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50 Cent Claims You’re Not Making Money Until You’re Making Money When You’re Not Working

50 Cent has money coming in from many different directions. After getting his start in music and conquering the charts multiple times, the rapper took his talents to film and television. But while he’s had colossal success in the music industry, 50 Cent claims that his work in television is incomparable. Born Curtis Jackson, the rapper we’ve all come to know as 50 Cent, came into prominence for many in 2000 with his controversial single “How To Rob.” His hard work and hustle would later lead to a major label deal and the release of his breakout single “Wanksta.”

50 Cent’s debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ came out in 2003 with solid first-week sales. The album also housed some of 50 Cent’s most significant singles, such as “In Da Club,” and became the best-selling album of the year. Still proving successful, Get Rich or Die Tryin’ was certified 9x platinum in 2020. With five studio albums under his belt and millions of records sold, 50 Cent is listed as one of the highest-selling Hip-Hop artists. The rapper also founded G-Unit Records, which had a chokehold on the music industry for much of the early 2000s. However, much of his albums, including that of his group G-Unit which also consisted of members Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo, and The Game’s debut album, remain successful.

In addition to his music career, the rapper expanded his resume by acting in a bevy of films. 50 Cent’s acting career started with the 2005 film named after his album and based on his Life. Since then, he’s remained consistent on the big screen and has appeared in films such as Southpaw, Den of Thieves, and the upcoming fourth installment of the blockbuster franchise, The Expendables 4.

Perhaps his most extensive work to date has been in television. Lately, 50 Cent has served as the executive producer for some of television’s most recent guilty pleasures, such as the Power franchise. The Starz show ran for six seasons, of which 50 Cent also held a leading role as Kanan. In addition, Power has birthed two sequels that are currently on-air. Power Book II: Ghost is in its second season, and in December of 2021, it was renewed for a third season. Similar can be said about Power Book III: Raising Kanan, which was renewed for a second season ahead of its July 2021 debut. Book IV: Force will premiere in February of this year.

50 Cent’s television production company, G-Unit Films and Televison Inc., is responsible for the Power franchise and other shows. In 2020, ABC debuted the show For Life, which lasted for two seasons before being canceled. Before that, he’s also been at the helm of The Oath that was on the Crackle streaming app. His latest effort on Starz, BMF (Black Mafia Family), has already been renewed for a second season following the premiere of the series.

With all of the success that 50 Cent has seen in both film and television, the rapper gave insight into where his wealth seems to stem from. In a seemingly recent conversation that has gone viral on social media, 50 Cent expressed that he’s seen more financial gain from television than music. According to the rapper, it’s “way bigger. Like, not even close.”

Serving as the executive producer on the shows mentioned above has led 50 Cent to see how money can be made differently than usual. “You’re not making money until you’re making money when you’re not working,” Fif said so eloquently. The rapper recalls the hustle of having to do shows to make the bulk of his money within his music career. “I didn’t make no money when I didn’t do a show,” he explained. The difference between the music and his work in television, 50 Cent says, is he does not have to be in the production to benefit financially. The rapper also made his directorial debut on the third episode of Power’s sixth season, which would garner him an NAACP Image Award nomination.

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