The 50th Law

The 50th Law

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by 50 Cent, Robert Greene

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In The 50th Law, hip hop and pop culture icon 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) joins forces with Robert Greene, bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power, to write a “bible” for success in life and work based on a single principle: fear nothing. With stories from 50 Cent's life on the streets and in the boardroom as he rose to fame


In The 50th Law, hip hop and pop culture icon 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) joins forces with Robert Greene, bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power, to write a “bible” for success in life and work based on a single principle: fear nothing. With stories from 50 Cent's life on the streets and in the boardroom as he rose to fame after the release of his album Get Rich or Die Tryin’, as well as examples of others who have overcome adversity through understanding and practicing the 50th Law, this deeply inspirational book is perfect for entrepreneurs as well as anyone interested in the extraordinary life of Curtis Jackson.

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In 2000, author Robert Greene published his 48 Laws of Power, which quickly became a bestseller. Among the most unlikely of its readers was Curtis James Jackson III, a 25-year-old resident of South Jamaica, Queens, whose distinguished name concealed a rough background including a felony conviction for selling crack cocaine. Jackson, now known worldwide as hip-hop superstar 50 Cent, credits Greene's book with helping him make the transition from self-doomed drug dealer to rapping success. In this book, this unlikely pair teaches readers to put their lives together in an unforgiving world.

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Meet the Author

Curtis James Jackson III (born July 6, 1975), better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper. He rose to fame with the release of his albums Get Rich or Die Tryin (2003) and The Massacre (2005). Both albums achieved multi-platinum success, selling over twenty-one million copies combined. He is the author of From Pieces to Weight: Once Upon a Time in Southside Queens (S&S, 2006). He lives in New York.

