Although he’s signed to and has collaborated with lyrical boss Kanye West, G.O.O.D. Music’s Pusha T has revealed that his favorite hip-hop artist is G-Unit‘s platinum-selling rapper 50 Cent.
Referencing their “Raid” collaboration, Pusha expressed his respect for 50.
“I called Pharrell and said, “Yo, if you go back in with him and you make about seven more of those type of tracks you’re going to be responsible for something that’s monumental.” People don’t know that 50 Cent is like my favorite. Lyrically he’s not my favorite artist, but as a whole he’s my favorite artist. No one has done what he’s done in such a short time. What I always wanted 50 Cent to do was to get with all top-tier super-producers — Just Blaze, Kanye West, Pharrell, Chad Hugo, put out an album like that.” (Sneeze Magazine)
Recently, Mobb Deep’s Prodigy named 50 in his SOHH Top 5 Dead or Alive.
“I would have to say 50 Cent. Son is real nice with his sh*t. When it comes to 50, he just says some sh*t that I can really relate to. I can really relate to his sh*t. He almost reminds me of myself, how we rhyme. Crazy sh*t. You listen to him and say, “D*mn, he just said some sh*t.” I can relate to that. Sh*t from the hood and what goes on. That’s my type of sh*t. It’s real sh*t and he’s not playing. He means that sh*t.” (SOHH Top 5 Dead Or Alive)
In 2009, Kanye West addressed 50 previously taking shots at him and admitted he was his favorite rapper.
“Just as a real human being, I can’t say that it doesn’t affect me,” Ye said. “He was my favorite rapper since Mase when he dropped, and when I used to be around him, he was one of the few people that I was like really fan of — I’m not here to beef with anybody. I’m trying to bring people together. I realize that my success and my mouth and everything rub people the wrong way every now and then, but I’m not finna have beef with anybody. I really walk around by myself. Like, I don’t wear jewelry. Like all these people are like he’s so arrogant, blah, blah, blah. I’m not arrogant, I’m just truthful.” (Bossip)
Outside of 50 talk, Pusha T recently discussed being one of the few hip-hop faces of Virginia.
“In all honesty, we’ve come a long way in my city. And when I say my city, I really mean that,” Pusha said in an interview referring to Virginia Beach. “Out here, we’ve come a long way musically to be accepted by the bigger cities, the bigger Hip Hop hubs, so I’m not gonna get into anything that’s gonna be an embarrassment to my city. Everybody knows, as far as this whole Virginia thing goes, I rep this to the fullest. I’ve been doing it out here for a long, long time. I’ve been holding this place down everywhere I go. When they ask for the face of “VA,” there’s a few names that they’re gonna bring up. And mine is definitely one of them.” (Hip Hop DX)
Check out a recent Pusha T interview below: