G-Unit head 50 Cent recently talked about his relevance in the music biz and, notably, how Jay Z appeared to fade to black during his hot run in the mid-2000’s.
In Fif’s perspective, Jigga Man fell back while he stole the hip-hop shine dating back to 2003.
“Where was Jay Z from 2003 to 2006? I sold 23 million records from 2003 to 2006. He stopped making music. He said ‘I quit. We’ll get back to what we got later. I quit. Timeout. I’ll come back to play later.’ When he signed that Beyoncé contract he was like ‘men lie, women lie, numbers don’t.'” (Sirius XM Town Hall Q&A)
Coincidentally, Fif downplayed any potential Jay feud ever going down back in 2012.
“That won’t happen, that won’t happen,” Fif told DJ Whoo Kid when informed fans wanted him to verbally go back-and-forth with Jay-Z. “We’ve had many opportunities for that. There’s been a subliminal line here and there from Jay. [laughs] [To the fans,] thanks for making this another great year for me, another successful year. To everybody, you know what I’m saying, you can follow me on Twitter, @50Cent. I’m running around.” (Shade 45)
Recently, music producer Rico Love spoke out on 50’s mogul status.
“I just a record with 50,” Rico revealed in an interview. “He sent me a record to do a hook for and I did it recently but we never went into the studio together to work and obviously I called Joe and got his blessing. Joe is my friend. Joe is my real friend, my brother, my family, so before I did anything I called him and I think even 50 would respect that. I called him and he was like, ‘Nah, it’s love. It ain’t no problem with Fif. Do your thing.’ … It’s a party record. … 50’s one of those guys you can’t discredit. You can’t count him out. He’s done so much to affect pop culture in a way that you can’t deny. To discredit that in any way, you’re doing yourself a disservice and disrespecting the business you’re in.” (“Mikey T The Movie Star”)
Music executive Steve Stoute shared some dicey words on 50 Cent’s career a few weeks ago.
“Are you going to have 50 Cent up here soon? You got to. He got out of his record deal,” Stoute added. “He’s not [in my top five influential rapper list]. He hasn’t had a hit in a really long time. He has not made anything musically that’s changed anything in a very long time. I feel like he’s always gearing up for something that never happens. Hopefully, now that he’s independent, and there’s no record company to blame, his aggressive content, [laughs], can get onto the air. I don’t know. I think he’s trying to get back.” (“The Angie Martinez Show”)