Ten years ago, 50 Cent began to see his hard work paying off, as he was beginning to gain international fame. Soon, 50 Cent found himself in Los Angeles, meeting with Eminem and Dr. Dre before meeting with Jimmy Iovine. 50 Cent became the cornerstone of Interscope Records, but has fallen out of good graces with the company in recent years.
Though much younger, Chief Keef’s success in 2012 is comparable to 50 Cent’s in 2002. His breakout single, “I Don’t Like,” led to a bidding war over him. Chief Keef ultimately decided to sign with Interscope Records. When asked why he signed to Interscope, Chief Keef said they were speaking the same language, at a time when 50 Cent says he does not feel their support.
On the heels of 50 Cent’s success came the height of his underground feud with Ja Rule. After the dismantling of Ja Rule’s career, 50 Cent replaced him as rap’s biggest star. 50 Cent dominated the rap game for the next three years. But, similar to Ja Rule, 50 Cent’s popularity waned and he found himself ousted by a rising popular rapper. Rick Ross was that rapper and now he holds the position in the hot seat.
Recently, 50 Cent spoke with Power 92.3 about his upcoming album, 5 (Murder by Numbers), Chief Keef’s new deal with Interscope, and his feuds with Ja Rule and Rick Ross.
Watch the entire interview below: