He may come across all gangster and scary in his music videos – but all 50 Cent wants is to bag a duet with Robbie Williams. I was thrilled to be invited to spend time with Fiddy this week at his Mayfair hotel suite this week.
In town to promote his new album, Before I Self Destruct, he told me: “I’ve pretty much worked with everybody I want to work with in the music industry apart from Robbie Williams. I really want to do something with him.
“During the Curtis album we talked about working together and we set up some time to go into the studio to make something happen and then he went to rehab right before we got into our session. So it never actually happened. But I still want to do it.
“He has a unique voice and a different kind of energy to anyone I’ve ever listened to. It will make for a different kind of hit record. So make sure you tell him to pick up the phone.”
Done, Fiddy. He also tells me he wants to take his acting career a step further by becoming the first black James Bond. “We’ve got a black president,” he chortled. “Now we need the first black James Bond. I’m down with that. I’ve got the watch for the role.”
Fiddy also revealed he’s been following this year’s X Factor closely – hell, he even stood up for John and Edward, telling me they had a great chance at becoming huge stars.
“Brit girls are superstars like Leona and Alexandra but I don’t know whether I’d collaborate with them,” he said.
“They’re already superstars – even the losers like those twins. Millions have watched them. That’s why the show is so big – because of them.”
Fiddy – real name Curtis Jackson – also revealed his widely publicised row with Kanye West in 2007 was a set-up for the pair to promote their last albums. They went head-to-head releasing albums, with 50 stating he would retire if he lost out to Kanye – and Fiddy lost!
“We made it the competition last time because people were more interested with us having some sort of fight. At the end of the day Kanye isn’t a confrontational person. I had to speak out to make it a bigger deal.
“What happened with Taylor Swift at MTV won’t matter. Because he’s not confrontational he’ll always be in the running for winning trophies. They encourage Kanye to be like he is. He’s fine.”
I still think he’s a twerp, Fiddy!
★Watch me interview Fiddy with 4Music online at www.orange.co.uk/monkey