To commemorate 50 Cent’s 20th anniversary of his debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin’, the multi-hyphenate entertainer sat down with Billboard. He spoke about the current state of hip-hop and specifically the Cardi B and Nicki Minaj feud.
“The way I had competitive energy: Hip-hop culture makes you battle. I love Nicki Minaj, but the funny s— is, I like watching her when she’s upset. I like that because she has something that comes from the experience of living in South Jamaica. I’m looking at it like, ‘Yo, I know they think she’s nuts, but they only think that because they don’t understand.’ I get it. She thinks you’re trying to play her.”
“When Cardi B came, I thought she was dope,” he continued. “She’s from the bottom. She was in Club Lust in Brooklyn. [Going] from that and actually making a hit record and turning into who she did? I don’t know why anybody wouldn’t like to see that. It felt like she got everything — married, the baby — it came really fast. That’s the American dream right there.”
Rumors of a feud between the Pink Friday rapper and Invasion of Privacy creator began to circulate in 2017 when Cardi released her breakout hit “Bodak Yellow.” In 2018, tensions were high as Cardi got into an altercation with a close friend of Minaj’s while they all were at a Harper’s Bazaar New York Fashion Week event.
“When her and Nicki clash, I go, ‘Oh, s—, it’s going to be interesting to watch how it plays out,'” 50 said in his cover story. “Lyrically, I won’t say anything competitively about the two of them, but I love Nicki. I don’t have anything against Cardi. I think anyone who comes now, she is going to check their temperature. Nicki is going to check if this bitch is friendly or looking to take over the s—.”