Producer Needlz Talks About 50 Cent's "Piggybank," Future Projects

Though much of

the hip-hop community has heard of 50 Cent's rumored dis record "Piggybank,"

not many have actually heard the mysterious track, not even the song's producer

Needlz, who prefers to stay neutral amidst the controversy.


heard about the song, but I mean, outside of that, I heard he's coming at Ja

[Rule] and Fat Joe [but] as far as the record, I don't have any problems with

anybody," Needlz told, laughing and admitting that he hasn't

listened to "Piggybank" yet.

While Needlz chooses

to remain diplomatic, 50 has decided on lyrical warfare, with verses reportedly

aimed at Shyne, Jadakiss, Nas, and Kelis among others.

The Associated

Press recently identified lyrics directed toward Bronx rapper Fat Joe: "You

thought "Lean Back' was big in the club/My (album) did 11 mil, your (album)

was a dud."

Maintaining his

innocence in the matter, however, Needlz says the concept behind "Piggybank"

is all 50's.

"I have nothing

to do with the [lyrics], but I submitted the beat. 50 wrote what he wrote to

it," said Needlz, who is also responsible for the new BET "Rap City"

theme. "He felt however he felt, it's freedom of speech."

50's free speech

has compelled Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex to not play "Piggybank" on

his radio show, claiming it might incite fury.

The single is reminiscent

of one of 50's earlier songs, "How to Rob," which also called out

prominent hip-hop figures, including Jay-Z and DMX.

Needlz says he

plans to continue producing G-Unit tracks despite his impartiality in the situation.

In addition to

"Piggybank," the Michigan native produced Young Buck's "Bang,

Bang," "Let Me In" and another song titled "Gotta Love My

Style" off 50's upcoming Valentine's Day Massacre album.

Needlz is also

behind the Game's track "Special" featuring Nate Dogg, which appears

on Game's debut album, The Documentary.

From interning

at Bad Boy Entertainment as part of NYU's Music Business graduate curriculum,

Needlz hooked up with his future manager and has since produced for artists

like David Banner, Ludacris, Jermaine Dupri, and Fabolous.