50 Cent hits up Hot 97 and discusses "Control," his current relationship with Nas, and more.
Fif praised K. Dot's verse, as many have already, saying it's good to see the competitive spirit in rap.Â
"When you listen to what heâs saying, on the record heâs sayingâ¦..itâs a breath of fresh air for me because itâs saying thereâs no more 'kumbaya my lord.' Everybodyâs not sitting by the campfire being friends. The competitive energy, thatâs necessary for hip-hop thatâs what it is. Our culture is competitive," 50 said.
"That was the line necessary to make everybody stop," Fif saidÂ onÂ Kendrick's specific line where he calls himself the King of New York. 50 also said he didn't contemplate responding.Â
50 Cent, who has had his ups and downs with Nas in the past, said when he ran into the fellow New York rapper recently in SoHo and he took care of his bill, "I'm a big dealer, Flex," Fif said. Although he may now be cool with Nas, he says he still doesn't like Nas' former manager, Steve Stoute. "Stoute would help him make a lot of decision, that's why I don't like Steve Stoute, I still don't like him. He got these ways with him that's like...I guess it's acceptable for business, but it's not acceptable for people.." Fif tried to explain.
During the 40-minute conversation 50 also spoke on his former G-Unit partners, and how they haven't exactly followed his "blueprint."
He says when talking about Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo that maybe there is something lacking in their character. "In general as people I think that thereâs something missing. Something within my characterâs thatâs not in their character because I almost, I have toâ¦do it. Financially I donât have to, but I have to because itâs just within me, I got to be a part of it, I got to be working, I got to have something going on, something that Iâm doing. They have the opportunities to make transitions that a lot of artists donât because they can be behind the scenes without anyone paying attention to them."
Listen to the full audio of the interview in two parts below.