50 Cent has one of the most unique stories in the history
of hip-hop. We all know the story...major label deal...shot
9 times...loses deal...bootleg's himself, signs major
deal....and the latest chapter to the book being written
by the rapper...almost 900,000 units moved in 4 days...breaking
Snoop's previous record for higest selling debut album
by a rapper. What's next? Only 50 knows. Read this in
depth article, conducted by our good friend, Davey D.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE INTERNET & ITS IMPACT
50 Cent: I dont even care... my deal itself
Im in a good space financially
long as its being heard.. those people are the
people that are supporting me at the concerts
now Ive been touring won the mixed tape circuit
think the mixed tape circuit is the largest form of
The bootlegger is just trying to feed
his family... its not going to stop. Dont
ever think its gonna stop... Its a hustle
hustlin to get their money... you cant beat em
might as well just capitalize off of them
what I did in the beginning with the mixed tapes circuit.
I think the mixed tape circuit is like black market
distribution so I distribute my music through there
to the point where they understand that buying a 50
cent record is a safe buy
you not gonna have to
question whether theres going to be quality material
on there or not cuz you heard him before.
WHAT CAN PEOPLE EXPECT WITH GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN?
50 Cent: Its the best music that Ive recorded
to date... Ive got the best production... Dr.
Dre, Eminem, Roc Wilder Twee Lo, Diggah...Its
various production cuz I got a chance to work on there
did 48 records in preparation for this
on the album
I got a lot of extra music so I can
use them on soundtracks and other placements.
WHAT WAS YOUR SELECTION PROCESS LIKE?
50 Cent: Dr. Dre and Eminem
they made the final
executive decision. I told them what I wanted and we
kinda shifted through them... (more) I recorded 12 w/
Dre and I only put 4 on the album so I got plenty of
WHO ARE SOME OF THE OTHER PEOPLE THAT YOU WORKED ON
FOR THE ALBUM
50 Cent: Me and Em...we did a lot of records.. I don't
even know how many we was just recording.. but I had
four on the 8 MileSoundtrack that I participated
on... one was Wanksta, Places To Go
one with me and D12 and one with OB Trice I
Just Want To Love You
but its cool..
publishing checks serious on that one so its all
YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY A TALENTED RAPPER. HOWEVER, DO YOU
FEEL THAT YOU GET THE PROPER RESPECT FROM OTHER RAPPERS
IN SPITE OF PAST LYRICS THAT MAY HAVE SEEMED LIKE YOU
WERE DISRESPECTING THEM?"
50 Cent: Where Im at right now I dont even
see anybody.. my competition is just to fit in with
Eminem and Dre... Im not even trying to keep up
with anyone else in the music business outside of Em
and Dre... I could be in there and be the guy under
them or I can make myself almost the equivalent of them...
thats what Im working to do... you know
the other rappers arent exciting right now to
Im sayin everything is exactly the way
the same crews. Everything is the same
Unit is new
its hard to break an entire
crew or entire situation
and its starting
to come along
we laid the groundwork so Im
happy to see the progress.
50 Cent: G-Unit is my record company... we in negotiations
now... it should be distributed by Interscope
they give me the right bag of money or it might be someone
else...depending on how Jimmy [Iovine]... but Jimmy
he likes me.., he knows somethings wrong with
me but he says its ok cuz Em and Dre says its ok ..
WHAT DO YOU THINK HE THINKS IS WRONG WITH YOU?
50 Cent: He thinks the hood is so in me so deep that
it might not ever get out of me
WHAT DO YOU THINK
50 Cent: I dont know he might be right... I dont
know... all I can be is what I am
the things you
go thorough make you what you are
make me the way I am
make me say the things I
say... and react to situations that way. .
ANY REGRET FROM PAST THINGS YOUVE SAID?
50 Cent: Nothing
I Rob was the best
thing I ever could think of.. & I did it cuz...when
youre on a major label.. theres a hundred
artists on that label
you gotta separate yourself
from that group and make yourself relevant... all I
was doing with that record was makin everybody at one
time say WHOS 50 CENT? Who is this guy?
it worked... its effective to date
interview that I speak on they mention that and ask
me about it.. how do you feel
well I dont
WHERE DID YOU WRITE I ROB?
50 Cent: I wrote it in the car on the way to the studio...everything
on it was kinda true
everybody knew what I was
they just laughed at the fact that I would
actually say it... the creative part was how I put it
when youre starvin...When robbery
is not out of the question its easy to come up
with that concept... you know what Im sayin...
at that point, I wasnt doing well financially
so when you look at artists.. bigger artists have bigger
diamonds certain things that come with success
you know the fact that they have money excessively allows
them to buy jewelry excessively
buy cars and nice
houses and everything else they want...
DID YOU ENJOY WORKING WITH EM?
50 Cent: Hes cool
right now I dont
really want to talk about him to much because he told
me he was gonna hook me up
He said that when
he was finished with Mariah that... I could you know
thought... I was gonna hit that and then he didnt
hook me up.. I aint really happy with him right
cuz you know Im into that you know
did you want to do with Mariah that didnt happen?)
I wanted to hit that
he said he was finished so
(its situational Im sure no love
we be alright you know.. I just thought
he was gonna hook me up
I see her in the street
she probably wont
WHAT HAS CHANGED SINCE YOU BEEN ON SHADY RECORDS?
50 Cent: I aint gotta worry about bills
Finances changed a lot and the hos they treat
me so much better.. I feel like I got a facelift...
