In an interview with MSNBC in September 2009, rapper 50 Cent, when asked if piracy makes him angry, had this to say:
“I think it’s a part of the marketing, ’cause people [who pirate the music], they end up at the concert. You can’t help but fall in love with the material at that point, whether they consumed it from downloading it on the actual internet or purchasing the material. We can’t stop it.”
He’s been singing a different tune lately, though. In an April 2010 MTV interview, ’50’ stated:
“I don’t think the music business is dying. I think we’re just experiencing technology and we just have to pass new laws, eventually, to change how music is being distributed. It’s easier to download a song that’s three minutes long, probably about three or four seconds for you to download it, it’s easier to steal.”
He then insists that laws will not be placed until it starts damaging the film industry.
He has also implied that his label, G-Unit Records, is suffering due to piracy, but that they must learn to adapt.