G-Unit leader 50 Cent recently questioned Diddy‘s artistry and said his musical contributions are not good for hip-hop.
50 said Diddy does not carry the same characteristics of an authentic emcee because he uses ghostwriters.
“You know what’s interesting, he’s not an artist,” 50 said in an interview with Nancy B. “An artist would be somebody that actually wrote something, maybe on the record or because we have R&B artists that don’t actually write music, maybe it’s unfair because of the pressures people put on me. Imagine if I just sat around and listened to people’s CDs and say I’m just gonna say the first verse I hear that sounds good. That would completely take away the pressure and I would still be the artist in front of you with a new song every two minutes because every artist that has a song that would like to make some money off it would send it. It doesn’t make you special. When you actually do what I thought was a part of hip-hop and made the culture exciting to me, which was each person’s original experience and how you learn to enjoy them as an individual and their portion of their life. So when that’s not there because they’re being an executive, saying you don’t write rhymes you write checks, that’s not hot. For hip-hop, that’s not hot. Maybe for another genre it’ll work, R&B or something else because they’re made, these people are all made and when companies decide they’re gone, they’re gone. Immediately, because they couldn’t even figure out what to do without a team of people figuring it out for them.” (WZMX Hot)
Earlier this month, Fif clowned Puff’s upcoming Last Train to Paris album.
“His music sucks,” 50 said in an interview. “It’s bad. He’s not an artist anyway, so it doesn’t really matter. When you think about it, is he a rapper? Because he says he doesn’t write rhymes, he writes checks. Like the same things that I would say are wrong with a Rick Ross project, it’s not authenticity to what he’s doing. Now he’s a singer? I think that’s Kanye West‘s part. Kanye’s an artist, if he’s making those artistic choices — it’s different. Puff is just buying a record and singing. Nobody’s buying [Last Train to Paris.] He even said it himself that he doesn’t expect it to sell, he doesn’t care about the sales, he’s just using it as a promotional tool and standing next to these fools is a promotional tool too. Why does Rick Ross remind him of Biggie? Any Biggie fan objects to that. So how can he say that?” (Jam N 94.5)
He also said the rap mogul’s upcoming project was not a good look for hip-hop.
“It’s the truth. It’s bad, so he’s gotta try and stay next to something else that has some momentum for him to be all right — from a business perspective, it seems like a cool move but not a cool move for hip-hop.” (Power 98)
In 2006, 50 dissed Puff on his G-Unit Radio Part 22 mixtape song called “Hip-Hop”
“Who shot Biggie Smalls/If we don’t get them they’re gonna kill us all/Man, Puffy know who hit that ni**a, man, that n***a saw him/He’s scared ‘dem boys from the West Side will break him off, jump on his a**,so he run to Harlem to shake ‘em off.” (“Hip-Hop”)
Both emcees later called a truce and performed on the “I Get Money” remix in 2007.
Check out 50 Cent speaking on Diddy below: