50 Cent: Shut Me Up...I Dare You!
Even though Curtis takes it in stride, the constant questions irk him as he ponders why should anyone compare him to anyone else. His sales from Get Rich Or Die Tryin and The Massacre easily conquer his opponents. And after acquiring chips du jour from Glacau and keeping his name in everyones radar with dropping arguably another classic with "I Get Money". HipHopDX.com had the luxury of sitting down with 50 Cent as Curtis speaks on Curtis, vents his frustration and confusion with Young Buck and dispels rumors about a relationship between him and Ciara
HHDX: A lot has changed since the albums original release date in June. After all the hype surrounded by the album are you happy with the end result of the product?
50 Cent: Yeah, absolutely. Im happy with it. When I initially started, I was happy with the project. But what I have right now, I think that it will impact the public right now. I make my music for everyone, but at the same time, when Im in the studio thats whats exciting for me. I make it for the general public. I got songs for me that I made and I enjoy it, but Ill never put them out. Conceptually, theyre a little bit too much for others to ever accept from 50 Cent. You have some artists who simplify their sound; they have a good time with the music and enjoy what theyre doing. Look at how music is now its nothing to really think about. You hear the song once and youll know the hook. From Ay Bay Bay to Straight to the Bank, its about the hook. Im coming down off of what I would do initially when I would make these songs up, which is already having the chorus built into the song. Everyone knows that Im a chorus driven artist, but Im really trying to make an effort to showcase the skills.
HHDX: The streets are really buzzing about that I Get Money track how did the track come about?
50 Cent: Thats one where the chorus came already built in. The guy who produced it [Scott Boogie] had never sold a beat before. So, it was a monster track. I got records from Timbaland, Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Will.I.Am and Swizz Beatz just to name a few. I had done five records with Swizz, but theyll end up on the next G-Unit album. At the same time, Im being aware of what the public is wanting. The single makes me feel like how "In Da Club" was at the beginning of my career. I think that its one of those songs thatll have longevity to it. There are other big records that came out in the last two years while I was gone, but it took awhile for them to grow in the public eye. Jim Jones had "Ballin" ("We Fly High") and that was out for a year. You had that Rich Boy song "Throw Some Ds On It" and that was out for nine months. It takes a long time for others to hear it and get it to where it needs to be.
HHDX: Theres a rumor that youre planning on dropping two albums in 2008, in hopes of getting off of Interscope. Is that true?
50 Cent: As everyone knows, I have a five album deal. Curtis is album number three. I started recording Before I Self Destruct, I have completed about twelve songs. Then there is a Greatest Hits clause in the contract that I can use as my last album requirement with Shady/Aftermath/Interscope. Thats the plan for the next few albums, after that, thatll be the end of my contract. The plan for it afterwards is to do what any and everyone else would do renegotiate. If it works out for the best, youll see me there. If not, then Ill move on
HHDX: In the last few months, youve really enforced your business muscle with G-Unit on a corporate level. With the changes made with the artists being dropped and all that do you see G-Units stock rising after Curtiss release?
50 Cent: Man, absolutely G-Unit is so closely associated with 50. When I have the peoples ear, they have it, as well. Its like people will say, 50s back G-Units back! And its all based on a record! The hip-hop fan and public are a fickle bunch. We, as artists, have to hold ourselves to a higher consistency. I mean, you have cats like Dre, but he is so talented, hell have a hundred beats made in a week. Whats ill is if you dont know which beat you sound right on, youll write to the wrong Dre beat.
HHDX: Hows Detox coming?
50 Cent: Hes working on it. Ive recorded two songs for him. Hes such a perfectionist. But sometimes that can be a bad thing. You create new pressure when you wait that long. When you put a new album against the last two classics, people will scrutinize it if they become impatient. It happened with this album for me. Theyd compare it to the last two by saying that its better than the Massacre, but theyre not sure if its better than Get Rich Or Die Tryin. The impression is so deep. This is why Jay-Zs albums get compared to Reasonable Doubt.
HHDX: A while back, Young Buck was quoted at Starpulse.com saying that the beef between you and The Game needed to end. Do you think that that could be possible?
50 Cent: Buck has his moments, but you have to know that he gets high! He fuckin says shit that cant be fixed. If I never worked with him [Game], there wouldnt be a beef. If I didnt like him early on in the career, I wouldnt have had to do so much for him to create what he had. I came on as part of a business decision. I came up with six songs for his album; three of them were his singles! He [Game] wants to be 50 Cent; in his head, he wants to be me! He wants to do what I did to Ja Rule. But for me, its all business If the people out there like 50 Cent, then buy Games album, so I can make more money [laughs]!
