Based on the life of its star, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Get Rich or Die Tryin' tells the story of Marcus, a drug dealer who works for local kingpin Majestic (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) but dreams of pursuing rap stardom as Young Caesar. When he tries to exit the game, his unwilling employer arranges for a gunman to take him down. Shot nine times, once in the head at close range, Marcus lives, donning a bulletproof vest at his big rap show until his people kill Majestic and he can literally and figuratively shed the weight of his former life.