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50 Cent Offers Sound Advice to His Teenage Self

50 Cent attends the "Power" season two series premiere 2015
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 50 Cent photographed on June 2, 2015 in New York City.  

50 Cent's a family man at heart. After launching a lucrative career post-2003's Get Rich or Die Tryin' and building his IMDb profile, the Queens rapper often cites his mother and grandmother as the reasons for his success. 

In a recent interview with Big Issue, Fif dug deep and reflected on his personal losses, specifically when his grandmother died from cancer last September. “I’ve seen a lot of people pass in the neighbourhood, I’ve lost them to motorcycles or altercations or drugs,” he said. “But none of them impacted like when my grandmother died. She was the love of my life.”

The hip-hop star then detailed his infatuation with writing lyrics after meeting Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay, and how Eminem's competitive spirit helped the Shady Records boss win rap battles. 50 even offered a special message to his teenage self: 

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“If I could talk to my teenage self, I’d tell him to focus on music with a stronger intensity. He could still have this career without going through all the things I went through,” he said. “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.”

Read the full interview here.


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