50 Cent & and how he is shown in the music industry

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50 Cent was born in the south of Jamaica, 26 years ago. In the late 70s, 50 lost those closest to him. He was raised without a father and his mother was found dead under mysterious circumstances before he could hit his teens. 50 would try and get his reputation up at Guy.R.Brewer Blvd, by making a small fortune from raps. Rap developed from hip-hop. Hip-hop DJs would improvise words over a track, this was rapping. The rhyming and rhythmic pattern of the words came from street talk. They would also turn records back and forward to produce a distinctive scratching sound.

Even though rappers say their raps have no connection with people using guns and drug dealing, it is badly critised for its gangster style of violence.

50 cent is popular in many ways, he adds a hook and an original beat to his music to make them sound more like songs.

This has separated him from the average rapper. 50 also talks about his own life in his songs and how his has struggled through childhood but by obeying one rule, "get rich or die trying" he is now living the life of his dreams. This may also appeal to a lot of other young people in the world but other rappers e.g. Nelly talk more about a fantasy world, where he is living in a town called Nellyville (named after him) everyone sees him as the no.1 person and girls just die to get a glimpse of his good looks, which some people might like, but it isn't very realistic. 50 makes it sound like it's possible to get what you want and realistic at the same time.

50 cent's raps are aimed at teenagers, mainly black and who want to be rich. You can tell...