50 Cent Explains How The Recording Process In Hip Hop Has Changed

50 Cent enumerates how Hip Hop's recording process has evolved.

Technology has made collaborations in Hip Hop much easier - but arguably far less organic.

In an interview with Complex, 50 Cent spoke on the matter, particularly in reference to earlier song of his, "Wait Until Tonight."

50 explained that often times, the production is completed prior to him laying a verse. "You got a lot of guys that make records and everything’s done for you before you get there. The producer actually made the record. It has a sample playing and a chorus, you did your verse, you have three other rappers that generate interest from different demographics rap behind you and it’s done."

Fif added a caveat, stating that there was some utility in that type of recording process. "Those records, they’re good too because sometimes those are the things that you don’t have to think about. You hear it, you go, 'Okay, I know what it is,' and you just party to it. There’s no substance to it that makes you stop and think."

The Queens emcee explained how "Wait Until Tonight" brought him back to earlier times insofar as the recording process. "'Wait Until Tonight,' for me that’s a representation of what I fell in love with in the beginning of me enjoying Hip Hop culture. With the actual writers, it’s [from] when we watch each other and see what we offer and try and top it. It was about being competitive, not just going back and forth arguing with each other. Now they think being competitive is beefing. But they didn’t use that terminology until after the Biggie and 2Pac situation went bad. They would have called it battling prior to that. They think that’s being competitive, saying something about someone else, not actually making a record that impacts."

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116 Comments

  • King O

    JMJ protege, all day. You hate on 50, you essentially are hating Jay...rest in peace. Can't see the connection? Then you aren't a true Hip Hop fan. Know your history.

  • Anonymous

    Why is everyone talking about how much 50 gets paid? this artical is about the recording process and how people just email verses to eachother and don't get in the studio. Plus 50 is absolutely filthy rich through his business ventures he doesn't even need money from his music, 50 is real smart because he used music as a platform for business's as well as Jigga.

  • JAMES MCDONADL

    I L TAKE YOU ALLL ON

  • Anonymous

    "why do you think everyone works with rick ross when hes a known fraud and a liar?" So other artists won't want to work with Ross because he was a C/O for a year? Eminem used to work in a factory. Does that mean Pink won't work with him? You're reading way too much into this.

  • Anonymous

    He's got a point, the music isn't the same...people email verses and beats to each other as opposed to actually getting in a studio and creating chemistry which leads to crappier music with no feeling.

    • Anonymous

      The music's the same, it's the consumer preference that's different. 50 just can't accept the fact people turned on him. He's the new Ja Rule, minus the tax problems.

  • Anonymous

    do we really care what 50 thinks , he still raps about street shit from his office

  • huh

    "Actual, actually, actually" hmmmm SMH

  • Anonymous

    "Amazing how Quote-Man knows oh so much but gets checked with details that not only can he not explain, he'll just overlook it just to say he's right" Checked by who? You? lol The funny thing is all my facts can be verified. No wonder you hide behind a screen. Honestly. you sound sheltered. A chronic loner who hates on everything because well that's your job. The only reason you wake up in the morning. You can disagree with everything I say, but there's still no points for finishing last, whether on here or in the real world where it counts. You my friend will be 50 years old still asking people if they want extra ketchup. And that's cool, cause like Curtis Jackson, nobody expects anything from you.

  • Anonymous

    "50 is getting payed from games albums, he dont even have to put out music hes good" But for a guy whose claim to fame was music, it must be frustrating for him to have no guaranted success with album sales now. His crew is done for. A few artists work with him, but only because they're being paid too.

    • Anonymous

      "a few artists work with him but only because they are being paid to" you could say the same about most rappers. why do you think everyone works with rick ross when hes a known fraud and a liar? because he pays them! that nigga bought his way into the industry

  • WC

    The Artist only makes a small percentage of every Album sold. The rest goes to their Record Label. The bigger of a Record Label you're with, the less money you make from your music. The Artist make money from Music Tours, endorsement deals, and so on... This is why it's important for Artist to explore different ventures. For example 50 Cent made more money off his Vitamin Water deal than he will ever make off his music. Also, lets say an Artist signs a 1 million dollar contract with a Record Label for one Album, that 1 million dollars is not for them, its for the recording fees and so on. Another thing is well known producers are really expensive and with a million dollars you might only afford a few on your album. Not to mention you have to travel, pay rent, food, and etc... It's not as easy as people think it is!

