based on reading. For instance, Nas is a really smart guy. He reads books constantly. We were around him on the Nastradamus tour. He was almost weirder than me ’cause we would go to breakfast and he’d be there reading a book. Conceptually, I think that’s what made him drift away from what his initial audience enjoys from him and why he’s not hot right now.

Because he reads too much?
Yes. He’s feeding you too much information in the music and they don’t actually want it. He’s like a teacher. I was in love with KRS-One when he came with “Criminal Minded” and “The Bridge Is Over.” That was theme music to what was going on at that time. And when he started teaching, he lost them. ’Cause it was like, “What is he talkin’ about?”

But you’re obviously really intelligent.
Absolutely. Smart enough not to overwhelm people with information.

But they’re still getting information from you.
Right, but in different ways and in pieces. Anything [that] changes too fast is no good—[the audience] isn’t sure what’s going on. It’s like you watching an actor portray a character in a film that you really enjoy. Then afterwards, he sits on the couch on a talk show and this guy is so artistic that you’re not sure if you [really] fuckin’ like him.

Why, ’cause they’re acting?
Yeah. They’re doing something that’s totally… That may not even be a small portion of their actual character. And then when you see them after the fact, they give you something that’s so artsy.

But the same can be said about you. Do I think if 50 Cent was in a situation where he had to protect himself or he had to hurt somebody, would he blast someone? I might think that. But also…
Under them circumstances…

I would think 50 is too smart to do something like that.
Now listen, I’ll explain this to you. Under certain circumstances when my back is against the wall, yes. But then you have a choice. To my knowledge, when your back is against the wall, either you can be victimized or you find a way out of that situation the best way you know how. I don’t say, “When I see you I’ma pop you” or “I’m gonna make it hot this summer.” I don’t say those types of things. That’s what [people] say to me. So now my antennas go up when they come around because you said that. I don’t believe you like that [but] I’ma give you the benefit of the doubt. When you do something that ain’t right, if you get hurt, you get hurt.

Cam’ron said he’s gonna make it hot this summer, right?
Yeah. I don’t know who he’s talkin’ to, like on what level? And I’m not responsible for the actions of others after you say that ’cause he doesn’t even know what heat is. ’Cause his track record and the lil’ thing that happened in D.C., that’s not heat. That’s a random incident. Heat is when you can’t come outside ’cause it’s gonna go down.

So even in this corporate environment that you’re dealing with, you’re saying you have to consider something like what Cam’ron says seriously?
You have to consider everything Cam says seriously on some level. You can brush it off, [but] then you’re not on point. You’re not paying attention. Ask me why I don’t drink. Is it because I don’t enjoy drinking? Or is it because I know drinking affects my judgment and I’ll start seeing things differently? I’ll start seeing a guy that’s staring at me because he’s intrigued by the success I’m having and he sees himself similar to me ’cause he grew up under the same circumstances [or he’s] looking at me like he might want a problem. You feel what I’m saying? There is no significance of success. The significance is coming from where I came from. I’m from the bottom.

When Cam called Hot 97 to talk to you about your Koch Records comments, you were being articulate, smart and you backed your argument up. But then he engaged you in a way that was a bit more belligerent.
My initial intention when we started that conversation wasn’t to cause an altercation. But after an altercation is caused, I have no intentions of resolving it. I don’t believe you can resolve a situation with someone you didn’t initiate. If they caused it, there’s nothing you can do on your end. You didn’t actually ask for it so it’s there. And you make it—you pound away at him with the consistency of releasing quality material ’til his ass is dust. He’s gone and everybody that surrounds him gets it in the end, too. This is why I tell him Jim Jones should be the boss of Dipset and now you see Jim Jones say he’s not fuckin’ with Cam.

Yeah, but you knew they weren’t really getting along.
I already knew the circumstances behind that ’cause I do my research. At the end of the day, [Jim Jones] is a more credible artist than Cam’ron is. You’re as hot as your last hit record. His last hit was fuckin’ “Horse & Carriage.” He’ll make comparisons to Lloyd Banks’ sales with Jimmy Jones’ sales. So what? Is my worst your best? Why are you not comparing yourself to me? Considering he’s supposed to be Dipset’s boss, while I’m supposed to be the headman for G-Unit. Maybe it’s because he sold 200,000 his last album and I sold 9.8 million.

Are you cool with Jim Jones?
I don’t have a problem with him. I think they got an idiot in the lead position. You gotta make the changes he’s making right now. I think they got some talent over there. Why would I want to destroy [Dipset] considering we have nothing going on from New York City? If it was up to me, Dipset would be hot. You just got an idiot in your frontline. You call him your leader? He just got punched in his eye. To be honest, that’s their responsibility to fix that—all of them.

