When there are the setbacks, there are gonna be the 'get-backs.' If you’re just born super-rich and you’ve just been rich your whole life, you don’t understand the significance of it. It’s just where you are.”
- 50 Cent (GUARDIAN interview, 2020)
50 Cent is a South Jamaica, Queens hustler turned rap star; and the man born Curtis Jackson is now an entertainment mogul. When he was introduced to the public in the late 90s as a brash mixtape rapper, he usually wore a tough guy uniform; and when he became an early '00s superstar, his signature look was usually complete with G-Unit paraphernalia and a bulletproof vest. His war wounds from a near-fatal shooting three years prior to his multiplatinum debut album Get Rich Or Die Tryin' verified his street bonafides. But since then, he’s grown into a Hip-Hop executive and his wardrobe matured in parallel: he rocks custom suits, experimenting with patterns and shapes. His style raises the bar, in the same way that he has throughout his life and career.
Here are 10 of 50’s best looks:
Hustling was my internship.
"When they want a problem, I say 'no problem...'"
"“Wise men listen and laugh, while fools talk.”
"The truth is that I work much harder than I play, because I enjoy the work more. My attitude towards my career is whistle while you work."
"The firmer your grasp on reality, the more power you will have to alter it for your purposes."
"I’m a track star. Running through life, chasing my dream."
"The ultimate power in life is to be completely self-reliant, completely yourself." - 50 Cent, The 50th Law
“Fears are a kind of prison that confines you within a limited range of action. The less you fear, the more power you will have and the more fully you will live."
“People have expiration dates. You can’t see it, but their time’s up and they almost implode in front of you.”
"There’s a point that your friendship will develop and it has so much value that it will become priceless. And at that point, you should consider marriage."