From Pieces to Weight: Once Upon a Time in Southside Queens
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In the New York Times bestseller From Pieces to Weight, rap mogul 50 Cent, lifts the veil on his complicated life, from the murder of his mother when he was twelve, to hustling on the streets; from the assassination attempt that nearly finished him to his meteoric rise to the top of hip hop royalty.
This violent and introspective memoir reveals not only 50 Cent's story but also the story of a generation of youth faced with hard choices and very few options. It is a tale of sacrifice, transformation, and redemption, but also one of hope, determination, and the power of self. Told in 50's unique voice, the narrative drips with the raw insight, street wisdom, and his struggle to survive at all costs -- and behold the riches of the American Dream.
in my head that niggas were trying to play me. I decided that I was going to cop a gun from Old Man Dan as soon as I knocked off the rest of the brick. When I got home, I caught Uncle Star coming out of my room. It seemed weird because he never checked for me, especially not enough to go into my room to look for me. But I wasn’t even thinking about that. I was going to take one-eighth of the kilo and run back to Brian’s house to cook it up. I was gonna put the whole middle-management aspect of
it’s assumed that the guy with the gun is going to shoot. As long as he’s a variable in that equation, it’s best to go with what it looks like: He has a gun, he will shoot. That being said, Junior’s crew wound up letting their guns go off regularly on the strip. Some of the hustlers out there refused to be robbed on their own turf. Much in the same way that it’s hard to win a war when fought on enemy territory, home pride caused some excess violence on the strip. Still, it didn’t take Junior
was wearing dirty clothes because I had money. It sounds backwards, but I’ve learned people will treat a person nice when they think that person has a little money. Everyone is willing to do a favor for someone who doesn’t need one. When you’re riding high, looking good, and you’ve got some wheels, conversations open up for you. But when you’re broke, no one wants anything to do with you. So I saved my good clothes until I needed to project the image that I was doing good. And whenever I actually
That’s my only time off.” I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. So now it’s a problem for me to even leave him with you at all. She changed her position on that later, but I’ll never forget her saying it. A mother who doesn’t have time for her child? That’s crazy. How am I supposed to ever trust her again? My mom was selling cocaine but she still made it her business to find time for me. Tanisha just wanted to hang out on the weekends. To this day, I look at her funny behind that. Even when we
environment that I’m from, it all came together in people’s minds: 50 Cent is a problem. I’ll be honest, I loved the free publicity. But controversy doesn’t sell records—it just gets attention. Once I had the attention, I had to make sure the music could live up to the hype, because nothing sells more records than good music. The major labels’ system for selling records is that they’ll put out a single and wait. If they really believe in the artist, they’ll put out little posters with pretty