Zayn Malik’s post-One Direction career is still swaying in the breeze, and it appears that 50 Cent is still looking for a chance to swoop him.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, 50 Cent has talked about plans for Zayn Malik in the past. In fact, 50 Cent was one of the main people in the music industry approaching Zayn Malik about a record contract before he officially quit One Direction at the end of March.
In mid-March, about a week before Zayn Malik made it official that he was leaving One Direction, 50 Cent made a public announcement that he thought Zayn was talented enough to join up with G-Unit Records. According to the Music Times, 50 Cent went on to say the following about Zayn Malik in a subscription-only edition of the Sun U.K.
“If Zayn wants a rap career, just because of who he is, he is going to sell records… But if he wants to be credible he has to be with the right people. I’d happily sign him up to my label, mentor him and have him working with the biggest rappers on the planet. [sic]”
Supporting 50 Cent’s theory is Morgan Spurlock who was recently quoted in the Metro U.K. as saying about Zayn Malik, “I think Zayn is probably the most talented guy in the group, he’s an incredible singer, all of them are talented singers but to make the decision to want to leave and go off on your own and chase a solo career in the midst of being as successful and as famous as you are, you can’t fault someone for that.”
However, little was heard from Zayn Malik’s camp if he was interested in signing with 50 Cent on G-Unit Records — but this has not stopped 50 Cent.
Last year in April, the music world was shocked to learn that 50 Cent and G-Unit were breaking up. A few months later, Rolling Stone reported that 50 Cent and members of the G-Unit had reconciled. One of the main reasons 50 Cent turned around is due to Yayo and others stating that they had “developed an unbelievable sense of entitlement.”
Following up with his plans to revive G-Unit, 50 Cent was interviewed by U.S.A. Today in early March about “keeping up with the times” and staying relevant in today’s diverse hip-hop music scene. 50 Cent states the following.
“You can’t stay in the cookie-cutter mentality, doing the same thing you used to do when things are dramatically changing around you… You’ve got a guy who says he’s been in the music business for 20 years? Listen carefully to what they say after that, because he probably has no (expletive) idea what’s going on…. That business was a whole different thing from what it is today.”
Perhaps for all of these reasons, 50 Cent has taken a shine to Zayn Malik as a way to launch G-Unit into the diversity Fiddy is looking for. In an interview with MTV in late April, 50 Cent states that Zayn Malik is “dope” and that he would like to be in touch with Zayn to see “what can be done” as far as talking with him about a G-Unit Record deal.
The interviewer asked 50 Cent what he sees in Zayn Malik that “isn’t currently being exploited in the right way.” To this question, 50 Cent replies, “His vision on his own is always different from what it is in the group…. There could be something that comes out of him just selecting what he wants.”