50 Cent knows how to keep people entertained. While many men and women experience midlife crises in their mid-40s, the hip-hop mogul, who dropped his debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ in 2003, has experienced a career resurgence recently. Although he hasn’t been able to turn out hit songs for himself like he used to, he’s maintained relevance through Internet beefs, a growing television empire and helping to deliver Pop Smoke’s posthumous debut. The G-Unit general even reached a new milestone with his old hit “In Da Club.” Here’s a look at a few of 50 Cent’s 2020 power plays.
For Life is a Hit
50 Cent’s first new project of the 2020s was For Life. The legal series is loosely based on the story of Isaac Wright Jr., who was sentenced to life in prison for a crime he didn’t commit and eventually became a defense attorney, defending himself and other wrongfully accused inmates. Critically acclaimed, the ABC show is currently in its second season.
The saga continues. Towards the end of the hit series Power, fans were teased with several spin-offs. Power Book II: Ghost, which co-stars Mary J. Blige and Method Man and focuses on the story of Tariq St. Patrick, set a viewership record for Starz when it premiered this summer. Fans of the series produced by 50 Cent can expect Power Book III: Raising Kanan next. The Power prequel is scheduled to air sometime in 2021.
Working on Pop Smoke’s debut
Not long after the death of Pop Smoke, 50 Cent announced that he had signed on to executive produce the rising rap star’s debut album. Released this summer, Pop’s Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon spent a couple of weeks on top of the Billboard 200 and remains one of the top selling albums of 2020. Several singles from the project, including the 50 and Roddy Ricch-assisted “The Woo” and “Got It on Me,” which samples 50’s classic “Many Men”, peaked in the top 10 on Billboard’s streaming chart.
“In Da Club” hits 1 Billi on YouTube
Since it all started with the music, it’s fitting that one of 50 Cent’s recent accomplishments has to do with his first official hit song. 15 years after “In Da Club” first landed on the charts, it reached its 1 billionth view on YouTube.
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