From Pieces to Weight: Once upon a Time in Southside Queens

From Pieces to Weight: Once upon a Time in Southside Queens

by 50 Cent, Kris Ex (With)

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From Pieces to Weight: Once upon a Time in Southside Queens by 50 Cent

In the New York Times bestseller From Pieces to Weight, rap mogul 50 Cent, lifts the veil on his complicated life, from the murder of his mother when he was twelve, to hustling on the streets; from the assassination attempt that nearly finished him to his meteoric rise to the top of hip hop royalty.

This violent and introspective memoir reveals not only 50 Cent's story but also the story of a generation of youth faced with hard choices and very few options. It is a tale of sacrifice, transformation, and redemption, but also one of hope, determination, and the power of self. Told in 50's unique voice, the narrative drips with the raw insight, street wisdom, and his struggle to survive at all costs — and behold the riches of the American Dream.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743488044
Publisher: MTV Books
Publication date: 08/15/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 172,874
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

50 Cent is a record-breaking rap recording artist, entrepreneur, music producer, and actor. His debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin', sold more than 12 million units worldwide, is certified eight times platinum, and was the basis for the semi-autobiographical film of the same title, in which he starred. He is the first artist to have four songs in the top ten of Billboard’s Hot 100 since the Beatles in 1964, and in 2012 he released his fifth studio album. He published his memoir, the New York Times bestseller From Pieces to Weight, which was hailed as “cool, hard, and vivid, a minor classic of gangster rap noir” (The New York Times). Under the G-Unit brand, his business empire includes a record label, apparel and footwear ventures, vitamin water, and more. He also created the nonprofit organization The G-Unity Foundation, which aims to better the life of urban youth. Learn more at 50cent.com.

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From Pieces to Weight 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best book that i have read in a long time i really enjoyed it and if you are into great books and interested in peoples lifestyle then this would be a great book for you. 50 cent went through lots of struggles he was one of the kids who had a sort of a bad lifestyle, he was forced to move with his grandmother at a young age which is age 8. his mother was murderd. she was a drug dealer who sold it and smoked it. when 50 mother was alive she abondoned him by leaving him with family members while she go out party and have fun.i knew this book was gonna be good to read but i didnt think it was this good. this is the best book i have read in a long time. as 50cent comes out with different versions to this book i will be picking it up. 50 is also my favorite recording artist. as you get to know 5ocent later on in the book you will learn that he was shot 9 times and still living til this day. he talks with a slur sometimes but its ok because he is still living. so to end this i have to say the book is excellent and i will recommend it to everyone.
whiting on LibraryThing 11 days ago
Compelling account of his interesing life so far; worth the few hours of time in the car for sure. Some gaps in story -- how did he get from being a drug dealer to being in a situation where he met Jam Master Jay.... Made me want to listen to his music. 1/10/06
Anonymous 18 days ago
very illiterate piece of writing. The african American culture stands out to me as an uneducated community, to this day. #TheSouthWillRiseAgaimn
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The 50 cent book is asome.
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<3 <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Geto book if you like 50 cent
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A solidly loud, direct, and powerfully written book in which made this enjoyable. Of course it takes a fan to care to read this otherwise someone might not care. The way it was written can be great even if one isn't a fan but purely curious
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Much better than that. I have seen his "behind the music" episode on VH1 but its not as touching and inspiring as his book
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I llllllllooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee 50cent from skile 1+100 my skaile broke
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Many people know 50 Cent from his chart chopping songs and number one albums. What people don't know is what 50 Cent has been through to establish himself as one of rap's biggest stars. But behind all the fame and fortune is a determined hustler from South Side Jamaica Queens. From Pieces to Weight is auto-biography written by 50 Cent himself. He tells of stories that have shaped him into the person he is today. He speaks of his biggest negatives in life like getting shot and the death of his mother to his biggest positives like the birth of his son and having a number one album in the world. He speaks of short stories that only 50 Cent could illustrate. The book presents the reader with 50 Cent's story from the very begging of childhood, to 2003 when his debut album went platinum. From Pieces to Weight is a book that someone could read and immediately be grateful for their life and how it easy it seems in comparison to others. Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is misunderstood by his music, but he's just honestly rapping about what he's been through and seen in the first 26 years of his life. He talks about never giving up in life, and living by his own motto, "Get rich, or die trying". Since the book was written by 50 Cent, it lacks the professional story telling that a famous writer provides, but what the book lacks in writing skills, it shines in cold truthful tails. However, 50 Cent's songs contain wide vocabulary, heavy metaphors, creative similes and use of unique poetic story telling skills, so it's no surprise that he also uses these writing skills in his novel. The book isn't for young kids with all the cursing and drug references, but it's hard to imagine him writing this book without profanity. The profanity helps tell a better story and paint a more graphic picture. The book also isn't for people who aren't into hip-hop or rap culture as they will have a very difficult time relating too many of the stories and struggles told in the story. People that want to know someone who's been through struggle and how they made it out should defiantly read this book. Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is not a novelist by any means, but his writing skill defiantly sets himself away from the average Joe. A Recommendation I have to any readers is to listen to 50 Cent's underground music such as The Power of the Dollar. It really showcases his writing skills and hunger he had to make it big in the music industry. The book is a good read with a lot of strong messages. 50 Cent wrote this book from the heart and readers can easily tell that he had to make sacrifices and go through struggle to be successful. I thought the book was one of the best books I've ever read.
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PatrickPPP More than 1 year ago
I always knew 50 cent had a troubled life and to me you would think all the rappers would have had at least a kind of hard life. I never knew exactly what 50 cent went through to get to where he is now. This book goes through his life and walks you threw what he went threw when he was growing up. He tells you about his neighborhood called Southside Queens. It tells you all about how he was hustlin' (selling drugs). I found it interesting that 50 cent didn't always aspire to be a rapper, and that he decided he needed to do something other than sell drugs since his girlfriend was pregnant and that he didn't want his son to fall into the path that he went threw. That's when he decided to start rapping. This book also showed how he became a rapper and then near the end was when he started getting big. 50 cent finally became a rap star at the end after surving the his 9 gun shots and all he rest of his life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
50 Cent is truly someone who came from the bottom and reached his top, and is not stopping, he writes about his life as a young man, in south side queens being an all time crack hustler to the time who he is today, mainly about his life and his hussel, couldnt put the book down
PookiePorter More than 1 year ago
From Pieces to Weight was a book that i enjoyed reading. As you can tell by the cover it is about Curtis "50 cent" Jackson's life. This book i must say one very good, he had a very rough childhood. He struggled everyday to try and make money by doing the worng thing. He as he said in the book, he knew it was wrong but he did it just because he said it was his up bringing. Throughout his childhood he mostly stayed with his grandparents, because his mother was a drug dealer and she didn't want him around what she did. Until one day when he was spending the night at his grandparents house, when the next morining came they found out that his mother was murdered. So after that he moved in with his grandparents. They already had all of his uncles and aunts in the house to take care of. When he got into dealing drugs it was because his uncle would always send him out and pick up his drugs for him. So one day when he ran out to get the drugs he decide to buy some extra drugs and stash them in his room, so when his uncle would send him out he would go to his room get the drugs and just keep the money from his uncle.

This book i would recommend this book to a mature person, because througout this book there is cursing and inapropriate language. I enjoyed this book very much in fact it is one of the few books that i have read start to finish. I would go out and buy this book or go to the local libray and take it out and enjoy this book yourself.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Good book. Entertaining. Why do other reviewers write such a long review? It's pointless, because nobody reads them. Keep it short and simple. Also be mindful that some people didn't read the book yet!!!!!