Hip-Hop Wired: Talk about the “My Life” record, it’s pretty different from what we’ve heard from you.
50 Cent: What stands out immediately is the vulnerability in the actual writing of the record. I kind of stay away from those points. We all have those moments that we don’t actually like to focus on because it’s uncomfortable. The only other song that I wrote that had that kind of vulnerability to it was “Hate It Or Live It.” I talked about growing up I was confused, by my mother kissing a girl. It’s not understanding what’s going on in front of you. Confusion particularly is a vulnerable state for artists or creative people. They don’t know where to start or where things in. On this particular project the confusion is when you get to the point, you finally become comfortable with the concept of winning and then people decide to go the other way in conversation. You haven’t changed as an actual artist—if anything you’ve grown—but they’re saying ‘I miss the old Fif,’ or things that you can’t re-create. All you can do is offer a portion of who you actually are to create a separation between you and other artists in music.
Hip-Hop Wired: On “My Life” your lyrics about Young Buck and The Game didn’t come off as something worth getting upset about, but did you know it was going to ruffle feathers?
50 Cent: I really don’t care. If you’re writing about a confusing moment that you experienced do you not write it because it may confuse somebody else?