Curtis James Jackson III, famously known as 50 Cent, is a rapper, actor, television producer, and businessman. He is well known for his impact on hip hop and was dubbed a “master of the nuanced art of lyrical brevity.”
His streetwise raps and rags to riches story was a major catalyst to his fame.
50 Cent turned to rap after an early life of drugs, violence, and crime. He soon rocketed to stardom with his album “Get rich or die tryin” in 2003.
His use of catchy choruses to complement his much tougher rap verses certainly aided his rise to the industry’s top.
While Jackson is plenty talented, much of the appeal of his music is said to be from the authenticity of his streetwise lyrics. However, 50 Cent has said that he does not necessarily credit his success to his past.
The Influence Of The Past On 50 Cent’s Career
In his debut album,” Get Rich Or Die Tryin,” 50 Cent did not hold back when recounting his violence-filled past. This album was produced by Dr. Dre and Eminem and was a massive commercial success that garnered not less than 9 million unit sales.
His muscled tattooed appearance on the album cover and the fact that his lyrics were based on real-life events that happened to him was definitely vital to the album’s appeal. This was in a time where the boasts of rappers were idle and did not match their experiences.
In this album, he spoke about incidents like his mother’s unsolved death, his continuous feud with his enemies, numerous arrests, and the harsh environment’s imprint on him as a youth.
Jackson’s past influenced not only his music but also his progress into movies and television. He recently put out “Power Book III: Raising Kanan,” a spinoff of the popular series “Power,” and is vaguely based on his childhood. Even with his past success’s obvious imprints, the rapper maintains it was not the defining factor.
50 Cent Thinks The Streets Didn’t Have A Hand In His Success
In his YouTube interview with Brian J. Roberts, 50 Cent spoke about how he would have succeeded regardless of his environment.
“I would’ve been able to rap, right, I just would’ve been saying something a little different,” He claimed. “It would’ve been different in experience because I wouldn’t have written the same thing. And if I could skip the hard parts that I went through I’d skip it.”
According to him, though his past had a lot of positive influence on his career, it did not solely make it.
“They’re not a part of…they may be a product of the success because part of my temperament comes from it, and experience and how I view things. But it’s not a part of the actual success.” He said, “I’m being successful doing things that are a lot different than the things I was doing at that point,”
50 Cent Talks About His Love For The Finer Things Of Life
Jackson’s mom’s untimely death resulted in him moving in with his grandparents. This move saw a change in his lifestyle because they had eight children and barely any money to spare.
He loved them, but they were unable to provide the luxuries his mother could.
He opened up in his interview with The Guardian, saying, “The only people I saw coming round who had nice things were from my mom’s life. They had Cadillacs, expensive jewellery, everything that symbolised financial freedom.”
To support his love of fine things, he went into drugs and told his grandparents he joined an after-school club. His love for luxury has not reduced ever since. “If you don’t want nice things in your life, I don’t even want to know you,” he said.
Why 50 Cent Lived Small While Earning Big
50 Cent‘s interview revealed how hard his adjustment after his sudden rise to stardom was. He also mentioned why he still lived in an $800 apartment while having $38 million in his account.
“At that momentum, at the peak of everything that was going on, I wasn’t even feeling the adjustment because I already had more than I needed,” 50 Cent admitted.
“When I left for the first tour, my first run, I came back, I had $38 million in my account. And all I had was a two-bedroom apartment that was $800 a month. So, if you don’t spend it, the IRS is gonna take it. So, I needed the expenses.”
This led to his decision to buy Mike Tyson’s old Connecticut home, which, according to the insider, he sold for $2.9 million in 2019.