50 Cent On Success & Having 'Animal Ambition'
50 Cent On Success & Having 'Animal Ambition'
50 Cent sits down with Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Access Hollywood Live to talk about his fifth studio album, “Animal Ambition.” How has his music changed since his first album? Plus, how did his executive produced show, “Power,” come to be? And, what’s the story behind his scuffle with Beyonce? “Animal Ambition” is available now.
which sold more than 23 million albums in the last decade making him one of the most successful in hip-hop. "Animal ambition" hit stores this week. Talk about the title. What's behind that? "Animal ambition" is untamed. Trying to figure out the right concept to use. For me prosperity is the right thing. I have so much success in my career. Even a block for some of the action material I create. You look back, spend time looking at how far you've come, and the artist that haven't actually made it, spend time writing what they aspire to. Everything you would write, a part of your lifestyle or something, they've already written, utilized those things in music videos. They can't afford it and they yell cut and the car goes back. Now I have the car but I'm not interested in writing it in the song because it's already been written. What do you wake up thinking about? Do you wake up thinking about the art, music or the business? The actual music. The part -- the business part of it is survival. What do you mean, is survival? Old-school artists that had amazing voices and at points created something you say this is absolutely gift and go what happened to them? They didn't lose passion for music, but the point that there's any confusion that happens in the career, the systems will go with what's the easiest to sell, move from that and something new, easier to sell than to help -- Sounds like the music is the survival. Stay relevant, stay in the game is hard. Move like crazy. It's different now. Like what was the entry level performance for an artist maybe 1500 or $2,000 going out to do shows locally is now reserved for attractive people on instagram. Take good pictures you're going to be hot, they'll ask you to host. You have so much going on, fragrance, the new show, your clothing, your music. I love the vitamin water. I think about you every time I chug that. What are you most passionate about? The music. Without the music I wouldn't be able to do all those things. This will provide an opportunity for me to be a part of that. I thought you would say the women. Don't you want somebody to share this success with? Yes. For a night and then figure out what we're doing tomorrow. One night only. I'm not -- I'm being more extreme making a joke out of it. In my life I think it's difficult because the most intelligent people, smartest business men I've interacted with you see their biggest losses are invested in friendship. Their divorces. Bad relationships. Who indicate where the largest losses were in business. What's been your longest relationship? Four years maybe. Where is she? Married? Yeah. Just had a baby. Oh, good. Good gift. 50, you are the executive producer of a show called "Power" on STARZ. Did you create the idea, nurture this with a writer? Your first start. This is wild. Night club owner trying to shake his drug dealing past and he's got -- it's kind of like "New jack city" in that he is the power and you're his best friend. Yeah. But is this -- I like STARZ did this show Kelly Grammer, "Boss" gritty like this. Is this your baby? Yeah. Started with me and Courtney. She's the show runner from "The good wife". Mad at you over there. Oh, yeah. She's talented. I had to get her to create this. I spent a lot of time communicating with her so she could develop the characters an aren't for the show. Smart thing going. Watch the first episode for free on-line. Get hooked in. Get you hooked. And then get going. The guy who stars in this thing, he is one jacked up dude. Omari Hardwick. This guy is ripped. Used to play football. He's used to his physical discipline from that. You talked about beyan say coming after you one time, protecting jay-z from you. She leapt over a wall. What was the fight about and what went down? Are you being silly? She was like -- she was moved like a cat. She came from the side. She came over. I look up. What's going on. Jay saw her and turned around and smiled, like no, it ain't nothing. She misinterpreted our activity between me and jay. It's not a negative thing. We use each other, you know, to compete, to have something. If you're working and you don't have any competitors you should find some. Something to provide that drive. Did you take some pot shots at jay for fun to keep it interesting? Our culture does it whether it's subliminal or out in the open. We do it to each other all the time. He did it to you back as well. Equally participatory. Doing it our entire career. I know you have. So she comes out like a cat, pounces and then what happens? Well, I was coming over to have like Floyd say hi. He they don't like him. Floyd Mayweather. The boxer. I think he said something about beyonce at some point. A lot of people have probably thought nice things about beyonce. He said one of those things. Bring Floyd over. I don't want it. Like what's up. Say hi to J. He was like Yo. They're saying hi but she didn't see we made eye contact ahead of that and really not a problem between me and him. She's from -- you guys grew up in the same neighborhood. She's from Houston. Down there. Hold up. No, you not. I've always liked beyonce. Now I love her more. Going in for her man. We have our own baseball setup here, 50. Coming back. I mean you have -- you have to