News: Killer Mike Retracts "Disrespectful" Jay-Z & 50 Remarks, "I Want To Apologize" [Video]
Thursday, Dec 17, 2009 3:40PM
Grand Hustle's Killer Mike has clarified past remarks of citing 50 Cent and Jay-Z for copying his style of bringing back "hardcore" hip-hop by offering up an apology.
Mike says his words were misunderstood by readers thinking he was sparking a rap beef.
"I misspoke," Mike explained in an interview. "It was about hardcore hip-hop. I had just come off stage and a lot of times, because I know a lot of you guys asking me questions, I tend to talk like I'm talking about a friend and it appeared like I had been -- not disrespected but being disrespectful to Jay and 50, but I done got money with both of them. Jay allowed me an opportunity to make money. He let me on The Blueprint 2. 50 has me open -- for him. First thing I want to say, I want to apologize for that even appearing disrespectful. But what I really wanna say to the audience is, hardcore hip-hop was, is and will always be and even though I appreciate the bigger guys turning to that, so that more people can pay more attention to it, that doesn't disallow the audience from finding dope sh*t." (Hip Hop Wired)
Mike previously explained why he respected emcees like Jay but felt they were following his blueprint.
"I don't wanna hear none of that bullsh*t from none of the n*ggas," Mike said in an interview. "I dropped I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind II last year. If you wanna hear hardcore hip-hop, go to the store, go get I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind II...I don't wanna hear that bullsh*t, these n*ggas who got millions of dollars talking about bringing sh*t back. They ain't bringing sh*t back. It's here -- you looking at it....Buy me...When that Killer Mike drops, hardcore hip-hop will be back for the second, third time. You know, the same guy that said 'rap is dead' three years before Nas said it. I'm here. F*ck with me. Jay dropped 'D.O.A.' and everybody went crazy. And I love Jay. A week before that, I dropped 'Man Up.' Go listen to that song and go listen to 'D.O.A.'" (MTV)
50 said his War Angel mixtape would pave the way for hardcore hip-hop's return last summer.
"I think it will change [rappers' direction] when they see the public respond to it in a positive way that'll actually allow them to be creative in different areas again and just do what they want," Fif explained. "It's all by example. When Get Rich Or Die Tryin' came out, everything shifted, because they watching it be the largest debuting album to date. 822,000 copies the first week and then another 800,000 copies the next week, they go, 'Ah man, that's what I wanna do.' And then the other artists start doing their version of 50 Cent, we don't want that but we want them to be able to write their actual story or what they see going on around them." (This Is 50)
Jay explained his motivation behind "Death of Autotune" earlier this year.
"I'm just saying, let's move it forward," Jay said in a phone interview. "The guys who did it, did it great. If you listen to T-Pain, like you know, he does great melodies. You listen to Kanye [West], if you listen to 'Say You Will' or 'Heartbreak,' great melodies. 'Lollipop' was a fantastic melody. Now everybody can't do it, let them guys do it, they got their lil' niche. Now lets move on... My intention was just to draw a line in the sand, 'this is what I do.'" (Miss Info)
Check out Killer Mike's interview below: