50 Cent may have found a new arch nemesis. In a recent interview with Mister Peter Parker, Fif weighed in on his recent feud with French Montana, saying as far as he's concerned, the up-and-coming rapper from the Bronx is the new Ja Rule.
"He ran his mouth prematurely," 50 said, referring to comments Montana made about him being past his prime in an interview with Complex magazine. "He’s really not ready to compete on any level with me. When I drop a record and it becomes the number one selling record in 12 hours, after you saying that? I think you should be quiet a little bit. We should hear the crickets. So, moving forward, I’ll put him completely out of business. Off the block. Out the corner."
"[Montana] only had one song and you didn’t even care about it ’cause it had him on it," he continued, presumably referring to the single "Pop That," which features Lil Wayne, Drake and Rick Ross. "There was four other people on it. That’s your new Ja Rule right now. He's gonna be your new Ja Rule."
In a separate interview on Big Boy's Neighborhood, Fif had somewhat more positive things to say about another newcomer: Chief Keef. 50 has been a vocal supporter of the controversial 17-year-old rapper from Chicago, but their budding friendship hit a bump in the road earlier this month when Keef skipped out on a video shoot the two were supposed to do together with Wiz Khalifa.
"You know how you get momentum and you feel like Michael Jackson for a minute, like I'm the one right now?," Fif said of Keef. "He feels that he's so hot in his circle that he could do that. But the video still ain't shot."
As a consequence of missing the video release, for the planned single "Hate Being Sober," 50 said Interscope is planning not to release the song until Keef's album comes out.
"They say they're going to put the song out as the CD comes out. The song is supposed to build the momentum to sell the CD. Now they're saying, 'We'll put it out day-of.' How are you going to sell records like that?" he said.
Still, 50 said he remains a fan of Keef and what the street-bred artist represents.
"I like what he is, because he's something that's been completely created by the environment," he said. "That's what hip hop was initially. Now, we've got people from so many cultures. Hip hop is pop now. It's pop music. It's so broad... Now, when you see Chief Keef, I look at him and go, my son would be Chief Keef if he didn't make it. So I look at him and like him. I think he can blossom and grow into something better. For some of the same reasons that I enjoyed Soulja Boy when he first came."
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