50 Cent

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Get rich or die tryin'.

Curtis James Jackson III (born 6 July 1975), known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper from New York City.


I need to know where I'm heading, because I know where I've been.
I am what I am; you can like it or love it.
People want the truth. Even if they can't handle it, they want it.
  • I want to explain my environment to those who don't come any closer to it than the records they buy or the images they see on television. People want the truth. Even if they can't handle it, they want it. I let you know that I survived nine bullets not to sell records, but because it's the truth. Every time I sit down for an interview, I'm asked, "Well, 50, how did it feel to get shot nine times?" But those stories don't hold the weight, the pain, or the hope of my experience. It just can't. This is my mindset and these are the things that go on. This is why I say the rhymes that I say. This is what happened when I was trying to get rich before I died in Southside Queens.
  • The mis-perception is gangster 50. That's the biggest misconception. Because, I can be those things that people – I have a reputation. My past is my shadow, it follows me everywhere I go. Well, all those things come from when I had no other choice. They put my back against the wall. I do what I gotta do. Because hip-hop has no requirements, you deal with people that have the least intelligence on the planet. Some of the people that compare themselves to me, compare themselves to me because they rap and I rap. They can't even read the contracts that they sign to be a rapper, to do the deal.
  • I came from the bottom of the bottom. It's hard for a lot of people to comprehend my story – a lot of people just don't get me because they haven't experienced it. I came from the bottom and I have risen up and I have changed but I have never forgotten.
    • From his interview with Louis Gannon for Live magazine, The Mail on Sunday (UK) newspaper, 25 October 2009
  • I can't believe my grandmother's making me take out the garbage. I'm rich. Fuck this, I'm going home. I don't need this shit.
  • I had his poster on my wall. He had me moonwalking around my bedroom. I'd love to have written any Michael Jackson song, so maybe start with one of the greatest.
    • As quoted in "Soundtrack of my life" (1 October 2015), by Gavin Haynes, NME, p. 48

No Mercy, No Fear (2002)[edit]

  • I've got the sickest vendetta when it comes to the cheddar... You play with my paper, you're going to meet my Beretta... She looks good, but I know she's after my cheddar.

Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003)[edit]

  • Go ahead, switch the style up. If niggas hate, then let them hate and watch the money pile up.
  • They say I walk around like I've got an 'S' on my chest. No, that's a semi-auto and a vest on my chest.
    • "What Up Gangsta"
  • The Lord's blessings leave me lyrically-inclined. Shit, I ain't even got to try to shine!
    • Patiently Waiting"
  • Keep thinking I'm candy; until your fucking skull gets popped.
    • "Heat"
  • When that window rolls down and that A.K. comes out? You can squeeze your little handgun, until you run out.
    • "Heat"
  • God's on your side? Shit, I'm alright with that. Because we're going to reload the clips and come right back.
    • "Heat"
  • It's a fact, homey. You go against me? You're fucked.
    • "Heat"
  • There'll be no white flags, and no peace talk.
    • "Heat"
  • I am what I am; you can like it or love it. It feels good to blow fifty grand and think nothing of it.
  • Look baby, this is simple. You can't see? You're fucking with me? You're fucking with a P.I.M.P.!
  • I need you to pray for me; I need you to care for me. I need you to want me to win. I need to know where I'm heading, because I know where I've been.
    • "Don't Push Me"
  • I've got to make it to heaven; for going through hell.
    • "Gotta Make it to Heaven"

The Massacre (2005)[edit]

  • Sometimes, I sit back and look at life from a different angle. Don't know if I'm God's child, or I'm Satan's angel.
    • "I'm Supposed to Die Tonight"
  • In 2002, if you asked me to make a wish? I simply would've wished that my music would be a hit.
    • "I'm Supposed to Die Tonight"
  • Fronting on me will shorten your life-span.
    • "I'm Supposed to Die Tonight"
  • That watch is nice! That's what you bought for me?
    • "Ski Mask Way"
  • Being broke is against my religion.
    • "Ryder Music"

From Pieces to Weight: Once Upon a Time in Southside Queens (2005)[edit]

From Pieces to Weight: Once Upon a Time in Southside Queens (9 August 2005), New York City: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
  • Get rich or die tryin'.
    • Opening lines, emphasis in original.
  • People want the truth. Even if they can't handle it, they want it. They may want to look at it as a story or music so they can distance themselves from it, but they want it. That's why people watch the news every night. There's nothing good on the news. They'll throw in a little "good news" near the end, like something about a cat being saved from a tree. But before you hear about that cat, you're going to learn that someone got shot and killed, an earthquake killed a couple of hundred people, and that whatever war is going on at the time is still going on and going hard. And you still watch. Why? Because you want the truth. You'll complain, but you'll watch. Every night. The news always gets good ratings.
    • "Prologue"

Before I Self Destruct (2009)[edit]

  • Have a baby by me, baby, be a millionaire.

Quotes about 50 Cent[edit]

  • Took two months, but 50 got it done.

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