50 Cent has always been able to adapt to his surroundings throughout his almost 25-year career, but he’s admitted that he was crazier than he should’ve been during his earlier years.
On Thursday night (February 16), the G-Unit boss joined MSNBC’s Ari Melber for an all-encompassing interview during which he reflected on his growth from the dangerous early days of his career to the mogul he’s become.
“The stuff that they see that I’ve learned, it kinda kept me out of trouble at points,” he explained. “The stuff I was saying in the music in the very beginning, I was crazy to tell you the truth, Ari. I was absolutely crazy at that point.”
Melber referenced “If I Can’t” lyrics about how 50 was down to die for his chain and he confirmed that was the truth and indeed the case at that point in life.
50 Cent parlayed that “craziness,” as well as being shot nine times and his feuds with the likes of Ja Rule, into one of the best-selling debut albums in rap history, Get Rich or Die Tryin‘, which celebrated its 20th anniversary earlier in February.
In another portion of their chat, 50 explained that the youth idolized the “wrong part” of his persona as a recording artist.”
“Kids fell absolutely in love with me and they were in love with the wrong part of me,” he stated. “The part that won’t actually continue to be successful. The part that people won’t continue to be something that people celebrate.”
50 named a few artists from today that he sees with the same street mentality he possessed, including 21 Savage, Lil Durk, DaBaby and NBA YoungBoy.
“I like them because they already been bumped around enough they’re damaged,” 50 said. “They’re damaged enough by the experience that even if they make it they won’t make it if they don’t figure out how not to be who they are right now.
“They have to turn into something bigger and better as they go with the new information and new opportunities that come because they’re really street.”
Fif also spoke on how he made “21 Questions” in order to help his love life.