Hip-pop hitmaker [artist id="2814953"]Soulja Boy[/artist] and gritty G-Unit boss 50 Cent may be hip-hop’s newest odd couple, but the 20-year-old rapper is glad the Queens MC is in his corner — regardless of what critics may say.
During a return appearance on MTV News’ “RapFix Live” on Thursday (December 2), the “Speakers Going Hammer” star talked about his relationship with Fif, saying he’s amped the Before I Self Destruct lyricist has stuck up for him when his hip-hop cred was questioned.
“To have 50 have my back , that’s definitely exciting, it’s an achievement. 50 don’t mess with no rappers,” Soulja said. “When I came out, there [was] a lot of people that was hating on me [and] felt like I wasn’t real to the game — don’t hate the player, hate the game — 50 shed light on me and he came to my defense.”
Soulja talked about taking the brunt of much hip-hop hate for churning out infectious, dance floor-friendly hits that became popular with everyone from all-American teens to Hollywood heavyweights.
“Eminem’s daughter doing my ['Crank That'] dance, that’s just amazing. Just like when I seen Beyoncé doing it, just like when I seen Samuel L Jackson doing it,” he recalled. “I was just like, ‘Wow, all these people liking what I’m doing, so why hate on me?’ That’s all I felt.”
Soulja also revealed the advice Fif hooked him up with for both dealing with hate and side-stepping any wrong turns on the road to superstardom.
“He just wants me to do my thang,” SB said. “Me being 20 years old, he just always gives me advice and tips so I won’t make the same mistakes he made when he was young. Ain’t really no other older rapper did that, except for my homie Gucci [Mane]. But me and him being from Atlanta, being from the South, we got more in common than me and 50, so for 50 to come out and do that … that’s real big.”
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