Piggy Bank (song)
|Song by 50 Cent from the album The Massacre|
|Label||Aftermath, Interscope, Shady|
|Writer||50 Cent, K. Cain|
|The Massacre track listing|
"Piggy Bank" is the fifth track from 50 Cent's second album, The Massacre. It was not released as a single, but charted at eighty-eight on the Billboard Hot 100 due to controversy over its attack on long-time rival Ja Rule, as well as Jadakiss and Fat Joe, who had worked with Ja Rule on his song "New York". The song also takes lyrical swipes at rappers Shyne, Kelis, Sheek Louch, Cassidy, Lil' Kim (who featured 50 Cent on her song "Magic Stick") and Nas. He also mentions Tupac Shakur, Jay-Z, Mobb Deep and Michael Jackson in the song, but not negatively.
Song background 
In 2004, Ja Rule released "New York", a song from his successful album, R.U.L.E.. The song was very well received by hip hop fans and featured appearances from fellow New York rappers Fat Joe and Jadakiss. The song was a welcomed re-entry for Ja Rule into the public eye after his drop in popularity after feuding with 50 Cent. In the song, Ja Rule subliminally mentions 50 Cent:
You're print distrified, you're no longer desired, So take off them silly chains, put back on your wire. I'm on fire...
The final line being a reference to a 50 Cent-assisted Lloyd Banks song titled "On Fire". The lines also included a subtle reference to the belief 50 Cent had at one point been a police informant. 50 Cent, perhaps feeling offended by the song, and the other two rappers' willingness to participate in it, countered with "Piggy Bank."
50 Cent states that he mostly attacked Jadakiss and Fat Joe for their partnering with Ja Rule, who was, in essence, recording a 50 Cent diss song. According to 50 Cent, the two had allegedly been making subliminal disses to him in the past.
The song features vocal samples from the 1977 song "Sheakspeare's Poem" performed by iconic Russian singer Alla Pugacheva.
50 was in the process of building his legacy at this point and went to speak to Shyne, while he was imprisoned, about becoming a member of his G-unit group. Shyne refused.
I heard Irv trying to sign Shyne so I don't have no love for him, tell him 50 said he's soft, he won't shoot up the club again.
This freestyle eventually found its way to Shyne, who was in prison for firing a handgun in a New York club. Shyne then responded, over telephone, with his own freestyle, where he threatened to handle their rivalry violently. It was for this freestyle, that he was added to the Piggy Bank attack.
In 2003, there circulated rumors throughout the rap industry that Nas was in talks with Irv Gotti to sign to Murder Inc. Although the rumors proved false, they did not help strengthen ties between Nas and 50 Cent. Initially, the two had been relatively close associates, with Nas featuring in two tracks on 50 Cent's 2002 album Guess Who's Back?. However, time led to the two becoming estranged. 50 Cent cites Nas' erratic behavior as a reason for his distrust. 50 notes that while Nas has in the past stood for peace, he was also the same person on June 27, 2002, that although unprovoked, verbally attacked several rappers including Cam'ron, Nelly, N.O.R.E. and New York Hot97 radio disc jockey Angie Martinez. Nas later apologized to those he had attacked, reverting to his previous peaceful beliefs.
It is also speculated that bad blood originated between the two as a result of 50 Cent being replaced as the guest star on a remix of a popular Jennifer Lopez song ("I'm Gonna Be Alright"). After he had been shot, his producers, Trackmasters, allegedly dropped him from the song for Nas. It is possible that mistrust between the rappers developed because of this. It is also worth noting that Nas was working with Irv Gotti, who had arranged the song. Also the raps of 50, on the Jennifer's song were removed in the international editions from her remix album.
It is also clear that Nas has made disparaging comments about 50 Cent, long before "Piggy Bank" was released. At a free concert in Central Park, New York, Nas made a statement regarding the quality of 50 Cent's music. "This is that real New York shit, not that fake 50 Cent shit!" The comment was 50 Cent's main reason for adding Nas to the song. However, Nas has said that he actually had respect for 50 Cent. 50 responded to this incident by attacking Nas in "Piggy Bank," inciting Nas to reply in his song "MC Burial (Don't Body Ya Self)".
