Los Angeles, CA – Eminem once released a single called “Just Don’t Give A Fuck,” yet that motto apparently doesn’t apply to critics. In a new interview with Big Boy’s Neighborhood, 50 Cent said criticism of Slim Shady’s 2009 album Relapse prompted Eminem to shelve a recorded sequel.

“Those critics … being criticized about the music actually affects him because it’ll hit him,” 50 said. “He’s been focused completely on that [music] the entire time. You know what I’m saying? He didn’t take a day off.

“So you look at it and go, creatively what he’s deciding to put out … Like, we had a whole other album when he did Relapse. He didn’t like the response, so he didn’t even put out the whole Relapse 2 that we did already. So it’s like if he doesn’t like the response, he can change it.”

Relapse, much like Eminem’s latest album Revival, received mixed reviews. Slim Shady hasn’t been shy about firing back at critics, but 50 felt a need to come to his defense. The G-Unit leader believes newer artists have a lack of respect for Eminem.

“I’ve never heard any new R&B singer come out and say Prince wasn’t hot,” he noted. “That now, new guys should pay homage to Em … because he’s a big part of why we grew as fast as we grew.”

Check out the clip of 50’s thoughts on Eminem above and watch the full interview below.