Got rich, did not die.Dope anthems, message soul and the classic of classics: rap giant 50 Cent blasts off into his musical cosmos
In May 2000, Curtis Jackson, a 24-year-old drug dealer, almost dies in a New York City street battle. The incident changes everything: Jackson concentrates on his rap career under the name 50 Cent, and records his first album in 2003, with Dr Dre. Get Rich or Die Tryin’ becomes the fourth-most successful hip-hop album of all time and launches a career.
Since then, Fiddy has been making films, writing books and designing sneakers and headphones. Does that leave any time for music? “Of course. But good things take time,” says the 38-year-old, referring to his first album in five years, Animal Ambition, out now. Here he reveals five songs that served as inspiration.
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