HHDX: There are those who still think that you and Buck are not seeing eye to eye. Could you clarify on whats going on between yall two?
50 Cent: I see eye to eye with him. Hes like my younger brother. He does shit that doesnt make any sense to me, but it is okay. It doesnt change my relationship with him. Even in your head, I think that youre an idiot if you walk around with the intention of trouble. Youve seen him handle trouble when it gets there, though. I dont want that either. But when a person displays as much disrespect as he does, its hard to continue to conduct business. If you look at it, his opportunity is thanks to me! Dre was going to drop him at the time. I dont know why someone would be so disrespectful. Ill tell anyone that they got to function on their own. They should write their own albums and do their own thing. When they need assistance, Ill be there. Theyre all credible artists, man. Theyre the better rappers in my head. If people dont point to G-Unit and say that creatively these guys deliver, then something is wrong. Its not like I got to help them with their verses. They do it in the same spot that Im doing mines. So, I treat them as credible artists.
HHDX: But he wasnt in the I Get Money video
50 Cent: They all have their separate careers, but Buck, at that time, was on tour in Canada. I was lucky to get the rest of them to show up. Nothing in G-Unit splits up unless I say that Im not fuckin with them. After that, then they can split up. Other than that, nobody is going anywhere. They are contractually bound to a company. If they say otherwise, theyre going crazy I still own the project. The buying public didnt know who these people were until I introduced them
HHDX: Speaking of I Get Money Jim Jones had said that he wouldnt mind working with you in the future. Is there anything in the works with that?
50 Cent: Im not sure if Im going to do it, yet. Jim Jones is one of the smarter guys out of the Diplomats crew. Hes just focusing on business opposed to beef. Cam jumped out the window. So, right now, Jims generating the interest thats keeping that crew alive. But like everyone else, hes going to be faced with doing it again. If he does, hell be cold as ice. As far as for the other guy, Camron, hes a lucky guy
50 Cent: Because Im talking about him. The fact that he said something on the air, that aint beef, son! If it had some substance for it to turn into something, it wouldve already been like that. It wouldve been on some street shit. I said it in an actual interview that he thinks that he could fuck with me. He was making comparisons about Jims sales versus Lloyd Banks but its 50 Cent and Camron on the phone [laughs]. I sold 8 million records, B! Dont talk to me about them dudes while its you and me talking on the air! What Ive done to the general public, outside of Tupac, is become a believable individual. Ive given them a more vivid description of my lifestyle than a lot of cats in the game. I felt like that with Tupac. Thats the only comparison. I dont got any Thug Life comparisons. We werent similar in that regards. But people understand what Im talking about. When I go on TV, radio, anywhere the ratings go up.
HHDX: With rap music and the industry both musically and business-wise not up to par, you and Kanye have albums that are anticipated, yet are dropping on the same day. How do you think that this affect the culture and the business of hip-hop as a whole?
50 Cent: I think that its good for hip-hop music, period. Kanye is a great producer. So, were going to see whats going to happen. I actually went to see him while I was making this album to see if he had something thatd change my perception of my own project. Weve worked together on this album. The ill part of it is where I dont like it where they try to make it seem like a competition. I dont think itd affect sales, but itd be the marketing that gets affected. The idea of making him my competition doesnt make sense because Ive sold three times the amount of what hes sold. That means any rapper can come out and say that theyre competing with me. Whats going to happen afterwards? You know what?
HHDX: Whats that?
50 Cent: I just came up with an idea, man Lets see who gets trophies for having the best record. My first album sold 872,000 and then 822,000 the next week! Usually, there is a 40-50% decrease in an albums sales. Mines had a 70% increase. Check this out, when the second album came out, I sold 1.14 in four days! I accomplished a feat of bringing back my core base of fans and increasing upon that market. As we go into this third record, "I Get Money" is growing. I dont know if itll be peaking at the time the album drops, but I also have the joint with Justin Timberlake. What people dont realize is that were in the business of selling music, but its also about creating public interest. If the record doesnt sell at all, if I sold 200,000 copies, then you can say that my run is over
HHDX: Fifty, I just wanted to know howd you manage to get Ciara to forget about Lil Bow Wow?
50 Cent: [Laughs] Youre a nut, man! They came at me about doing the song and I heard the joint. It was before her album came out and I was thinking that shes the future of R&B. People love Beyonc, but look at how long shes been around! I think that shes dope, though. But Im about the future of the business and her [Ciara] and Chris Brown are just that. Theyre going to be the best things out in a lil bit. But as far as what people think between me and her, man [laughs], the video did that.