Trackmasters Tell All: The Stories Behind Their Classic Records (Part 2)

50 Cent "Ghetto Qu'ran (Forgive Me)" (2000)

Album: Power of the Dollar
Label: Trackmasters/Columbia/Sony

Tone: “Since I’m not from Queens, some of the stuff that he was talking about on that song was educational for me. I didn’t even know some of the stuff that took place. He was managed at the time by a Queens gangster [Ed. Note—At the time, 50 Cent was managed by Chaz "Slim" Williams] who kinda said it was okay [from him to say that stuff].

 

A couple of [street] guys were like, ‘We were cool with it but if he's not running with [Slim], we’re not cool with it anymore.’ So we actually pulled the record off the album so he would stay out of trouble. - Tone

 

“Soon after [50 and his manager fell out], we pulled the record off the album because he was no longer managed by him. A couple of [street] guys were like, ‘We were cool with it but if he's not running with [Slim], we’re not cool with it anymore.’ So we actually pulled the record off the album so he would stay out of trouble because we didn’t want no drama. Years later, it got out because shit just leaks.”

Poke: “Labels had this whole thing about risks. There are labels that take risks because they are edgy, i.e. Interscope. Jimmy Iovine has no problem with risks, he wants the drama, he’s gonna embellish this fucking drama and sell records. Columbia was so corporate and so niche, the whole Sony family is very much like that.

“So when 50 got shot, we were like this shit is ridiculous. An artist gets shot, we know how big this artist could be, and you guys want to drop him? But by then, we were really on our last leg of even being at Columbia. We were just like, ‘Yo, this shit is stupid.’

"Then they started coming and telling us shit like, ‘Yo we should drop Wyclef.’ We’re like ‘What?!?!’ Prior to that, they just dropped Alicia Keys. We were like, ‘You people are fucking ridiculous.’”

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