News: Lil Wayne Clones Keep Multiplying, Says 50 Cent [Video]
Monday, May 13, 2013 4:15PM
G-Unit head 50 Cent recently talked about the lack of originality from aspiring artists and, specifically, why Lil Wayne's sound is popping up on various demo tapes he's listening to.
According to Fif, he's running into various up-and-coming artists trying to make a name for themselves by using Weezy F. Baby's formula.
"I've heard demo tapes from ten different Lil Waynes that wasn't Lil Wayne. I'm like, 'D*mn, he's got that sh*t down packed. That sh*t just like Lil Wayne.' [laughs] And then it's tough, how do you say it's not good if what's working right now is that? So you go, 'It's good but it's hard for me to really embrace it because you ain't Lil Wayne. You want me to invest the money in a copy?' Nah man, that sh*t ain't gonna work." (Hard Knock TV)
A couple years ago, Fif likened the Young Money boss to himself.
"He's turning into 50 Cent," Fif said when asked about his thoughts on Weezy. "He's going through that process of being successful, 'til people go, "You know what? Get the f*ck outta here. We don't want you here no more." Because you're successful. ... For me, the music is an artistic choice. I'll say, from the very beginning, that I can care less about a critic or how someone judges me for the actual music. You see, people understand within hip-hop culture that I'm passionate about actually trying to do something different. I want to make a change in a different way. This is about me personally feeling like I wanna mean more after I'm dead, when I'm gone." (XXL Mag)
Known for keeping Wayne on his tongue, Curtis Jackson previously spoke on the rapper's selling ability.
When we mentioned Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV almost selling a million albums in the first week, 50 let us know immediately that he wasn't buying the numbers. "To be honest with you, the Lil Wayne sales are a little suspect to me. Because it was trending 600,000 pieces that week. And they didn't do a million copies, it was like 900,000." In regards to Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III, which sold a million copies in the first week back in 2008, 50 gives Lil Wayne his props: "Tha Carter III was definitely hot. He did that." 50 Cent goes on to say: "Tha Carter III commanded that energy, but the last one that just came out, those numbers are funny." (Global Grind)
Back in 2011, 50 talked about Weezy starting to fully embrace the skateboard culture.
"Yeah, yeah, but you know what's interesting, I was just in Las Vegas, I was performing with this thing with Mountain Dew -- I did write the Lil Wayne line on the actual ['Love, Hate, Love'] song but you know, when I got an issue, it's clarity in it," 50 told Angie Martinez. "I never, I don't really do subliminals. [Did I say his name on the song?] No, I didn't. I'm making references to his actions because I see, within hip-hop culture, I'm watching the artists attempting to be like the audience in order to gain the audience instead of just letting them come to us. That's even why the urban apparrel business is going away. They dress like the skateboarders. If you're wearing skinny jeans, that's 'their' culture. That is like clothes the skateboarders would wear. You see what I'm saying? [Maybe he likes to skateboard?] Yeah, I just don't know gangsters from New Orleans that skateboard. It's gonna get interesting. If you look at it, like, I ran into [rapper] Machine Gun Kelly in Las Vegas while I was out there and -- he's really like a part of that culture. I don't have a problem with Weezy." ("The Angie Martinez Show")
Check out 50 Cent's interview: