During an interview with New York’s Hot 97 radio station to promote the VH1 special based on his book The Tanning Of America, hip-hop impresario Steve Stout gave his honest opinion about 50 Cent’s place in the rap game:
“He hasn’t had a hit in a really long time. I mean, he has not made anything musically that’s changed anything in a very long time. And I feel like he’s always, like gearing up for something that never happens. Hopefully, now that he’s independent and there’s no record company to blame, his aggressive content can get on the air… I think he’s trying to get back, but those guys—you know, music is a great platform. If you’re an entrepreneur and you have a—you’re currently active making music. You’re currently active touching people with albums. That makes it much easier for you to venture into business deals that will become successful using the music to parlay it to get it done. And without having any music that’s meaningful over the last—probably the last great song he’s made was “I Get Money” … Kanye’s put out three albums, four albums since then.”
If you know anything about 50, you know he wouldn’t take too kindly to Stoute’s opinion.
As fate would have it, 50 and Stoute ran into each other shortly thereafter at a New York Knicks game and if a picture is worth a thousand words, we think the accompanying pictures speak for themselves.