Should 50 Cent give up on acting?

I thought the whole point of 50 Cent making all of these movies is that you can make a shedload of money making movies?

Fiddy went through all of that trouble slimming down to crackhead weight, like Donnie Wahlberg in the Sixth Sense (the one from New Kids on the Block, not the one from the underwear commercials), just to come in #14 on Forbes’ annual list of hip-hop’s Cash Kings, down there with the likes of T-Pain (who can now claim to be on an album that got five mics in the Source) and Soulja Boy. Jay-Z hasn’t acted in shit, unless you count that extended version of the video for “Streets Is Watching” with all of the gratuitous nudity, which came out way back when Jay-Z’s current fans were still into Boyz II Men and/or the Teletubbies. I copped that shit from Best Buy for like $8. I didn’t even know there was gonna be all that nudity in it. I just liked the song. Bonus!

It was only last year or the year before (note my dedication to accuracy) when Fiddy made anywhere between $100 million and $400 million, depending on who you believe. How in the fuck could his income decrease so precipitously? He had been making way more than Jay-Z – now Jay-Z is making something like 8x more than he does. And it’s not like Jay-Z has received a substantial pay raise. He probably lost a shedload of money from those Stringer Bell-style real estate deals I tried to warn him about, it’s just he made so much from touring. Can’t you make like $200 million a year from touring? I remember reading in Rolling Stone, when I was waiting to pick my mom up from the dentist, that Madonna made something ridonkulous like $400 million. Not in her life, mind you. I mean last year. I was also surprised to read that that song “Hung Up” is her most popular song evar, and that’s why it’s the first song on her greatest hits album. Literally no one here in the US likes it, but it’s very popular in the rest of the world, where people don’t have as good taste in music.

But I digress.

It seems like 50 Cent is working entirely too hard to be making as little as he makes. I could see if he hadn’t been doing shit, but he’s been in a shedload of bad movies these past few years. I know at least one of thme he also wrote and directed. I saw the trailer, and it seemed bad enough that he wasn’t lying about it. His Hollywood productions haven’t been much better. He’s building a veritable cottage industry around playing the black heavy in movies starring white actors on;y dumb people still respect at this point, like Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. I remember it was a big deal when they were in that movie Heat together, even though it was hard to tell if they didn’t just use CGI to make it look like they were sitting across the table from each other. The technology had been around at least since that movie where Jean Claude Van Damme played his own evil twin. They may have been too conceited to be in the same room together. (You’ll recall that they were also both in the Godfather Part II, but they didn’t have any scenes together.) No one seemed to give a shit that Pacino and De Niro were in Righteous Kill together, perhaps because of how much bullshit they put out in the interim.

This probably didn’t occur to him before he set out on the path that he’s on, but if I made somewhere in between $100 and $400 million last year, and this year I had the choice to either make umpteen movies with white guys who used to be pretty good actors, but then they put on 30 pounds that they apparently can’t lose (I’ve lost 30 pounds in a good BM), and now they can’t get a job in a movie that’s actually released in theaters, like Val Kilmer and Ray Liotta, and make $8 million dollars, or sit around all day talking shit about Rawse, and not make shit, I’d opt for the latter. I happen to enjoy sitting around all day talking shit about Rawse anyway, so for me it’s a no brainer. And I make something pretty close to jack schitt – once you subtract what it costs for necessities like food, clothing and shelter, plus the alcohol regimen I’m on, it pretty much is jack schitt. It’s not as bad as you’d think. The key is to not want anything. Or in other words, to lack ambition. Fiddy is at least famous enough that chicks will bang him just to say they did it. (That’s where I’m trying too get to.) What else does he need?

  • Sha

    I said this exact same thing when it happened and the boards were calling me a hater. But anyway….

    50 won’t go down in history as the greatest(yeah right….more like the greatest bully)

    I remember when 50 was on MTV when he was about to drop his first album. He said,

    “Calling yourself Murder Inc is disrespectful to the community. Where I’m from, Murder isn’t something you glorify.”

    Obviously he was taking shots at Ja Rule. I actually agreed with him. I thought he had intellect and I was sure he was on some next level shit.

