Book Review: The 50th Law
50 Cent and Robert Greene, The 50th Law
When I learned 50 Cent was teaming up with Robert Greene to write a book, I was ecstatic that one of hip-hop’s most influential rappers was partnering with one of America’s great writers.
Their first collaborative effort, The 50th Law, is currently on the New York Times Best Sellers List. While making a run to Barnes & Noble I decided to make the purchase based on my passion for Greene’s original book, The 48 Laws Of Power. I’m definitely glad I made the decision to pick it up.
The book is a solid guide for future entrepreneurs. Robert and 50 narrow their thinking and ideas on one law: conquer fear to attain power.
The book is ten chapters long, with each chapter providing a lesson to conquering that fear. Chapters begin with stories of a certain point in 50 Cent’s life relating back to the lesson. Within the lesson, Robert makes similar parallels to other historical figures such as Frederick Douglass, James Baldwin, Miles Davis, Malcolm X, JFK, Leonardo da Vinci and more. At the end of each chapter lies a quote from one of the many historical figures in the book, as well as an in depth explanation of the reverse opinion of that lesson.
In the book we learn of 50’s ability to make the transition from being a drug seller on the block to an influential figure in the hip-hop world. Stories include dealing with his mother’s death, being shot nine times, being dropped by Columbia Records, working under Jam Master Jay, beef with Ja Rule and more.
The 50th Law is a great book for future leaders and entrepreneurs but also a great book to delve deeper into the life of 50 Cent. Enjoy the book and remember, fear nothing!