50 Cent Talks Smack On Jay-Z, Sweet Nothings On Susan Boyle
In today’s episode of “Fiddy Checks Google Trends”: protagonist Curtis Jackson hypes his Before I Self Destruct by randomly name-checking someone with a track record of recent and bona fide commercial success in music—Susan Boyle. (This approach is also known as The Bieber Method.) While he’s at it, he’s also trashing Jay-Z, which is odd given that perhaps the one thing 50 needs to figure out more than anything else is how to age gracefully. Is he just bored not having a nemesis now that Kanye’s taking a break?
“Susan Boyle is hot right now. I got to get her on a track, for real,” Fiddy told UK’s The Daily Mirror. “We’d make a hit. She’s got an amazing voice, and together we’d get everyone dancing. I’m always looking to do something new and she’s cool, so I’ll ask somebody to let her know.”
He continues, “I’d love to take her clubbing, show her around my world. She’d have a great time.”
She might, but given their respective trajectories in popular culture, he’s going to have to get in line, since she’s attracting some fans with actual pull.
He’s almost certainly going to be waiting a while to connect with Jay-Z too. Despite admitting “I don’t know [Jay-Z] personally,” Fiddy sure has a lot of opinions about the mogul, which he was happy to share with Rolling Stone. Some of the more disparaging quotes:
:: “He has a king complex, he thinks he’s fucking Jesus, you know what I mean? This J-Hova shit.”
:: “I don’t really have a passion for this guy. We’re compared to each other, because we’re both in hip-hop, it would be me, him and Puffy. When they make those comparisons, they compare me to guys who have been here 10 and 15 years longer than me. Can you not see the significance of me being able to make the same deals that they’re able to make in 10 years less than they have?”
:: “His approach and presentation has made him so approachable that Lil Mama’s on the stage [uninvited at the 2009 VMAs]. He made himself like that. When you wear glasses, when you wear Urkel glasses, what do you associate those glasses with? Intelligence. There’s certain things that connect to the man — don’t hit a guy with four eyes, right? That’s the message he’s putting out when he’s walking around with these glasses and stuff like that on, and you know he’s making himself look safer so he can get in the spot on the Beyoncé path.”
:: “I’d love for him to say something he’s not supposed to say about me.”
That sounds like a challenge if we ever heard one (and a stunningly transparent plea for attention, even for 50.) Somehow we think the generally classy Jay-Z isn’t going to bite, since The Blueprint 3 is still charting pretty well on the strength of its hits.
Seriously, Fiddy, these fleeting ways to get attention aren’t as effective as just showing the world that you’ve still got a real message and the flow to deliver it. Check out 50 Cent performing “Baby On Me” and “Do You Think About Me” last night with Jimmy Fallon’s too-good-to-actually-be-a-late-night-talk-show-house-band The Roots and judge for yourself.