By Rob Markman
50 Cent has had his fair share of beefs, but one of the more amusing ones has been his spat with Oprah. But finally, during Sunday night’s episode of Oprah Winfrey’s “Next Chapter,” Fif and Oprah finally made their beef a thing of the past.
The two did hug, however, when Oprah walked into 50’s grandparents’ home to conduct their candid one-on-one interview, during which they discussed the rapper’s difficult childhood, respect for his grandmother and goal to feed 1 billion starving people through his Street King movement. “This is a milestone for me, just being in your presence and on the show,” 50 said.
Their relationship started off rocky. Oprah has repeatedly denounced the use of the N-word and the degradation of women in hip-hop as a whole, but Fif saw Winfrey’s stance as a personal attack. “I would see moments where you would discuss your feelings on the culture, and everything that was wrong with the culture was on my CD,” 50 said on the show. “And I was like, ’She doesn’t like me.’ ”
Fif would respond by dismissing Oprah, saying she caters to middle-age white women. He even named his pet dog Oprah. “I heard you had a bitch named Oprah, that’s what I heard,” Winfrey said, confronting the rapper in an awkward but endearing situation.
“I love you,” 50 responded sheepishly, also joking that he has a cat named Gayle, just like Winfrey’s best friend, Gayle King.
During the sit-down, Oprah saw a different side of the MC that she couldn’t get by listening to his music alone. 50 Cent described the difference between his rap persona and Curtis Jackson. “I’ve always had to be two people,” he said. “I’ve had to be my grandmother’s baby in the house and be more like what people perceive 50 Cent as outside. I’m not even allowed to curse around her.”
Oprah seemed taken aback by the real Curtis, especially his pledge to feed 1 billion people through the sales of his Street King Energy Drink. “I wanted to do things that would create a stronger impression on people,” 50 said, noting that his musical legacy wasn’t enough.