YOU SAID THAT IN DA CLUB-YOU SELL LIKE
EMINEM" AND YOU GET PLENTY OF "GROUPIE LOVE"
50 Cent: Yeah they treat you a lot better
Im eligble for a whole lot of women that Im
not eligible for
they found that them checks get
things get different. Like I look better or
they treat me better
this is cool
(you just take it in stride)
I mean as long as you know why the
situation is happening...you be alright.
WHAT ALLOWS YOU TO STAY GROUNDED?
50 Cent: I work
I work alot so I aint out
to absorb all of that
plus my hood
me on the music tip but not everybody is happy with
theres always gonna be somebody who doesnt
like you and theres some people that would like
to kill me
(and that will keep you down to earth?)
its got to .. cuz I cant move around like
its not there.. I gotta be aware of whats
I cant afford to be lost.
HOW DO YOU STAY FOCUSED? KNOWING ALL THE THINGS GOING
50 Cent: If I wasnt doing well I would still
be in those situations.. its just like when you
be in the hood you fightin over a corner.. its
the same risk
when you doin well as an artist
may try you just to try you.. when you respond
still on .. so its the same situation
but Im happy to be in the situation
Im in now... I feel blessed
.DID YOU REALLY GET SHOT 8 TIMES?
50 Cent: 9 times on May 24, 2000 I got shot
was in the hospital for like 13 days...and it sounds
crazy... it hurted more to not know what I was gonna
do with myself AFTER being shot.. like when I called
Columbia Records and they didnt know what to do.....
like I was supposed to do a video with Beyonce and as
soon as I got shot.. they just like moved it.. well
Beyonces doin a record with Amil(?) You see what
Im sayin..then the Amil record came out and I
was in the hospital for 13 days I got out and called
them up and they dont got no answers for me
there was no Plan B for me..
if I dont make music.. Im going back to
the hood ...Ill sell crack.. Im gonna go
back to sell crack if I cant make it in the music
and thats because thats what
I was doing before that.. I never had working papers..
I never had a job
I sold crack until I got in
so this is the best thing that happened
to me and I do it excessively
I make music cuz
its almost like I can escape everything I was
alls I gotta do is make music... I
put out 4 mixed tape albums waiting to release my real
I dont do nothin but make music...
you know what I mean?
YOU GOT A SON?
50 Cent: My little boy Marquis
6 years old
hes in my Wanksta video in the
intro and at the end of it
he thinks hes
a star right now
IN TERMS OF ALL THE THINGS THAT HAPPEN WITH YOU RIGHT
NOW HOW DO YOU RELATE TO HIM WHATS GOING ON
50 Cent: He knows whats going on
it to him exactly how they gonna have to explain it
to their kids when they hear my music.. you see if your
kid is listenin to my music.. you need to sit him down
and explain to him that some peoples lives is like TV..
The shots do go off in the hood
people do get
hit.. if thats not actually the life surrounding
you can let that kid that thats
what really goes on in certain places cuz that be goin
on in my real life situations.
My son know
my son was in the house when I got
shot 9 times.. it happened in front of my grandmothers
but he heard the shots and then he see daddy
in the hospital.. he understands whats going on
even though hes only 6 years old
exactly whats goin on
then when he see
me put my vest on before I leave the house
asks me do I have my vest sometimes
I set it around.
My son asked Daddy why you carry a gun
aint a cop? I said
I looked at him and said
Sometimes you gotta shot or be shot
It is what it is
I dont try to sugar coat
it or nothing
I try to explain it him that Im
blessed and in a situation that I can provide another
situation for him him so he dont have to go through
the only reason I took him to shoot the Wanksta
video is I wanted to show him there was other things
out there to do outside of whats goin on right
there. To me thats it.. if you asked me what I
was going to do while I was hustlin
gonna say Hustle
well cuz thats
I started when I was hustling when I was 12
12 yr old kid that is not doing good in school and you
tell him if you do good in school for 6 more years and
you can get that car and then the kids curiosity
leads him through the hood to find someone whos
got that car that didnt have to go to school that
well then it doesnt seem like one
of the options
it seems like the only option.
thats the only way I could get
what I want
because the other way was too hard.
I cant do it that way
I dropped out
man, Im not doin good at
everything is not for everybody
could say whatever.. I ended up getting my GED in the
joint in jail
but if I wasnt in jail I wouldnt
have gotten it cuz I wouldve been out in the street
YOU WROTE A JOINT WHILE YOU WERE IN JAIL WITH CUTMASTER
C? TELL US ABOUT THAT
50 Cent: I just talked to him about what was going
on when I was locked up
he took the conversation
and put it on his tape
50s kinda big right
now so he wanted to get some of that attention
its all good.. I wouldve done the same thing
if I was a mixed tape DJ. Id have capitalized
on it.. it was a good move on Cutmaster Cs part..
plus I like my presence in the street to be big
lets do it
SINCE THIS ISNT YOUR FIRST WHY IS IT THAT YOU
ARE JUST BECOMING POPULAR IS IT BECAUSE YOU WERE WITH
A COMPANY THAT DIDNT PRODUCE YOU CORRECTLY?
50 Cent: This is really my first album that is being
I think Shady/Aftermath is way better
than Columbia.. Dre understands being from NWA
picture him saying
Yo you cant say that Hes as
edgy as you get on his level
so he understands
exactly what it is and I think thats what drew
him to me
you know when he heard the music.. he
know what it is.. so its cool
the work process is Ill go do
it and theyll listen and then theyll say
Yo You know what I think you should do something
like this and I ll take their advice and pass
the world of respect
cuz I know that for sure
they are really in my best interest. They are my corner
for real...if they didnt come get me to do the
what would I be doin?
Interview by Davey D. for Daveyd.com