G-Unit head 50 Cent recently gave his take on hip-hop culture and, specifically, why artists should be truthful with their raps.
In Fif’s perspective, authenticity is key to winning in the rap game and fake portrayals could ultimately cost an artist in the long run.
“I just don’t like when you’re fronting. I don’t like when you’re writing about something that’s not you. That’s not really, that’s not creative to me. It’s not what hip-hop is. I think whatever your experiences are, the rough spots that you hit, if you didn’t have a rought spot, then write the good stuff,” Fif explained in an interview. “There’s always a place for it. There’s a time within my playlist for it. I just don’t like when someone’s portraying a lifestyle or writing something that they don’t actually live. … Let’s say a person does believe you, the things that you’re saying and he comes to hang out with you because he thinks you’re cool. But because he’s actually from that lifestyle, [police sirens], when your a** gets pulled over with the gun in the car, how you gonna explain this to your mama? … You see it. The shots go off, bop, bop, bop, bop, Rick Ross be like, ‘I don’t want to live this life.’ You see it.” (Hard Knock TV)
Earlier this year, 50 accused music rival Rick Ross of faking his near-death January shooting.
“Nah they shot in the air then he drove into a building”@TauThabiso:@50cent Fif officer Ricky got shot?”,” Fif tweeted January 29th.
“Man they miss the whole f#cking car were they do that at ?SMSaudio”
“ok it was just firecrackers but who ever lit them in trouble cause the man damn near had a heart attack #SMSAudio” (50 Cent’s Twitter)
Curtis Jackson also accused the “Boss” of using him as a ploy to heighten up his rap image a couple years ago.
50 said he believes Ross started the feud to raise his own rap profile: “He says it started because I looked at him the wrong way,” Fif recalled of an incident on the red carpet for the 2009 BET Awards. “That just means he wanted to compete, he wanted to move up, he wanted to create an awareness for himself, and he did it.” While the two did trade insults, specifically on Rozay’s “Mafia Music” and Fif’s “Officer Ricky,” the G-Unit general said he didn’t take the barbs personally, and in his mind, the two had a battle — not a beef. “This is why they changed the terminology from ‘battling’ to ‘beefing.’ It was always that battling was a part of the culture; they didn’t do that until Tupac and Biggie Smalls’ situation,” he said. “That’s when it became taboo to actually mention an artist’s name.” (MTV)
Despite active tension on both sides, Ross’ protégé Meek Mill recently said he hoped they could call a truce.
“Eh, you know, what they got going on, they grown men, it’s been going on for a long time,” Meek said in an interview referring to the rift between Ross and 50. “If I could, I would. I knew 50 before I even got signed with Ross. So, you know, when I signed with Ross, I couldn’t just act like I didn’t like 50 at all, that’d a be fake of me, so, if I could, I would. I don’t like seeing nobody I know go through anything. I don’t want to be in the middle one day and you got to choose sides or anything like that.” (“Sway In The Morning”)
Check out 50 Cent’s interview: