G-Unit leader 50 Cent recently pointed out how artists like Lil Wayne and Jay-Z have been borrowing their looks from other icons.
Fif also gave props to pop star Lady Gaga for her originality.
“Yeah, I would like to work with her. It’d be cool,” 50 said referring to Gaga. “I think she’s fresh. I haven’t seen that before. What she’s doing now is new, with all the crazy dress codes and all that stuff…A lot of things in music/entertainment are recycled. It’s gonna sound like a diss, but it’s no disrespect that you would see Lil Wayne wear a little black vest and that hat. I saw Cyndi Lauper wearing that; it was [just] on a different artist. And even the glasses that Jay-Z had on, that is Frank Sinatra. These are all iconic pieces coming back.” (Rap-Up)
Recently, T.I. shared his admiration for the fashionable Lady Gaga.
“Phenomenal talent. Extremely proud [to work with her],” Tip said about Gaga. “She’s definitely that good. She knows what she’s doing. She knows exactly what she wants people to think and say. She does everything that she needs to be done to ensure it happens…We gonna go back in and record some more songs…But the one we have right now is entitled ‘Lick It.’ I think we both have a tendency to shock the world in a lot of different ways.” (MTV)
Female rapper M.I.A. has also compared Jay’s image to the late Frank Sinatra.
“Jay became the biggest representation of rap music who’s still alive, started dating Beyoncé–everything was so much bigger and better with Jay-Z. I hope people don’t think that that wins. The fact that Nas didn’t become all this sort of stuff changes people’s perception about the music and the work he achieved in his lifetime. I don’t wanna say Jay-Z sold out, but I just feel like we have to wait another 10 years to see what happens. Jay-Z’s ambition was to become like Frank Sinatra, a household name all over the planet, and own a casino in Vegas and stuff like that. And I think Nas was really sticking to knowledge. I still think the biggest point about hip-hop is in there somewhere, what happens to those two artists.” (Complex)
Coincidentally, Jay’s “Empire State of Mind” knocked off Sinatra’s “New York, New York” as the new theme song at the annual Belmont Stakes horse racing event in New York.
Guess Jay-Z wasn’t just talking smack when he boasts in the rap portion of “Empire State of Mind” that he’s “the new Frank Sinatra.” A racing official said the new anthem for the Big Apple is the “quintessential 21st century theme song for New York City.” Sinatra’s song itself bumped “Sidewalks of New York” back in 1997. (WFIE News)
Check out a recent 50 Cent interview below: