50 Cent On His Collaborations With Eminem, Nas, and Dr. Dre

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By Andrew Fungai

50 Cent talks about returning to music, reuniting with Dr. Dre for his upcoming album, and collaborating with Eminem and Nas.

Dr.Dre {left} 50 Cent {middle} and Eminem.PHOTO/CREDIT

Fif wasn’t joking when he stated he’d return to music this year. Recently, the Power mogul has devoted more time and energy to television and coaching aspiring rappers. The 20th anniversary of his breakthrough album, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’, and recent RIAA certifications, on the other hand, placed a battery in his back. He announced earlier this year that he would return to music and bring some fire.

He said he plans to return to music after his international tour dates in 2022.

“I recently traveled to 45 countries, and every single show was sold out. That inspired me to provide fresh music that I could now include in everything,” he remarked. Additionally, Fif will embark on his first tour in 13 years later this year. Between the multiple television projects and the expected album, Fif will have a busy year.


The head of television spoke candidly about his collaboration with Dr. Dre, who will produce Fif’s upcoming album. He described a drawn-out process of fine-tuning his studio work to Dre’s ear. He does, however, give Dre credit for consistently grasping his creative intent. “I would create the record to help break the ice, and we’d have something playing to make it seem like [Dre] just arrived, even if he had been here for two or three hours at the time. He will alter the drums and every other component till you have a hit record, the man said.


This week marks the 20th anniversary of Get Rich or Die Trying, 50 Cent’s breakout album that sold 12 million albums worldwide in 2003 thanks to a slew of singles, an Eminem co-sign, and Dr. Dre’s talismanic touch. With “In Da Club” dominating the radio and “Many Men” feeding the streets, a 50’s blend of New York bravado and melody launched him to instant superstardom.

“50 is one of the sharpest guys in rap,” Tony Yayo, 50’s childhood friend and co-founder of their hip-hop group G-Unit, says. Yayo recounts that as a child, he was more interested in selling drugs for a profit than playing with G.I. Joes. “Look at individuals like Jay-Z, Diddy, and 50, those guys are geniuses,” Yayo says. “They came from the same place we did and created something from nothing.”

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That same hustler mentality secured 50 a deal with Interscope Records in 2002 after he was shot nine times outside his grandmother’s house in Queens barely two years before. By signing with two Interscope imprints — Eminem’s Shady Records and Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment — 50 completed one of the Hip- Hop strongest triumvirates.

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