Ten years have passed since 50 Cent encouraged us to party like it’s our birthday year-round. Can you do an upside down sit up yet? With impressive co-signs and a never-ending slew of public beefs, 50’s expanding resume has helped redefine the modern hip-hop era.
In honor of Get Rich or Die Tryin’s anniversary, as well as the brand-new edition of Behind The Music–remastered to included everything from personal loss to unexpected hookups–we’re remembering the incomparable come-up of the New York MC. Separating cred-building fantasies from stone cold facts, here are some things we learned about the definitive hustler from Jamaica, Queens. Read more…
1. His relationship with Chelsea Handler was even more fun than he thought it would be.
A potty mouth professional talker who’s made a killing off chronicling her bedroom activities and a hip-hop superstar known to reveal his statue-like build in concert? Nah, we totally expected you two to sit at home and knit together. (Yeah right.)
2. He’s a fan of beefs… even manufactured ones.
Noting that feuds are an integral part of hip-hop culture, 50’s rise has been heavily linked to 1999 buzz track “How To Rob.” An expression of his frustration with the music industry at the time, it inspired response tracks by DMX, Fat Joe, Wu-Tang Clan, and even Jay-Z, and helped establish the Queens boy as an artist instead of merely a street king. But he’s also concerned with the faux beefs, too. In 2007, 50 orchestrated a publicity stunt around the release of his Curtis and Kanye West’s Graduation that had the tongues of fans and media members wagging. “Kanye West gets the trophy, 50 Cent gets the check,” he explained. Everybody wins!
3. Eminem was this close to being on the unseen 50 Cent MTV’s Fanatic.
Between his nervous greeting to an impromptu reevaluation of his own skills (“He didn’t really say too much and I was kinda wondering, like, ‘Does this guy like me?'”) Eminem was on some serious “fan s–t” when he first laid eyes on 50 IRL.