2x50.mp3 7:21@128k / the hit 1997 beats: mizell+allen / how to rob 1998 beats: trackmasters


it's like how scarface is every hustler's inspiration, but at the end.. i used to watch scarface and stop it before the end. i turned it off right when that nigga came through the back window. when i was hustlin, if i made a lot, i always thought i could make more. even if i said i was gonna quit i got a $100k that would mean i was making $5k a day, so why quit then? lets go to $200k. then i get to $200k and want $300k. isn't that a fatal flaw? i would look at it and say it was negative if i didn't see people in business constantly creating new goals for themselves and be respected. everyone thinks that's a great thing for them to do. is hiphop more a business, too? sure. hiphop is the music business. you gotta make music in order to be in the business, but then after you have the right music, it's all business. doesn't that label you a sellout? you're ruining hiphop's legacy, exploiting black people's greatest culture. people who have that opinion have no money, nothing. they rap, but they might as well be writing poetry. i believe that it's more compelling to make something that masses will embrace, than it is to write something for yourself. if it's for yourself then keep it to your mthrfkng self. if you're not in this business to gain respect in ways that artists haven't been respected before, why participate? i wish those people wouldn't even be involved. those are the people i'd like to sign to g-unit, so i can fuck them over and take their money. gimme your fkin rhyme book motherfker. g-unit. are you their leader? if banks or yayo were here right now and we didn't tell them otherwise, they'd sit there and i'd be talking to you just like they weren't here. do you consider yourself a brand? absolutely. i view g-unit records as interscope records. they might look at it as if as a subsidiary, but my success and consistency is greater so far than what interscope did in its first two years. i dont care if jay-z does a sneaker deal in front of me, not if i sell more shoes than him. was the plan to be a brand from day one? is that different from the goal of an artist who just wants to be "the illest mc alive"? that might be the difference between me and another rapper, but i was always gonna be a brand. you know why i decided to use g-unit? it stands for gorilla unit, but i knew just the letter 'g' would work better as a clothing brand. j. crew - g.u. i spent $20 mil marketing dollars just on the phrase g-gu-g-gu-gu-g-unit. so if music wasn't a business, do you think you'd still be rhyming? yeah. i still love the music...but, nah. i'ma be honest with you. i probably wouldn't be. i never was a battle rapper. i never went nowhere just to rap or because i had skills. i got into music from the songwriting end and that's because that's where the money was at. it's a hustle that didn't have any requirements. i didn't have to have a college education or any experience to consider myself an artist. that's similar to writing for me. i rarely write unless i have a story to do. eminem does. and tupac would write poems and sht. he liked to document his life a lot. so what's g-unit's five year plan? a lot of artists feel accomplished when they get a records deal. but in actuality they just received the opportunity to get what they're really after. they were artists already. they're after what comes from being successful as an artist. that's why the moment that advance check comes in, everybody's clothes get cleaner, draws get clean, the jewelry be on. they get the i'm-a-rapper-for-real starter kit. which is good until the reality sets in that that was the only check you're gonna see for the year! you get $65k or $70k but that's for the year my ngga. don't spend that tomorrow and go get yourself a big ass 745 / xc america #4