Did you see Cam’s YouTube video while he was on vacation?
Yeah, he’s a fool. Why would you shoot a video from poolside [in] your little polka dot underwear? Doesn’t make sense.

What about him showing his eye to the camera?
I think he’s a fool for even showing me his eye. What are you proving? You’re showing me your eye two weeks after [you allegedly got punched]? We haven’t seen you for two weeks. You had ice on it for two weeks. [Laughs] Yo! He’s incredible, man!

Is Cam’s career over?
He’s been over. Cam had Columbia [Records] spend marketing dollars on him when he was with Untertainment. He had Def Jam spend marketing dollars when he was on Roc-A-Fella. Now he’s in a graveyard. The majors have no interest in spending money on him because they know the marketing dollars that’s spent is going to be in vain. [But] Jimmy’s done something that’s significant—he came out of the graveyard. His career started on Koch, which means he can go do his deal with the majors [and] he can go do a publishing deal. The kinda money he gon’ receive in those positions based on the success of his last project is gonna make, when he says, “ballin’,” real.

Talk about your next album after Curtis.
Before I Self Destruct. It’ll be out February 4 [and] I’m about three songs away from completing it. I’ll be done with that record and that really is my last studio requirement under my Shady/Aftermath/Interscope deal. ’Cause after that is a greatest hits record.

Will you stop rapping after that?
If I make music, it’ll be organically. It’ll be zero pressure towards releasing it in a time span. I’ll make sure everything that’s on there… I feel like this record is incredible but I’ll take [my] time. It’ll probably be like 60 or 70 records before I decide to pick 10 and then just put those 10 records out.

With so much revenue coming in from other ventures, does rapping even make sense at this point?
Well, it makes great… the energy changes when you got good music out. That’s all it’s really for. I’m in a great financial space in [my] life. I’m proud of my decisions. While people were trying to make their own alcoholic beverage and do different things, I went towards Vitamin Water. I’m health conscious. I work out. I’m actually physically training now for a boxing film, so they’ll see the difference in my physical because I’m working harder. They asked a question on 106 & Park if I took any…

Steroids or something like that?
I guess that’s a question they see when you make a physical change on any level.

Who are you training with?
With a personal trainer. He just brought me a diet supplementary card and I have a regiment. They probably can’t afford to do what I’m doing right now.

Who are they?
Other artists. I couldn’t afford to do it prior to the success, like nobody in my camp is doing what I’m doing. Nobody else in my camp has a nutritionist and a trainer and has them follow you around. You pick up a cookie, “Okay, put it down.” You see what I’m saying? Like everything possible he’s watching you like you’re doing something wrong when you’re ready to go the refrigerator.

Weren’t you trying to hook M.O.P. with something like that?
Yeah, I had M.O.P. live at my house for six months.

Is it true you were offering them a G for every pound they lost?
Yeah, M.O.P., they just ain’t after the same thing. They are a great group. They got music I’d love to put out. I’m just not going to bet on a horse that got three legs in this climate. It won’t win a race.

Did your beef with Game cause any weirdness between you and Dr. Dre?
It always did, just in my head. I’m not even sure he knows. He might read this and be surprised that I said it. But Dre didn’t voice his opinion knowing I gave Game everything that made him what he is. And that didn’t matter. It shouldn’t matter that [Dre] gave me “In the Club.” He brought something creatively to the table that helped spawn my entire career and I respect him for it. On a higher level, Em for me is like next to my grandmother. He did things for me when I couldn’t do them myself. I needed him at that point and he actually came through for me.

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Unread post by rustone » July 17th, 2007, 6:17 pm

LOL 50 OWNS HIP HOP

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Unread post by KINGFEAR62 » July 18th, 2007, 7:39 am

Yea 50 is the king of hip hop right now he is right camron is a damn fool lol

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Unread post by Tha_Pioneer » July 18th, 2007, 9:15 am

How is dis guy the king of hip hop...there ain't no king of hip hop...Honestly, I think 50 new album is gon' be nice...I heard a few tracks from Curtis and dey sound coo...but c'mon man....lets b real. Its too many nice cats out there, that is off in dis hip hop shyt...50 is definately a factor of hip hop but he ain't no king....

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Unread post by rustone » July 18th, 2007, 11:20 am

50 IS UNDEFEATED

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Unread post by Young Deuce » July 18th, 2007, 11:41 am

the_Pioneer wrote:How is dis guy the king of hip hop...there ain't no king of hip hop...Honestly, I think 50 new album is gon' be nice...I heard a few tracks from Curtis and dey sound coo...but c'mon man....lets b real. Its too many nice cats out there, that is off in dis hip hop shyt...50 is definately a factor of hip hop but he ain't no king....
yeah i dont think its a king of hip hop.....but if it was it would be lil wayne bekuz alotta people think he the greatest rapper alive....as far as hip hop businessman he is 1 of 3 kings with jay-z and p diddy.......but just off skills 50 aint that nice ive heard better but ive heard alot worst....like hurricane chris....haha......

