Almost two decades ago, an endorsement from a friend was just what 50 Cent needed to launch his career. And it was one from a man named Marshall “Eminem” Mathers that that gave him the break he needed. Almost 20 years later, 50 Cent got the recognition his career deserves on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. And no one was a more fitting figure to induct him on Thursday than Eminem.
“Of all the things I don’t remember about 2002,” Eminem quipped, “I have a clear memory of the first time I met 50. The charisma and the personality — everything matched the intensity of his music.”
Eminem’s tight partnership with music producer Dr. Dre launched his own career into a level of superstardom that he only once imagined. The rapper figured that if this formula would also work on an under-the-radar rapper who was known as Curtis Jackson.
“Dre and I knew that if it was going to work on us, it was going to work on the rest of the world,” the “Lose Yourself” hitmaker continued. “I’m glad we trusted our instincts.”
50 Cent and Eminem’s collaboration has led to numerous successful projects over the last two decades. But the latter pointed out that their partnership goes beyond business and the recording studio.
“I’m here today because he’s not only a business partner to me, this is one of the best friends I’ve known in the world,” said Eminem in a rare dialogue of endearment. “He’s always been there when I needed him.”
Ben is is a senior journalist and sport columnist for Best in Australia. He previously worked for the BC and other radio stations.