50 Cent was involved in a verbal altercation with music industry vet Steve Stoute on Friday (Feb. 28) during the New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden.
Photos of the pair arguing surfaced online. And, although it’s unclear what the focus of the exchange was, HipHopDX speculates that 50 Cent is upset with Stoute over comments he made earlier in the week on New York radio (see below), in which he said the rapper was no longer influential in the music biz.
“He hasn’t had a hit in a really long time,” Stoute said. “I mean, he has not made anything musically that’s changed anything in a very long time. And, I feel like he’s always like gearing up for something that never happens. Hopefully, now that he’s independent and there’s no record company to blame, his aggressive content can get on the air…
“I think he’s trying to get back, but those guys — you know, music is a great platform. If you’re an entrepreneur and you have a — you’re currently active making music. You’re currently active touching people with albums,” he continued. “That it makes it much easier for you to venture into business deals that will become successful using the music to parlay it to get it done. And without having any music that’s meaningful over the last — probably the last great song he’s made was ‘I Get Money’ … Kanye’s put out three albums, four albums since then.”