Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer
Early in his career, the media tried to compare 50 Cent to the late rapper, Tupac Shakur. While 50 Cent was thankful of the comparisons, he said there would never be another Tupac. Growing up in New York, 50 Cent was a fan of The Notorious B.I.G. Like the rest of the world, he was shocked when both died.
In the time since their deaths, many names have come and gone. Along the way, many of those names have sampled a few of their verses and created songs with them. 50 Cent is among the artists who have done that. In 2003, he recorded on unreleased songs by both late rappers.
But, when 50 Cent was asked who he would collaborate with if he had the chance to, he chose Tupac. While he chooses Tupac over Biggie, 50 Cent admitted he is inspired by both rappers. At a time when hip hop was solely focused on the West Coast, Biggie was able to shift the focus back over to the East Coast, essentially opening the doors for the likes of 50 Cent and others.