It was reported over the weekend that 50 Cent confronted executive and author, Steve Stoute (The Tanning of America), at Madison Square Garden in New York at The New York Knicks/Golden State Warriors basketball game on Friday night. Steve Stoute had been on Hot 97 (NY) speaking about his VH1 documentary, ‘The Tanning of America’ and when the subject of 50 came up, here is what Stoute was quoted as saying: “He hasn’t had a hit in a really long time,” Stoute said. “I mean, he has not made anything musically that’s changed anything in a very long time. And I feel like he’s always like gearing up for something that never happens. Hopefully, now that he’s independent and there’s no record company to blame, his aggressive content can get on the air…I think he’s trying to get back, but those guys—you know, music is a great platform.”
Now, 50 Cent and Steve Stoute were previously connected back in 2000, when the rapper was signed to SONY/Columbia Records. After the infamous shooting of 50 Cent at the time, Steve Stoute, it has been alleged, was responsible for dropping the artist off the label before Eminem scooped him up and signed him to Shady/Interscope Records. So, understandably, 50 may feel a ways toward Stoute.
But, for me, the issue at hand are the feelings of so-called ‘gangsta’ rappers who, as Jay-Z once said in song, ‘catch feelings’. There have been a number of rappers throughout the past 20 plus years who have allowed their emotions to get the best of them when confronting or speaking about/to someone who didn’t share the same sentiment as the rapper. Why is it that other artists from other genres don’t have the same headlines as some of these rappers? Or at least it’s not reported that they catch feelings based on an album review or performance.
My advice? Keep making your money and keep those feelings in check, you can’t claim to be a hard rapper and when someone says something you don’t like, you go in the corner and cry….. Man up!