News: 50 Cent On Drake's Buzz, "I'm Sure Universal Is Spending Money To Get The Record Played" [Video]

Friday, Jun 26, 2009 9:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

G-Unit leader 50 Cent recently spoke on rap newcomer Drake's industry buzz and hinted at why Universal Motown may be paying to have his records played on the radio.

Comparing his 2003 industry buzz to Drake's, Fif explained their distinct differences.

"I don't think you can accomplish that right now," Fif said in an interview. "Not without finance. I hear his record on the radio. He got a good buzz, I hear him. Sh*t, it wasn't possible for my music to be on the radio when I was coming. You know mine's was completely organic Like when you hear a song on the radio, it means it's being worked. Ain't nothing there 'just because.' Enough for it to be playing every hour on the hour. That song is being worked like he's on the label. I'm sure Syliva Rhone or Universal, they're spending money to get the record played so the public is feeling like it's just happening. He might not be signed yet, but they might work it to get him to sign. Is it worth signing until you develop that?" (XXLMag)

Fif recently spoke on Drake's upcoming collaboration with Jay-Z.

"[Lil Wayne] has that new kid, what's his name, Drake," Fif said in an interview. "The kid is coming up. I heard Jay-Z got him on his single. Right? That was ill, like, that was fast! For him to put him on his single, like that's ill. I don't know if he's rhyming or singing but the fact that he's on it is hot. Like that was a fast come-up. Jay won't even rap on his own artists and be in the video with 'em. Freeway, he did Freeway dirty. In the Freeway project, we were doing something together. It was all of us together, Jay had a record with Freeway and I said 'If you shoot that one, I'll shoot the one that I did with him and we'll make the video.' Now tell me that ain't the perfect scenario for Freeway." (Hot 97)

Jamie Foxx compared Drake's rap presence to iconic rap legend LL Cool J.

"Drake is the new movement," Foxx said in an interview. "To have records on a mixtape, and then the next thing you know he's on top of the charts. And every time you mention him, people go crazy...And then to be on a track with Bun B...and...Bun B, he doesn't get on tracks with people unless it's really legit...[Drake] has a way with women, in how he portrays himself. His music is...he can go as gangster as he wants, but when he sings, that is the X-factor...This guy's actually melodically soothing when he's singing to females and I think that gives him a little bit of what my man LL Cool J had...The reason LL Cool J lasted for so long was because he was an absolute monster when it came to battle rap, but he was, when it came to females...there's not a lady in the world don't want to be at an LL Cool J show. So, if this guy can capture what I think he can capture, he'll really have that." (MTV)

The rapper recently said he would be announcing his new record deal by today (June 26).

"I'm like, maybe, five days away maybe," Drake said about making a record deal announcement yesterday (June 18). "Just give me five days, I'm sorry, I can't. The burning question will be answered in five days...I'm out here in Miami working with Pharrell and I'm even realizing oh, we got so much more to give to these people. I just started working on my album pretty much a couple days ago and I'm still seeing the creativity is flowing at an amazing level." (WGGC)

Check out 50 Cent's thoughts on Drake below:

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