50 Cent Recalls The Making Of "50 Cent Is The Future" Mixtape

50 Cent explains how an encounter with a bootlegger inspired him to make his "50 Cent Is The Future" mixtape.

Ten years ago, Queens rapper 50 Cent revolutionized the Hip Hop industry with the release of his 50 Cent is the Future mixtape, the first tape its kind to feature music from only one artist. Now, with mixtapes having become an institution in the game, the G-Unit general reflects on the making of his project.

In a recent interview with XXL, he got the idea for making the tape after an encounter with a bootlegger hocking a fake 50 Cent album outside Violator management's offices. 50 continued that few people believed that the project would ever take off, including G-Unit's own DJ Whoo Kid, who Fif had to pay in order to press the mixtape.

"I was across the street from Violator Records, and Violator management['s Chris Lighty] wasn't sure if he wanted to manage me at that point - there was a lot of luggage that came [with me]," he recalled. "I was on my way back from my second actual visit [with him]…across the street from there was a bootlegger, he was selling CDs and shit, so I said to him, 'What's up? What you got?' And he was like, 'I've got something new, it's new 50 Cent.' And I was tripping because I thought he was being funny at first, and I realized, oh shit, he don't know that [I'm 50 Cent] because the only picture I had was [from the cover of Power of the Dollar]…so I was like, I'ma make my own tape."

He continued, "When we finished the tape, [Whoo Kid] didn't want to sell it, he didn't want to put it out because it wasn't what a mix tape was at that time. He was like, 'What the fuck would I wanna do that for? Who's gonna want that?' I had to pay him to press the tape up…but after 50 Cent is the Future popped off, the whole game changed for me…before tat, I had been on the circuit so heavy because you had to do something for [every DJ's mixtape]. I've recorded in Kay Slay's closet…the turntables [would be] right there, you'd rap and you're on the tape."

Check out the full interview below.

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16 Comments

  • 60 cent 25 cent

    me and you should be bothers own up a buzzinz togther when ever its the time with us dont diss us becuse where both big animsals when we wont to be lets come and see its all for free are cup tea just reailng the same stuff like a mike its pike i just wanna be like you 50 cent its we can hide in tent its lets go over are rent its in sement i think im want be like you suppdoie its antoher one boys old school to another its rother take on the burnham niggers make same old movies sryucs its nices its twices the same old criset its my pricesless old try lesse lets not make a lesse get annerset its presset its convest im rocky its

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  • Anonymous

    TOTAL GRIND LIKE NO OTHER

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  • snicka

    this is tha realest way to jump off a rap career. 50 has influenced and has shook NYC hip-hop to the next level. I am very proud of 50

  • 50CentIsTheJoker

    "I ever tell you about the time I got these scars?" "Yes 50, you got shot. We get it."

  • VicManMan

    Anybody else notice how much fif overuses the word "actual" in all his interviews?

  • Jay

    What's with 50's face on the screenshot on the vid? lol

  • bent

    is anyone else thrown off by the look on fif's face in the screenshot?

  • dockevoc

    I still bump this, God's Plan, and No Mercy No Fear. FIRE.

  • Not Rich And Still Trying

    That mixtape is full of shit. Anyway, FUCK 50 & HIS FAMILY.

  • tonytoca

    still one of the hottest mixtapes ever released

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