G-Unit head 50 Cent recently offered some clarity behind his new “Hold On” track and revealed what iconic hip-hop duo ultimately inspired the track’s vibe.
According to Fif, former Def Jam crew EPMD are largely responsible for inspiring his Animal Ambition single.
“I wrote it, and at the time, I’ll be honest I was listening to ‘You Gots To Chill’ [by] EPMD,” he said of the lead single off of his upcoming Animal Ambition LP, due out June 3. “I was looking for something to match the tempo and energy that was there, because these are the things that I fell in love with when I was actually falling in love with hip-hop,” 50 explained. “I’m looking for something to mirror that because it’s far away from what is actually going on right now in the culture.” (MTV)
Recently, jailed music executive Jimmy Henchman‘s son James Rosemond Jr. issued a statement to address Fif referencing the now-infamous incident involving him being attacked by a G-Unit affiliate seven years ago on “Hold On.”
“First and foremost, when is it cool for four grown men in their 30’s to surround and hit a 14 year-old middle school kid? The incident in 2007 was a bad situation I didn’t deserve, and seven years later it’s now being made fun of in a record? What real gangster condones grown men assaulting a minor or a young man who has no involvement in the beef? Plus, these guys have kids of their own, and they should know better!” (AHH)
The music executive’s son also questioned Fif’s integrity for going after a defenseless foe.
“Secondly, who gets credit for trying to diss a man who is currently down and in no position to defend himself at this moment? It’s so easy to try to kick a man when he is down. What “real” street person applauds when a person is fighting against the same corrupt and prejudice system that has incarcerated a lot of black men? I guess that’s how some “gangster rappers” build their credibility.” (AHH)
On Fif’s “Hold On,” he takes a few shots at Henchman and his son.
“Sometimes it’s hard as h*ll not to touch stuff,” Fif raps. “On the phone I heard Yayo smacked the sh*t outta kid/Now Jimmy got life, go smack him again/When it’s war, it’ll be war until the bitter end/If they ever say we lose, I’ll start it again/That sneaky n*gga sprayed that semi at your mama crib/With a silencer, we couldn’t even hear the sh*t” (“Hold On”)
Check out “Hold On”: