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If You Don't Believe Us Listen To: "Body On It"
We already know what you’re going to say: “What? 50 Cent is one of the most famous rappers in the world. He’s sold millions of records. Even my mother knows who is he. How can he be underrated?” But these days, people front on 50 just because of the heights he previously reached in his career.
We’re not going to argue that 50 is the hit-maker he once was. He isn’t, and the numbers back that up. However, we’d argue that 50’s lack of recent chart success is more so due to changes in culture to which 50 hasn’t been able to adapt. However, none of this means 50’s skills as an actual rapper have eroded.
Yes, his music is stagnant at times because he still wants to rap about guns and drugs when we all know he’s a millionaire playboy (and we’d much rather hear him rap about being that), but Curtis has always been a witty, entertaining master of the slow flow. His songwriting chops remain top-notch, too. 50 never got enough credit for being one of rap’s all time best chorus writers, effortlessly able to craft catchy hooks for the pop audience about hardcore topics. And he still does that pretty well.
Perhaps 50 himself came up with the best explanation for his perceived artistic decline on “Body On It.” When talking about how he never fell off and the mild reception to his last album, Before I Self Destruct, 50 claimed, “You said, ‘We cool Fif.’ You know why? Cause I won too much in front of you niggas. That's why.”
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