Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon recently shared his opinion on 50 Cent unifying New York rappers at his This Is 50 Festival last month and said emcees should look to follow the G-Unit leader's path.
According to Raekwon, rappers are too grown not to unite on-stage together.
"That's something that he did that was a great move," Raekwon explained in an interview. "It's like New York n*ggas, this is what we never ever try to do because it's hard for n*ggas to get past certain things, yo, we gotta stop that. We got kids, man, and at the end of the day your legacy's gotta be great. It gotta be something that stood on something positive so your kids could talk about it later on when they get older. So yeah, I applaud that, for that n*gga to go and invite n*ggas through, that was a gentleman's move." (Absolut TV)
Fabolous initially questioned 50's motive for putting together a concert with former enemies including D-Block and Slaughterhouse's Joe Budden.
"Its interesting to c 50 Cent unite wit NY artists when he's 1 of the reasons NY hip hop became so isolated & crumbled..Do u agree NY??," Fab wrote Tuesday (October 6) morning. "I wonder if this is a law in the 50th law of power book?? I guess it was a good show 4 NY.. But if u asked 50 a few years ago if he ever saw hisself on stage with any of them he woulda said H*LL NO! Still 2 this day, 1 of the illest things i saw..Was 1 year a stadium full of fans screamin 4 Ja Rule, the next year sh*ttin on him 4 50 cent At 50's peak his grind was unmatched, image was bulletproof, music was ignorantly motivational & catchy, even classic. most never hav that So dont think im takin shots at 50.. Jus that NY show had me a lil puzzled.. But i love NY so i couldnt knock it if i wanted to." (Fabolous' Twitter)
During the event, 50 explained the significance behind his rap-uniting gathering.
"I wanted to make a festival that didn't necessarily have to have an artist [who has a] single in rotation at the time," 50 explained. "That doesn't directly reflect good hip-hop. It reflects marketing dollars spent by the major corporations, the companies. Tonight we have everybody that means something to us musically in one spot. When I bring Cory Gunz, Trav, Maino...Now we got Jadakiss out here. This is real! Tell me anywhere else you can go where you can see everybody. It represents different portions of hip-hop. You got the Lox, the new young gunners Cory Gunz, Trav, Maino. Jimmy [Jones] and Juelz [Santana] coming. They say New York City, we don't actually get along, that's not true. We could work together and get more money than we can get apart, and they gonna see us do it in the future." (MTV)
The rapper also said he had plans to take the This Is 50 Fest on the road.
"I had to touch base with everyone and everybody saw how it made sense to get together and make some real money," Fif said about his This Is 50 Fest. "And then artists influenced other artists to join...A lot of the artists out here tonight deserve to be on a regular Summer Jam bill, but we have to make our own Summer Jam because they [radio stations] are not recognizing their [new rappers'] material...Once they see us all here together at the same time with no issues, no incidents and no problems, they'll let us do it wherever we want. After Hot 97, we're going to step to Power 106 in L.A. and then Atlanta and we'll continue moving around until we load the whole map up...In the future, don't be surprised when you see all of us collaborating and working together on different projects -- not necessarily a song, but something bigger." (Billboard)