50 Cent Says Britney Spears Inspired Him

At first glance, 50 Cent and Britney Spears wouldn’t seem to have much more in common than their winning smiles and positive outlooks on life.

But the 33-year-old rapper—born Curtis Jackson—says that the connection between the two is deeper than at first meets the eye, and that Spears’ emotional troubles of 2007 served as the inspiration for his new album, Before I Self Destruct. “She was going through her issues in public,” the vitamin-water enthusiast explains to OK! Magazine. “It was great to watch her spin out of control because it makes the average person feel better.”

This isn’t the only unlikely musical connection that Spears has made lately. Earlier this week reports broke that Spears—currently prepping for her upcoming Circus tour—and Nine Inch Nails honcho Trent Reznorpractice in the same rehearsal facility, and that the two have a mutual admiration for each other’s musical output.

Could a Spears/50 Cent/Reznor collaboration be far behind? Dare to dream…