    • Anonymous

      I Dont Even think 50 needs half the album profits I mean the biggest check he got was 80 million from reebok

    • Anonymous

      But plenty of artists have made millions off these big labels. Alot of it rests on the artist and how much appeal they have. Some of it is talent. Some of it is timing. Alot of it is longevity. Being able to come up with hit songs even after years in the game, like Eminem does.

  • Anonymous

    "Man everybody drops mixtapes" Never said they didn't, but unlike 50, all those people you just name dropped released "official albums". Game is about to drop another album. That's two in a row. Where u at Curtis? Still waiting on Jimmy to give the green light? lol

    • Anonymous

      The only reason everyone dropsn mixtapes is because 50 showed it was possible. People love to forget dude started the mixtape scene asvwe know it.

    • Anonymous

      na he doesn't. that contract ended in 05 you fool. he was on geffen from 05-08 and then signed back to interscope in 08.

    • Anonymous

      50 is getting payed from games albums, he dont even have to put out music hes good

  • Anonymous

    "and a real drug dealing history before rap" He sold drugs on the corner like hundreds of others. In fact, in his own movie, he admitted he didn't make any money off it. Plus I'm pretty sure he didn't battle columbians in real life lol Learn to separate fact from fiction.

    • Anonymous

      Watch 50's new movie Free Lancers. That'll show you how all these artists get big. Free Lancer = Free Mason

    • Anonymous

      Family you don't just start off big time. Mostly every drug dealer started on the corner. And he explained that it could be slow sure but he made money off that shit. Its how he got started doing his Rap shit. He got his advance from Columbia(i believe) they dropped him and he went into the drug business with his advance money. In the meantime he put his money on doing music and Selling crack. 50cent was really about that life. He wasn't a big time King pin but he was involved.

  • Anonymous

    "no one makes money selling albums anyway" Taylor Swift ring a bell?

  • Anonymous

    "no one makes money selling albums anyway quote-man, so why do you care if he puts out good music for free?" Clearly jobless man I wouldn't call free music good.

  • Got Rich And Stopped Trying

    "LOL this nigga loves to say actual" "Damn he always sayin actual" "He said actual 25 times" So what??? Just read the fucking interview.

  • FNPB

    HHDX should step their game up. 50 talked about this a week ago.

  • Anonymous

    "the creator of the universe" Weren't you born in an alley?

  • Anonymous

    "Since the Curtis album which was definitely wack, 50 has dropped nothing but fire" Nothing but fire? They must have turned off your water then. Forget album sales for a moment. If Fif released an actual album again and it did 50,000, at least he could say it got released. The Red Album tanked, but at least it was an official release. Say what you will about the usual suspects people trash on here, but at least they have no excuses. They put their stuff out, and it sold enough to generate themselves a buzz and get Grammy nods. That's the definition of success, not releasing freebies on-line cause your buzz is gone.

    • Sensaye

      You say 'forget album sales for a moment', then you proceed to make your case against 50 because he hasn't had any recent grammy nominations. Let me be clear, I don't care one bit about album sales or grammy nods, or blog fodder, or tabloid bullshit...I'm simply a hip-hop fan. And everything 50 has dropped in 2011-2012 has been dope. It's raw, it's energetic, it's traditional East Coast Hip-Hop, which is what I love. The beats are boom-bap, the lyrics aren't gonna blow you outta your shoes but he's fun to listen to because he doesn't take himself so fuckin' seriously. He has a sense of humor, and he knows how to put dope songs together with fun lyrics, mad mic presence, and he has always been the best in the business at writing hooks, as far as I'm concerned. Look man, I'm not G-Unit groupie. You won't see me walkin around with no G-Unit apparel on or wearing some expensive ass headphones, but I recognize dope MC when I see them, and they're easy to see among all these other stiffs. Hip-Hop fans don't appreciate shit man. When the last of these golden age MCs are gone, and you're left with a whole generation of selfish rappers that don't give a fuck about the listeners and dance around shirtless with dollar signs in their eyes...you're gonna miss niggas like 50 who kept it rugged and tried to make actual Hip-Hop music.

