Following remarks Hip Hop executive Steve Stoute made in regards to 50 Cent during an appearance on Hot 97 last month, Stoute was confronted by the Jamaica, Queens lyricist during a New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden weeks ago.
When asked to reveal what was said during the confrontation during an interview with Complex, Fifty remained silent on the matter, but did question why he’s being labeled a bully when he says Stoute was the one who attacked him.
“They call me the bully. I’m responding to them,” he said. “To something that he said. Do we say ‘good for him’ if I smack fire out of him in front of everybody at Madison Square Garden…Does anyone say ‘good for him?’ Or do they go ‘Oh man, why 50 do that? He bullied him. You saw how he did that’…I don’t understand how you’re the bully for responding to someone else attacking you.”
Prior to addressing the bully label, 50 Cent offered a warning to “The Tanning Of America” author and also criticized the media for not choosing to question Stoute about the confrontation at Madison Square Garden.
“He’s getting into shallow waters,” 50 Cent said. “Like he’s getting closer to actually getting his ass whooped. You feel what I’m saying to you? Once you start saying things and then I actually feel like I have to come to you. I don’t know where—Whose fault is it later? If the journalist pushes and pulls and pushes and pulls. And then asks the question that forces the artist into saying things that—You didn’t force me to say. Never, you never forced me to say. He said it himself…But it sets him up. It sets him up because it provides the opportunity for him to go down that actual lane. And some of them are not smart enough not to.”
The February 28 confrontation between Stoute and 50 Cent came days after Stoute stated that the G-Unit rapper had not released a hit “in a really long time,” and also questioned the delay surrounding a new album from 50.
“He hasn’t had a hit in a really long time,” Stoute said. “I mean, he has not made anything musically that’s changed anything in a very long time. And I feel like he’s always like gearing up for something that never happens…And without having any music that’s meaningful over the last—probably the last great song he’s made was ‘I Get Money’…Kanye’s put out three albums, four albums since then.”