During Friday night's Knicks/Warriors game, rapper 50 Cent and industry mogul Steve Stoute crossed each other's paths. And judging by the photos released on Vibe.com, the exchange was not a friendly one.
At the time of this publication, neither of them have come forward to spill the details about their heated discussion. But one could guess that it was in relation to what Stoute recently had to say about 50 Cent.
A few weeks ago, Stoute went on New York-based radio station Hot 97 to discuss his list of the top five influential rap artists. During the interview, he asked radio host Angie Martinez if she was going to have 50 Cent on the show anytime soon. He mentioned that 50 had left Interscope Records, and then decided to give the reasons why the rapper did not make his top five list.
"He hasn't had a hit in a really long time," Stoute said. "He has not made anything musically that's changed anything in a very long time. I feel like he's always gearing up for something that never happens."
He added that he felt 50 is "trying" to make a comeback, but his last great song was "I Get Money," which was released in 2007 on the album, Curtis.
"Hopefully, now that he's independent and there's no record company to blame, his aggressive content can get on the air," Stoute said.
Stoute is not the only person saying this about 50 Cent. A post from The Source agrees that the rapper has been "slacking in the music department." Another from Black Sports Online called 50 "a very good businessman," who hasn't had a hit in several years.
50 Cent's last album with Interscope, Before I Self Destruct, struggled with sales. When it debuted, it only sold 160,000 copies in its first week, according to Billboard. Curtis sold 691,000 copies during its first week in 2007.
But there is another reason why Stoute is not a 50 Cent fan. During an interview with The Breakfast Club, he talked about his collaboration with the rapper on the G-Unit sneaker deal from Reebok. And he said he never got any thanks from 50 for that.
"50 Cent never thanked me for that," he said. "The guy made so much money off of that, and the guy never thanked me."
Stoute continued, saying 50 Cent "definitely" doesn't like him, even after all the things they have done together.
"He walks around and says he can't stand me," he said. "I don't think he can stand anybody."
Well, Stoute may be wrong on that part. A recent report from The Inquisitr stated that 50 Cent said his "career wouldn't even exist" if it wasn't for Eminem. So, that proves 50 can stand at least one person in the world.
What do you think? Is Stoute telling the truth about 50 Cent?