BY SATEESH ROGERS
PHILADELPHIA, PA — The streets in every hood have been buzzing about 50 Cent’s latest release, “The Massacre” which hit stores March 3. The multi-platinum rapper known for using beefs and battles to boost his sales has stuck with the same marketing strategy this time around.
On one of his lead singles Piggy Bank, 50 attacks well known rappers, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Nas, his wife Kelis and Shyne:
“You know me, black on black bentley, big ol’ black nine / I’ll clap your monkey a**, yeah black on black crime. That fat n**** thought Lean Back was “In Da Club” / My s*** sold 11 mill, his s*** was a dud....Jada don’t f*** with me if you wanna eat / Cause I’ll do your lil’ a** like Jay did Mobb Deep / Yeah homie, in New York, n***** like your vocals / But that’s only in New York, dawg your a** is local.... Kelis said her milkshake brings all the boys to the yard / Then Nas went and tattooed the b**** on his arm... Shyne poppin’ off his mouth from a cell / He don’t want it with me, he in DC / I can have a n**** run up on him with a shank / For just a few pennies out my piggy bank.”
These are the “warning shots” as 50 calls them, that are to open up hip-hop’s latest beef.
But, the real question raging throughout the hood has been, “Is 50 Cent really 50 Snitch?”
An upcoming mixtape release from artist Kornbread Jenkins entitled Kornbread’s Kookout Konversations makes a very strong case on a couple of tracks that 50 really stands for “5.0” — a common street term used to describe the police. Kornbread, in an interview with The Burning Spear suggested that the pigs are the ones that put money in 50’s piggy bank. “I like some of his music. But a snitch with good music is just that — a snitch.”
In fact, no matter where you go, more and more people indicate that they believe that 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, is a snitch. In Newport News, Virginia, a man was selling bootleg copies of music including The Game and 50 Cent albums, two for ten dollars. When he gave his pitch to one person on the street, the person replied, “I’ve already got Game’s album and I don’t f*** with 50 Cent.” Another individual walking past agreed, “Yeah, f*** 50. Rat a** n****.”
In a clothing shop in Newport News on Jefferson Avenue, locally produced “Fuck 50 Cent” t-shirts are flying off the racks.
But beyond that, the streets are filled with suggestions that 50 really is 5.0.
On the airwaves and in the street mixtape circuit, Fat Joe’s hard hitting comeback, “My .44,” fires back at 50:
“Oh yeah, you got 65 n***** on your team / and they’re not from southside jamaica queens / they’re the boys in blue / I’m just speakin’ the truth / Now we all see the b**** in you... this n**** be walkin around with 20 cops talkin’ s*** on records, never comin’ out his house.”
Jadakiss’ response, “Checkmate,” features him rapping over a beat from 50’s own mixtape saying this:
“...I heard you put a couple good n***** behind bars / I might never sell that much / But you can bet your last two quarters, I never tell that much.”
From the word on the streets to lyrics over beats, everyone seems to be trying to expose 50 as an agent of the police. One of the major things that has brought many to the conclusion that 50 Cent is a snitch was his coordinated activities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
On BET, 50 Cent snitches on Murder, Inc.
In an interview broadcast on BET, 50 Cent claimed that he had first hand information that the record label, Murder, Inc., was started with drug money. Two weeks later, the FBI arrested and brought charges against several figures tied to the label best known for producing rap star Ja Rule.
This drew intense criticism from everyone from the average African on the block to rap legend Scarface. The same FBI that 50 snitched to, and perhaps works for, is a part of the very government responsible for putting drugs in our community in the first place.
Since selling over 11 million albums and raking in over $50 million in the last year or so, 50 went from saying how he owed the streets for his success to loudly and clearly broadcasting his new message of “fuck the hood” in recent tours and in a March XXL interview.
In a radio interview on New York’s Hot 97, Funkmaster Flex said that he “had been around nearly every rap beef since the very beginning and never have I seen someone go up against 4 or 5 top artists at one time. Then in addition to that you have beef with your own artist, the Game.”
Compton native, the Game, was temporarily kicked out of 50 Cent’s Gorilla Unit or G-Unit for refusing to take part in growing this beef into a war between factions of the rap world. The Game, stated in interviews with Hot 97 that he was cool with rappers Fat Joe and Nas and that Jadakiss calls him regularly and asks about his son. He wrapped it up by saying that “50’s beef is 50’s beef,” and he wasn’t taking part in it.
“The real concern is really not about how well 50 Cent does in the music business or even the quality of his music. People might like his music, but the one thing no one likes in any hood is a snitch.”
Later on the same day that the Game made his decision known to the public, 50 Cent and Lloyd Banks, another member of the G-Unit, went to Hot 97 to put out their position.
According to Lloyd Banks, the Game’s principles were a violation of the Gorilla Unit. Banks said, “He don’t move how we move. We fall under a certain umbrella. We follow suit. I don’t care if 50 disrespects your mama. I don’t care if he’s 120 percent wrong, we down with 50 Cent.”
Apparently, that didn’t make sense to the Game. While 50 Cent and the G-Unit have been attempting to create the next massive rap war that would mostly serve the police, the Game, a long time Blood, has organized what he calls the “Black Wall Street” in an effort to unite Bloods and Crips in Compton.
“It’s not red wall street, it’s not blue wall street — it’s black wall street,” said Game in an interview with www.mtv.com. It has long been evident that the Game and 50 Cent have had their differences.
What is even more interesting about Curtis Jackson, is that for all the tough talk he seems to have about whomever and whatever, he didn’t say a word when Eminem, according to last summer’s issue of The Source Magazine, was calling African people black b******, coons, apes, monkeys and n******, on his underground Detroit mixtapes.
In fact, Eminem openly brags in his music about being the “latest thing since Elvis Presley to use black music to make himself wealthy.” Elvis of course, said that the only thing “niggers can do for me is buy my albums and shine my shoes.”
Kornbread Jenkins’ mixtape, Kornbread’s Kookout Konversations, points at 50 Cent as a snitch.
Riding his “favorite white boy’s” coattail, 50 Cent was thrust into the center of white America’s attention. Eminem has become the great white hope and the role model for white kids everywhere that want so desperately to be black. With Eminem’s stamp of approval, 50 Cent was almost assured of selling well in the group most responsible for purchasing hip-hop albums — young white people.
These are the facts that reveal Curtis Jackson as a house n**** in gangsta clothing. He has built his success from support from the community and now says “fuck the hood.” He goes out of his way to start beef, unlike anything most people have ever seen, but says nothing about Eminem’s anti-African statements.
The most damning evidence is that he has served as an informant to the police. Some rumors also suggest that the reason 50 Cent was shot to begin with was for snitching, and while that rumor is unconfirmed, it is seemingly not out of character.
50 Cent’s music confuses Africans as to who our real enemy is
The real concern is really not about how well 50 Cent does in the music business or even the quality of his music. People might like his music, but the one thing no one likes in any hood is a snitch.
The concern is that his instigating is confusing African people as to who the real enemy is. If there is any fight to be had, it’s against the police who keep the whole African community in their crosshairs.
That is the real issue that makes this article necessary. These types of beefs often lead to Africans getting killed. The Tupac and Biggie, east coast and west coast feud is probably the most well known example.
With this situation though, if the masses believe like the evidence suggests, that 50 Cent really is 50 Snitch, then the struggle won’t be west versus east — it will be the people against the police. That’s how it should be.
That is the understanding that must get through every ghetto from
Oakland to Soweto. There are two lines in the community. You are either with the police or with the people. Right now the lines are being drawn and people’s sides are being exposed.
If the streets heat up because of the drama 50 Cent started, he won’t be around when the bullets start to fly. He’ll be in his 18-bedroom mansion in Farmington, Connecticut, guarded by the police and his bulletproof vests. If 50 Cent wants to make money, that’s fine, but at the point in which Africans start getting killed because of his police-like instigating, something needs to be said and done.
The Philadelphia branch of the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement will be holding an upcoming forum entitled “Snitches and Hip-Hop” to address this issue.
We are also supporting and participating in Kornbread Jenkins mixtape, Kornbread’s Kookout Konversations, which will lyrically lay out the sides that people have to choose from — the people or the police. That mixtape is likely to be out as this issue of The Burning Spear goes to press.
For more information or if you’re interested in getting involved contact 215-474-8182 or come out to our weekly meetings held on Saturdays at 12:00 noon at 503 S. 52nd Street in west Philadelphia. Be on the lookout, because the official launch of Burning Spear Records is coming soon, and we’ll be redefining the whole game. Snitchin’ is over.
^^^ damn i found 4 MORE THREADS DUDE MADE ABOUT/mentioned ME...LMAO WOW!!! IMA MAKE A THREAD WIT ALL THE THREADS THIS NIGGAH' MADE ABOUT ME...ROFL I BEEN ON THE NET A MINUTE AND I NEVA SEEN INFATUATION LIKE THIS...ADVANTAGE EZ.....IF U LIKE STALKERS
yo D.R.E...you missed one:
another photoshop job courtesy of you know who. and are you aware that we're "waving the white flag"? lol(oops!). oh ish...too funny....(BAIT)
LOL thats 10 threads about/mentioning D.R.E....we all like to make jokes....but 10 threads???? THATS OBSESSIOON BRAH'...
yeah and before she say it wasnt 16 threads ....10 is ANY BETTER???HAHAHAHAH
the OFFICIAL COUNT is 10...FACT!!!
ADVANTAGE EZ!!! 10 THREADS -VS- dre's 0 yeah he wins HANDS DOWN!!!! we gotta stop fallin' for the great cultures ''bait'' rofl
that niggah' is a sideline ho....he lurkin' readin' all this he'll drop a line in a minute about NOTHIN'....like i said its hard for me to take him serious he got bodied by a whiteboy who's fav rapper is eminem...hahaha
if u eva see this ugly niggah'....niggah' look like a mosquito in a NY Hat....i aint the type to save niggahs' pix to my pc but trust culture f*****' nothin' but fat bytches...and he drivin' a lil' honda civic..bytches aint feelin' that...
***creeps in, reads ESTROGEN laden COMMENTS, drops off SANITARY NAPKINS,creeps out****
SEE how easy it is to get u "shims" panties wet....... till next time my yutes.......
SN: culture, culture,culture...... ya'll worse then my b!tches constantly saying the god's name b..... food for thought.... ADVANTAGE CULTURE suckas....
BTW : "i aint the type to save niggahs' pix to my pc" sounds pretty guilty to me if u feel the need to say that.
THEY PUT THEMSELVES IN THE AIR, CULTURE KICK AWAY THE CHAIR........YEAH
CLOWNING my STANS is too easy......
Man, Charles is HOPELESS. I'm trying to help dude rediscover his dignity, but now I see he never had none!
I step away for a minute and the nicca back wallowing in garbage, licking Still G.A.Y's azz crack and then giving him violent hand jobs.
SO MUCH ANGER! Yo, Still G.A.Y and Charles was literally sitting around talking about me and running through 19 pages of my discussions, PLUS, reading every discussion.
You know why I said I only made 6 threads about Still G.A.Y? Because I can only remember 6 threads. I didn't go through 19 pages of SH1T! Charles found one more named 'WTF'. LOL.. Good search team, good effort!
Man, this is the lowest I've seen niccas stoop on Thisis50, PERIOD, the butt hurt is fresh. Niccas bloggin at a rate of 3 keyboards a day. They type so much they keyboard start giving out n shet..
Still G.A.Y, we at 7 threads. U said 16. As you can see, for a guy that makes many blogs, and sometimes, LONG blogs, a few blogs I made to make fun of u is not an obsession. Especially when blogs like *RIP Still G.A.Y, WTF?, Does this mean Andrea is the most active on this site?, Still O.B.N.O.X.I.O.U.S obsessed with EZ & 50 Cent tells Mic, Gayvid and Still G.A.Y to eat a d1ck on Big 10 intro* - Have NO content besides the title of the thread.
Stop wishing males was obsessed with u.
Yo Dre. Nicca, I'm sorry b. This shet ain't healthy b. Getting u off Thisis50 is like getting u off crack or worst yet, off d1ck. You put up one hell of a fight, and I in't ya mother to deal with this shet. So amma leave u and let u be lame aight! Peace..
hahhaha.. Look aat this grown nicca stamping up to make his case. Frustrated as SHET! Extending the definition of threads about him to threads where he was mentioned. Fucc nicc, u clicked on ALL OF MY THREADS N READ THEM?????!?!?! Them last 4 links u pasted there were threads I made only because Charles called me his daughter so MISS ME WITH THAT!
HAHAHAAH' yall see this autobiography this dude just typed??? HAHAAHAHAHAH wtf u tryna explain lame???
f*** that autobiography u just typed....the POINT IS u got a 10 thread ''ADVANTAGE''!!!....
if EVERY POST U MAKE IS ABOUT ME ......THATS OBSESSION!!! IT AINT ETHER IT AINT JOKES ITS DEEPER THEN U TRYNA DISRESPECT ME....PERIOD HAHAHAHA...YOU A BYTCH AND NONE OF THIS WOULDNT BE HAPPENIN' IF U KEPT MY NAME OFF YA FINGERTIPS BYTCH!!!
LOL u tryna downplay ya COUNTLESS HOURS OF HATIN DRE and threads and comments...to my 15 MINUTES OF FINDIN' THREADS U MADE ABUT ME...HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA THESE LAST 2 YRS I RAN U BYTCH!!
im ALL U BLOG ABOUT...PERIOD U HATE MIC ..U HATE WREC BUT U REALLY REALLY HATE DRE...CAUSE I HURT U...hahahahahaha FACTS IS THERE...u have NO FACTS!!!!!!!stalk me later....its friday night im bout to party got on my air yeezy's damn i just cussed a niggah' out in a $600 pair of shoes.....no wonder niggahs' hate me..it aint just u EZ....but in REAL LIFE I CAN PUNCH NIGGAHS' IN THEY MOUF for talkin' slick....have fun walkin' thru ya village prayin' u dont get robbed LOL BYTCH!!!....
U type just like Culture yo. Edit this comment Still G.A.Y. Or better yet delete it.
Stop with ur 'AND ONE MORE THING' female azz. Always editing ya frggin comments. Nicca, the first time I said a damn thing to you was last September. It's headin to a year. YOU needa quit.
SonGetWrec is 32 years old (literally) and LOVES Nicky Minaj. You thought Rev and Lip Gloss was funny looking? Wait till I ether Charles. Maybe I gotta sacrifice SonGetWrec so we could both have a laugh n lay off the BS. HAHAHA..
i fathered his style fam... call him lil c, from now on.....