Never having been the type to co-sign with the ghetto mythology depicted by mags such F.E.D.S. and Don/Diva, whispered by wannabe street hustlers and spit by rappers faking hustler, funkdigi quickly dismissed many of the vids popping up on video store shelves in the inner-city on so-called New York gangsters. Recently, an abundance of straight-to-video releases, detailing the life and times of some of these street hustlers, gangsters and stickup kids have been selling like the return of cooked crack, to our dismay. However, funkdigi has become intrigued with the story of Brooklyn’s Kelvin Martin a.k.a “50 Cent”, the man whom partly inspired rapper Curtis Jackson a.k.a. 50 Cent.
The documentary, hosted by writer/actor Bonz Malone, delves into the lore of the original 50 Cent. This stickup kid, turned drug pusher and gangster, is both compelling and informative. The story follows the rise and fall of 50 Cent, told by the friends, family and street associates who loved him and feared him all at once.
Infamous Times:The Original 50 Cent, though often shoddy in its craftsmanship, details untold stories, fables that served as a back drop to the burgeoning 80s New York rap scene, and the eventual crackdown on violent crimes, stamped out by Mayors David Dinkins, Rudolf Giuliani. The video features appearances by the rapper 50 Cent, Eric B, DJ Scratch.
50 Cent terrorized the streets of Fort Greene, Brooklyn and its surrounding areas. Often known to carry a Colt .45 and .357 Magnum, like a modern day Billy “The Kid”, the “little man” put fear into the hearts of local residents during what was the height of the crack cocaine epidemic. It’s rumored that 50 Cent murdered some 30 individuals. Eventually, 50 Cent’s exploits caught up with him.
Rapper 50 Cent, who allegedly did his hustling on the street of Jamaica, Queens, is interviewed for the documentary and discusses why “the streets” were talking about his namesake and why he assumed the name of the Brooklyn gangster.