Glad to see that he didn't take any slideshots at Dre in this one. If 50 thinks he'll be on Detox whenever it comes out, then I guess that puts to rest the rumors of him dissing Dre/Em for his next album hype...


Love him or hate him, 50 Cent has cast his bullet-proof shadow over the hip hop scene since his record-smashing debut album was released, almost three years ago to the day under music giants Dr. Dre and Eminem.

A second album, bio-pic, video game, and more rap feuds than the Sesame Street Dracula could count later, BangkokRecorder sat down with Curtis James Jackson III a few hours before he stepped onstage in Bangkok with his G-Unit crew.

Under increasing fire from anti-violence protestors, 50 broke his silence on being dissed by Spike Lee, why his mentor Dr Dre's Detox album has yet to be released and why he can't pose like James Bond.

BR: Tonight, are you going to perform any differently than you usually do?
50: Yes. Iíll stop some of the dialogue, some of the talking in between the actual music and get straight to the music. I know thereíll be a couple of people there that donít understand English.

BR: Youíre going to be in a movie soon with Samuel L. Jackson about the Iraq War. Whatís your role in the movie?
50: My characterís 22 years old. [The movie] shows the effects of war. Thatís whatís exciting to me about it, because itís totally relevant to whatís going on right now. It shows not just what happens to a person after killing, but what happens when thereís a lot of death around you. How your spirit changes.

I actually went to perform for the soldiers in Iraq. Iím not supportive of the war, but Iím definitely supportive of the soldiers. A lot of people go [to Iraq] who were just trying to get a college education.

BR: In the movie, part of it is going to be filmed in Morocco?
50: Yeah, I actually go straight to Morocco from Bangkok.

BR: Hip-hop has become the most popular music in the world in the last 10 years or so. Do you think that anti-Americanism is ever going to reach a point where fans will reject your albums and merchandise because of your nationality?
50: I donít believe so. And I think that hip-hop is evolving to a point even further than just artists being able to move around internationally and sell music. In every one of the different markets Iíve been, Iíve seen people who speak different languages doing their whole art form. In [international] music videos, you can mute the television and look and itís just like what we do. The same format, you know, and itís exciting to see that the art form is growing.

BR: Why was your show in South Korea cancelled?
50: South Korea? Iím not even sure. It was probably something to do with the promoters. Because Iíve been everywhere: Nigeria, Iraq, Dubai.

BR: How has touring around the world given you a different perspective on the United States and what it means to be an American?
50: Wow, it gives you a different perspective just by being able to see the difference, of everyone else, where they live, their lifestyle. Because thatís the major difference. We have small pieces of everything that is outside of the country in the U.S., but not at that high a level. Like, look at the different foods. You have Mexican food or Chinese food or Japanese food. Every different place, those different, smaller things that are there for you to make reference to it, until you actually get to that area and go, ĎWow. Wait, this is not the Chinese food that I had [in the U.S.].

BR: How do you respond when members of the African-American community, such as Spike Lee, criticize you for allegedly glorifying violence?
50: You know what? Since I been overseas I heard that Spike Lee said something. You know, whatís weird to me is, initially no one said 50 Cent glorified violence when I released my first album, Get Rich or Die Tryin', They knew I was experiencing that actual violence that I wrote about on the album. I was actually going through those things when I wrote it. And, afterwards, thereís been so much violence projected on me. Like anything violent that goes on, they kind of put me to it.

For instance, I think Spike Leeís new motivation for talking about me had something to do with the incident with Busta Rhymesí bodyguard. The newspapers came out and said that I was there. I wasnít even in the state when it happened and wasnít even in the country by the time Spike Lee was mentioning it! You see what Iím saying? But, to his knowledge, I was there. Cause, Spike Leeís not a friend of mine.

You know, Iíve seen a couple of his movies. I actually dislike the part in his movies where the character stands still [and the camera pans back] and it looks like [the character] moves. I think thatís the corniest thing on the planet.

