NYPD commander at a Brooklyn precinct is currently being investigated
after allegedly telling his group of officers to “shoot” 50 Cent “on sight” at a boxing match in the city last spring. Per People, deputy
inspector Emmanuel Gonzalez made the alleged remarks to his staff at a
roll call before the NYPD-sanctioned sporting event took place, which he
tried to pass off as a joke in the moment. However, the rapper became
aware of Gonzalez’s comments on Sunday morning after The New York Daily News broke the story,
and is considering legal action against the commander as a result. “Mr.
Jackson takes this threat very seriously and is consulting with his
legal counsel regarding his options going forward,” his spokesman said
in a statement. “He is concerned that he was not previously advised of
this threat by the NYPD and even more concerned that Gonzalez continues
to carry a badge and a gun.”
“This is how I wake up this morning,” 50 Cent added on Twitter. “This guy Emanuel Gonzales is a dirty cop abusing his power. The sad part is this man still has a badge and a gun. I take this threat very seriously and I’m consulting with my legal counsel regarding my options moving forward.” Peoplenotes that the duo previously crossed paths within the law. Gonzalez filed an aggravated harassment complaint against 50 Cent last spring, which stemmed from the rapper reportedly making threats against Gonzalez on social media after the commander shut down a popular Brooklyn strip club.
50 Cent‘s fifth studio album, Street King Immortal, will be released early next year. It’s his first record in nearly four years, since 2009’s Before I Self Destruct, his lowest-selling project to date. Despite this, 50 Cent remains a hip-hop superstar, and he’s stayed in the news, publicly feuding with boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and rapper French Montana. He’s also collaborated with rising Chicago artist Chief Keef, who infamously skipped out on the video shoot for single “Hate Being Sober,” abandoning 50 and Wiz Khalifa on a video set in the desert. We spoke with 50 about his next album’s delays, the major success of his new single with Adam Levine and Eminem, and how much hip-hop has changed since his he hit the scene with his breakout work in the late ’90s and early 2000s.
What are you trying to accomplish with “My Life,” your new single with Eminem and Adam Levine?
50 Cent: I recorded that record almost two years ago. That was with me and Adam [Levine]. We worked together and I got him to record the vocals for the chorus. My portion of the song was written and then I flew to Detroit and got Eminem to do his portion. He had a few ideas for songs for this album for me. He had started writing portions of those other records because they had choruses built on it. It felt like those hit records that Em was making at the time. It had those real pretty choruses on them. I was predicting what people [would say] based on the time period. Because it’s been three years since I released my last record, that they would say, “You fell off. You never had anything marketed or promoted for three years.” And them not understanding [that it’s] because it’s my final contract requirement. Contractually, if you go through an audit process and if you find things where you haven’t been paid, it’s a process for legal to actually write the check. You can’t deliver the record in between that time period. You got to wait until it’s completely dealt with. Now that it’s done, I can launch. CONTINUE READING
What exactly was the moment when Dr. Dre went from being a rap producer to the all-seeing oracle of the hip-hop industry? The crucial transformation in a career of crucial transformations can be traced to Dre’s initial partnership with Eminem. In 1997, Dre was struggling to make Aftermath relevant following the massive cultural significance of his Death Row recordings. Now the papers were reporting that he was determined to break a blonde emcee from Detroit. It at first seemed ludicrous, the early sign of an unavoidable decline. It turned out to be just the opposite. Dre’s endorsement of Eminem became the most successful bet of the producer’s life, surpassing even Straight Outta Compton and The Chronic, two of the most seminal and individualistic album-length statements in hip-hop history. In discovering, grooming and marketing Eminem (with the help of his industry shaker, Jimmy Iovine) Dre confirmed that he was in possession of powers beyond the musical. His work with Eminem led into the release of 2001, which renewed his creative license for a new generation and segued into his work with 50 Cent andGame. Since that time, he has continued to make music but at a much slower rate than 10 or 15 years ago. His beats now feel expensive and important, and it’s sometimes easy to long for the days of “Let Me Ride,” when his music felt more organic and unselfconscious. However, his abilities as a beatmaker have long since been superseded by his presence as a tastemaker. Because of this, the expectations for his new music have gone skyward, and Dre has always made it his mission not only to meet but to exceed the public’s expectations of him. Detox has become a mythically anticipated album not simply because of Dr. Dre’s production legacy but because he is now regarded as much more of a musical artist—he is a visionary, an artist-maestro who has transcended the stature previously occupied by Phil Spector. Even when he’s not doing anything he exerts more influence on rap music than producers who are active week to week. As we look back over a musical portfolio that spans almost 30 years, the predominant question asked by fans, peers, and industry insiders has shifted from “When will Dre drop his latest?” to “What would Dre do?” CHECK IT OUT HERE
HE BECAME THE KING OF BLING—A WEALTHY RAPPER, MOVIE STAR, AND INDUSTRY MOGUL. BUT A WORKING-CLASS HERO? NOW 50 CENT WANTS TO GO BLUE-COLLAR OR DIE TRYIN’.
DETAILS: “New Day,” the first single from your upcoming album, Street King Immortal, begins with a line of Robert De Niro’s from A Bronx Tale: “It don’t take much strength to pull a trigger, but try and get up every morning, day after day, and work for a living. . . . Then we’ll see who’s the real tough guy.” Isn’t that the complete opposite of everything you’ve ever rapped about? 50 Cent: It puts you right where I want you to be, as the working-class person, because that’s how I want you to identify with this song. In the environment that I grew up in, you have people who are extremely religious and people who are extremely intoxicated and trying to forget the pains. It’s about figuring out how it feels under circumstances where you’re not a winner. When I see somebody with a sign, I don’t give ’em anything. I don’t give a fuck. You stand out there waiting for someone to put something in your cup? Shit, I’d be on a chain gang before I’d be standing there like that. CONTINUE READING
The relationship between 50 Cent and pound-for-pound kingFloyd Mayweather Jr. is over. The breakup, rumored for weeks, was announced by 50 Cent on Twitter on Thursday. It means featherweight titlist Billy Dib, one of the fighters who 50 Cent signed, will make his next defense on the undercard of Miguel Cotto’s fight against junior middleweight titleholder Austin Trout on Dec. 1 (Showtime) at Madison Square Garden in New York. 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, announced during Mayweather’s two-month summer incarceration for domestic abuse that he had formed TMT Promotions, which is short for “The Money Team”and is what Mayweather calls his entourage. 50 Cent and Mayweather were going to promote fights together, and 50 Cent also strongly hinted that the company would promote Mayweather’s fights instead of Golden Boy Promotions, which has been promoting Mayweather’s events since 2007. TMT Promotions was licensed by the New York State Athletic Commission in July, and 50 Cent signed multiple fighters, including undefeated former unified featherweight titleholder Yuriorkis Gamboa, Australia’s Dib, and super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell. CONTINUE READING…