Nas & 50 Cent Are Set to Collaborate On ‘King’s Disease IV’
In his latest Billboard feature, 50 Cent shared that he’s slated to appear on Nas’ forthcoming King’s Disease IV album.
Nas and 50 Cent are putting their former beef aside to collaborate. In 50’s new Billboard cover story, marking the 20th anniversary of his debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, the rapper revealed that he’s slated to appear on Nas’ forthcoming project, King’s Disease IV.
The history between 50 Cent and Nas, legal name Nasir Jones, is shaky, as 50 first linked with the Queensbridge MC on the early 2000s mixtape, Guess Who’s Back?, on tracks “Too Hot” and “Who U Rep With.” The two’s friendship seemingly ended when 50 sent shots at Jones and the rapper’s then-wife Kelis on 2005 track “Piggy Bank.” On the song, 50 referenced Jones’ former tattoo of Kelis, rapping, “Kelis said her milkshake brings all the boys to the yard/ Then Nas went and tattooed the bitch on his arm.” Nas later responded with 2005 Salaam Remi-produced cut “Don’t Body Ya Self.”
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Jones and 50 Cent would ultimately squash their rift at the 2014 edition of Hot 97’s Summer Jam, where the two performed.
Elsewhere in the Billboard interview, 50 Cent spoke about his recording process with Dr. Dre and its evolution since Get Rich or Die Tryin’.
“When I start projects with Dre,” the 47-year-old said, “I would write to the first song that came on. I don’t care what it was, even if the beat wasn’t finished. I would write the record to break the ice, and we’d have something playing like [Dr. Dre] just got here even if he’s been here two or three hours and we got a record playing. He will change the drums and everything that you got there until you got something that’s a hit record.”
He continued, “The difference now is, with a lot of the stuff I would send, I’m looking at the angles of it happening from different perspectives instead of putting myself in the middle of actually doing something to someone. I wrote a lot of the material like that, but there are a million other approaches to use. So I’ll do those other things so I can still capture what goes on in the environment now. But it’s through the lens of not being in the game — it’s the perception of the game, from my perspective.”