Rap veteran LL Cool J has thanked 50 Cent for helping him "get his mojo back".
The star - real name James Todd Smith III - insists he was shocked when the New York rapper - real name Curtis Jackson - called him up to offer some constructive criticism on 2006 LP Todd Smith.
But LL Cool J remains adamant the advice helped him get back on track - and even inspired him to hire 50 Cent as co-producer on new album Exit 13.
He tells MTV.com, "Itís an incredible feeling. And you know what? I have to give 50 props for that. If a guy calls you on the phone and says, íYou know what? Your last record was kinda slow and this was a little weak.í It was like, íYo, I just thought the record was slow, man, donít mess my LL up.í
"Itís great. I donít mind having a conversation with a guy who seems to have his finger on the pulse and having a conversation with him and talking with him and seeing if he can push me a little bit and get my mojo back.
"I didnít feel I fell off, but I felt I was a little bit out of touch with the things I should be thinking about."
Exit 13 is set for release next year.