    But as time went on, I realized 50 and his entire career was directly played out in his first video “In Da Club”. Dr. Dre and Eminem were behind the screens scribbling on pads as if they just unleashed a virus on the world. And I’m afraid to say, that’s exactly what they did. Bullying people and talking that “Murder” shit gets old. Especially when those people you have dissed have friends you might wanna work with in the future.

    50’s time is over. It was good while it lasted. But he’s been revealed to be exactly what he is. An opportunistic-bully caught in the fame-zone of 2 decent albums.

    • xxl staff

      ya moms pussy smell like a garbage can with a dead squid in it

      take this gun and kill yoself
      thanks nigga

      ;)

      • Illa Noize

        xxl staff dont ever comment to you readers the way you just did we pay your bills and if someone has a statement or opinion to make, take it and stride. Lets show the world that hip hop is not just composed of a bunch of ignorant niggas. maybe youll see the light if the creators of the boondocks put you on blast like they did BET.

  • Sha

    I said this exact same thing when it happened and the boards were calling me a hater. But anyway….

    50 won’t go down in history as the greatest(yeah right….more like the greatest bully)

    I remember when 50 was on MTV when he was about to drop his first album. He said,

    “Calling yourself Murder Inc is disrespectful to the community. Where I’m from, Murder isn’t something you glorify.”

    Obviously he was taking shots at Ja Rule. I actually agreed with him. I thought he had intellect and I was sure he was on some next level shit.

    But as time went on, I realized 50 and his entire career was directly played out in his first video “In Da Club”. Dr. Dre and Eminem were behind the screens scribbling on pads as if they just unleashed a virus on the world. And I’m afraid to say, that’s exactly what they did. Bullying people and talking that “Murder” shit gets old. Especially when those people you have dissed have friends you might wanna work with in the future.

    50’s time is over. It was good while it lasted. But he’s been revealed to be exactly what he is. An opportunistic-bully caught in the fame-zone of 2 decent albums..

  • http://www.bboycult.com Don mcCaine

    What did 50 do to get 2 blogs on XXL today…

    • xxl staff

      because your mom sucked all our dicks if we promised to. good enough?

  • macdatruest

    I always called Fiddy the Black Vanilla Ice

    • king equality

      That vanilla ice comment almost knock me out of my chair..lmao You hit thta one ont the nail..

  • Worley

    Two articles on Dre yesterday. Two posts on 50 today.

    The Universal/Interscope/Aftermath/Shady/G-Unit/XXL machine is in full gear. Detox might actually make an appearance.

  • these posts are racist

    The ying and the yang. The same ambition that got 50 rich (before he died trying) in the first place, is the same ambition that is causing him to seek excellence in movies.

  • http://Apologize4Nothing.com MrO

    How possibley could Pacino and Deniro have met in Godfather 2?

  • Teddy

    man his just burned his bridges dissed everyone and in the process alienated fans of anyone he dissed 3 of them happen to be in the top 5 elite of hip hop with the most stans next to eminem jay-z wayne and kanye what type of idiot is 50 dissing them he made enemies of all their fans and now he has no fans not only that his music sucks like shyne in jail for 10 years coming out with horse voice, his movies suck he doesn’t have the star power to do numbers on anything anymore movies or music and his acting sucks so u don’t even get that with will smith he could act atleast somewhat and was funny 50 is neither all he ever emits is extreme jealously of other artists and an imagined IQ from the imaginary harvord degree he got (peep his language in interviews) and he says jay changed nigga talks like gutter on records then in interviews he talks like his a white professor of litriture

  • Teddy

    and to add insult to injury dre isnt fucking with him n is fucking with game and em is doin songs with everyone he dissed except rick ross (they did both perfrom at drakes ovo fest tho) so id say about now 50 is contemplating

  • Huh?

    “T-Pain (who can now claim to be on an album that got five mics in the Source”

    What muthafuckin album?!?

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    totally cosigned everything that Sha said.

    to go further, go back to the time when hip hop was in its purest. hip hop declined around the time 50 dropped. it should be stated that 50 is not a mc. he is a rapper who used hip hop to get on. he’s beyond a bully. he came in the game telling you how he was gonna rob the industry blind. dude is the reason why nyc mcs can’t get on. he’s the reason behind all the southern one hit singles.

