50 Cent has said he doesn't believe fellow artist Eminem has been given enough credit for his impact and contribution to hip hop.
The American rapper was full of praise for his counterpart and during an interview on the podcast Ebro in The Morning, 50 Cent said how he thought Eminem helped to make hip hop accessible to more people and help raise interest for the genre.
He said: "I don’t think that they give Em the credit that he deserves.
"Because, in order for people to embrace something, they have to see where they fit in."
He continued: "I think part of Eminem’s legacy is the growth of our culture. People wouldn’t buy it if they didn’t see where they fit into it.
"And he’s there and he’s a legitimate artist because of his journey. When you look at 8 Mile, you’re seeing a Black story with a white lead.
"You seeing poverty, you’re seeing [similar] circumstances. Look at his friends Proof and D-12 and everybody: these are real hip hop guys. Which is why he’s a real hip hop guy."
The pair are obviously still good friends as 50 Cent wished Eminem a happy birthday on Monday (17 October), with the rapper turning 50 years old.
Taking to his Instagram account, 50 said: "Happy birthday to my boy @eminem I love you. I’m wishing you many more God bless. I’m gonna come see you when I get done touring."
The pair have been friends since 50 Cent signed to Eminem's Shady Records label in 2002.
Elsewhere in the podcast, 50 Cent discussed his thoughts on Kanye West, saying he believes the rapper is playing a 'dangerous' game with some of his controversial statements.
He said: "I think he’s in a dangerous area - I forgive him for the things that he said, because I’ve already identified when something’s going on that I don’t understand.
"Even the White Lives Matter thing, there’s nothing for me to say about it. I watch it and say, ‘Okay, that’s him doing what he does, what Kanye would do.’
"Even the Trump support was a little out there for me. One week it’s ‘I don’t want my kids raised by a white woman,’ and the next week it’s ‘I wanna go home."
50 went on to say he doesn't believe the narrative around West being 'crazy' and believes he is fully aware of what he is saying that sparks reaction.
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