G-Unit leader 50 Cent recently spoke on the motivation behind his new LP-based War Angel mixtape and explained why rappers should return to hardcore hip-hop.
Fif said critics of his rhymes in the past forced him to tone down his lyrics.
“This one was exciting for me,” Fif said about his mixtape. “I have [writing] spurts. Like when I did [the original version of] The Massacre. I recorded the album in three days. It was like this [with War Angel]: two-verse songs. No third verse is on these records…It’s a cycle, creatively…It was a lot of soft music, a lot of lighthearted music, then DMX came out. Then it was like, ‘That’s what I’m talking about.’ ‘Get at Me Dog,’ it was that material that had that energy around it, then it got all lighthearted and soft all over again. Then there was 50 Cent, and that went on for five years.” (MTV)
50 recently spoke on his lack of motivation in today’s hip-hop climate.
“What I fell in love with and inspired me to get into hip-hop is dwindling away,” he explained in an interview. “I’d like to be a representation of that, because there isn’t much of that left. I think people are so conscious of the numbers they’re not being creative anymore.” (Billboard)
Fif’s new mixtape reportedly takes aim at a specific rap target.
“Somebody’s always gotta be buried,” Whoo Kid told radio personality Jenny Boom Boom referring to the mixtape’s ‘Prepare For Total Destruction’ cover warning. “I’m just gonna let everybody get ready. What you do is figure out who’s still relevant, who’s still rapping…It’s definitely not Eminem, but have your fans call up and think who we should bury. It’s kinda obvious. The fans know. Don’t spoil it for all the people out there, I mean, but you know Lil Wayne always cops a plea. He has his daddy, always calls up and talks for him states that Lil Wayne doesn’t have time for beef he’s more worried about money and pills and rock music. He’s not really worried about beef and stuff like that. And the chick that handles his weave, you know, he’s worried about his hair right now. Shout-out to the police officer, Rick Ross.” (Jenny Boom Boom TV)
Slim Thug also recently said the rap game has changed within the past few years.
“I’m really just out there like not giving a f*ck.,” Slim explained in an interview. “So it’s gonna be hard for me to find a decent single that could actually go on the radio. Sh*t like Jay-Z‘s “D.O.A” sh*t, I feel him on that. N*ggas is too soft right now. It’s all about the girls. It ain’t used to be like that. It used to be about everything else, the streets. And that’s what it’s about with me. I’m just trying to keep that sh*t alive.” (Vibe)
Check out a snippet of Fif’s interview below: