"I had met 50 probably about two years, maybe even three, before that. He was with Atlantic. I met him through Tone & Poke. Tone was a good friend of mine. 50 was originally with Tone back in those days. I had recorded with 50 prior to him getting stabbed and then shot. Seeing him come back through all of that to create a situation for himself doing the mixtapes, forming G-Unit, getting that crazy street buzz, signing with Eminem and Dr. Dre. All that stuff, it just seemed so larger than life at the time. Personally, I was just happy to see this guy persevere through everything. 50 was always a cocky guy. He always didn’t a damn what anybody thought about what he said and he just rode that out."