50 played the first of two gigs at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Thursday (August 9) as part of his Final Lap Tour.
The G-Unit rapper pulled out J. Cole during his act to sing “No Role Modelz.” Before leaving the stage, Cole declared Get Rich or Die Tryin’ the greatest album of all time, surpassing Michael Jackson’s best-selling Thriller.
“May I say something before I leave?” he asked. “If y’all don’t make some noise for one of the greatest n-ggas to ever do this shit, who will?” Curtis Jackson, 50 muthafuckin’ Cent. The best album of all time is Get Rich or Die Trying. I don’t care what you’re on about, n-gga!
“At No. 1, it’s Get Rich or Die Trying, and at No. 2, it’s Thriller, and I love Michael Jackson.” But I guarantee you, Curtis Jackson, 50 Cent, we love you for real, my n-gga.”
During the event, 50 brought out Jadakiss, DaBaby, MoneybaggYo, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Yung Bleu, Flo Rida, Tony Yayo, and Uncle Murda in addition to J. Cole.
Before his big break, 50 Cent had the opportunity to sign J. Cole when the Dreamville rapper came to his house and showed him his songs.
“That was so early, bro,” 50 commented in August 2022 on The Breakfast Club. “To me, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar existed early on when I fell in love with Hip Hop, but it was TalibKweli, Mos Def, A Tribe Called Quest, and Common Sense.”
“It’s smarter rap, smarter music, as dope as they are.” The rationale is as follows: ‘Sit down, be modest.’ We’re supposed to know how to sit down and be modest. But when they put something there, it becomes nearly aware.”
He said, “I’m like, ‘Yo, it was cool.'” But I wasn’t sure whether everyone was prepared because of how enthusiastically they embraced what we were doing.”
Cole later worked with 50 Cent on “New York Times,” which debuted on his 2013 album Born Sinner, after being turned over for a record contract.
“Wow. That was incredible.” “A lot of the features on this album, I was blessed with.” “In this day and age, you just send it away and it comes back, but I recorded with TLC and [50 Cent].”
“He happened to be in L.A., and I happened to have that song.” I’d taken 50 Cent melodies and was humming it on the hook, thinking to myself, ‘Man, if 50 does this hook, it’ll be so awesome.’ And he came via the L.A. studio, so it was insane.”