Actor, producer, and excessive masturbator 50 Cent dipped his toe back into the rap game this week, offering up an Instagram evaluation of 4:44, the latest offering from his old rival JAY-Z. Given that 50 and Jay have been trading quips back and forth with each other for years, 50 Cent starts out surprisingly positive, noting, “I liked the shit.” But he quickly turns toward critique, dubbing the new album “golf course music.”
“The shit was too smart,” 50 Cent said of the recent Tidal release. “I felt like I was supposed to be wearing glasses and shit, and tie a fucking sweater around my waist.” And while it’s not like people haven’t been accusing JAY-Z of selling out in some form or another for years now, 50’s next criticism presumably struck a little closer to home. “You can’t be the best rapper at 47,” he said, noting that the hip-hop world is ever-hungry for rising new talent, no matter how much swagger the old kings and queens bring. (Maybe that same introspection explains why 50 Cent, who’s 41 himself, has been delaying his latest album for years.)
50 Cent isn’t the only prominent rapper taking aim at JAY-Z this week; Kanye West is also engaged in a financial struggle with his old friend, based on disagreements about his contract with Tidal.