Exclusive: 50 Cent talks
We catch up with the hip hop heavyweight to talk about his new album Curtis
Before jetting off to swan it in the states our friend to the stars Tim Kash caught up with 50 Cent in London to talk about Eminem, Justin Timberlake and his plans for the future.
Tim: Tell us about the new album?
Fiddy: This is my 3rd album and for the people I played it to, like Eminem, Dr Dre- they feel like the record falls somewhere between Get Rich Or Die Tryin and The Massacre.
I went in the studio with pretty much everybody who I thought would provide a new creative direction for me. I worked with Kanye West, Pharrell, Swiss Beats and Will.I.Am.
Tim: Is it a case of, 'If it aint broke, dont fix it?
Fiddy: Outside of Eminem and Dr Dre, it has just been G Unit around 50 Cent as an artist. This time I worked with Akon, with Mary J (Blige) and Justin Timberlake - produced by Timbaland. The album was me saying I can go off and create with other artists and experiment a little bit.
Tim: How was it like working with Justin and Timbaland?
Fiddy: I actually wrote a lot of the portions that other artists are working with me on. In Justin's case I flew up to Florida where he was on tour with Timbaland. He produced the beat in a studio trailer, on the tour bus. We got the music, the first time. Later we finished the song in Houston.
Tim: How do you and Eminem keep on stepping your game up?
Fiddy: Dr Dre is to Eminem what Eminem is to 50 Cent. He is following the Dre steps a little bit. For me, just the lyrics and business is more exciting to me. I will sit in the studio with him all day. I can take constructive criticism from him. I know he is 100% in my corner. If I had to pick people, that I know wants me to be happy. I would pick my Grandmother, then Eminem.
Tim: What is there still left to achieve?
Fiddy: Sky is the limit man. I have done a lot of deals (that) have been done before. It is time for me to do ventures that havent been done.
Tim: Will there be a time where you put music aside?
Fiddy: No, it's my first love
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