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50 Cent Launches Verbal Attack On Keys

fif2 50 Cent Launches Verbal Attack On Keys Following Alicia Keys controversial comments on ‘Gangster Rap’ recently, the ever-outspoken 50 Cent has launched a scathing verbal attack on the singer:

“I don’t like Alicia Keys no more. If she thinks what they consider gangsta music is [made] to bring black people down then I think my sh*t falls into that category. I don’t like people who don’t like me. I don’t like her then because that’s what provides the life for me.

I think if you ask Ice Cube the same shit, he’ll tell you, “F*ck Alicia Keys” for even saying that. Because the success he’s had as an actor and a businessman, there was no opportunity for that sh*t without N.W.A. But I don’t think that [her] classical sh*t is cool. I don’t give a f*ck if you can classically play the piano. I haven’t been classically trained, because my upbringing, nobody put me in front of a piano at that time. If they did, I would know how to do it as well as she does. I could learn how to play the piano if I was passionate about it right now.

That’s obviously my perspective evaluating what she does, and I could f*cking care less about the sh*t. So she don’t like the music that embodies the harsh realities because they’re not her realities. She hasn’t been subjected to the same things”. {Source}

While 50 does present some valid points, his argument ultimately sinks when considering the wider picture. Yes, he’s had tough experiences, however it’s hard to see what he, himself, is doing musically (or otherwise) to bring about a change in how these ‘realities’ are depicted by the media and rappers themselves. Instead, 50, and others – having long risen above their ‘hood’ beginnings – oft use their platform to release music that a) glorifies a lifestyle they are no longer lead and b) allow it to be used to, as Alicia put it, ‘government forces’ to continue to oppress young black men who aimlessly get caught up in it.

Lol, this is all getting a little wordy and essay-like, however it’s all in the name of healthy debate – something 50 should have considered when articulating his point, as this just seems like another case of 50 running his mouth.

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50 Cent: "Young Buck Gone From G-Unit"

young%252Bbuck 50 Cent: "Young Buck Gone From G Unit" It turns out the rumors of friction among Hip-Hop collective G-Unit turned out to be true:

“50 Cent revealed today that the Tennessee rapper was no longer in G-Unit the group, but would still record for the label.

‘You can look at it and see that’s Game [former G-Unit rapper] all the way. I was giving him a chance, giving him the benefit of the doubt [to remain with the group]. You can take this as an official notice right here – pretty much you can say: Young Buck is no longer in the group G-Unit, but signed to G-Unit [Records] as a solo artist’, 50 Cent told DJ Envy, a co-host on the Hot 97 Morning Show with Miss Jones.” {Source}

Maybe he’ll actually have a chance of success on his own…just a thought.

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‘Righteous Kill’ (Starring 50 Cent) Trailer

Check out this trailer for the much anticipated ‘Righteous Kill’ movie starring Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and 50 Cent:

Though I couldn’t tell you what 50′s role in the film is even if I tried lol, I have to give him his props. Considering that many aren’t checking for 50′s music as they once did, keeping his name out there via other means – especially in such a high-profile movie – is a good look on his part. ‘Righteous Kill’ is set to hit theatres in the US on September 12th.

Will you be going to see ‘Righteous Kill’?

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Fat Joe Takes Aim At 50 Cent

lil wayne makes it rain Fat Joe Takes Aim At 50 CentRapper Fat Joe has hit out at 50 Cent again, this time in a video where he vows to break 50′s “f**king new teeth”. Check out the report via Contact Music below:

In the footage, which is set to appear on music website All Access later this month (Mar08), the hip-hop star reiterates his desire to fight the In Da Club hitmaker – even though he is positive the G-Unit rapper would win. The 37-year-old – real name Joseph Cartagena – says, “He’s mad. We never fought a one-on-one. He should win. I’m being honest with you. “You can put your money on that guy. I just want to bust his f**king new teeth he got. Wide-open. “What he doesn’t understand is that Fat Joe is straight brave heart. I’m a warrior, win or lose… I’m a warrior.”

Ok then…lol. As much as I feel 50′s career is on a downward spiral, Fat Joe stopped being relevant way before. This just comes off as a desperate attempt to drum up interest in whatever, harsh as it sounds, destined-to-flop album he’s looking to release.

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New Song: 50 Cent & Lil’ Kim – ‘Wanna Lick’ (Magic Stick – Part 2)

8bbf4b1f4b992ae4edb2d6304b9572af New Song: 50 Cent & Lil Kim   Wanna Lick (Magic Stick   Part 2) {Image Credit: Kevipod}

In somewhat of a surprising move, 50 Cent and Lil’ Kim have collaborated once again for this new track ‘Wanna Lick’ (Magic Stick – Part 2), the sequel to the 2003 original. This their collaboration for the forthcoming G-Unit LP ‘Shoot To Kill’ (due in December) is kinda unexpected, considering their much publicized ‘beef’ a few years back. Anyway, about the track, it’s pretty good. Not sure if it tops the original, but still decent all the same.
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Ja Rule Comments Spark Controversy

jarule Ja Rule Comments Spark ControversyJa Rule was interviewed in the current issue of Complex Magazine. The rapper spoke on the Jena 6 controversy, politics, 50 Cent and homosexuality. Ja’s comments on the latter, inparticular, have caught the attention of the mainstream press – some of whom have branded Ja, real name Jeffrey Atkins, ‘homophobic’. Check out quotes from the interview below:

On Congress & Homosexuality:

“…They got my man Doug Morris under fire and shit, they got him going down to go speak to Congress about hip-hop lyrics, are you fucking serious? There’s a fucking black kid right now about to get 25 years for having a fight with some white kids over hanging the nooses over the white tree, lets get to that. Let’s get into shit like that, because that’s what’s tearing up America, not me calling a woman a bitch or a hoe on my rap songs. And if it is, then we need to go step to Paramount, and fucking MGM, and all of these other motherfuckers that’s making all of these movies and we need to go step to MTV and Viacom, and lets talk about all these fucking shows that they have on MTV that is promoting homosexuality, that my kids can’t watch this shit. Dating shows that’s showing two guys or two girls in mid afternoon. Let’s talk about shit like that! If that’s not fucking up America, I don’t know what is.”

On 50 Cent:

“That’s the difference people don’t understand. Everyone talks about the beef I had with 50; he has beef with all types of rappers, but I’m the only rapper who went and handled my business and went and hollered at him man to man… And the moment I heard he had a record about me, I knew where he resided, I knew where he hung out, I went and seen and him. “Homie, you have a problem with me? What’s happening? You ain’t got to rhyme about it, I’m right here in front of your face.” So that’s how our situation took place, and I handled my business with 50 and 50 knows that. That’s why I’m such a threat to him, that’s why he doesn’t like me so much.”
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Interesting…

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Kanye & 50 Cent Appear On 106 & Park

Both Kanye West and 50 Cent performed and were interviewed together during 106 & Park’s ‘Clash Of The Titans’ special yesterday. Check out vids of their appearance below:

Kanye West – Big Brother (w/ Jay-Z Appearance)

50 Cent – I Get Money

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Good stuff. As contrived and overhyped as this ‘battle’ has been, it stands as one of the biggest things to happen to Hip-Hop (and music in general) in a long while. First-day sales show Kanye to be out in front with a whopping 437,000 copies sold of his album ‘Graduation’. 50′s current sales tally for ‘Curtis’ stands at 310,000. Many are expecting Kanye and possibly 50 to be certified Platinum before the week is out. {Source}
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2007 MTV VMA: Performances

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Terrible. This basically sums up 2007 MTV Video Music Awards. I was already sceptical about the show considering the so-so line-up of performers, but it was a complete mess.

Setting the tone for the night was opener Britney Spears. With all that’s gone on, I was hoping she’d silence the naysayers, but this was a complete and utter and trainwreck. A combination of poor lipsyching, stiff choreography and an outfit that revealed her out of shape body, Britney’s performance will no doubt have many saying her career is over. It will be if she doesn’t find a way to redeem herself from that mess.

Most of the night’s other performers offered little of interest. Although I must give Rihanna props for doing her thing during Chris Brown’s so-so performance and later on during ‘Shut Up & Drive’.

The show wasn’t all bad, though. Alicia Keys’ performance was a standout. She nailed ‘No One’, making me like the song all the more. I wasn’t initially all that hyped for her performance, but she was definitely the highlight of what was a mediocre night (at best).

MTV really need to step it up and the show has been on a downward spiral for years. I was thinking it was all award shows, but the BET Awards this year really showed out – beating this mess hands down. SMH…

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