In part two of Billboard’s interview with 50 Cent, the Queens star has no problem voicing his opinions against his one-time rival Kanye West regarding his upcoming presidential run. The rapper not only thrashes West about his political pursuit but also explains why he feels the Chicago MC is looking to be a “diversion” during this year’s elections.
“I’m going to contemplate running myself. I’m going to run to create a diversion for someone else,” 50 says mockingly. “The new thing is to run to create a diversion and distract people. Would you run against someone who just gave you $2 million?”According to Forbes last week, West’s YEEZY company received more than $2 million through Trump’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which reportedly saved over 100 jobs.
“Remember the last president called you a jackass,” says 50 when speaking on the time Obama blasted West for his 2009 antics interrupting Taylor Swift at the VMAs. “Maybe that’s why you embrace this one.”
Though West told Forbes in a new interview he’s no longer in support of Trump and tossed away his MAGA hat for good, 50 believes the rapper didn’t have a choice but to back down due to the “climate” of racial injustice, asking: “How would you keep it without creating a storm of s–t for yourself?”
Shortly after lambasting West, 50 salutes Trump’s unapologetic demeanor and cites him as the reason he chooses to follow his blueprint, especially after his comments concerning exotic women versus Black women went viral last week during his interview with Lil Wayne on Young Money Radio. “You know what I learned from my president? That I don’t have to be apologetic. And whatever the f–k you said is fake news,” he says to his detractors.
Ultimately, 50 clarifies his controversial statement, saying, “at no point did I say African American women weren’t exotic,” and reveals that he was initially trying to explain the newness he feels of being around different people and environments.
“When you travel, you’ll understand exactly what the f–k I’m saying to you because you’ll go places like, ‘God damn, this sh-t is fire’ — just the way it feels being in another part of the world and you’ll see things that are attracted to you,” he offers. “All those things are exotic to you because it’s not from what you’re comfortable with.”
In the interview, 50 also talks about his former rival Rick Ross, who, in a past video posted by XXL last week, credited the rapper for delivering “his best verse” on Game’s 2004 “Hate It or Love It” record. In response, the G-Unit commander issues a compliment to Ross by calling 2010’s “B.M.F.” his favorite track from him, and that he’d go far enough even to place the song in his upcoming STARZ series Black Mafia Family. “At some point, that has to play on the BMF series,” he relays.
“He’s a talented writer. I couldn’t get past him being a correctional officer,” 50 continues. “I know you’re sworn under oath. So circumstances where anything that’s going on that’s not kosher, I know you’re telling. That’s all that was. We’re not competing. There’s nothing to compete for.”
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Watch the interview in-full above where 50 Cent speaks on incorporating Black Lives Matter in season two of his ABC series For Life, and his stance on police brutality.