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Unread post by EmperorPenguin » July 18th, 2007, 12:35 pm

50 Cent is very buiness swavy. He knows how to sell stuff. Like he said early in the interview, he's more or less dumbing down his music to sell it. He knows the smart, intellectual rap won't sell. KRS-One, Common, even Chuck-D don't do huge numbers like what 50 wants, it's unforunate but it's true. Now is 50 making his music less smart to try to sell or is 50 just not that caliber a rapper? I guess we won't know. According to 50 he's a smart guy and can do that kind of rap but chooses not to because he wants more money. I tend to think he's just not a very smart rapper. He's a smart buisness man but I don't think he's in the caliber of Chuck-D, Common and the likes when it comes to good, smart, knowledgable rappers. I think he's much closer to P-Diddy then he is Jay-Z. Both are smart buisness men but only one of those two is a good rapper.

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Unread post by Young Deuce » July 18th, 2007, 12:40 pm

i gotta hear more of his recent mixtapes kuz peoples mixtapes is more raw gutta and shit and albums tend ta be fa everybody.....

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Unread post by rustone » July 18th, 2007, 12:40 pm

50 CENT CAN RAP LOL

JUS LISTEN TO THE WORDS OF HIS SONGS

YALL NIGGAS IS FOOLISH

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Unread post by Young Deuce » July 18th, 2007, 12:44 pm

which songs????

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Unread post by rustone » July 18th, 2007, 1:30 pm

THE HIT
GHETTO QURAN
HOW TO ROB

PATIENTLY WAITING
WEN IT RAINS IT POURS
DON'T BOTHER ME
5 HEARTBEATS


I COULD GO ON AND ON THE NIGGA GOT THAT WORD PLAY
I MEAN COMPARINT HAT NIGGA TO
P DIDDY IS JUS A MOCKERY

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Unread post by Young Deuce » July 18th, 2007, 1:35 pm

bspg wrote:THE HIT
GHETTO QURAN
HOW TO ROB

PATIENTLY WAITING
WEN IT RAINS IT POURS
DON'T BOTHER ME
5 HEARTBEATS


I COULD GO ON AND ON THE NIGGA GOT THAT WORD PLAY
I MEAN COMPARINT HAT NIGGA TO
P DIDDY IS JUS A MOCKERY
them old they nice but old and nigga u know what i meant when i wuzz comparin him ta diddy....

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Unread post by EmperorPenguin » July 18th, 2007, 1:45 pm

bspg wrote:THE HIT
GHETTO QURAN
HOW TO ROB

PATIENTLY WAITING
WEN IT RAINS IT POURS
DON'T BOTHER ME
5 HEARTBEATS


I COULD GO ON AND ON THE NIGGA GOT THAT WORD PLAY
I MEAN COMPARINT HAT NIGGA TO
P DIDDY IS JUS A MOCKERY
You need to learn a couple things real quick. One is where your caps lock key is located on your keyboard. The next is how to properly read a sentence. I said 50 cent was closer to P-Diddy then he was to Jay-Z when it comes to comparing the intellect of their rapping. 50 Cent sells rap music to the masses. He may not be the lowest common denominator when it comes to rap music but he's pretty close. His rhymes are simple, his lyrics are pretty straight forward and his beats aren't too complicated and their catchy enough to draw the teeny boppers in. MOST people aren't buying his music to hear his political thoughts, to see how much history he's learned. He knows that, so he appeals to those people to make more money. He claims he's capable of doing what Nas does, what Common and KRS-One does but he refuses to because he wants to sell music. *I* don't believe that. I believe he does what he does rap wise because that's all he really is capable of.

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Unread post by rustone » July 18th, 2007, 6:43 pm

EmperorPenguin wrote:
bspg wrote:THE HIT
GHETTO QURAN
HOW TO ROB

PATIENTLY WAITING
WEN IT RAINS IT POURS
DON'T BOTHER ME
5 HEARTBEATS


I COULD GO ON AND ON THE NIGGA GOT THAT WORD PLAY
I MEAN COMPARINT HAT NIGGA TO
P DIDDY IS JUS A MOCKERY
You need to learn a couple things real quick. One is where your caps lock key is located on your keyboard. The next is how to properly read a sentence. I said 50 cent was closer to P-Diddy then he was to Jay-Z when it comes to comparing the intellect of their rapping. 50 Cent sells rap music to the masses. He may not be the lowest common denominator when it comes to rap music but he's pretty close. His rhymes are simple, his lyrics are pretty straight forward and his beats aren't too complicated and their catchy enough to draw the teeny boppers in. MOST people aren't buying his music to hear his political thoughts, to see how much history he's learned. He knows that, so he appeals to those people to make more money. He claims he's capable of doing what Nas does, what Common and KRS-One does but he refuses to because he wants to sell music. *I* don't believe that. I believe he does what he does rap wise because that's all he really is capable of.
SCROLL UP IF U HEARD THOSE SONGS THERE^^
THAT I POSTED ULL B ABLE TO TELL THE GUY CAN SPIT

