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50 Cent: 'I can make Zayn Malik a lot of money'

Rap sensation 50 Cent has revealed that he believes former One Direction singer Zayn Malik could "make a lot of money" if he works with him on hip-hop music. 

During an interview with Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, the superstar explained that Malik could have an incredibly successful career as a solo artist if he has the right people around him providing expert guidance:

"I want it to happen. I can make him a lot of money and he can make me a lot of money. The point I am making is he needs to be working with the right producers, artists, and people in the genre. Some of the pop star rappers are a little cringe, and he doesn't want that."

Back in May, Fiddy told The Daily Beast that he's itching to get into the studio with Malik now that he's split from the boyband:  "He's hot. Zayn's hot. I haven't met with him yet, but I like the idea. He is hot, man. He's no joke."

Even before Malik had quit 1D, 50 Cent was talking about the potential he could have outside of the group: "His vision on his own is always different from what it is in the group. Like Justin Timberlake, as Justin Timberlake, away from the group – it’s a lot of potential."

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Watch footage of Malik thanking his former bandmates here: