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50 Cent had to hustle his way up when he ventured off to do film.
In an interview with Vulture, 50 Cent reveals when he transitioned from music to television, he didn’t make a lot of money initially. Although Power is a hit series, before it lived on the STARZ network, Fif shopped around at other companies like Hulu, Paramount, and Showtime – but they all turned it down.
“We went to all these organizations in the early stages. They probably had something else they felt was similar, or it wasn’t what they was looking for,” 50 Cent continued, “I’m sure now they wish they didn’t pass on it.”
Once the “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” rapper signed a contract with STARZ, he wore many hats, working as an actor, executive producer, and creating music for the show. At the time, 50 Cent said he got paid $17,000 per episode. 50 said:
“There’s no one that could come and tell me to take $17,000 to act and executive produce and make music. I gave them the theme song for Power. I gave them the things that connected, hopefully, in a different way for it. You see what I’m saying? All those things for $17,000 per episode? I get paid more to go to the nightclub and wave.”
50 Cent’s deal with STARZ ended last year and he had no interest in resigning with the network. In February, Fif signed with FOX. In a statement, he said:
“I am excited to formalize a partnership with Michael Thorn and FOX that will allow G-Unit Film & Television to focus on putting multiple series on FOX, a perfect broadcast destination for G-Unit Film & Television content while our premium, streaming, scripted and non-scripted slates continue to grow in all directions.”
As far as music, in the latest news, 50 Cent extended his Final Lap Tour. A few weeks ago he announced he’s going on his last tour so that he can fully focus on TV/film.