The lure of a juicy quote is hard to resist, even if it’s from someone quickly descending into irrelevance like 50 Cent. Even better is if said quote manages to rag on other easy-to-tag luminaries like Jay-Z and Beyonce. But what happens when it’s impossible to find this super-beefy quote’s actual source?
Each article referencing a supposed “50 Cent interview” uses the same two pull quotes, which are admittedly interesting, albeit not particularly groundbreaking. In this instance, the phrasing surrounding the quotes comes from HiphopDX.com:
“I’m a big fan of Jay-Z, but outside of the States and Hip Hop circles, no one really knew who he was until he married Beyonce’,” said Fif in the interview.
The G-Unit general also said that reports of Jay-Z’s total estimated worth of $1 billion is inaccurate. “I don’t believe he’s worth that much! It’s all been exaggerated. I’m comfortable. I don’t want for anything so I’m not in a race.”
Sure, it definitely plausible that 50 Cent would say such a thing, and the interview these quotes came from might have actually happened, but where? HipHopDX appears to be the only site actually mentioning a source, but in their case, they say the interview was from PR-Inside.com, which is problematic on two levels. One, the site features user-submitted press releases. Two, the site doesn’t actually have the interview either, just the pull quotes without a source. I wouldn’t be surprised if the shocking interview turns up somewhere, but wouldn’t it be better to wait to jump on the story when it actually happens?
Still, if making up 50 Cent quotes is fair game these days, I would like to suggest these completely fake quotes for future use:
“I don’t care for Eastern Europe. They have some nice castles over there, but the sky stays too gray for my tastes. Plus, their cities have funny names.”
“Ricky Gervais is nothing without Steve Carell. The UK Office‘s DVD sales went through the roof after the US version premiered. He shouldn’t have been running his mouth at the Emmys.”
“I don’t think that one Jonas Brother can really play guitar.”
“Kanye West has sexual relations with teddy bears.”
Feel free to use any of those (keeping in mind, of course, 50 didn’t actually say any of them…yet). And if you could link back to Idolator when you do, that would be great for traffic.