50 Cent was on fire in a recent AllHipHop.com interview recently, giving his verdict on the new generation of rappers, and opening up on the subject of former G-Unit crew member, Young Buck.
Fif explained that he remains ambivalent about the attitude of younger rappers towards him. He doesn’t sweat about whether or not he is considered successful or relevant. Mr Jackson simply cited his ten year run on the Forbes’s list of Wealthiest Hip Hop Artists as proof of his credentials. 50 ranked in at #5 for 2012’s list, just behind Diddy, Dr. Dre, and Jay-Z.
"I been on the Forbes list 10 years straight -- consecutively," he said. "When I came on the Forbes list this year, I'm like, 'Would you look at that? I'm still there.' I've been on a motherfuckin' lunch break -- I've been on vacation and I'm still there. Now I'm telling you I'm hustling in a different way and it's paying off. If you look at it, I ain't put an album out in three years, and I'm still in the list? Okay, let's see the other guys do that."
50 then turned to the subject of former G-Unit soldier, Young Buck, showing little pity for the Tennessee native’s financial difficulties.
"Where I’m from, we got a code of conduct that we follow: don’t bite the hand that feeds you," he said. "If somebody [wants] to make you a success and comfortable in every way, down to the point that I pay your taxes for you after you [mismanage your money]… and you still [act] disrespectful and say the kind of shit you saying? Niggas is lucky you don’t just kill ‘em. Niggas shot me for $5,000…[I] feel fuckin' sorry for somebody that has no opportunities; [I] don't feel sorry for the person who did something stupid."
- By Fiona Guest