Appearing on Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, DJ Premier revealed a collaboration between 50 Cent and Terror Squad was denied by Dr. Dre.
Before taking over hip hop in the early 2000s, 50 Cent was on his way to collaborating with Terror Squad’s newly signee, DJ Premier. According to the legendary producer, Fif was hours away from dropping a feature on the lead single for an upcoming collab project. But, that was until Dr. Dre intervened.
“Fat Joe signed me to Terror Squad, and we were supposed to do a project like a compilation album the way Khaled does his, and the first single I was going to drop was a 50 Cent record,” Premier said on the The Breakfast Club. “This was when everybody wasn’t really messing with 50 to the fullest because he was having too much drama after doing ‘How To Rob,’ and me and Fif hit it off right away and clicked when I got on the phone with him.”
A dream pairing of old school brilliance with the hottest up and coming artist from New York was brought to halt by another legendary hip hop figure. “He said he would do the record, and right when it’s about time to do the record, we get a call that Fif can’t do it. I’m like, ‘Why not?’ and they like he’s about to sign to Eminem and Dr. Dre, and I’m like, ‘Noooo,’ because we already committed to us and I talked to Dre and Dre was like ‘Preem, I love you, but he’s not doing any more recording until he does his debut album.’”
Premier and 50 were able to finally collaborate years later on the 2011 “Shut Ur Bloodclot Mouth.” Fast forward to 2022 and DJ Premier has collaborated with Nas, Lil Wayne, Slick Rick to name a few on Mass Appeal’s first installment ‘Hip Hop 50 Volume 1.’ The ten volume series will feature various producers for each respective album.