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50 Cent Slams Rappers for Getting Face Tattoos

Rappers including Gucci Mane and Yung L.A. recently made headlines for getting facial tattoos, but 50 Cent doesn’t think that’s such a good idea.

The controversial rapper recently spoke on how facial ink can backfire against artists trying to brand themselves and enter the corporate world, restricting them from being taken seriously in a business setting.

“That’s the craziest thing,” he told Vibe magazine. “Not necessarily Gucci, but to tattoo your face says that there’s not a possibility that you can actually walk into a legitimate establishment without makeup covering your face every day. That does not work. It creates a separation. It says, ‘I’m an artist.’ That’s it. That’s the statement you make when you go and tattoo your face.”

The Queens native elaborated by stating that not all artists are hot forever, and that once the public’s interest wanes, all that remains will be a facial tattoo.

“Know that the public will not have interest in you as an artist for life,” he continued. “You have to be phenomenal. Talk to the best that do it and they will tell you that it will take more than you being an artist. It takes marketing, maneuvering to generate for that long. When you got 40 year-old rappers in the game, those guys have maneuvered and survived.”

Gucci Mane bucked the trend by getting a giant ice cream cone tatted on the side of his face in January, fresh out of a mental facility. Yung L.A. followed suit in February, getting a duck etched across his cheek. Several weeks later, he covered up the duck by getting an L.A. Dodgers logo over it.

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