*Maybe it was for publicity or just mutual admiration. 50 Cent and Soulja Boy told XXL they are each other’s fans.

“If I had the wish to be another artist … it would be Soulja Boy,” 50 said. “I’m more comfortable in a space where people are doubting me than when I’m the favorite,” 50, who dons a white mask for the cover, told the mag. “They doubted me before. Obviously, I was the only crazy person that believed in me at one point.”

Soulja Boy, still learning to maneuver the industry train, said he like to watch 50.

“I’m still learning,” Soulja Boy said. “I’ve been through a lot this year, and it’s nothing I expected. I just wanna rap, and I wake up and have some sh- on me, out the blue, every single day. But, really, all it does is feed my ego.”

So why does 20-year-old Soulja relate his struggle to that of Queens’ finest?

“Being black with money, from the ‘hood, struggles and coming from nothing to something, of course you’re going to share the common struggles,” the young MC said. “You going to have people hate. You going to have people that change on you, and all that. So of course, watching 50, and him going through what he did – if there wasn’t no 50 Cent, there would be no Soulja Boy.”

The two appear on the cover of the November issue of XXL.