BR: Like in Crooklyn?
50: Yeah, he does it in all of the movies. Heíll just stop and heíll have the camera moving instead of the actual character.

I think itís difficult to control [the misrepresentations]. Because whenever you become public property, you have to adjust to peopleís opinions. But you canít allow that to affect your day-to-day. I know whatís important to me and what Iím doing creatively. I canít tell you, a journalist, Ďwell you have a responsibility to write what you want the person thatís readingÖí You could be a journalist writing the actual story, but itís your fault because you have a responsibility too - to not give people anything that inspires them to be bad. Which means that we think all the information in every story that we receive through our media outlets should be censored. But instead, you want to place those standards just on 50 Cent, just on music. And not even apply it to larger forms of entertainment, like film.

They protested my [Get Rich or Die Tryiní] poster boards because I had a gun in the poster boards. But how often have we seen guns utilized for the marketing of a film? For 007, they put a gun pointing straight at you in the logo. Iíve seen the The Matrix, how many guns did you see in that? All of these action films. You know what cheap action is? [Makes hand into shape of a gun and makes a gunshot noise] A gunshot. Itís a blank and a squib that explodes on your chest. Thatís cheap. Five dollars. We can do it for like five dollars. [Imitating a director] ĎLetís shoot it again. Wait, letís shoot this scene again.í And guess what? The movieís no good if it doesnít look real. I think that visuals are more effective than sound, so they should apply those standards harder on film than they should on music. But itís easier to attack one thing. Like, youíre attacking one person when you say you have a problem with it. And, I donít know if Spike Lee actually has a problem with 50 Cent, 50 Centís image or the things that are being projected on me, or if he just needs new press and publicity. Itís something for us all to look at, you know? Like when you decide from out of nowhere to mention it. Whoís Spike Lee? Spike Leeís not relevant to 50 Cent. Heís not even in my life. I could care less about him. And to say that he has a problem with my image or what Iím doing creatively, it means nothing to me, you know?

BR: Are you going to be on your mentor Dr. Dreís album, Detox?
50: Well, Detox, when it actually comes out, Iíll be on it. People have been anticipating this record for a long time, and I feel like Dre always comes through. Itís going to be something special, but he takes his time with it. More than normal, you know, because heís such a perfectionist.

You know what it is? The saying, 'thereís a shadow of doubt cast over every artist in between projects.' Because, when you deal with the general public you deal with the world people. And a lot of people arenít successful because they donít believe in themselves. And if they donít believe in themselves, how could [they] expect anyone to believe in [them] as an artist? After a while they [donít] start going, Ďdo you think 50 Cent can make a good record,í but Ďdo you think he can do it again? Do you think he can make an album that does as well as his first one again?í And I went through that going into The Massacre. I couldnít understand it at first because I had so much consistency with the other material that I released; having everybody that I released through my record label scan over a million records. I sat around and I kind of thought about it, and said things to him and he just goes, Ďwell, they gonna do that anyway.í And I felt like they was doubting that I would do it again when I got ready to do my second record.

But Dre, I think he feels that pressure because he has to beat the last thing that heís done. And while we might be thinking about The Chronic, he might be thinking about Get Rich or Die Tryin', and ďIn Da Club.Ē So he feels like his record has to be bigger than that last record that he made. Itís difficult. Iíll hear music and Iíll be like, Ďlook Ö I need this beat.í Like, how we do all of these out-of-control records? We do the records in the studio. And heíll be making new records because heíll be like, Ďyeah, that was cool, butÖí And heíll move on to something else. And Iím like, ĎWait a minute. This one. Give me this! I know what to do with this. You can stay in the studio and make records if thatís what you want to do. Let me go to Bangkok with this one.í [Laughs] Itís a process for him, so you just kind of got to be patient with Detox and Dreís records. But, Iím looking forward to it.