Alright so we’ve read a great deal about gangsta rap and stuff, but you can’t really talk about the genre without talking about 50 Cent. The 32 year old rapper, born as Curtis James Jackson III sold over twenty-one million copies of his albums Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003) and The Massacre (2005). Not only that, but both albums achieved multi-platinum success. And that was just the catapulting factor. Not too bad for a guy coming from South Jamaica, Queens. 50 Cent has had his runs with the law. In fact, he was shot 9 times in 2000.
Aside from a meteoric rise in the gangsta rap scene, 50 Cent is also pursuing a careers as an actor, hip-hopreneur and executive producer. He appeared in the semi-autobiographical film Get Rich or Die Tryin’ in 2005, the Iraq War film Home of the Brave in 2006, and Righteous Kill in 2008. Forbes listed 50 Cent second behind Jay-Z as one of the wealthiest artist in the rap industry.
However, a faltering economy seems to make no distinction as to who gets affected by it. In December 2008 50 Cent told the Canadian Press that he had already been hit by the ongoing economic downturn. Apparently, he’s lost several million dollars on the stock market. So, I guess the big question is whether the gangsta rap business is recession-proof or not. I find this hard to believe.
But, 50 Cent has recently launched his second video game, “50 Cent: Blood on the Sand.” In this game, 50 Cent actually give fans the chance to play against him. I wonder if Kanye West was one of the first ones to rush to get a copy of it. Somewhere I read that the video game and online gaming industries are recession-proof. So maybe diversifying his portfolio a bit has been a good move for 50 Cent. Let’see what happens. So far, his new album “Before I Self-Destruct” has gotten pushed back again, which means is not coming out before Eminem’s “Relapse”. Self Destruct was originally due on February 3.
In the meantime and while you wait for the release of “Self-Destruct”, we invite you to sing and record to the music of 50 Cent. So, whatcha waiting for? Give us your best gangsta rap act now!.