The musical genre known as rap is one that really gets me going, but I should probably stipulate I have a handful of artists I listen to, and none of them are new to the game. Eminem, N.W.A., The Notorious B.I.G., Snoop and 50 Cent are my favourites, and their work is the best in the industry, if you ask me.
Blaine is also a rap fan, and I can thank him for exposing me to some brilliant tunes I arguably wouldn’t have listened to otherwise, as well as for broadening my scope and further appreciation of rap music.
One of Blaine’s favourite movies is ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin,’ and while I’ve seen snippets of this film, I haven’t actually viewed it in its entirety until quite recently as Blaine decided to re-watch it for the hundredth time.
I’m glad he put it on again, though, because he fell asleep pretty early on and I figured I’d just let it finish and keep watching it myself.
‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’ is, I think, loosely based on 50 Cent’s actual life, although I wasn’t able to find a definitive answer in my internet sleuthing. 50 himself stars in the film, playing Marcus, a character the movie follows from boyhood to manhood. Marcus loses his mother at a young age, and seeing as his father is not present in his life, he finds himself facing a multitude of challenges and obstacles in his journey to becoming a professional rapper.
I quite liked the film, so I was pretty surprised to see how terrible it performed when it was released back in 2005. It’s classified as a drama/crime film, and it certainly depicts a lot of the criminal element and how it influenced Marcus’ life as he grew up. It’s rather violent at times, and it deals with some heavy subject matter as well.
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