Nine Things XXL Learned Watching 50 Cent’s The Origin of Me
VH1 is premiering the latest addition to their Rock Docs series next Monday May 23rd. The selection is called The Origin of Me and it follows 50 Cent as he returns to his family roots in Edgefield, SC. It’ll make you think about 50 differently as he lets us in on the specifics of his personal life. XXL caught the premiere earlier this week and took a few notes. Here are nine things we learned about 50 Cent after watching a screening of The Origin of Me.
1. When 50 uses the word “finna” (as in “fixin to”) he isn’t catering to southern fans by co-opting some parts of their dialect. It’s actually a legit part of his slang borrowed from his maternal grandmother from South Carolina.
2. 50 is an avid reader of the NY Times. Granted he’s exhibited enough of a business acumen to assume this and he’s made references to reading it, but Fif actually reads the Times on a consistent basis.
3. While we don’t want to give anything away in lieu of next week’s premiere, let’s just say that 50’s aunt, Gladys, is a comedian and it would be dope if she did an interlude on his next album.
4. There’s a scene where 50’s learning new information about his family tree and admits to not knowing what the census is. He’s probably not the only person who doesn’t know and at least he was honest.
5. He never wears the same hat twice. That’s how it looked anyway. 50, had a different Yankees fitted in seemingly each scene of the documentary. He should just buy a New Era ad get it over with.
6. In his familial hometown of Edgefield, South Carolina, the local high school is named after noted segregationist and former U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond. Surprisingly enough, the students there were of mixed racial origins and seemed to get along well with each other. There were no stories of racial strife at all. When you consider who the school is named after that’s gotta be looked at as a sign or progress.
7. 50 is a fan of the term kinfolk. Ten bucks says says that word becomes a part of the hip-hop lexicon in the tri-state by mid-summer.
8. One of the older White women 50 meets in South Carolina claims that the Red Shirts (a precursor to the KKK) were created because Black people “burned” parts of the town and essentially were not racist at all.
9. In discussing the Scot-Irish settlers of Edgefield, amongst the things learned is that respect was a major part of their culture and to protect their honor biting off noses and finger tips was a usual and expected condition.