Vibe: Given your success financially beyond rap, who would you say is your business mentor?
50 Cent: I don’t have a business mentor but I do admire moves from guys at different points. Even though I give him shit at points, Puff is talented. Jay too. Staying power in a culture that shifts and moves as fast as hip hop does is hard. There’s a significance in being able to stay in it without actually making hit music. It’s amazing that Puff is still in it because he doesn’t make it. If I told you what to say and you said it, you and me would be eligible to be Puff. Everything else, he’s operating correctly so it keeps him around.
Vibe: There’s speculation on the Internet that you and Ciara are back together.
50 Cent: Ciara is a really good friend of mine and she came to show me support when I lost my grandmother because she had her relationship with my grandmother. People don’t know but we have been friends for about four years so that’s why [people] are surprised to come and see her support. It’s unfortunate that somebody would take a picture [of her at my grandmother’s funeral]. You got people out there that are supposed to just follow and not have any significance at all. At the end, they look for any opportunity to take a photograph to get their followers up. Some things are supposed to be entertainment and some things are supposed to be part of your life. When your personal life become business, it gets interesting.
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