50 Cent was infamously shot nine times shortly before his career got off the ground — but when the incident happened, he didn’t want fellow G-Unit soldier and longtime friend Tony Yayo to visit him in the hospital while he was recuperating.
In an interview with retired boxer Mike Tyson on his Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson podcast, the Talk of New York recalled how 50, even after being riddled with bullets, had the presence of mind to warn his friend against seeing him in such a bad state.
“They was like, ‘You next, Yayo, they gon’ kill you!'” he recalled after 50 got shot. “And 50’s still shot up. I’m like, ‘Damn, I’mma die? N-ggas gonna kill me out here!’ I gotta move safe, right?”
He continued: “But 50 was always a thinker, right? Because when he was in the hospital, he didn’t want me to see him shot the fuck up, all banged up, you know? But I’m like, ‘Yo, why you didn’t want me to see you?’ And the n-gga was like, ‘Because it will fuck with your mental. It would have made you scared seein’ me fucked up like that.'”
Since the beginning of his career, 50 Cent has been lauded as one of the great businessmen in the game, with his street smarts and intellect combining to make a hustler of extreme acumen.
That’s why he was nothing but thrilled when he recently received high praise from Robert Greene, the mastermind behind The 48 Laws of Power book series.
Greene spoke about 50 in an interview with The Game Changing Attorney podcast and said the G-Unit leader’s “realistic outlook” on life has allowed him to become a superstar without succumbing to the pitfalls of fame or wealth.
“When it comes to 50, there is something about him that’s different,” Greene said. “There is an energy and I think the energy is his realistic outlook. He’s not someone who wants to get high all the time and just live in this fantasy world and imagine having money
“He’s extremely realistic when he looks at the world, and I think actually he got that from his mother, to be honest with you. His father was a drug dealer, a hustler, who was killed when he was I believe nine years old. She had that kind of hardcore mentality.”
He continued: “But then he arrived at a key moment in his life after he got shot in the head and he had alreadymade a record that he put together called Power of the Dollar. I think maybe his best record of all — an incredible record. And the second he got shot they canceled the album; it’s never been put out since.
“And that was the moment where most people would be crushed … and at that turning point, he became extremely angry and energized and he decided he was gonna prove them wrong. And what he did was he went on this insane mixtape campaign where he went directly to the people.”
Greene concluded that 50 Cent’s ability to bounce back from being shot and motivate himself to chase his dreams is what makes him such a unique human being. The Power mogul agreed with Greene’s assertion while reacting to his praiseworthy comments on Instagram.
“Robert Green is no joke. 48 Laws of POWER,” he wrote in his caption. “Im sharp as a blade out here, watch me you’ll see.”