50 Cent gets a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, launches bizarre rant at Evanescence for 2004 Grammy win
The 44-year-old rapper during the acceptance speech reflected upon his musical career that has spanned over the past many years. He said, 'There are times in business where you don’t have competitors, so you make them'
American rapper-singer-songwriter Curtis James Jackson III, professionally known as 50 Cent has received a long-awaited star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 30. The hip-hop magnate appeared very outspoken during the acceptance speech.
Historically, 50 Cent has never been one to shy away from controversial things and many would vouch for that being one of his strongest selling points.
He has formidably worked up the ranks, having his career expand towards being an actor, television producer and even becoming an entrepreneur and investor. One of his notable performances is when he starred in the 2011 drama film 'All Things Fall Apart' where the star went from 214 pounds to 160 in nine weeks in dedication to the role after being on a liquid diet and running on a treadmill three hours a day.
According to Variety, 50 Cent applied a competitive mechanism in expressing his career. He said, “There are times in business where you don’t have competitors, so you make ’em”. He continues, “But pick someone who’s really good at what they do, and then try to compete. It’s just the competitive nature in me. Look at your records, find your favorite records", adding, "Then when you’re making a record, go back and play your own record against that one. It tells you if you need more work.”
50 Cent even let out a diss for alternative rock band Evanescence recently. Many believed the rapper was clinched to receive the Best New Artist at the 2004 Grammys, yet he was snubbed to Evanescence and he was heard during the Walk of Fame ceremony saying, "The Best New Artist, they gave that s**t to Evanescence. Can you find f***ing Evanescence that night. Since that night they gave them the trophy. [sic]"
Furthermore, he reflected on the evolution of his career, highlighting his biggest achievements and what got him to where he is today.
The rapper also reflected on how hip-hop isn’t always supportive of stars as they age. “Youth culture is extremely passionate and will always be connected to hip-hop”, says 50 Cent. “That’s what keeps it vibrant, keeps it current, keeps it changing. But because they’re involved, and they have a short attention span, they’ll always want something else from you, something new". He adds, "And you’ve got to know when to deliver and when not to because you can oversaturate it really fast. At certain points, you have to know when to slow down.”