Tuesday, April 3, 2012

50 Cent on the Quest for Money, Freedom, and Power

Rapper 50 Cent has mastered the keys to attaining power through fearlessness.  In the SmarterComics adaptation of The 50th Law, “50” teams up with Robert Greene to share these keys with readers through an accessible, concise format.

In the comic, readers are shown 50 Cent as a young boy, when he was still known as Curtis Jackson.  Even as a youngster, he had one dominant drive: ambition.  Although it’s money, freedom, and power that he wants, everywhere that he looks, he is reminded that the world is grim and depressing.  Growing up in South Jamaica, Queens, the only people he sees are the people who have low-paying jobs and the people who live the lifestyle that he wants: the hustlers.

The drug dealers have the cars, clothes, and lifestyle that matches young Jackson’s ambitions and he vows to become the greatest hustler of all.  One day, while discussing the troublesome aspects of hustling with an older hustler, he is reminded, “The hard life on the streets can be a blessing if you know what you’re doing.”  The hustler must focus intensely on the world around him; he must be able to sense trouble and sense opportunity, to look at himself and examine his own limitations and stupidity.

Later, after spending time reflecting on his situation while in prison, 50 Cent realizes that the same keys to power on the streets can be used to succeed in the music industry and in the business world.  These hard-learned lessons of awareness, realism, introspection, and keenness he teaches in The 50th Law.  By sharing the laws of the streets, readers can gain invaluable insight into their own quests for money, freedom, and power.

SmarterComics is dedicated to creating comics that “make you smarter.”  By turning books into comics, readers are presented lessons that range from self-help to getting rich.  Some reader favorites have included their unique takes on Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, Miyamoto Mushasi’s The Book of Five Rings, and Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince.

Robert Greene
Robert Greene is most famous for writing
The 48 Laws of Power, the modern day version of Machiavelli’s The Prince, detailing the dynamics of social and political power.  The 48 Laws of Power became very influential in the hip-hop community and has been mentioned in songs by Kanye West, Drake, Jay Z, Young Buck, and others.  Based on this influence, Greene teamed up with rapper 50 Cent in 2009 to write The 50th Law, elaborating on the themes of power using 50 Cent’s life as a backdrop.  His other titles include The Art of Seduction and The 33 Strategies of War.

50 Cent
50 Cent is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in the rap industry.  His 2003 album,
Get Rich or Die Tryin’ has been certified six times platinum by the RIAA.  Although 50 Cent enjoys tremendous success now, his roots are those of a hustler; he began drug dealing at the age of twelve, which gave him the need to become fearless in order to attain success and power on the streets and, later, in the recording industry. It is this fearlessness that is detailed in The 50th Law.

“The 50th Law from SmarterComics” will be published on 10/10/2012.

Full color with 80 pages. Paperback $14.95. Kindle $6.99. iPhone App $4.99.

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