On that day in 2005, the rags-to-riches story of hip-hop icon 50 Cent made it to the big screen fifteen years ago with the debut of the Hood Gangsta film Get rich or die trying ‘.
The “Based On A True Story” flick produced by Jimmy Iovine and Chris Lighty and derived from Fif’s album title of the same name was actually 50 cents’ acting debut before making nearly 70 appearances in film and television. Marcus, played by 50 Cent, was a lucky tough guy who lived with his grandparents after his mother’s death. After years of struggle in the studio and on the street, GRODT captures the base’s gradual rise to star of the 50s through a now-defunct gem of hip-hop culture; the mixtape.
The film also focuses on the real-life attack on 50 Cent’s life in 2000 outside his grandmother’s house in Queens and how his survival became the punctuation mark for his success.
Greetings to 50 Cent, G-Unit Films and Paramount Pictures for releasing such an important piece in hip-hop history!