    • Anonymous

      Amazing how Quote-Man knows oh so much but gets checked with details that not only can he not explain, he'll just overlook it just to say he's right. People like him are dysfunctional and neglected in real life because people know he's full of sh*t so he comes here to spew this nonsense to the kids and those who don't really know in hopes of being championed as a smart guy. But he's a douche. The "poor" jokes are a sign of a meltdown, real people with money help those without. Besides that, Quote-Man is a vivid 50 Cent hater. In the same day, he'll talk about 50's decline and big up Nicki's decline. Keep your foot on his neck.

    • Anonymous

      Man everybody drops mixtapes? 50 just says his are album worthy b/c they are so dope. Wiz drops hella mixtapes before his albums, Wayne drops hella mixtapes before his albums, Jeezy drops hella mixtapes before his albums, Ross drops hella mixtapes before his albums, Fabolous drops hella mixtapes before his albums, Game drops hella WACK drops hella mixtapes before his albums... Get my drift. Don't lie to yourself.

    • Anonymous

      no one makes money selling albums anyway quote-man, so why do you care if he puts out good music for free?

  • Anonymous

    for all your opinions fif, u aint made a decent album since 2005

  • acidrap

    I'll take 50's music any muthafuckin day over garbage like french montana,kirko,chief keef,gunplay...all these midget-weak ass niggas talk all that shit on the mic and would never do shit outside the studio.Fake ass studio gangstas killyoselves.

    • Anonymous

      my chick bad looking like a bag of money

    • Anonymous

      dude stop talking about ross get off his nuts! he a joke! had to cancel his tour cause he shook and no one buying tickets!! LOL

    • Anonymous

      the comment above was for @Ricky Rozay!

    • Anonymous

      You must be a fraud too! Don't call other rappers fake because your favorite rapper took someone else's lifestyle and portrayed it as his. 50 comes from real shit in South Side,with real beef, and a real drug dealing history before rap. Chief Keef is really about that gang life as well as a lot of other rappers who left that life alone after they started rapping. Rick Ross is a phony and being authentic is an element thatb makes your music better. But guest what, he cant perform his music from a direct result of him not being the gangsta he says he is. Them GD's has pressure on him!

    • Ricky Rozay

      You sayin all them niggas is a studio gangsta while bein a fan of 5.0 yoself. Nigga you stupid. Its about music, not anything outside of it. 50 the biggest studio gangsta. This nigga dry snitchin, gettin police portection and shit so he just as big a studio gangsta as all these niggas are. None of them real or else they be doing time. Fuckin moronic hypoctires on this site. Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sensaye

    And another thing...everyone saying "50 is done"...have you listened to his latest album? Listen, I think the shit 50 does outside of the booth is clown shit, and I don't condone none of that punk shit. But all that stuff aside, this guy is one of the last real East Coast MCs that is making actual HIP-HOP music. He may be a pop star commercially, but musically his shit is still rugged and raw. I have no dog in this race, I don't give a fuck about sales, I just call it like I see it. Since the Curtis album which was definitely wack, 50 has dropped nothing but fire. On top of that, this guy is donating literally millions of dollars to starving children and doesn't walk around bragging about it, he just does it because it's the right thing to do. I think a lot of you have gotten so deep into the soap opera that rap has become that you've lost perspective of reality. You should have more respect for this guy. Compared to these other wack ass niggas he's a stand-up guy.

    • SCHWARZ

      MY NAME IS SCHWARZ & I APPROVE OF THIS MESSAGE & CONVERSATION

    • m.black

      I agree. He made a interesting point about how being competitive (individualistic) is now considered distasteful and non-constructive. That attitude reflects heavily in American society today. Think about how many businesses you spend your money at that WEREN'T established in the city or town you live in. Hip Hop music has become what it is today because economics have changed, therefore over time our attitudes have changed towards it. Why would a person who desires to become a hip hop producer go out and spend $2,000 on a MPC when Lex Luger and Young Chop have become successful in a short amount of time using a cracked version of fruity loops? When you travel from state to state, city to city or even turning on your television and recognize the amount of homogeny that's present amongst us all, you will have your reason to why Hip Hop currently looks and sounds the way it does...Even now with these Hip Hop blogs. Most of them have the same content everyday. Very few, if any specialize in a specific Hip Hop niche because they're afraid it may not gain a large following and attract advertisers...because their desire of what money can bring outweighs their love of Hip Hop. When Individuality and Uniqueness aren't what we desire then things go bad...very bad. Kind of like how it is now...and it will get worse if we don't stop watching tv and change our attitudes about what's going on around us...then can we only get back to fixing Hip Hop.

  • Sensaye

    Word. That's one of the main reason why the music has gotten so soul-less and stiff. The MCs and the producer have no chemistry because they're not spending any time in the studio together, creating a zone. They just show up with their punk ass bodyguards and read some weak ass lyrics off their phone and paste it onto a beat and hook that they had nothing to do with. Then lil' flappy, mook milly, mill murky, murk murder, murder milly, mick money, and Brittany Johansson come in and put their verses on it and it's "Bands a Make Her Dance remix #85 (Gucci Mane Diss". WTF?

  • d-nucks

    I did'nt read this story....but I'm sure he said actual and actually about 25 times.....LOL

  • Got Rich And Stopped Trying

    The people in HHDX explain how they do not give a fuck about this nigga yet they gave a fuck enough to click on this article.

  • Grandson

    We need to go back to the old way of recording. So that the chorus doesn't out shine the lyrics. Now a days its like the hook is the only thing that people focus on.

  • dzbk

    fif? ya ready?? ok, good. this is how it changed, you once were a regular nobody in queens who had hopes and dreams, made up a couple of nice raps, made a couple of nice stacks, even brought your whole team... but as time went on you started getting nice and cozy, figured its time for you to kick your feet back, "everybody knows me" ..people used to beg u for a verse, and now its the opposite, you would call shit backwards, and thats why now u aint got a hit...

    • Sensaye

      All sales numbers aside, 'cause honestly, who really gives a fuck about the numbers...50 just dropped a very dope album. As far as I'm concerned, he's one of the only traditional golden age MCs left who's formula is still that of an East Coast MC. "The Power of the Dollar", "GRODT", "The Massacre", "Murder by Numbers", all ill albums. I don't care for his off-the-field antics, but I don't really pay attention to them either. I respect him as an MC.

  • So Icy Boi!

    it has changed, because Lil Wayne outsold everybody in rap game. YMCMB forever! swag

  • savage812

    Niggaz actin' like he didn't just drop a smash hit on us, with My Life. I guess haterz gon hate regardless.

  • SO ICY BOI!

    50 CENT SUCKS! HE, EMINEM, DR. DRE AND TUFAG SHAKUR ARE THE REASONS WHY HIP-HOP DIED! LIL WAYNE, RICK ROSS, BIRDMAN AND CHIEF KEEF WILL MURDER THEIR WACK ASS. FLOYD MAYWEATHER WILL KILL THAT PUSSY MUHAMMAD ALI. ALI WAS PED STEROID USER AND MAYWEATHER WILL KO HIM OUT IN 1 SECOND! FUCK MICHAEL JORDAN! LEBRON JAMES WILL OWN HIS ASS!

  • YESSIR

    ACTUALLY...ACTUALLY....ACTUALLY...the GENERAL PUBILC doesnt care what u say donkey.....the GENRE DOESNT CARE OR NEED YOU...ACTUALLY ACTUALLY.... ACTUALLY..ACTUALLY

  • no competition

    I agree with fifty alot of the beefs today are played out and stupid. It funny when you have people going on tweeter talking ish about each other like lil girls. Put that ish on a MIXTAPE!

  • Heavy Chevy

    50 talks too much. How about making some good music like early in your career instead instead of blabbing all the time like a hen?

    • Anonymous

      co-sign that! its so true, all he does is talks about whats going on in hip hop and how everyone else is a shit rapper. yet he hasnt put out good music for ages.