    I call this the 50 cent syndrome

    50 stole ja rules fans. u look at this in comparsion to a wiz khalifia or even DRake who earned their fans.

    50 personfied bitch tendies. dude dried snitched on a regular. he made it cool to be shot. he took rap battles off wax and into the streets. dude stoop to low levels to embarass men.

    his albums are basically the same. he’s loosing his rap buzz…once that dies his other buisness ventures will too.

  • HellNaw

    You watch MTV Cribs and see some obscure rocker in a house 5x the size of most rappers and wonder wtf???

    Touring is nuts.but i dont think anyone is paying to go and see 50cent anyway.anyone who did like his cant be bothered and the younger people (who are young enough to care) aren’t checking 50cent. He isn’t called YabbaDabbaDoo Flame and he hasn’t invented a dance or wear skinny jeans so he’s pretty much lost that crowd.

  • Sha

    What up ff1one@yahoo.com!!!!!

    You made an interesting comment. You’re right! A lot of New York rappers can’t get on because of this dude. I totally co-sign the hell out of that. This dude has single-handedly taken hip-hop in New York and reduced it to a “Has Been”.

  • FUCKXXL

    SHA STOP BITCHING AND BRAYNAT FAGGOT CRAWFORD SUCK DICK WITH AID XXL IS WACK.

    • Sha

      How about I dont you big lipped dark shit color skin looking monkey nigger. Go pink my fucking cotton then die.

  • http://www.hotmail.com raoul

    When you are finished discussing Fiddy,please check out http://www.vinyl1980.com and watch the coolest South african Hip Hop videos.

    • Sha

      Wow go spread AIDS more you fucking niggers. Fuck Africa.

  • sean

    the problem 50 cent fan have grown but his muisc hasn’t, look at last year 50 jump on stage with shuolja boy try get hype of him smh

    50 cent stuck in 1st year sucks and doesnt know hot move on
    he still rapping about selling keys and robbing people no one going buy that no one belives a man who made a 100 mil is saling drugs on the street
    people would respect him more if he raped about robbing buck and game

    half 50 base as from em and dre and supprted him because them.

    • Sha

      Fuck you faggot.

    • smitty39

      i think ross sold 180,000 albums and nobody real beleave shit he talks about and i bet u have it. me myself i love hard core rap u put your back pack on and skip your punk ass up the street with your skinney jeans on .50 problem is he need to stop trying to make music that fits and do what he do,his sense of humor is missing from his music he use to say whitty street shit it seems like because he had so much successs early that he goes in the booth with a little pressure trying to repeat the success.he needs to make his album as if he was making a mix tape. another problem is the culture has changed so fast i mean overnight niggas start wweraing sdkinny jeans mohawks and the hottest rappers one is metro sexual and the other be kissing his boss that he calls dad and its accepted.im trying to figure it out myself if it wasnt for jay keeping it a little macho a lot of u niggas be voting for same sex marriage

  • King Carter

    I really feel the problem has always been that we compare 50 Cent to Jay-Z, entirely to much. The one thing is, 50 & Jay will never be on the same level as rappers and as businessman. It just won’t ever be. Jay stays in his lane and 50 drives down his. You take wins and you take loses and 50 and Jay have both took their own share. Of course, Jay never acted in movies like that except for The Streets is Watching and State Property but that doesn’t mean 50 shouldn’t. What doesn’t work for Sam, doesn’t mean it won’t work for Josh.
    LL Cool J, Eminem, Ice Cube, Queen Latifah, & Will Smith have all made the successful transition to acting and they are far from broke. As a matter of fact, Will Smith has more money than Jay himself but that doesn’t make Jay less of a businessman. 50 has admitted himself that he doesn’t make money off of his straight to DVD films. He said he makes as much as $800,000 per film. He says he does it because he wants to make that transition to films because he doesn’t want to be 40 years old still rapping. TI also said this and Eminem as well. That doesn’t make them less because they prefer to act and Jay doesn’t.
    Jay made most of his loot last year off touring. He made over $22 million off of touring and 50 made over $4 million off touring but only did one tour compared to Jay doing over 3 tours. If 50 would do the same, he would make those figures again but acting is his passion now more t5han music. He’s working on his new material to get back to the music and I;m glad he’s working outside the lines of Dr. Dre because Dre’s sound is not what’s poppin’ right now and I think both Em and 50 realized that, just off the response of their last albums. That’s why Em worked with everyone else besides Dre this Recovery album and 50 will do the same.
    I feel that he should get back to the being the 35 year old successful 50 Cent, instead of making the 26 year old 50 Cent records when he didn’t have hundreds of millions. He is far from broke and should not make songs to fit the radio but fit his character of who he is today. A new sound and a new outlook will get 50 the mature audience he needs instead of the screaming 15, 16 year old…

