G-Unit head 50 Cent may have ruffled some feathers after commenting on Lil Boosie‘s return from serving a hefty jail bid and playfully taking some shots at rap foe Shyne.
When asked about working with Boosie, Fif could not help but reference how jail can change artists’ style like the former Bad Boy Records star.
“I’d like to get something going with him. I don’t know what was going on with that situation, all I know is at the time I wanted to work with him. That shouldn’t be any different now, right? Yeah, ain’t no different. I just want to see where he’s at because that experience can change the artist dramatically. Look at what it did to Shyne. Shyne was a little bit different [laughs]. Just a little bit. Wow! What the f*ck they gave him? He came back Jewish. He didn’t know what was going on. He still got that check out of Def Jam. (VIBE)
Despite his respect for 50’s Street King movement to end world hunger, Shyne could not get past the rapper’s reliance on police a couple years ago.
“But when it comes to the tough guy and hardcore rapping, you can’t do that. When I met him he was writing raps for Diddy on Forever. This was after [Irv] Gotti and them poked him up in the Hit Factory and he ran to the cops and got a order of protection,” Shyne said in an interview. “He was walking around with a group of police, NYPD was holding him down. I swear to God he was in Daddy’s House in the lounge and he had security. He hadn’t sold one record. He hadn’t even put an album out.” (All Hip Hop)
In 2011, the Brooklyn rapper delved into where their problems stemmed from.
“I don’t talk to kids, my life is too serious for that,” Shyne told radio host Funkmaster Flex. “I’m minding my business, man, I’m tyring to make this music, you dig? When I was out, I was selling records and he wasn’t out yet,” Shyne explained. “When I went in the can–as far as I know–he was talking about, ‘I’ma shoot up the club like Shyne,’ and he was throwing it up. He knew what it was hitting for. I’m unquestionable in the streets. He was trying to get me to sign to G-Unit, and I wasn’t finna that. I wasn’t finna sign to Murder Inc., I wasn’t finna sign to Death Row neither. I was on my Gang Land thing. He just took that the wrong way and started talking reckless.” (Hot 97)
As a prank, 50 phoned in to Shyne’s Def Jam conference call and questioned him for dropping multiple diss tracks aimed at the Unit in summer 2010.
“I’d like to speak with Shyne,” Fif said while recording the session from an office desk. “My name is Sean, I’m right out on Radio One. I called right after Tim Westwood. I’d like to speak with Shyne. Yeah my question, is this Shyne? What’s up, man. Everything’s good. I was just wondering what is your real issue with 50? … The 50 sh*t with Shyne, I think that sh*t is a hoax! I think it’s the way you try to gain attention in some ways because the n*gga ain’t been f*cking with you for 15 years. You’ve been gone for 10 years so you couldn’t have had no issues. Shut up n*gga! Shut up n*gga! Shut up, you’re on a f*cking island! You can’t go to war from a f*cking island! Shut the f*ck up! Shut up! F*ck Shyne! F*ck Def Jam! F*ck everybody! I don’t care you went to jail! I hope you got raped by a pack of n*ggas!” (This Is 50)