Back in 2008, 50 Cent and G-Unit visited Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa during a tour of Africa. At the time, 50 called the visit “amazing” and said he felt “enlightened.”

This weekend, during an interview with DJ Whoo Kid, 50 Reflected on meeting the civil rights leader five years after the fact and just after Mandela’s passing.

“You’re still not prepared for people that have such a strong impression on people coming up and that and those are people dedicated to helping others,” 50 Cent said when asked about his meeting with Nelson Mandela. “When I think about when I was out there experiencing that and meeting him, that’s like meeting the king of somewhere.”

Nelson Mandela died Thursday of a lung infection at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg surrounded by his family. Mandela had been facing health issues during the last few years of his life. He was 95.

50 Cent also talked about his upcoming prelude project to Street King ImmortalAnimal Ambition.

“I’m going to drop it in January, it’s a full body of work,” 50 Cent said when asked about the prelude project. “I wouldn’t call it a mixtape because it’s a higher grade than the material that I put out on mixtapes. I recorded so many album quality songs that I’m going to put the animal project out as my viral marketing plan and then it will come out after, Street King Immortal.”

Street King Immortal will be 50’s first album release in five years. Before I Self Destruct was the G-Unit head’s last studio LP drop.

Listen to the full 50 Cent interview with DJ Whoo Kid below:

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