References to other rappers 
"Piggy Bank" contains several references to the rap community:
- In one line 50 Cent tells Jadakiss: "Jada don't fuck wit' me if you wanna eat/I'll do yo lil ass like Jay did Mobb Deep" This is a reference to Jay-Z's famously brutal insult to the duo on his song "Takeover" - also a diss towards Nas (which led that rapper to record "Ether"). Mobb Deep would later sign to 50's label G-Unit Records.
- 50 Cent mocks the line from the chorus of Ja Rule's "New York"," I got a hundred guns, a hundred clips, nigga, I'm from New York" by changing it in the first verse of "Piggy Bank," "Got a hundred guns, a hundred clips, why don't I hear no shots?"
- The second verse has the line "Shyne poppin off his mouth from a cell, he don't want it wit me, he in PC, I could have a nigga run up on him with a shank...", which 50 Cent says about Shyne when he was in jail, and showing him in jail in his video.
- The second verse contains the line "Freak bitch look like Kim before the surgery" which refers to Lil' Kim's plastic surgery.
- The second verse contains the line "Kelis said her milkshake bring all the boys to the yard, then Nas went, and tattooed the bitch on his arm" which refers to Kelis' song "Milkshake" and Nas's decision of having Kelis tattooed on his arm.
- The first verse contains the line "That fat nigga thought "Lean Back" was "In Da Club", My shit sold 11 mill, his shit was a dud." Which refers to Fat Joe's believing that his song, "Lean Back", was as big a success as his own smash hit, "In Da Club". It also indirectly refers to Get Rich or Die Tryin', which sold over 11 million copies worldwide, and Fat Joe's considerably lower sales figures.
Chart performance 
|US Billboard Hot 100||88|
|US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)||64|
Music video 
The music video for the song was computer animated. It features parodies of Fat Joe looking like King Hippo of Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! and 50 Cent as a boxer, fighting him, and also getting squashed by a Mercedes-Benz car later in the video. After this, 50 Cent fights Jadakiss, who is made to look like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. The video shows Nas dressed up liked Superman (with instead of the Superman tag on his chest, says his name instead, but normally, his name is censored) chasing after his wife, Kelis, in an ice cream truck labelled "Milkshake", and Shyne (popping off his mouth) in jail. The video was produced after The Game was expelled from G-Unit. Although, The Game is mentioned in a positive way in the song since it was recorded before the rift between them, a parody of The Game as Mr. Potato Head is shown. Also, Philadelphia rapper Cassidy is shown as a young kid in a pink hoody with "I'm a Hustla" printed on it and later in the video he is shown being punched. The video shows 50 Cent and G-Unit in it, with 50 Cent being a boxer and a gangsta, holding guns, which is normally censored. The video makes a reference of "Gatman and Robbin," the next track on The Massacre after "Piggy Bank."
Diss bars by 50 Cent to Artists 
Ja Rule 
Fat Joe 
Shyne poppin' off his mouth from a cell/He don't want it with me, he in PC/I can have a nigga run up on him with a shank/For just a few pennies out my piggy bank
Kelis / Nas 
Lil' Kim 
Freak bitch look like Kim before the surgery/Its an emergency, a Michael Jackson see/Looked at a picture and said she looks like me
The Game 
Though not mentioned in the actual song, Cassidy is parodied as a young boy wearing a pink hoodie that says "I'm a hustla" and gets punched by a couple of other young kids at a subway station. Cassidy responded back in his video "B-Boy Stance" were he parodies 50Cent as a homosexual stripper wearing tight black underwear that says "B-Unit" on the back.
- Sing365. Ja Rule - "New York" Lyrics. Sing365. Accessed January 1, 2009.