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50 Cent shares memories of late rapper Pop Smoke, explains why he “fell in love” with him

ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaAs fans gear up for the next installment in the Power universe, Power Book II: Ghost, executive producer 50 Cent is sharing some details on his headlining Power spinoff, Power Book III:…

ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaAs fans gear up for the next installment in the Power universe, Power Book II: Ghost, executive producer 50 Cent is sharing some details on his headlining Power spinoff, Power Book III: Raising Kanan.

In a new Instagram post, 50 revealed that Tony Award winner and Madam Secretary actress Patina Miller will star in his forthcoming Power spinoff origins story.

Tuesday night on Instagram Live, 50 Cent, the tough guy known for battling people on social media, showed the world his vulnerable side. 

The rapper and business mogul recalled a few memories of “one of his favorites” -- late Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke -- and spoke about how he connected with him as an artist. Pop was fatally shot and killed last month during a home invasion.

50 Cent told fans about their first meeting, during which he thought Pop was focused on his phone -- but it turns out Pop was just writing down everything 50 said.

"See, it's a difference between a [man] copying you. That's not copying. He never copied one thing from me," 50 said. "He just looked at it, he saw what was good in it. I influenced him, and he was doing his own thing with it. I fell in love with the [man] at that point."

The impact of Pop’s 2019 breakout single "Welcome to the Party" is often compared to 50 Cent's own 2002 breakout track “Wanksta.”

50, who says he wants to finish Pop Smoke's debut album, included "Welcome to the Party" in last night's episode of For Life, the ABC series he executive-produces.

During the IG Live session, Fiddy also talked about hip hop culture’s love for things that are "damaged," which makes for good music.

"Our culture loves things that are damaged, we love [things] that are [messed] up already," he explained. "Even if you make it, it won't be able to stay, because it's damaged from the experience itself."

"That’s the thing about hip hop culture, about youth culture they can't articulate it," he added. "They can’t say it exactly the way it is, but it's real. It’s real." 

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