  • bylaw99

    This column alone proves how relevant 50 is, I mean really..now you fucks are saying what 50 shouldnt be doing to get money. JayZ shitted on alot of the people that got him to where he is but no one acknowledges that, JayZ signed that 150mil dollar deal with LiveNation who are now about to loose there company, what deal has 50 signed? 50 has his own movie production company Cheetah Vision so he’s making moves for the longhaul not just now. And to Sha who says 50 killed NY rap, how did he when he only went after Murder Inc, Fathoe, & the Lox..so are you saying that was all of NY hiphop? You fucks should just take 50′s dick outta your mouth and stop using him to gain traffic to your site and magazines..Odd that you’re even making this thread when 50/G-Unit has more XXL covers than any other artist.

  • Frankie 2 Fast

    Well, well. 50 has alienated people and definitely has hurt NYC hip-hop to a degree. Saigon and others know this dude was about stopping you by any means possible. Who would wanna stop Styles P and the LOX…who!? Also, you can’t make a damn near classic album in GRODT and then jump to Candy Shop etc…he lost me there. I know his mixtapes are alright and stuff, but he does come off as one of the most changed artists in the game due to his money and fame. Let’s all accept that it’s easier to stomach Ross’s bull shit than 50′s.
    P.S. – Drake is over-rated and if you think his stuff is watered down and too much R&B now just wait until his next album and he’ll do anything to get the ladies to make him go platinum….and not take months and months to do it. He’s gonna be the next 50, but he never even started with an interesting persona to begin with….

  • LowKey

    I don’t think he did to bad really….plus he might have investments that won’t factor in until next yr……AND!!!!!!!!! 50 and Em tied for the 14th spot so could u say the same 4 Eminem????

  • LowKey

    I don’t think he did to bad really….plus he might have investments that won’t factor in until next yr……AND!!!!!!!!! 50 and Em tied for the 14th spot so could u say the same 4 Eminem????

  • Juke

    50 has only finished TWO of his new movies.

    The big pay days will be the THREE that’s comin out that haven’t started production.

  • Chilly Willy

    Damn…..I’m out a few months and trolls are WSHH-ing the shit outta this bitch…..

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    the point is that 50 cent can’t act. dude sounds like he is reading off a paper. thas like beyonnce getting a acting gig without being the world best r&b artist. u get perks when ur on top. 50 cents is loosing in a lot of aspects now. as for the jayz comparisons they are none. 50 cent isn’t really a buisness man he is really a bully. the differnce is like comparing a hustler with a drug dealer. a hustler can sell anything and a drug dealer is just holding drugs. 50 cent killed his on kind to get a head. by his own kind he attempted to stop the career of the top nyc acts like terror squad dipset d block murder inc and evne attempted to beef with the roc. if u can’t see his demise ur blind and u drunk that kool aid. he can’t sell that street music cause nobody is buying that the industry doesn’t want it.

  • TheHardTruth

    How can u call 50 a “bully” when his whole career of beefs have been a response to people calling him out & just about each time he’s come out on top!! All he’s doing is making money & is probably the smartest business man in the game FYI 2 of his movies including the 1 he lost weight for haven’t even been released yet so how can you count that!?!? Respect the mans hustle, all u ppl do is hate on the best FUCK YALL
    GGGGGG G-UNIT!!!!!!!!

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