50 Cent: What I’ve Learned
Esquire is one of the few print magazines that I still hold a subscription to and the “What I’ve Learned” page is hands down my favorite monthly section. Curtis recently sat for one, which you can read in its entirety here. Below I’ve selected a few choice quotes.
I never saw drug use as a good option. I’d rather have an additional ten dollars than smoke. It wasn’t a decision to not smoke weed. It was a decision to hustle. It was a business decision.
There are too many entrepreneurs. We need the worker to make the process function properly.
The best businessmen in the world make a bad deal sometimes. And it’s not usually in a boardroom. Most of them marry the wrong woman. That business deal is the worst business deal of all.
Curtis Jackson. I identify with the name. When I look in the mirror, I see Curtis.
Jay-Z is as politically correct as some of the politicians. He’s safe. There’s points when you’re acquiring financing, you make adjustments. He’s made those adjustments. It’s his choice. For me, it’s not a necessity.
Air Jordan. Tiger Woods. You know how a person is made for something? Eminem is made for hip-hop. The best rapper is a white man.
Is Charles Manson a serial killer? No, he isn’t, because he ain’t do no killing. He’s a coward. He was just crazy enough to influence people to kill for him. There were a lot of Charles Mansons in my neighborhood. There were no Napoleons.
All of Curtis’ interviews should be edited like this. When you take out all of the “actuallys” and “aggressive contents”, Boo Boo can actually drop a gem here and there.