While 50 Cent has
the knack for engaging in lyrical warfare with his rap peers, the multi-platinum
artist says that if he could choose his ideal world, it would be decidedly different
from the way things presently are.
“[My ideal world] would be peaceful,” the rapper
explained to AllHipHop.com. And, even though beef seems to make the rap and
real world rotate, the Queens, New York native reveals his rough past on the
south side of Jamaica makes it appealing.
“It’ll be hella boring,” 50 continued. “I
think after experiencing what I have, it’ll be interesting.”
The rapper stated that his “get rich or die trying”
mentality has been reaffirmed by the daily lives of normal people.
“It’s like working a 9-to-5 job. A person who does
that dies before they can receive what they put in their pension. You should
have it set up where you get your pension now,” he rationalized. “But
it’s not structured like that, because the money is intended to go back
to the powers that be.”
His perfect earthly existence entails peace, and the rapper
says that war is partially why he adjusted the meaning of his G-Unit clothing
line to mean Gorilla Unit.
“You know what G-Unit stands for? Guerrilla Unit as in
warfare, its military inspired,” he clarified. “And the ‘G’
in G-Unit also stands for Gangsta, which is associated with 50 Cent.”
He divulges the reason for use of the usage of “gorilla”:
“We try to make [G-Unit Clothing’s name] for the general public to embrace
it – to make things a little lighter [because] the whole country is at war.
My intentions when coming up with the [original] name came from the History
Channel. That’s why this is so exciting to me because I’m a dreamer.
The only way you can get to where I’m at is through dreaming, because
there was a point where no one believed I’d get here but me. So if I didn’t
have that in my head, I wouldn’t be able to make it happen – even the
And for 50 Cent the dreamer, matters boil down to execution
of his vision and learning from others that paved roads before him.
“G-Unit clothing did $55 million its first year. Sean
John did $23 [million] and Rocawear did $18 [million],” he said. “So
like I said, I don’t mind doing deals behind pole, as long as I do it
better. I have their information. I can see what worked for them and what didn’t.”
Dreams of peace won’t come to reality for 50 soon. He
recently released a new diss record called “I Run New York” with
Tony Yayo, where the G-Unit pair continue to berate Jadakiss and Fat Joe.
Yet, in seeming
contradiction, the rapper’s G-Unity Foundation donated $200,000 to the
Compton Unified School District to help restore their arts and music programs.