50 Cent talks ‘New Day’ confusion, G-Unit, Young Buck + more w/ XXL

In a recent interview with XXL, entrepreneur extraordinaire 50 Cent discussed a number of topics including his next album Street King Immortal, his feelings about Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo‘s work ethics and why a conversation with Young Buck is highly unlikely.

While Fif was tight-lipped about the specifics of his fifth studio effort, he did offer an explanation as to why the album’s lead single “New Day” is almost the exact same song as the one Alicia Keys released months prior.

“The actual track was produced originally for [Dr. Dre‘s album] Detox,” he revealed. “When he sent it to her, Alicia sent it back with ‘New Day’ and it had additional strings on it. He wasn’t sure that he wanted to use it because of creatively where he was at on his project. I was like, ‘I can use that’ because it would be the bright side of what I’m offering in my body of work. He was like, ‘Okay, take it then.’ Obviously, it was a hit. They’re sitting on it and after a while, she recorded additional verses and leaked the record.”

When asked his feelings about the recent mixtapes from his G-Unit cohorts Banks and Yayo, Fif said he feels they chose to “wing it” instead of doing everything they could to create added momentum, but personally takes the blame for the issues with their respective work ethics.

“I’m to fault for that… I think I disabled them,” he said. “I did so much for them that they don’t have a continuous work ethic.”

When the conversation switched to ousted G-Unit member Young Buck and the potential for any type of conciliatory conversation between the two, Fif said that he’s unsure of whether he’d be able to be friendly with Buck at this point.

“I don’t know how to respond in a nice way to blatant disrespect that was offered,” he admitted after showing a bit of sympathy for Buck’s recent sentencing on weapons charges. “I’m the kind of person that I don’t let go of things easy, I’ll be honest with you.”

Fif also discussed his new boxing promotions venture with Floyd Mayweather, his second acting run alongside Robert DeNiro in the upcoming film Freelancers and much more. Read the full interview at xxlmag.com.