50 Cent has made many, many millions during his long run as the G-Unit general. But in a new chat on Apple Music’s The Rebecca Judd Show recorded backstage at his Nov. 21 show at London’s O2 during the European leg of Fif’s The Final Lap tour, 50 tackled some burning questions tied to the 20th anniversary of his breakthrough debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and the first purchase he made after hitting it big.
“I bought my grandmother a C220 Benz. I’ll never forget because when I got the car, I got it right away is the first thing I bought when the deal was done,” 50 (born Curtis Jackson) said of his 2002 signing to Em’s Shady Records, which was under the umbrella of Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Records.
“And then I went on the tour and I came back and my grandfather was on the porch and he was having a moment,” 50 continued. “So he was like, ‘I just went to work. I went to work, hurt my back, came back, and she done brainwashed my kids.’ And he was talking about my grandmother because he was looking at her car in the front yard and he didn’t have a car. He had the older car and he said, ‘I went to work, hurt my back. Until my back hurt, everything.’”
Though he has since punched his own ticket and racked up millions through acting and brand extensions, 50 still can’t believe he was able to buy Mike Tyson’s fabled 50,000-square foot mansion in Farmington, CT. “We went on a world tour and we came back. I had $38 million in my account. The IRS are coming, [so it’s like] – buy it,” he said of the thought process behind buying the massive home in the interview in which he also pointed out his least favorite song on the Get Rich album. “Whatever you want, buy that s–t because they’re just going to take the money anyway. At that point, buy it or they need take it. You need expenses.”
Needed to show some expenses on his books, 50 said he could not think of something else that would “create a bigger comfortability for me at the time. And then anybody that you talked to in finances would look at it and say, yeah, you can… If you buy a property, it’s $3 million or $4 million and you just made $38 million. And yes, this is good for your taxes actually, that you made the purchase and you should buy some cars.”
That’s all well and good, but 50 also admitted that despite all that room to roam he still can’t walk around the house naked. You say, “How much did I pay to live in this motherf–ker and I can’t be naked, at all,” said the father of 11-year-old son Sire, who also has a 26-year-old son from a pervious relationship.
But it’s not because of the little one that 50 can’t participate in Naked Tuesdays.
“Other people can actually walk around their house naked if they feel like it. They bought the motherf–ker, they own it,” he said. “They can do what they feel like. Right? And I couldn’t because I bought a place that had a staff people there. And look, if I came out of the room naked and they saw me…”