  • the don

    Eventhough alot of rap lyrics today is about weed,bitches,money...theres tons of different type of rap now days.East Coast/West Coast,Down South/MidWest,Black,White,Asian,Hispanic,political,gangster rap,horror core,gospel,positive,negative,mainstream,underground,local...its all about what you choose to listen to. i listen to every kind of rap. some days i might want to listen to Gucci Mane and Soulja Boy and some days i like listening to Q Tip and Common. if you dont like negative rap then stop complaing and dont listen to it. its all about choices,nobody forcing you to listen to gangster rap,find a different kind of rap,song or artist. simple right?

    • Anonymous

      We talk about it because we are passionate about the genre and hate to see such talentless fools with corrupting messages. And we ARE forced to listen to them because everywhere I go someone is playing when it Wayne's it pours or some stupid 2Chainz song.

  • the don

    If its a battle then say its a battle from the begining. Once you start threatening other rappers and saying if you come to my city its going to be problems,people is going to expect you to live up to that unfortunately. I didnt expect fif and ross to fight if ross came to New York City(which he did with his shirt off) but fans expected something to go down but alot of people fail to realize that Rap is like wrestling. Once again if you have a problem with a rappers lyrics or style or something,rap about that. Once you start talking about smacking niggas when you see them,then nothing happens dont get mad talking about beefing and battling cause smacking a nigga when you see them dont sound like no battling,thats beef/fighting/shooting/street shit sooooo

  • Anonymous

    fuck rap listen to cyne

  • Nullify

    "Theres no substance to it that makes you stop and think." Precisely why I don't listen to commercial rap.

  • Afi K. James

    Face it, 5-0 aka 50, your time is up and I Hope game finally buries your ass for good. Your music is as hip-pop as the rest of them.

  • Anonymous

    it's become shittier , nuff said , bitch bitch bitch , cars cars cars , clothes clothes clothes , chains chains chains (actually just 2 but who cares) , weed weed weed , that's HIP HOP today , fuck this

  • Anonymous

    "he sellin headphones and energy shots now" And despite that he needed Eminem and Adam Levine to chart again.

  • Anonymous

    this man had people killed and took over new york giv him sum respect he even had majestic killed

    • ibeblunt

      lmao...smh at those who lack facts..lol stop living in tv land....this man said majestic...lol !

    • Anonymous

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    • Anonymous

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    • Anonymous

      lmao majestic was the character in the movie bitch , supreme was the KILLA

  • Anonymous

    your done with music 50 go sell some water

  • Anonymous

    nobody gives a piece of shit bout this dude anymore

    • YahBish

      Yet, his single charted higher than all the "hot" rapper's singles. 50 Cent - My Life #27 Lil Wayne - My Homies Still #38 Rick Ross - Diced Pineapples #74 And his single hasn't even hit the radio yet, Nov. 11th, 50 take over the radio! SKI = 1st week sales of appox. 200k so far...

    • Anonymous

      But you comment on every post about this man. So you care about this man!

  • Anonymous

    THATS WHY MOST FEATURES TODAY IS WACK BECAUSE THEY JUST E-MAIL A VERSE

  • uz

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  • Anonymous

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  • Attention Whore

    Dont believe the hype. This attention whore is coming with an album so he needs attention

  • THA TRUTH

    ACTUALLY...ACTUALLY....ACTUALLY...the GENERAL PUBILC doesnt care what u say donkey.....the GENRE DOESNT CARE OR NEED YOU...ACTUALLY ACTUALLY ACTUALLY>>ACTUALLY

  • JRich

    DX should change its name to Shyne, 50 Cent & occaisionally others talk about things

  • SmashedTurtleIntestine

    He "explains" how the recording of hip-hop has changed in two paragraphs. Classic.

  • BLACK

    WAIT UNTIL TONIGHT IS FROM THE BIG 10 MIXTAPE THAT CAME OUT LAST YEAR...HOW IS IT AN "EARLIER SONG OF HIS"??? ARE YALL POTHEADS OR JUST RETARDED??? WRITING AIN'T YOUR THING, GO DO SOMETHING ELSE.

  • Anonymous

    Like any of the fucking records over the year this faggot has made had made anyone stop and think.

  • Anonymous

    50 been a boss about his business since his hood days when he had the whole block pumping for him, he just changed his hustle

  • Anonymous

    50 always seems to make for a good interview. he and nardwuar should do one

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