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There was a time when both Eminem and 50 Cent ruled, when they'd be on posters on people's bedroom walls and their music would be played on repeat until all the lyrics were learnt.
However as time move on, things change. Fiddy is more of an entrepreneur these days, with music not top on his priority list. Shady is still kicking about the music scene, but apparently people are more interested in him growing a beard.
Still, they've remained good friends through the years, as many collaborations will tell you, and Em honoured that friendship with a brilliant birthday post to his former protégé.
Credit: Shady Records/Eminem/50 Cent
He posted a video, beginning with serious boring shit, saying: "First off, I want to say happy birthday," but then he went on to reveal the 50 verse that made him contemplate quitting rapping.
The rapper performed his version of the second verse in 'Places To Go', a track on the 8 Mile soundtrack.
"Picture a perfect picture, picture me in a pimp hat. Picture me starting shit, picture me busting my gat. Picture police mad they ain't got a picture of that. Picture me being broke, picture me smoking a sack. Picture me coming up, picture me rich from rap. Picture me blowing up, now picture me going back. To my momma's basement to live, shit, picture that. Where I'm from it's a fact, you gotta watch your back. You wear a vest without a gat, you's a target, Jack. Hustle hard, money stack, sell that dope, sell that crack. Sell that pack, sell that gat, sell that pussy, holla back. 50 Cent, too much Henny, man, I'm bent, I'm outta here."
He believes that the verse was so good it wasn't worth him writing anymore lyrics, something a lot of rappers say, heaping praise on their fellow musicians.
The track featured on the 8 Mile soundtrack in 2002, a time when 50 was yet to release his official debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin', with his only release being a mixtape called No Mercy, No Fear.
Fiddy appeared on various other tracks on the album, such as 'Love Me', 'Rap Game' and 'Wanksta'.
In 2003, Get Rich or Die Tryin' was released, with lead single 'In Da Club' still being a banger to this day. Seriously, if that comes on in the car I dare you to turn it off. I dare you.
Two years later a film of the same name staring 50 Cent, real name Curtis Jackson, was made, based on the rappers life prior to fame, leading up to when he was shot nine times.
Anyway - to the elephant in the room - it's still dead weird to see Eminem with a beard, isn't it?
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