50 Cent and Pauly D

Q&A: 50 Cent And Pauly D Talk Global Music And Shelved 'Black Magic' LP


VIBE: Which international music scenes are most intriguing?
Pauly D: Spain was cool, I went to Pacha in Spain, and they played a lot of good dance music. They know what’s up out there. It reminded me of New York. I always wanted to check out Australia’s clubs—I think the crowd would be crazy!

You spent a lot of time in Africa, 50. Were you influenced by any of their native tunes?
50 Cent: There are different perceptions of Africa. You start seeing bongos and shit, motherfuckers shaking. I didn’t pick up on that. In each of those different territories, they’re doing their version of American music.

But in the States, we’re emulating a lot of European sounds. Would you say the U.S. is leading or following in music trends?
PD: I like to think it starts from us.
50: We’re still leading. Look, we can have things in music culture that originated somewhere else. What American artist doesn’t have [Euro pop] hits? The producers are smart enough to find [a sound]. Generally it’s one guy’s idea that grows. That’s why it’s special, because everyone decides it’s cool at that point. I feel like reggaeton is hip-hop. The artists are using [our] cadences. I hear melodies, like, “What the fuck did you just say, homeboy? That right there was ill.” So we all influence each other.

How will your album influence global music, Pauly?
PD: I’m an open-format DJ, so it’s gonna be a bit of everything. I put my personality into the album. People call me “the Bridge,” because I bridge that gap between dance, house and hip-hop.

Did 50 test any of his shelved Euro-inspired Black Magic material on you?
50: I played him “Vegas Girl,” a song I did for recreational purposes. I’ll be somewhere and see the audience respond to it.
PD: I was like, “This song is perfect!” It’s like a dance track, but it had that 50 Cent sway. He goes hard. Las Vegas is one of my favorite places to DJ—I love those girls. [Laughs]

Is there a DJ from outside of the U.S. that you’ve learned from?
PD: I held the same residency as [London DJ] Paul Oakenfold in Las Vegas. He’s very, very talented, and all into the music like I am. I admired when he did the Perfecto tour, seeing what songs work for him, the crowd’s reaction…
50: It’s the timing, too. I have actually seen DJs that just do a playlist. DJ Whoo Kid. He’d play a record, and I know what’s coming next. [Laughs]
PD: I never made a set in my life, ever. Because I play clubs I’ve never spun at before. I gotta look at the people and how they react to each song. That’s how I’ll determine what I’m gonna play that night. They came to see me, so I wanna make their experience the best they ever had. —John Kennedy

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“The family is extremely relieved,” attorney S. Lee Merritt, who represents Arbery’s mother, said in response to Bryan’s arrest. “We didn’t know if this was going to happen, but we all knew that it should happen.”

Arbery was killed on Feb. 23, while out for a jog. It wasn't until two months later that his story went viral prompting an investigation by the GBI after the local D.A., who was previously over the case, declined to make any arrests.

According to jail records, 50-year-old Bryan was booked into the Glynn County Jail on charges of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. Bryan made his first court appearance on Friday (May 22) where his lawyer filed a motion for a speedy trial.

Bryan accompanied father and son, Gregory McMichael, 64 and Travis McMichael, 34, as they followed and cornered 25-year-old Arbery before the younger McMichael shot him to death. The McMichaels claim the shooting was self-defense.

Father and son were arrested for aggravated assault and felony murder earlier in the month. All three men are being held at the same jail.

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Merrit noted that Arbery's family hopes the men will be convicted. “Well obviously we want to see the arrests lead to a formal indictment then a vigorous prosecution and conviction. But there are other people we believe were involved. We spoke with the DOJ earlier today about their investigation into the corruption that delayed these arrests in the first place.”

An attorney for the elder McMichael claimed that the pair are victims of a  “narrative driven by an incomplete set of facts.”

“While the death of Ahmaud Arbery is a tragedy, causing deep grief to his family -- a tragedy that at first appears to many to fit into a terrible pattern in American life -- this case does not fit that pattern,” attorney Frank Hogue said. “The full story, to be revealed in time, will tell the truth about this case.”

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“I was doing stuff for the community and schools… always involved and just me being considered like a dropout you’re not really like an alumni,” he said before explaining that one of his former high school teachers is now a principal and encouraged him to get a diploma. “He hit me up like 'you should go back and get it.' I went back and got it.”

Quavo added that Weezy was, “definitely one of my inspirations for going back to school.”

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“Our priority continues to be the health and safety of all involved, and we are working with public health experts and government officials on a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that appropriate medical protocols and protections are in place.”

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