Faking It Til You Make It

A further twist to the plot of 50 Cent’s career is that, despite his much-lauded authenticity, most of the material he released before his first hit single was recorded over beats that already had a notoriety of their own. Perhaps nowhere does this irony shine more brightly than in examples where the original track came from a conscious rapper whose original intent was to entertain while sharing forward-thinking views. Take, for example, the track “Baby Phat” by De La Soul:

De La Soul – Baby Phat

In the hands of 50 Cent, this recording, with its praiseworthy encouragement of women to appreciate their average bodies, is perverted into a disgusting celebration of the meanness perpetrated by men that causes women to have such insecurities in the first place.

Raphael Saadiq feat. D’Angelo’s – Be Here

Likewise, the kind-hearted innocent love expressed in Raphael Saadiq and D’Angelo’s “Be Here” is transformed into an all-too-intimate portrayal of the upsetting nature of a pimp’s relationship to his “bottom bitch”.


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