50 Cent: Jay Z Quit Competing With Me During My Prime
Ever since 50 Cent’s inflammatory “How To Rob” song in 1999, he and Jay Z have appeared on songs together, performed together and most evidently thrown subliminal shots at each other. After admitting that he believes there are subsets of the listening public which “follows trends” and no longer wanted to hear his music, he illustrates this point by explaining his rise to fame in relation to Jay Z’s retirement phase:
Where was Jay Z from 2003 to 2006? I sold 23 million records from 2003 to 2006. He stopped making music. He said ‘I quit. We’ll get back to what we got later. I quit. Timeout. I’ll come back to play later.’ When he signed that Beyonce contract he was like ‘men lie, women lie, numbers don’t.’
Later in the interview 50 Cent stated that the first record he made with an artist outside of New York City was with UGK for “As The World Turns” in 1998. He made sure to quip that “after I had got shot Jay did ‘Big Pimpin” with UGK. I don’t know where he got the idea from.” While “Big Pimpin’” was actually released in April of 2000, a month before 50 Cent was infamously shot nine times, 50 explains he continues to throw shots at Jay Z “You need someone to work off.”
During his interview with The Breakfast Club back in July of last year, Jay spoke on predicting the 50 Cent takeover of 2003-2006 and warning his own Roc-A-Fella artists around September of 2002:
I remember one time walking in the studio. It was like a small gap. Bleek, Beans. Everybody was in there. I was like, ‘Man, I’m telling you, man. Y’all better..y’all better…y’all got a change right now. Just flood it. Put out a lot of music, because 50 Cent is coming. You know, four months later, ‘In Da Club’ hit.
50 Cent’s full Sirius XM Town Hall Q&A will debut live on Sirius XM’s website, app and station on March 31st.