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The 50th Law

The 50th Law

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Co-written by 50 Cent and Robert Greene, this sequel to “The 48 Laws of Power” seeks to banish readers’ fears by recounting the many struggles rapper 50 Cent had to face during his rise to the top. You may find the author controversial, but at least one powerful message comes across in the book nonetheless. While many readers find this title less engrossing than Greene’s other work, many of the stories are similar. These stories feature average people beating the odds. Their journeys accompany an inspiring narrative throughout the book that follows young Curtis Jackson, which is 50 Cent’s given name.


Readers learn how this man overcame the fear to quit dealing drugs, eventually harnessing his inner power to become one of the most successful rappers and entertainers of all time. Using those tales of triumph as inspiration, the authors lay out the roadmap that readers can follow to push past any self-imposed limits in their lives. Greene relates several different factors, including ambition and perseverance, to 50 Cent’s fearless attitude as he narrates his life. He also pulls inspiring quotes into the text from such figures as Frederick Douglass, James Baldwin, and Sun Tzu to support the principles behind the rapper’s actions.


Some readers will find it difficult to take this book seriously, but you may be surprised by a few nuggets of truth. Greene, a well-respected author, chose to pair up with 50 Cent for this title due to his high-profile success. In case you were wondering, you did not miss a law somewhere: Indeed, the title skips over any 49th law that might exist to match with the rapper’s famous name instead. Even with the missing law, this book managed to reach a couple best-sellers lists upon its release. Ultimately, it is up to you to discover whether that publicity was all hype.

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