“A thug’s what I want / a thug’s what I need”

50 Cent, one of Hip Hop’s biggest ballers!!
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Before 50 Cent’s big break in 2003 with “Get Rich or Die Trying” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Get_Rich_or_Die_Tryin’) his 2000 album “Power of the Dollar” was released to the underground scene. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_of_the_Dollar) The album is great! A standout track is Ghetto Qu’ran, a song detailing what life is like in South Jamaica, Queens and the struggles of being a hustler.

I say it was released to the underground scene, which is technically correct as 50 got shot nine times on 24th of April, two moths before the album’s scheduled release date.  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50_Cent#2000.E2.80.9301:_Shooting) This ultimately led to the album being cancelled and thus getting heavily bootlegged. 50 was also dropped from his then label, Trackmasters Entertainment, Columbia.  The shooting also happened three days before the scheduled videotaping of his song “Thug Love”* which features Destiny’s Child. “Thug Love” is a really good song and Destiny’s Child do really we on the chorus and harmonising.

Also, the use of the word “Thug” is not an insult in Hip Hop. Instead, it means “Someone who is going through struggles, has gone through struggles and will continue to go through struggles” In contrast, in other medias, a “Thug” is a criminal.