Robert Greene is the author of three bestselling books: The 48 Laws of PowerThe Art of Seduction, and The 33 Strategies of War. He attended U.C. Berkeley and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he received a degree in classical studies. He has worked in New York as an editor and writer at several magazines, including Esquire, and in Hollywood as a story developer and writer. Greene has lived in London, Paris, and Barcelona; he speaks several languages and has worked as a translator. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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50th Law 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 88 reviews.
youngfry316 More than 1 year ago
I have not had the chance to check out the other 3 books by Robert green but i have heard nothing but positive reviews about him as a writer. So when i heard that 50 was teaming up with him i felt it was a great decision because he had an experienced author behind working with him. Also it is neat when you read this book you will be able to tell the different backgrounds that both men came from. It is quite interesting idea and a great marketing idea as well. Anyway as for the book i have to give this book five stars. If you are a fan of 50 Cent don't expect this to be about his life story because its not. Thats not to say that they don't include parts of his life in the book but it is not a full blown autobiogrpahy about him. This book has alot of good material that no matter where you come from or what you are like you can use in your life. There are alot of good quotes in this book as well from 50 Cent, Robert Green, Malcolm X and they are used at the right points as well. This book not only has alot of good information that we can use in our life but 50 Cent points out ways he came from nothing to be successful and there are alot of good tips on that as well. The funny thing is he points out you don't have to come from nothing in fact you can be successful even if you have a middle class life as long as you put your mind to the task. The main part of the book is to fear nothing which is a great motto. 50 Cent relates it to his life by pointing out his dad left his mom, his mom was murdered when he was 8 years old and he was shot 9 times and should have been left for dead but he survived all of that. He points out he realized after that he can do anything he wants if he puts his mind to it and if it didn't work out thats ok but he wasent going to be afraid to take risks because he had already been through so much in his life already. The making of the book is also unique and if you look at pictures online or buy the book you will see what i am talking about. Overall a 5 Star book here and i would give a strong recomendation to pick up the book if you can. A great product and one that can be viewed by all types of people.
Alla_S More than 1 year ago
"The 50th Law" written by Robert Greene and rap superstar 50 Cent, is written as a practical guide for becoming fearless, interspersed with examples from 50 Cent's own life, as well as those of famous historical figures like Napoleon, Frederick Douglas, and Thomas Edison among many others. The book is broken down into ten chapters, with each one focusing on a particular idea connected to the book's theme. What I most appreciated about this book was how easy its lessons can be applied to real life. Some of the issues discussed include embracing reality, the ability to keep moving no matter what happens, utilizing aggression and confrontation without fear, as well as the importance of self-reliance, self-belief, and connection with others among other things. Equally interesting was 50 Cent's story, stretched out between the chapters and used to demonstrate Greene's points. Growing up in South Queens with his grandparents, 50 Cent participated in New York's drug industry by acting as a hustler and working the streets from a very early age. The word "fearless," as demonstrated by Greene, applied to his life like no other. Surrounded by hostile competitors, erratic buyers, violence, and the threat of going to jail, 50 Cent's daily life as a hustler was consistently dangerous. What I found most remarkable was 50 Cent's successful integration into the music industry, despite all odds being against him. Perhaps the main lesson of this book is having the right mind set and a willingness to fight despite all obstacles. 50 Cent's quotes are included throughout the book, which is gorgeously formatted with a black leather cover and gold pages. Overall, I found this book fascinating and its lessons very pertinent to everyday life. This is bound to be a good read for not only 50 Cent and Robert Greene fans, but also anyone looking for good practical advice on how to improve their lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I keep this book at work, so that whenever my boss pisses me off I can read it and feel geniuinely inspired that I am in control of my life at all times. I like 50 Cent, but I felt that the stories about his life lent little to the book and I skip over them on every re-read. I tried to have my female co-worker read this book, but she didn't like it. It is definitely a male-oriented type of book.
Gabe Benavidez More than 1 year ago
One of the most profound reads. Diving into what got 50 Cent where he is today, and maintaining that hunger and drive. The key to all is not being afraid or having fear of life, period.
Pagesculptor More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the 50th Law and feels that it allows Robert Greene to recap much of what is in the 48 Laws of Power for a new generation. The 50th Law is of course one Law in its own and I hate having to explain to my peers (I'm in my 30s) why there is no 49th Law. People of my age or older balk at taking advice from a rap artist, especially those who don't like rap music. Keep this in mind if you plan to gift this. It is a book I would give to my mother because she is into rap. I would not gift it to my father despite his appreciation of history like what Greene includes in all his works. The presence of 50th Cent is enough that he would not consider this a valid work of philosophy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is well written, it teaches you the psychology of people and why they do things. Also the book teaches you how to be successful and life and gives you tips on how to succeed. I encourage everyone to read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I listened to audio version of the 50th law about a billion times, and it never gets old.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book, a must read and will open your eyes. I was really surprised about how much I really enjoyed reading this book.
SoulBrother More than 1 year ago
Good book for people who are battling the fear social construct.
J-E More than 1 year ago
This book goes down as one of my favourites. When reading about success and achievement, the point that I keep returning to is not that I lack ambition, not that I lack the drive or skills, but that I fall down and fall short due to FEAR. Robert Greene's collaboration with 50 Cent really shows how we can do just about anything once we get over our fears. There is some nice theory intermingled with examples from Curtis Jackson's rise to be the highest money making rap star/businessman around. We dont all grow up in the same neighbourhoods but we do all have the common theme of fearing the worst, especially if we want to become entrepreneurs. If you are seeking to get out there and strive to work in something that is your passion, then this book might be enough to help you realise what is holding you back.
venus58 More than 1 year ago
I love this book its easy reading,it help face your promble form a differant view your not affaid anymore, it give you the information to go and do what need to be done hands on right now. I love how it read about going with with the flow changing with the time. Starting with what you have rigt now. Once you start reading this book you cant put it down, you'll start looking for what you can do rigt now to change your life, belive me i have a lot of books on motivation, buts this book is speical i thank 50cent for sharing his path on geting it done this i love you 50, now i can see myself moving ahead faster than ever. I new it was something about how this man {50}handle his business now i no,get this book for everybody in the family get going start now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Robert Greene is a straight G. Ol Boi mixed knowledge from da hood and da burbs and produced Crack. Real Talk
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KBonDaTrack More than 1 year ago
The central theme of this book is fearlessness. Each of the 10 chapters in the book explains a factor of fearlessness and begins by telling how 50 learned this fearless philosophy while growing up in Southside Queens. Each chapter in the book has a statement that has an overall technical meaning, and they’re discovered once the reader finishes each chapter. What I’ve learned from this book is to never back down! Life throws a ton of difficult obstacles at you, and you have to strategize on how to overcome and conquer them. 50 Cent and Robert Greene open my mind into broad aspects of handing life situations and prospering. I highly recommend this book to all who are looking to be influenced and persuaded in a positively way by great icons.
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Dthis is a good book
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