Q-Tip recently weighed in on the controversy surrounding 50 Cent and his "Family Day" in New York, including death threats. First speaking on New York's current mayor Michael Bloomberg, Tip said "He not right for the spirit of the city." Q-Tip thinks that 50 should not only be allowed to perform but New Yorkers should be proud of him. "50 Cent is a success story we all should applaud. However you feel about him, you can't deny him. He had something going on in his old neighborhood — our old neighborhood, because I grew up there too. He wanted to perform there. He can have the benefit but he can't perform."
Tip continued "I think that's a shot to morale…It's a shot to somebody's morale, who's 15 or 16 years old. That's an impressionable soul who sees 50 Cent, how he's not able to see him perform in a way. I think the [city's officials] are aware, but they think [50's] performance may cause rabble-rousing, or get people to act out. That's just an old way of thinking about folk, especially black folk. That's what it all boils down to, essentially."