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50 Cent Cites Nas & Rakim As Inspirations For “Animal Ambition” Album


(AllHipHop News) 50 Cent is drawing on two of the greatest lyricists in Hip Hop history as inspirations for his upcoming independent release Animal Ambition. The New York rhymer tells Vibe, that Rakim and Nas’ originality when it comes to lyricism serve as blueprints for his next work.

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“When I fell in love with Hip Hop it was more important that you had your own style than you being able to master a version of Rakim or a version of another artist’s style,” said 50. “Nobody does that better than [Rakim]. Even with new content that flow is still his flow.”

50 has publicly expressed he is a fan of Rakim for years. His verse on The Game’s “Hate It or Love It” included the line “My favorite rapper used to sing, ‘Check check out My Melody'” referring to Eric B. and Rakim’s “My Melody.”

While 50 and Nas have had their issues in the past, the G-Unit leader also names the fellow Queens emcee as an example of a rapper with his own style.

“Nas is [also] one of those guys…he has his own,” adds 50. “Even if some people make comparisons that was just Queensbridge, man. That period for me…Mobb Deep, Prodigy is in his own class in my mind.”

Animal Ambition will be 50 Cent’s first release since leaving Interscope Records and signing with Caroline Records.

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  • Casor_G

    It’s too late 50, the humble antics won’t work now. Go home and count ya money because the people are not buying any more gimmicks from you.

  • Genius at work, 50 on his shit right now.

  • Reblogged this on HUEY mix wit RILEY.

  • Terrance

    I would NEVER count 50 out. He has been in the Game a while and ppl are used to him. TRUE. However, the man couldn’t possibly have lost his knack for penning the krazy hook on a suitable track. #WEWILLSEE

    9enteractive .com

  • Y.O.

    not many rappers from 50’s area that are still at the top and popping. people act like 50’s the only one. new york coming back soon.

  • disqus_8gQkV1Y55t

    50 your done in these streets

  • marc esco

    He talks reckless about Nas, but yet he idolizes him. smh

    • Bumpy Johnson

      happens when a nigga u idolize disses u first.

  • MrNoName2K

    Fif still down with the home team..thats whats up

  • Black Jay

    This shows everybody that 50 isn’t stupid. He knows what’s up. I personally always felt that he was trying to bait Nas and capitalize off of that battle. Everyone saw what the Nas versus Jay Z thing did for Nas’s career. It was a ploy on 50’s part.

    But within the DNA of an MC he has admiration and respect for those that came before him because you can’t have a future without knowing your past. And that’s the problem with the younger rappers today (I use rappers and not MCs). They don’t study the history of the game.

    50 seems to be realizing the severity of his own personal situation and making a few moves to right some of those wrongs. That’s a good look. Can’t hate on a dude for looking to fix a few problems. Let’s hope his music is as commendable as his politics. Because at the end of the day, IT’S ABOUT HIP HOP.

    • Casor_G

      His politics is trash and outdated like his rhymes. That’s why he is done. Nobody needs Nobody

      • Brindle

        his politics tends to be anti-politics… which is needed no a days

  • InTheNightKitchen

    I’ve enjoyed all of his albums, I may not have liked every song on the project. Still, I eagerly await this album I hope it puts 50 in a position where he’s 100% focused on music. As much as he’s hated he’s actually needed to push the genre further.

  • Realist4200

    Yeah right. Nas and Rakim are on completely different levels than 50. 50 lacks good content, writing ability, originality, and just about everything else Nas and Rakim offer. He’s says sht like this before every album, but they never come close to sounding inspired, let alone inspired by great mcs.

    I’m tired of hearing him slur, mumble, squeek, whine and sound generally unenthusiastic on every single song.

    • SleepyTheGreat

      so much hate

      • Realist4200

        Hate? It’s fact. Prove me wrong.

        Find me some lyrics where 50 comes close to Nas.

        You can’t. His writing skills are stuck in 2003, and they weren’t that remarkable then either.

        I have no hate for 50. I have all the respect in the world for him on the business side of things. I used to be a fan. But he hasn’t done anything different since The Massacre.

        So like I said. Prove me wrong. I made my points, now either counter that sh!t, make some better points, or shut the f#ck up with your “so much hate”.

  • RapItUp

    Is “Curtis” really that bad of an album though?? Like, I need a serial “Curtis” nay-sayer to please put forth some rationale behind why you think it’s such an intolerable album.

    Lol @ 50 baiting Nas.. that would just turn into 50 trying to punk Nas next time they were at an awards show.. he better keep it off wax!

  • Brooklyn Stoop

    i havent saw a comment point out the obvious

    “When I fell in love with Hip Hop it was more important that you had your own style than you being able to master a version of Rakim or a version of another artist’s style,” said 50. “Nobody does that better than [Rakim]. Even with new content that flow is still his flow.”

    Dint this knee grow steal Ja Rule style and run with it??????

    • Brindle

      hell naw!!! I thought you was bout to say somethen else…

  • FerragamoFelz

    dude is trying to secure his head now that he’s on his own. trying to buy nas favor. but really! name a rapper that nas aint influence

  • what the hell is caroline records?

    • Brindle

      LOL.. they the independent slide of Capital Records… sounds way worst than it is…

  • southside4lyfe

    50 cent’s demise is of his own. If he wouldn’t have spent some much time beefing with rappers and making diss songs and used that time to hone his rap skills then he might have been a better rapper today. His albums don’t suck because while his lyrical content might not be all their, you can always bet that you will get a good playlist track with a mix of club bangers, gangsta, and sometimes even songs for the girls. You can have a suck album but if you know how to correctly put a tracklist together you can always keep fans coming back for more. Most of 50 cents fans only really listen to him to see who he will diss next. 50 and gucci might as well become best friends because keeping beef going instead of just making music has killed both their rap platforms.

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  • Truth Powell

    50 needs to drop the definitive new- New York album. Get a few beats from Primo and Pete Rock, guest verses from KRS, Rakim, and Papoose(Nas would be cool but we know that’s not happening). Show his roots and where he really comes from.

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  • LoverOfHipHop

    I’m hype about this. I have faith this will bring him back.

  • king

    This lame rap career is over!!

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