Guest Star: "I've Loved 50 Cent's Honesty From Day One"
Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011 3:30PM
[As 50 Cent's G-Unit empire continues to expand with G-Note Records and by signing DJ Pauly D, Run-DMC's DMC reflects on his fellow Queens resident's rise to fame.]
What 50 Cent is doing right now is a good thing. You've got to think about it. 50's generation has had a chance to be educated and given a proper guideline on how to do everything possible within the music industry.
By the time 50 got into the game, the music industry had expanded into everything else. When you're dealing with a culture phenomenon, once something becomes commercially popular, the possibilities are endless.
What I like about 50 is he's in-tune, if he sees something, he'll go investigate it. People that met 50 said, "If you have a new idea, he'll sit with you and ask you questions about it." Another thing I really like about 50 is when he first came into the game, he said, "Man, I ain't really doing this hip-hop thing just for the culture, I'm doing this to get paid."
I've loved 50's honesty from day one. He's different from these cats who will do stuff but won't support the culture. It's one thing to profit from this hip-hop culture and not support it. A lot of cats will go, "Oh, I love hip-hop and I love Big Daddy Kane and I love these guys," so why ain't you showing it?
I think I saw something recently from Missy Elliott saying, "It's wonderful to go on all of these sites and see these artists working with the younger generation." But there's cats that came right after that great period of Run-DMC and Melle Mel, where at the time we weren't old yet, and y'all had a chance [to collaborate]. Even at this stage, if you love Melle Mel and Rakim and all of these cats, then why aren't they opening up on your tour?
You have that power now and what I'm trying to say about 50 is I remember when Jam Master Jay would bring him to our shows and he would sit around and say, "Wow, one day I'm gonna be big like y'all." And you want to know why? It's because he was allowed to sit there and learn.
It wasn't like Jay was saying, "Man, f*ck these young kids, they can't come around here. Get this motherf*cker out of here." Hip-hop was always about coexisting and sharing the knowledge. The problem with hip-hop now is there's not a generation gap, it's an information gap.
50 was able to come, sit around and see the possibilities and learn, "I can make whatever I want to come true the same way my idols did." The craziest thing about 50 is he can go on stage, fold his arms without saying anything and motherf*ckers will go crazy. That's power. So use that power to make moves.
Run-D.M.C. were an American hip hop group from Hollis, in the Queens borough of New York City. Founded by Joseph "Run" Simmons, Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, and Jason "Jam-Master Jay" Mizell, the group is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential acts in the history of hip hop culture.