Love him or hate him, 50 Cent is the type of artist who always speaks his mind. Whether it’s on record or social media, you can count on the Queens native to speak his truth. It’s part of Fif’s charm and what helped elevate him from one of the top-selling rappers of all time to a Hollywood titan—both behind the scenes and in front of the camera.
50’s latest film, Den of Thieves, which is in theaters now, finds him playing an LA bank robber alongside Gerard Butler, O’Shea Jackson, Jr. and Pablo Schreiber. Earning a respectable $15.3 million at the box office in its opening weekend, it’s another bragging right on his growing acting resume. While on a promo run for the film, we caught up with 50 to talk about the project, as well as his thoughts on Eminem and Jay Z’s new records, his feelings on the current state of hip-hop, and rappers like Lil Pump. As expected, the outspoken mogul held nothing back. Here’s 50 unfiltered with Complex magazine:
Are you encouraged by the fact that the older guard like Jay Z and Eminem can still sell records?
I liked Jay’s record. It was smart, it had maturity, and it matches what’s going on his life but it’s not necessarily where the art form is. This is why you don’t hear people driving and listening to it in their cars. All you hear is Lil Pump and “Gucci Gang, Gucci Gang, Gucci Gang.”
What are your thoughts on Lil Pump?
All that shit is fun. If it’s not complex or difficult to make, why not make music that people will enjoy? People like to say things like, “This is my most personal album,” well, then keep it in your iPod! Keep it in your cell phone for yourself. Make music that everyone’s going to appreciate. I listened to Em’s project. I really like some of the choices but that Beyoncé song—I just wished they’d put some drums on it.
Can you text him and tell him to do put drums on it?
I should just do that and be like, “Yo, Em! You forgot the drums!” But I like the idea of that song. I like what it’s about.
Publicist: I’m so sorry but I need to grab 50.
Hey, Dan, you know who my favorite artist is right? Eminem. He’s a little older but he’s still the GOAT.
Interview via Complex Magazine.