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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Beef Worth 50 Cent

I hear Oprah's losing MAJOR sleep over this one.

But I do have to agree with Fitty -- at least somewhat -- on the influence of hip hop. Yeah, kids don't need to be hearing about 9's and 45's every time they turn around. But the real problem is the fact that a lot of these parents ain't doing they daggone jobs!

Moral of the story: don't blame the music for YOUR lack of upbringing skills.


Rapper sounds off on TV mogul when asked about her ban on rappers as guests.

*Don’t be surprised if the next DJ Whoo Kid mix tape contains a 50 Cent joint dissing the mighty Oprah Winfrey.

The talk show host is in the rapper’s crosshairs for her unwillingness to invite certain types of hip hop artists on her show.Winfrey has often voiced disgust against artists who use their free speech to spit the N-word, degrade women and promote violence in their lyrics.

When asked about Oprah’s stance in a recent interview with the Associated Press, 50 didn’t bite his tongue.

"I think she caters to older white women," said the 29-year-old MC. "Oprah's audience is my audience's parents. So, I could care less about Oprah or her show."

Taking it a step further, 50 said any stamp of approval from Oprah would be disastrous for his career anyway.

"I'm actually better off having friction with her," he said.

The rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, also spoke about his mentor Eminem following the shooting death of D12 member Proof earlier this month at a Detroit nightclub.

"He's coming along," 50 said of Eminem. "He's gonna be all right. I mean, it was definitely a big loss for him. Proof was actually his best friend in the world from forever."

The rapper also took time to address the study released last week by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation – a nonprofit public health research group – which suggested that young people who listen to rap music are more prone to alcohol and drug use and aggressive behavior.

The Queens native disagrees with the findings, believing that parents should take most of the blame for failing to explain that his music is entertainment, not a blueprint for breaking the law.

"I think that the violence that happened to Proof and the violence that's happening across America right now has nothing to do with hip-hop," he said. "It has something to do with the people - the state of them - and the music doesn't alter that."


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