50 Cent’s track record speaks for itself, and his acumen is only bolstered by how he is his own biggest critic despite the widespread admiration for his work.
Last week, Fif performed at London’s O2 Arena as part of the international leg of his Final Lap Tour, which is a 20-year celebration of his debut LP, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’. During the stop, the Hip Hop icon set aside some time for an interview on The Rebecca Judd Show that is now available on Apple Music.
During the chat, he discussed his culture-shifting breakthrough album, and even singled out the one track from it that he isn’t particularly thrilled about in hindsight.
“‘Many Men’ was my least favorite at that point because musically we was in the boom-bap phase,” he explained. “We was in that hard-hitting intensity, the energy on the records, and it’s the slowest song on Get Rich or Die Tryin’. And it’s now the tempo that the artists are rapping to. So the fast tempo, hard-hitting beats, that was that era, that time period. And the whole album had it.”
Elsewhere in the interview, the G-Unit boss reflected on the past two decades and how far he’s come since he first started to gain traction in the business.
“If you had asked me to make a wish in 2003, I would’ve just wish that my music was a hit,” he admitted. “I didn’t see 20 years ahead in music like that. I’m just that at the moment for it to work.
“And then what’s crazy is most artists, they think they’re ready before they are. Most good artists, they’ve thought they were ready before they actually [were], but they’ve had that window of time to work that allowed them to actually become good enough.”
He added: “That’s why we have One Hit Wonders in Hip Hop culture. Because when that happens, they have that first hit and then it takes them out of the studio to go perform and to go meet all the distractions to come with being a successful artist, and then they land back in the studio without being trained to know how to create the next song. So they be stuck with that one hit.”
The 48-year-old mogul is currently in the final phase of his world tour, which will continue into late December with performances in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates.