While on the set of Tony Yayo's video for "Haters" in Atlanta last week, 50 ran through some of his favorite songs of the moment with MTV News. In addition to Big Sean's "My Last" and Frank Ocean's "Novacane," Fif is waving the flag for former Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland, counting her hit record "Motivation" as one of his faves.
"I'm so happy Kelly got that hit record. She's due; she's so due. She's the most underrated female soloist in the game, and it's finally time for her," 50 told MTV News.
The G-Unit General pointed to Rowland's international appeal. "Commander" with David Guetta was a huge hit in the U.K. but not necessarily in the United States. It was her buzz overseas that made Fif cast Kelly as his co-star in the lead video from his 2009 album Before I Self Destruct. "That's why when it came time to do 'Baby by Me,' I wanted her to be in the video, because she was smoking hot everywhere else my record had to be hot at," he said. "They thought I was doin' her a favor because here in the U.S., they wasn't hip."
Still, throughout most of her career, Kelly Rowland has played second fiddle to her Destiny's Child partner and group lead Beyoncé, a notion Fif doesn't agree with. "There wasn't no dance moves Beyoncé was doin' that Kelly wasn't doin'. It's just the right song. You got the song, now you can forget about it. It's going. They all did the same moves."
It's not just Kelly's talent Fif has his eye on; he also compared Kelly's and B's respective looks. "It's your preference. If you look and say one is prettier than the other, I beg to differ — it's just what you think is pretty.
"I think it's just time for her. This year is her year." Now that's motivation!
What do you think of Kelly Rowland's new music? Let us know in the comments!