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50 Cent

50 Cent

Date: Jan 18 2010

Themes: Music, Party

Grammar: Adjectives

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People like rapper 50 Cent keep the American dream alive. As a young man, 50 led a life of crime. He sold drugs and was even shot nine times! But music changed his life and now he is one of the most successful hip hop artists of all time.

Though the thug life is years behind him now, 50’s latest album, Before I Self Destruct, is his darkest and most aggressive. There’s a lot of violent imagery in the lyrics. But Dale thinks 50 is at his best when he raps about partying. Listen to him tell Marni about it.

Dialog

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Dale

Dale

Marni

Marni

Dale:  “Go shawty. It’s your birthday.”

Marni:  “Gonna party like it’s yo birthday.”

Dale:  You have to about…is it “Fifty Cent” or “Fiddy”?

Marni:  I believe it’s “Fiddy.”

Dale:  “Fiddy!” I guess when you earn more than 440 million dollars…

Marni:  Can you believe what a rags to riches tale he is? He’s sort of the epitome of that.

Dale:  He was discovered by Eminem. I know he was an underground rapper in the Bay Area...

Marni:  Prior to that he was a drug dealer, as a young kid, 12 years old.

Dale:  And now look at him. He’s one of the biggest stars, coming out with his new album, Before I Self Destruct, the guy has, I believe he has his own video game, he’s on a bunch of commercials. The guy is just everywhere.

Marni:  So what’s the single? It’s “Baby By Me”?

Dale:  You know, I liked his stuff at the beginning. It was nice and catchy and poppy. Now I’m not sure if it’s just going into that too-cool gangsta rap type of thing. I’m still kind of feeling it out. I don’t know, I haven’t heard it yet, but I’m excited to even try. It might be his next best hit, like “In da Club.” “In da Club” was everywhere.

Marni:  Right.

Dale:  It hit all the genres. And they play it still if it’s your birthday or not.

 

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Discussion

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Have you ever been dancing or having fun and suddenly someone said it was your birthday? 50 Cent’s song “In da Club” starts out with that line and it’s such a popular song, people say it all the time, just like Dale and Marni at the start of this lesson!

Dale seems to know a lot about 50 Cent, but he has to check with Marni about the pronunciation of the rapper’s name. Instead of pronouncing the number like you normally would, “fifty,” you say it “fiddy.”

Though he admits he hasn’t heard that much of 50 Cent’s newer stuff, Dale thinks he likes his old hits better because they’re more about having fun than being a gangster. Luckily, you pretty much can’t go out dancing without hearing “In da Club.”

Both Marni and Dale are amazed by how 50 Cent went from being very poor to being one of the richest rappers ever. Can you think of another rags to riches story?

 

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Bastakered86

Åland Islands

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10:03 AM Jul 13 2015 |

shahriar jaan

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

hi i like 50 cent he is big man in the word

09:06 PM May 16 2010 |

Mimi_Paradin

Japan

50 cent is my little sis's favorite!! she's playing all the time in her room. she's gone for college from spring… kinda miss her X'(

12:30 PM Apr 11 2010 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

Hummm I know a little about "fiddy" I have two or three fiddy's musics in my heap…

Rap is not a type of music that I like,so I know just little famous names kind Snoop Dog,Timbaland,Black Eyed Peas,Eminem…

11:09 PM Feb 01 2010 |

mebono

mebono

Egypt

Yesss!!! I knew I'm on the right way, just few years Laughing

09:37 PM Jan 25 2010 |

jiahui.lei

jiahui.lei

China

his story will encourage ppl who are poor and confused about life.that's never try to give up yourself, happiness would come without prediction. 

12:54 PM Jan 22 2010 |

kukuka

kukuka

Ukraine

Let me tell you a few words about rags-to-riches kinda stories. The truth is that there are rules everywhere. Rules regulate our life, and according to the rules poor people never get rich. But there are also exceptions of the rules. And I beleive 50 cent is just an exception.

That's an opinion of mine.

09:45 AM Jan 22 2010 |

rebel lee

rebel lee

China

We have a English teacher from Australia,he told us some of the stories about 50 cent.I remember his mother died when he was very young,so he became a gangster.
I really respect him.Beacuse he used to be so poor,but he didn’t give up,and finally became a pop star.But to be honest,I do not like his music.
There are lots of rags to riches stories,I am kind of poor myself now,but I believe I will be very rich.

12:15 PM Jan 20 2010 |

azul310

azul310

United States

Everyone needs a second chance!!

12:20 AM Jan 20 2010 |

LIL

LIL

Saudi Arabia

this lesson is very exiting

and i think that most of the rapper have rags of riches story

08:09 PM Jan 19 2010 |

Slim shady

China

i  like eminem…...

01:45 AM Jan 19 2010 |

Tays

Tays

Brazil

Yesterday I read the blog of a Brazilian diplomat, and he told how he had such a poor childhood and now, his life working at the Washington embassy, the best place a Brazilian diplomat could ever be. A very interesting story of a bold man. I also hope that after some years I will be telling my grandchildren my personal "rags to riches story".

11:11 PM Jan 18 2010 |

Deyw

Deyw

Brazil

i've really enjoyed this lesson =D.

07:13 PM Jan 18 2010 |

chentianxiao15

China

I think Slim Shady is better

02:04 PM Jan 18 2010 |

quick to pardon

Mali

tupac is the best

50 cent is not a bad

01:44 PM Jan 18 2010 |

MarcoArmaniBRA

Brazil

"He sold drugs and was even shot nine times! But music changed his life and now he is one of the most successful hip hop artists of all time.

Though the thug life is years behind him now, 50’s latest album, Before I Self Destruct, is his darkest and most aggressive. There’s a lot of violent imagery in the lyrics. But Dale thinks 50 is at his best when he raps about partying. Listen to him tell Marni about it."

don't need to say anything else about it him.

01:08 PM Jan 18 2010 |

zinho pina

zinho pina

Brazil

I hate 50 Cent and his songs.

 

12:32 PM Jan 18 2010 |

MarcoArmaniBRA

Brazil

motherfuckin' racist… i've never seem/heard such a violent guy… 50 cent sucks!

with due respect to his fans, ofc.

11:33 AM Jan 18 2010 |

solbong

solbong

South Korea

Cool, huh?

11:30 AM Jan 18 2010 |

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