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Unread post by Tha_Pioneer » July 18th, 2007, 7:02 pm

EmperorPenguin wrote:
You need to learn a couple things real quick. One is where your caps lock key is located on your keyboard. The next is how to properly read a sentence. I said 50 cent was closer to P-Diddy then he was to Jay-Z when it comes to comparing the intellect of their rapping. 50 Cent sells rap music to the masses. He may not be the lowest common denominator when it comes to rap music but he's pretty close. His rhymes are simple, his lyrics are pretty straight forward and his beats aren't too complicated and their catchy enough to draw the teeny boppers in. MOST people aren't buying his music to hear his political thoughts, to see how much history he's learned. He knows that, so he appeals to those people to make more money. He claims he's capable of doing what Nas does, what Common and KRS-One does but he refuses to because he wants to sell music. *I* don't believe that. I believe he does what he does rap wise because that's all he really is capable of.
I agree with u to a certain degree...I do believe that 50 is a lil stuck in his ways when it comes to rhymes and style...but honestly, if u here 50 speak he is intellectual which means he has the understandin of the world around him he jus choses to focus mo' on the money and not the message. Which in some cases is not the best thing. I don't believe he is as cunnin as Jay-Z but that nigga is by far betta then Puff...But fa real put that nigga in the ring with nas, KRS 1, Common, Lil Wayne, or anybody lyrical to that caliber and the nigga would be lost in greatness....Dig what I bury?

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Unread post by EmperorPenguin » July 18th, 2007, 8:48 pm

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You need to learn a couple things real quick. One is where your caps lock key is located on your keyboard. The next is how to properly read a sentence. I said 50 cent was closer to P-Diddy then he was to Jay-Z when it comes to comparing the intellect of their rapping. 50 Cent sells rap music to the masses. He may not be the lowest common denominator when it comes to rap music but he's pretty close. His rhymes are simple, his lyrics are pretty straight forward and his beats aren't too complicated and their catchy enough to draw the teeny boppers in. MOST people aren't buying his music to hear his political thoughts, to see how much history he's learned. He knows that, so he appeals to those people to make more money. He claims he's capable of doing what Nas does, what Common and KRS-One does but he refuses to because he wants to sell music. *I* don't believe that. I believe he does what he does rap wise because that's all he really is capable of.
I agree with u to a certain degree...I do believe that 50 is a lil stuck in his ways when it comes to rhymes and style...but honestly, if u here 50 speak he is intellectual which means he has the understandin of the world around him he jus choses to focus mo' on the money and not the message. Which in some cases is not the best thing. I don't believe he is as cunnin as Jay-Z but that nigga is by far betta then Puff...But fa real put that nigga in the ring with nas, KRS 1, Common, Lil Wayne, or anybody lyrical to that caliber and the nigga would be lost in greatness....Dig what I bury?
I understand, and again my comparison to Puff is in that he's closer a rapper to Puffy (basic rhymes, club friendly beats, mass marketing appeal) then he is to someone like Jay-Z. All are very buisness orientated but I think only Jay can do it all as far as rapping goes. 50 sounds like a very intelligent person but his intelligence, even in that interview seem to be more focused on buisness sense not necessarily political views or say historical views. If he wants to claim he's that kind of guy, that he's both street smart and book smart then do it. Put it out there. He says himself he's got it made so let's hear it. Let's see you put your lyrics and mind on the line and spit something revolutionary. He claims he can do it, that he's up there with someone like Nas but chooses not to because that doesn't sell. I don't believe him. It's that simple.

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Unread post by YO-B » July 19th, 2007, 12:19 am

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Unread post by lboogie » July 19th, 2007, 7:17 am

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You need to learn a couple things real quick. One is where your caps lock key is located on your keyboard. The next is how to properly read a sentence. I said 50 cent was closer to P-Diddy then he was to Jay-Z when it comes to comparing the intellect of their rapping. 50 Cent sells rap music to the masses. He may not be the lowest common denominator when it comes to rap music but he's pretty close. His rhymes are simple, his lyrics are pretty straight forward and his beats aren't too complicated and their catchy enough to draw the teeny boppers in. MOST people aren't buying his music to hear his political thoughts, to see how much history he's learned. He knows that, so he appeals to those people to make more money. He claims he's capable of doing what Nas does, what Common and KRS-One does but he refuses to because he wants to sell music. *I* don't believe that. I believe he does what he does rap wise because that's all he really is capable of.
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