Q&A: 50 CENT

HE BECAME THE KING OF BLING—A WEALTHY RAPPER, MOVIE STAR, AND INDUSTRY MOGUL. BUT A WORKING-CLASS HERO? NOW 50 CENT WANTS TO GO BLUE-COLLAR OR DIE TRYIN’.

DETAILS: “New Day,” the first single from your upcoming album, Street King Immortal, begins with a line of Robert De Niro’s from A Bronx Tale: “It don’t take much strength to pull a trigger, but try and get up every morning, day after day, and work for a living. . . . Then we’ll see who’s the real tough guy.” Isn’t that the complete opposite of everything you’ve ever rapped about? 50 Cent: It puts you right where I want you to be, as the working-class person, because that’s how I want you to identify with this song. In the environment that I grew up in, you have people who are extremely religious and people who are extremely intoxicated and trying to forget the pains. It’s about figuring out how it feels under circumstances where you’re not a winner. When I see somebody with a sign, I don’t give ’em anything. I don’t give a fuck. You stand out there waiting for someone to put something in your cup? Shit, I’d be on a chain gang before I’d be standing there like that. CONTINUE READING
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