50 Cent Speaks On Promoting "Conscious Capitalism"

50 Cent reveals the names of the artists he's worked with for free, says it was more so about the art than the money.

Queens rapper 50 Cent’s conversation with Nick Huff Barili during their SXSW interview series quickly turned into a discussion on capitalism, specifically conscious capitalism, in the series' latest installment.

50 Cent, who has gone on to make quite the impact in the business world thanks to deals with Vitaminwater and SMS Audio, addressed the effect big business could have on the world’s poverty. The rapper turned businessman even spoke on his desire to promote conscious capitalism, a form of business that takes environemental and social issues into consideration, with his various business ventures.

“According to World Bank numbers, 10 percent of business would alleviate all [the strain] of poverty,” 50 Cent revealed. “The only place you would find that much money is in business itself. So, I decided to promote conscious capitalism at that point and I said I want my ventures moving forward to have automatic—it’s like creating a business that you have a partner that doesn’t exist, but that partner is an actual cause. It’s against hunger, hunger’s not a third-world issue. It’s a world issue. Within America you have one in six American’s going hungry. You got kids out there that’s surviving based on school lunch.”

50 Cent later spoke on a few of his unexpected musical collaborations and shared that a handful of those collabs, including ones with R&B singer Jeremih and rapper YG were done for free due to a lack of budget.

“I work with artists on a song by song basis. Because I’m in a position where I’m not having a problem financially I can decide to do it just based on the art and the music,” he explained. “So, you’ll see me do and it’ll be strange. I’ll work with an artist on their first song. Like ‘Toot It And Boot It’ with YG, or ‘Buzzin’ with Mann, or I did ‘Down On Me’ with Jeremih. Those records were for free. They didn’t have it in the budget to pay what I would charge.”

Previous topics discussed during 50 Cent’s interview series with SXSW include the decline of album sales, his relationship with Floyd Mayweather, and more.

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46 Comments

  • Anonymous

    "he forced that man do interview him for over an hour and all those people to site there listening?" He had Yayo hold everyone at gunpoint.

  • Anonymous

    "didn't even realize the line he quoted wasn't speaking ill of 50" I didn't say he was. I was responding. Let the adults speak, little child.

  • Anonymous

    Promoting conscious capitalism is all about promoting JA RULE

  • o000x4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZwsdW6TAl8

  • 7h7hhh7h

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvX91x-zt_Q

  • Anonymous

    HIPHOPDX is getting paid much for this bullshit. Lately there are always articles of 50 here. And why, dude is an average rapper with one good album named get rich... After that he became as pop as Ja Rule. Working with Justin Timberlake and Adam Levine.

  • freddyyy

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYJCd7UGhFI

  • Anonymous

    u need eminem to save your career FUCK OUTTA HERE 50 U BITCH

  • Anonymous

    "Why does everyone wanna talk to 50 though? It not like he's interviewing himself here" Exactly the reason I already provided. He's always talking. Dude shows up to events and forces himself in front of a camera. I think people humor him because of his past success.

    • Smh.. Epic fail

      Stupid quote man.. didn't even realize the line he quoted wasn't speaking ill of 50, but on the contrary, advocating the idea of the people's DESIRE to interview him! Try harder quote man.

    • Anonymous

      he forced that man do interview him for over an hour and all those people to site there listening?

    • Anonymous

      well said

  • Anonymous

    "He could have put out 3 albums IF HE WANTED TO" Lol Then why hasn't he?

    • Anonymous

      yes he is afraid to fail. and he dont need the bread he does this for the love. its not a race to see who can put out the most albums the quickest.

    • Anonymous

      afraid of failure why u think he pushed ski back

  • IMhO

    i can support that. another good interview

  • Anonymous

    "He's smart not to drop an album when nobody is moving units" You do realize it's not been his choice to sit on the new album. There are people still moving units. Even if that was true, why make the album if you knew it would struggle to get released? Contractual obligations aside, when you have all that money, just buy your way out of your contract.

    • Anonymous

      bullshit 50 pushing it further back his ego bigger than his bottom lip

    • Anonymous

      He could have put out 3 albums IF HE WANTED TO but HE CHOOSES NOT TOO, hoping he gonna get his buzz up again because there are such high expectations for him

  • Anonymous

    "how is he washed up if he getting interviews posted on this website a few times a week?" So if you see him on the cover of XXL does that mean he's still popular? It's not hard to make headlines when all you do is talk.

  • o000za4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XevhgJ7Xlk

  • 00xx4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqeIiF0DlTg

  • Anonymous

    money cant fix stupidity

  • 666

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhCD8Bc_02c

  • BCcoastin

    this dude is real as it gets. so much respect for fif after hearing him in this interview. all he does is speak the truth as bluntly as he wants. he really doesnt give a fuck about what ppl think of him. waitin on these aftermath releases

  • Industry Advocate

    He's a smart dude, and I will never knock that...it's just musically, he tries to calculate his moves the same way, and it never works! Music is Creative and can't be calculated! You can calculate Marketing Efforts and Promotions Efforts to make something successful, but at the end of the day it's the music and how the people feel about it. Which is why Get Rich was so successful. Those feature comments he made were half truths. He featured on the YG and Mann records as remixes because at those times they were all over the radio in L.A. and he wanted in on the buzz they had at that time, that's why it was free. Like jumping on a song for your mixtape. I hate how he manipulates the public view of him as him being better than he is, when he shouldn't shade being an asshole. Would never knock him as a business man, but musically, he sucks as an artist and a person.

    • Anonymous

      614grind sniped him from the roof, nothing to see here but a corpse.

    • 614grind

      Sucks as an artist? Why, because he's failed lately to produce a "hit"? Shit, who doesn't calculate these days when it comes to radio? The whole game is owned by radio. When he gets in the booth and doesn't care about mainstream appeal, 50 is still a beast. Look at his free music over the last 3/12 years. As far as him being a bad person, isn't this whole story about Conscious Capitalism??? BTW, why are you an "industry advocate" when you should be an "culture advocate"?

  • Anonymous

    And what would you charge 50?

  • Anonymous

    out of all the new york artists oonly 50 jay z and diddy made it out as bosses all them other new york niggas is broke or washed up

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how someone will try to twist this, and find a way to spew hate on this.......RESPECT to Fif!!!!

    • IMhO

      cosigning rap skills and cosigning things outside of rap is two different things simple simon

    • Anonymous

      how is he washed up if he getting interviews posted on this website a few times a week? im sure this article will do 200+ comments just like everything else with his name on it

    • Anonymous

      Don't you get tired of co-signing this washed up rapper?

  • Anonymous

    no new album no new album no new new

    • Anonymous

      beats doing 50k first like like french montana is about to do with 53 features and diddy and ross behind him

    • 614grind

      He's smart not to drop an album when nobody is moving units. He needs to just drop singles and EP's with very targeted audiences. Mainstream does not equal sales anymore.

    • DJ Khaled

      That's right!

  • uvtgvygb

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LeIdjzOoyY

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