In 2003, 50 Cent officially launched himself into the stratosphere of pop culture with the smash “In The Club” and his classic debut album Get Rich Or Die Trying. But for many, this wasn’t their introduction to the Queens rapper. That moment happened four years earlier on a little song called “How To Rob.”
Released 15 years ago as of yesterday, “How To Rob” was originally set to be the first single off what was supposed to be his debut, Power of the Dollar, before life intervened in the form of nine very famous gunshot wounds. Instead 50 would be dropped from his label, the album would be scrapped and the song would later be a part of the In Too Deep soundtrack.
Taking aim at almost 40 of rap’s most notable names, 50’s dreams of sticking up everybody for their cash made an everlasting impression. He came out guns blazing at the industry, and spared no one (except for Mariah Carey). Curtis set about comically robbing everybody he could fit into two verses, ruffling feathers all around.
Over the next 15 years, Curtis didn’t actually rob anybody on the song as he went on to cash and stardom. 50 actually says he’s now out of negative energy and he’s moving on from that. However, there have been some run-ins though, so to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the song’s release, let’s take a trip down memory lane and look at what happened when 50 interacted with all those people he once wanted to rob.