While he has vocalized his support for 6ix9ine in the past and even collaborated with him on "Get The Strap," 50 Cent has since distanced himself in the wake of the controversial rapper's legal troubles.
During a recent appearance on Shade 45, the veteran rapper explained to hosts Sarah Vivan and DJ Drama why he feels 6ix9ine was able to find the viral success that he did, as well as how that ultimately led to his current situation.
"6ix9ine's not from the street," 50 began. "With 6ix9ine, his image was stronger than the music because middle America, people that are actually purchasing hip-hop music, they can dye their hair blonde and then dye their hair those colors... Hip hop allows you to be on a safari and get close enough to the animals without being in danger, and they see him in the safari, in the middle of the whole pack, cooking."
He continued, "What [6ix9ine] saw from me was over time. He was doing it in such a short window that it was commanding a different level of attention. And then culturally, they [saying] 'gang gang gang.' When I get on the record with them, I'll go, 'I am not gang gang. I do not gang bang.' Immediately 'cause I don't like RICO. I don't like conspiracy. Give me a homicide right now — I'll take a homicide right now before you give me that."
From there, 50 Cent weighs in on 6ix9ine's next moves, explaining why he feels the rapper reportedly made the decision to cop a plea and cooperate with government officials. Fif also explained how that will impact 6ix9ine's future.
"[RICO] laws were designed for you not to escape them," Fif continues. "When I saw what I saw in the paper, I feel like he's gonna tell on everything. That was the part that wasn't even in the indictment — the stuff that they're saying that he's talking about are not in the indictment, so he's offering that along with everything else, and then they added those new people to the indictment. I think [after he comes home from jail] that he can make music and people can hear it, but the original core and base that he tapped into won't rock."
When it comes to what the future holds for 6ix9ine, 50 kept it simple, adding, "We in a different space. I don't know what happens."
As previously reported, 6ix9ine changed his mind and entered a guilty plea in the federal racketeering case against him. The rapper is facing a minimum sentence of 47 years behind bars. His sentencing date is scheduled for Jan. 24, 2020.
Take a look at 50 Cent commenting on 6ix9ine in the in-depth interview below.