50 Cent Reflects on 'Get Rich or Die Tryin' and the Unheard Trina Collaboration

The rapper reveals untold story behind 'Magic Stick,' its original design for Trina, and how the track found its perfect match in Lil’ Kim

Over the past year, 50 Cent has been doing some reflecting on his classic 2003 LP Get Rich or Die Tryin’ – whether that be through his The Final Lap Tour or sporadic interviews he’s done on the subject.

The latter is what took place recently. During a sit-down with Apple Music at his final London 02 concert for the album, the Queens rapper revealed that his 2003 single “Magic Stick” was originally meant to feature Trina rather than Lil’ Kim and was supposed to make the LP.

“[‘Magic Stick’] was written for Get Rich or Die Tryin’. And then it didn't make it. I wrote that record intentionally to work with Trina. I sent it to Trina," 50 told Rebecca Judd on the Apple Music show. "They fucked up the record, they sent it back. Fucked up. They had the lyrics and everything on it and they messed it up. Then Gee Robeson came and got it from me, heard the record and was like, 'Yo, I need this. I need this for Kim. I need it.'"

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50 also admitted that “Magic Stick” helped Kim remind fans of the more classic sex appeal she presented during her time at Atlantic Records when much of her earlier material was written by The Notorious B.I.G.

"And she had made a good record, but she made it... Didn't have the formula that Biggie created for her to have success in our culture," he added. "It didn't have the sexuality, it was like [sings “The Jump Off"]: ‘I been gone for a minute now I'm back at the jump off. Goons in the club in case somethin' jumps off.’ The record with her and Mr. Cheeks, but it didn't tap into what he was doing when he designed what Kim was. ‘Magic Stick’ was spot on for her. That was the right thing."

Listen to the full interview here.

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