50 Cent Says Listening to JAY-Z's '4:44' Makes Him Feel Like Carlton Banks

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50 Cent on Conan

As a seasoned rap legend, a husband and father of three, and the owner and CEO of a music streaming service, JAY-Z is decades away from his archetypal come up as a hungry rapper on the streets of New York. And fellow 40-something-year-old rapper 50 Cent is not sure he’s particularly excited by the modern day Hov.

In an interview with Conan on Tuesday night (Jan. 16), 50 backed up his earlier comments about JAY's Grammy-nominated album 4:44 sounding like “golf course music,” by clarifying and adding that it also makes him feel like Carlton Banks, Will Smith’s dorky sibling on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

“Hip-hop culture's connected to youth culture," 50 says. "The kids gonna bring new innovative stuff. He just had the maturity bleed off into the material. So you look at it and go -- it's cool for me, like, in my car I'm listening to it. But the kids, I don't see them actually listening to it." 

He continued saying the album has an “I’m up here, baby” attitude, which might be in reference to songs like “The Story of O.J.,” which is rich with financial wisdom, or potentially about songs like bonus cut “Blue’s Freestyle/ We Family,” which seeps into the dad-rap category, complete with a verse from the rapper’s daughter.

50 says he hasn’t had a conversation with JAY about his opinions yet, but I think it's clear that we'd all be interested in a public response. 


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