Get rich or die trying is a motto that no longer suits 50 Cent. He’s filthy rich and didn’t have to die trying. Best believe 50’s still chasing the mula, but he’s starting to think about what he wants his legacy to be after he’s gone. It’s a bit morbid to think of how you want the world to remember you. But 50 Cent is clear he wants to be named among the greats.
During a promotion for 50’s forthcoming fifth album Street King Immortal the Queens rapper stopped by VH1 to talk about what exactly a street king immortal is. “Like, Michael Jackson is Street King Immortal. Biggie Smalls and 2Pac are Street King Immortal. I want this album to put me in a space where I would be one of those people if I left today or tomorrow or whatever.” 50 Cent a legend, eh? He’s put in the work that’s for sure. “I’m conscious of what I want my legacy to be. I don’t want to be someone who made a few good songs or picked a few good scripts…I want to resonate strong with people after I’m not here. I feel like artists are always bigger in their absence than they are in their presence.”
Get Rich or Die Tryin’ is considered a classic album among hip-hop heads. However, something tells us 50 Cent’s mark on the world will stem more from his entrepreneurial efforts than his music. How he managed to score multi-million dollar deals with Vitamin Water and Glaceau is indeed a legacy worth talking about. The music is a bonus.