50 Cent says that if he could talk to his teenage self, he would instruct the younger version of himself to focus more on music. 

He could still have this career without going through all the things I went through,” 50 Cent writes in a “Letter To My Younger Self” published in The Big Issue. “And thinking about relationships – I think back to when I was with someone and that person could have been the person I was going to be with for the rest of my life but I didn’t have the references yet to know there was something special there. It’s like the clarity I got about my grandmother after she was gone. Some people have been better at that than me. If I look at Jay Z, I’d point out he capitalized on people better than I did.”

Elsewhere in the letter, 50 Cent says that Eminem, who signed 50 Cent to his Shady Records, was a great battle rapper.

The guys who were up against him would think of everything you could say about him, then he’d say those things about himself first,” 50 Cent says. “So everything they had against him, he took it away. He was writing all this personal stuff. I was never anything like that. I came into music with songwriting intentions ‘cause that’s where the money was.”

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