Exclusive: 50 Cent Says He's Not Your Average Rapper: "These Are Things I'm Listening To"
Friday, Dec 7, 2012 3:45PM
With his "My Life" anthem continuing to gain a global buzz, G-Unit's 50 Cent gave SOHH the inside scoop on how much emphasis he put into penning the new Street King Immortal single.
Fif recalling surprising "My Life" producer S1 with his excitement over the record's instrumental.
"He'll tell you, because I was sitting there like, 'This is stupid! Do you know what this is?' And he's like, 'That means it's good, right?' [laughs] You know how you can go in and make a record and he's just doing what he do but he doesn't know how an artist is going to hear it," Fif told SOHH about hearing the "My Life" beat. "I'm hearing those elements, you see how I describe it with the traditional break beats and the loop. These are things that I'm listening to." (SOHH)
The G-Unit head also spoke on hip-hop's knack for sampling all music genres.
People hear these records and they're like, 'Oh, this reminds me of 'this' song.' But I remember the actual break beats that it came from. I'll go back futher in music to see where a sound stems from. Even on Sirius Radio, there's a point where they'll play the sample and then the actual song. I think that's cool because in hip-hop culture, we take samples from all genres of music and that's why hip-hop culture has become pop culture 'ish. It's taking all of those elements and putting it into gumbo." (SOHH)
Last week, S1 talked to SOHH about having the opportunity to contribute to Fif's LP.
"It's pretty crazy. Me and my wife, we've been talking about it for the last few days. 50 got the record back in 2010 and when I met with him, he basically spit the verse and said he has the concept, 'It's going to be like this, talking about my life.' He spit his two verses to his rhymes to me while the beat was playing in his office and he was excited about it. He was like, 'This is going to be big.' To be at this point and just thinking about the conversation me and Fif had at his office with him just spitting his rhymes, seeing it all come into fruition like this, this is crazy. That little thing that was playing two and a half years, it's sprouted. It's just amazing." (SOHH)
In late November, Curtis Jackson called "My Life" one of his biggest anthems to date.
"The choppers spot light in the my life video is a metaphor for fame. You can run but you can't hide from it. SMSaudio," Fif tweeted November 29th.
"MY LIFE is one of the biggest songs I'v ever wrote. I'm not back, I'm better thank for making me work harder.SMSaudio" (50 Cent's Twitter)
Check out "My Life":