According to Shyne, he and 50 first met in the '90s at Diddy's recording studio. He claimed Fif was being accompanied by a police detail at the time after a run-in with Irv Gotti's Murda Inc. crew.
"When I met [50 Cent] he was writing raps for Diddy on Forever. This was after Gotti and them poked him up in the Hit Factory and he ran to the cops and got an order of protection," he said. "He was walking around with a group of police, NYPD was holding him down. I swear to God he was in Daddy’s House in the lounge and he had security. He hadn’t sold one record. He hadn’t even put an album out...50 Cent was nobody, nobody knew who he was."
Shyne alleges that 50 eventually ended up cooperating with federal authorities to build a case against Gotti, who was charged with laundering more than $1 million for the notorious drug lord Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff in 2005. Later that year, Gotti, and his brother Chris, were found not guilty of the crime.
"He was hiding from Irv Gotti and Murder Inc. He’s the reason that Irv got indicted," Shyne said of Fif. "He’s the reason that Kenneth Supreme McGriff is in prison for the rest of his life.”
It's not the first time Shyne has leveled such accusations against 50. On his recent track "Fred Hampton," he likewise labels the rap star a snitch.
"If not for Curtis Jackson, we would all be free / But the creep made a deal with the Feds and squealed," he raps.
50 has so far declined to take the bait.
In a separate interview with Funkmaster Flex, Shyne also addressed his outstanding issues with the rappers Rick Ross and Kendrick Lamar. Shyne reiterated his view that Ross owes a debt to the youth for what he said was dishonesty in his lyrics.
"He's selling records based on a lie," Shyne said. "If you're making millions of dollars off of this life, help these kids get jobs. Help them stop selling dope."
"I will give you this. It's not a classic album. It's not the greatest album I ever heard," he said. "Maybe the word trash was harsh."
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