Southern rapper Soulja Boy Tell Em recently opened up about his admiration for 50 Cent and how the G-Unit leader is one of the few seasoned emcees who helped guide his career.
According to Soulja Boy, 50 hopes to arm him with proper knowledge to prevent the Youtube phenom from destroying his career at a young age.
“To have 50 have my back, that’s definitely exciting, it’s an achievement,” Soulja said in an interview. “50 don’t mess with no rappers…When I came out, there [was] a lot of people that was hating on me [and] felt like I wasn’t real to the game — don’t hate the player, hate the game — 50 shed light on me and he came to my defense…He just wants me to do my thang — me being 20 years-old, he just always gives me advice and tips so I won’t make the same mistakes he made when he was young. Ain’t really no other older rapper did that, except for my homie Gucci [Mane]. But me and him being from Atlanta, being from the South, we got more in common than me and 50, so for 50 to come out and do that … that’s real big.” (MTV)
In their new XXL Magazine feature, Soulja Boy discussed the impact Fif has had on his career.
SB on his connection to 50 Cent: “Being Black, with money, from the hood, struggles, and coming from nothing to something, of course you’re going to share the common struggles. You going to have people hate. You going to have people that change on you, and all that. So of course, watching 50, and him going through what he did–if there wasn’t no 50 Cent, there would be no Soulja Boy. You know what I mean?” (XXL Mag)
50 also expressed his enthusiasm over the direction of Soulja Boy’s career within the feature.
“I’m more comfortable in a space where people are doubting me than when I’m the favorite. They doubted me before. Obviously, I was the only crazy person that believed in me at one point.” About his young counterpart, Fif says, “If I had the wish to be another artist, just for right now, it would be Soulja Boy.” (XXL Mag)
After Soulja Boy was recently accused of being a cocaine addict, 50 came to the young rapper’s defense.
“For Soulja Boy, this is a difficult time for him, he ain’t never been under the circumstances where a girl’s setting him up, he’s working his way through it,” 50 told radio personality Funkmaster Flex. “You know what’s ill, I actually spoke with him afterward. I was saying, ‘Don’t even talk about it, you see what kind of person you’re dealing with.’ When he didn’t say anything, a week later it came out there was no condom. Yeah, there was no condom. They went from that regular scenario that we saw to it being no condom. That’s not true, that’s what was ‘said.’ That’s what was said. That came out, that’s what was said. It went through Twitter like that. I was like, ‘Man, just don’t say nothing. They’re trying to thrive off of this. It’s gonna be new negative energy.'” (Hot 97)
Check out a recent Soulja Boy & 50 Cent interview below: