Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has had an illustrious career as a rap star with several successful projects and received several accolades, including a Grammy Award for Best Performance By a Duo. However, following the release of Get Rich or Die Tryin’, which marked his feature film acting debut, the veteran emcee showed a promising career in Hollywood. After over two dozen appearances in film and television, Fif switched gears and started collecting roles behind the scenes as a writer, producer, and director. Still, with the creations of several shows, including his ultra-successful Power universe, the star has remained true to his hip hop roots, consistently implementing elements of the culture from sounds, fashion, and history.
This year the entrepreneur is up against some hefty competitors, including Cardi B., Drake, Kanye West, and many more. Ahead of this year’s event, get familiar with the star and see how Fif is hip hop even when he’s creating for the screen.
Black Mafia Family (BMF)
Black Mafia Family is arguably one of the best examples of bringing several elements of hip hop onto a television platform. Inspired by the true story of two brothers Detroit Demetrius "Big Meech" and Terry "Southwest T" Flenory, BMF follows the sibling vision as it stretched beyond the drug trade in the late 80s and into the world of hip hop, ultimately on a global level, much the culture today. Fif serves as an executive producer on the series starring actor Demetrius Flenory Jr. and Da'Vinchi. The show features a throwback soundtrack of classic hip-hop records and fashion.
Get Rich or Die Tryin’
Released in theaters in 2005, Get Rich or Die Tryin’ is a crime drama film loosely telling Fif’s journey to become a rap artist. Like the stories of many hip-hop figures we know, Get Rich or Die Tryin’ follows Marcus Greer, a drug dealer who leaves his criminal life to pursue his passion for rap music. The movie contains studio sessions, pretty women, and, of course, lots of feuding.
Power Book III: Raising Kanan
Power Book III: Raising Kanan is a prequel set in the 1990s chronicling the early years of Kanan Stark, the character first played by Fif in his hit series Power, as he gets into the drug game. Everything you remember about hip hop and New York in the 90s can be found in this latest series from the Power universe. There’s a heavy musical element in the show that focuses on the several characters as they try to break their way into the industry. Power Book III is another show which has an unforgettable soundtrack and memorable vintage fashion moments.
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