50 Cent Discusses Pop Smoke & What He Really Thinks of the Posthumous Album | Billboard
Last week was a special one for 50 Cent. Not only did the Get Rich or Die Tryin’ rapper turn 45, but on Sunday night (July 12), his heralded protégé Pop Smoke scored his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with Shoot For the Stars Aim For the Moon netting 251,000 equivalent album units. Smoke’s latest feat also made him the first artist to debut No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a posthumous album since XXXTentacion’s Skins in 2018.
For 50, his decision to carry on Smoke’s legacy after his tragic death last February included securing a bevy of features from rap heavyweights such as Roddy Ricch, Future, Lil Baby, and more. Along with featuring on Smoke’s “The Woo,” 50 previously signed off on the late rapper interpolating his 2000s classics such as “Many Men” and “Candy Shop.”
“When I met [Pop Smoke], I told him, it was time to do my records over,” 50 Cent tells Billboard regarding Smoke’s flip on “Many Men” for his anthemic track “Got It on Me.” “Those [first two albums of mine] are [from] ’03 and ’05. If there’s something that struck a chord in you and it’s dope, the new artist is supposed to use that or make their version of it.”