On his way to becoming one of the most legendary rappers of recent years, Pop Smoke sampled the work of another legendary rapper: 50 Cent. He even sampled one of the tracks from 50’s most famous album Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Here’s a look at how 50 reacted to the sample – and to Pop Smoke as a whole.
Did 50 Cent have anything to do with the Pop Smoke song in which his work was sampled?
Sometimes artists don’t really like it when someone else samples their work.
For example, the Bee Gees had a problem with Wyclef Jean taking their most iconic hit, “Stayin’ Alive,” for his song “We Tryin’ to Stay Alive.” 50’s reaction to Pop Smoke’s use of his work was a little different. In fact, 50 revealed that it was his idea for Pop Smoke to sample his music. Pop Smoke sampled 50’s “Many Men (Wish Death)” for his own “Got It on Me.”
“When I met [Pop Smoke], I told him it was time to rework my records,” 50 Cent told Billboard. “These [my first two albums]are [from]’03 and ’05, so if there’s something that struck a chord in you and it’s dope, let the new artist use that or do their version of it.” When 50 said it was “about time” someone remade his songs, he seemed to be referring to the way nostalgia works. People often feel nostalgia for pop culture from 15-20 years prior, so it’s not surprising that many people are currently nostalgic for the music of the 2000s.
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What 50 Cent thought about Pop Smoke
In addition, 50 noted some similarities between himself and Pop Smoke. “I didn’t even know his [last]name was Jackson,” 50 said. 50’s birth name is Curtis Jackson. “[He even had] the same crooked teeth I had before I had them fixed.” Some of the similarities between Pop Smoke’s sound and 50’s sound are undoubtedly the result of the fact that 50 was one of the many producers on Pop Smoke’s only album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon.
50 is known for his musical versatility. In addition, 50 noted Pop Smoke’s musical versatility. “You can hear the drill music and the aggression,” 50 said. “[Pop] didn’t show his ability to do anything different musically.
And then, after those first two tapes, he broke out of that and created the music he was creating at the time.”
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How the world reacted to “Many Men (Wish Death)” and “Get It on Me.”
This raises an interesting question: Which song did better commercially – “Many Men (Wish Death)” or “Got It on Me”? “Many Men (Wish Death)” did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100.
Considering that “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” produced big hits like “In da Club” and “21 Questions,” the performance of “Many Men (Wish Death)” is surprising. On the other hand, “Got It on Me” reached #31 on the Billboard Hot 100. 50 wanted Pop Smoke to sample his work – and America loved it when he did.