50 Cent lyrics tell the story through gangsta rap
of life in the poor neighborhoods of New York City. The 50 Cent
lyrics also tell of life now for the rapper as he has some money
and power and his struggles with the old, poor self-image and life
circumstances and newfound power and wealth and the integration
of the two.
50 Cent has two multi-platinum albums to his credit so far, Get
Rich or Die Tryin' and The Massacre. The gangsta image
is more than just an image as 50 Cent has been shot at 9 times,
hit 3 times and spent 2 months in the hospital recovering from the
As such, the 50 Cent lyrics talk about such subjects as jail, drugs,
bitches and hoes, sex, love, guns, money, crimes, cops, homies,
thugs, witnesses, snitches, shootings, respect, disrespect, representing,
success, riches, bling, bravado and power. Like other rappers who
have gone from rags to riches, 50 Cent incorporates images of life
in the hood with life in Hollywood.
Some interesting lyrics can be found on 50 Cent's best-selling
albums. On the Get Rich or Die Tryin' album, the 50 Cent
lyrics in the song, "21 Questions" are about the fear
of losing success, power and riches and the loss of a woman who
is attracted to that. In the song, "Gotta Make It to Heaven"
50 Cent talks about the living hell in the hood is the price he's
paying for getting to heaven.
On The Massacre album, in the song, "I'm Supposed to
Die Tonight", 50 Cent blends mainstream imagery with that of
the hood to pull listeners in with the lines, "Its elementary,
life is but a dream / You know row, row ya boat, your blood forms
a stream." And, in the song, "Gunz Come Out", among
the violent imagery there are a couple of lines in the 50 Cent lyrics
that show great skill in blending the old imagery with new wealth
plus an effective internal rhyme, "Now you know the hoes, they
know how I roll / In that new Rolls with the suicide doors".
In his later albums, 50 Cent's lyrics take shots by disrespecting
his rivals in the rap / hip hop industry sometimes in a funny manner
and sometimes a bit more serious. Whether 50 Cent is taking the
first punch with his lyrics or simply counter-punching is a matter
of debate, but what is interesting is how this has become a forum
and form of communication with others in the same industry unlike
any other musical genre.
Critics of the 50 Cent lyrics say they are too violent, sexual,
derogatory towards women and even homophobic. But, though some of
this may be true, what is impressive is that the 50 Cent lyrics
lets the listener into a wild world on the streets of New York and
the bravado and vulnerabilities the rapper feels with a gritty,
urban reality check that is not accessible in the world of most,
save those who live there.