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50 Cent Is The Worst Type Of Person: Powerful And Petty

I will not pretend to know exactly what happens when a person files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Sure, I can read about it on the internet. And the internet will tell me that “when a business is unable to service its debt or pay its creditors, the business or its creditors can file with a federal bankruptcy court for protection under either Chapter 7 or Chapter 11. In Chapter 11, in most instances the debtor remains in control of its business operations as a debtor in possession, and is subject to the oversight and jurisdiction of the court.” But beyond that explicit book definition seems to be an implicit, almost subversive, real life applicable definition that basically says this is often just a legal way for rich people to protect themselves. I don’t know.

But I do know that this act came within a couple days of him being ordered to pay $5 million to a woman who sued him over a sex tape, and it doesn’t take much of a leap to assume the chapter 11 filing is a very public “fuck you, bitch” to her. Because the woman in question is the mother of Rick Ross’s child. Who 50 had a very public feud with a few years ago; a beef that culminated with 50 finding a video of her having sex with another man, editing it, providing play-by-play commentary on it, and distributing it on the internet. And 50 did all of this because, as he continues to remind us, he is the worst type of person: powerful and petty. 

This is something the praise orgy of 50’s business acumen often found in national publications leads us (myself included) to (almost) forget. Perhaps he’s an asshole, a New York Times piece might assert. But he’s a savvy businessman, a Washington Post profile will state. And savvy businessmen often need to be assholes, according to something the Wall Street Journal would run. But 50 never misses an opportunity to drive straight past “asshole” and even past “yeah, he’s kind of a dick” before stopping at “this is not a good dude.” Last year, when he mocked Floyd Mayweather for being illiterate, many (myself included) laughed. Because fuck Floyd Mayweather. (And because it was funny. Petty gives no fucks.) But his entire career — literally, his entire career — is full of examples of him doing publicly petty shit to people, for…reasons?

Like recording a conversation with one of his closest friends — a guy tearfully begging to be back in his good graces — and then leaking the conversation to the public. Which, again, was hilarious in the moment. Because thugged out rappers begging on the phone like Mikey from Swingers will never not be funny. But between acts like that, the way he speaks of (and reportedly treats) exes, and, shit, the way he treats his own teenaged son, you have to wonder if there’s anyone in his life he won’t turn against on a whim. Which, if you do happen to be in his circle, should scare the fuck out of you. Because extremely rich and powerful and relentlessly petty has no limitations. Nothing seems to be off-limits for the Black Regina George.

(Except, of course, throwing a baseball.)

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Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't. Whatever.

  • Sylqué

    Ah, now I see. I read the news about the filing and was confused. This makes so much sense.

    He has to be terribly lonely. I can’t muster too much sympathy for him though because…seriously?! Yuck.

  • laddibugg

    Just saw this

  • In general being petty is a rather unattractive quality, but on a man its just unforgivably unattractive. His petty was kind of cute when it would only come out when he talked about how he would rob industry folks. Now its playing real games with peoples lives. I could never trust a person like that and allow them in my inner circle.
    Petty and powerful. I agree. Just look at the careers of some rappers he was feuding with. If you can find them.

    • MzzPeaches

      Except Kanye.

      • good point

        • Courtney Wheeler

          Kanye can never be hurt…because he’s Kanye. He has a Kanye force field that blocks harmful UV rays.

          • MzzPeaches

            I think he mixes white tears w/ his coffee like sugar.

            • K Lust

              Kim’s tears? ( I know she’s Armenian, shut up and let me tell a joke geez)

              • Charlotte

                So wait. Do we NOT count Armenian as white anymore?

                • K Lust

                  Anytime i’ve had a convo/joked/read comments online about the whiteness of the Kardashians, people are up in arms about it. So idk, but imma still talk my sh*t.

                • nillalatte

                  Technically, Armenians are not ‘white’ in the European sense of what many people consider ‘white.’ I guess cause their mixed? lol

                  Armenians are mixture of ethnic minorities and include Yazidis, Russians, Assyrians, Ukrainians,Kurds, Greeks, Georgians, and Belarusians. If you dig deeper than that, you’ll probably find a few more groups/tribes within each of these groupings too.

                  But, origins and specifics aside, yeah, she is white. lol

                  • Charlotte

                    Me and my homegirl had this discussion the other day. My last point was that Armenia is in the Caucasus region of Europe/Asia. Isn’t that where we get the term Caucasian? Hence, wouldn’t she be Caucasian…especially since she is half plain white?

                    Then I felt like I was getting too deep.

                    But I can’t get with the theory That since Kim is not white, we can’t consider Kim and Kanye an interracial couple and North is not mixed. That doesn’t make any Damn sense. And I’ve heard this more than once!

                    • Epsilonicus

                      All of this is based on the assumption that race follows some sort of logical categories. It doesn’t

                    • Amber

                      Thank you. You can’t make an illogical system designed to create a oppressive system logical. Race is to fluid and who is costars l considered white expands and contracts based on a variety of random factors.

                    • Epsilonicus

                      Oh the factors aint random. It is based on political need

                    • Amber

                      Very true the racial construct is not random at all. Politics and power sre very calculated

                    • Charlotte

                      I guess that is my weakness. I’ve always felt there is a logical reason for feeling or thinking a certain way. So I’m always trying to figure that out in an attempt to understand the world around me. But every so often I’m reminded that not only are there crazy people out there, but the world itself is crazy.

                    • nillalatte

                      They are an interracial couple even if you take the ‘white’ out of it. lol Kim’s ancestry is mixed. Many ‘old countries’ in specific geographic locations have more mixed ethnic people than one would normally assume.

                      If you study the history, religions, and wars of Iran, Pakistan, India (i.e. The Silk Road trading route for example), Gangus Khan, Salahuddin, etc, you may soon realize, hey, folks back in the day were all over the place and doing the nasty with everyone that produced whole cultures of ethnically mixed babies.

                      I kind of hesitate with the term Caucasian as that leads to Caucasoid, Negroid, and Mongoloid in terms of trying to identify skin tone through anthropological features. It also encompasses countries that are not typically viewed as ‘white’ (i.e. European countries).

                    • Charlotte

                      So question: what is white if not European?

                      Is that why I hear people describe their ancestry as German and Irish from 10 generations ago? Is it not cool to be plain old white anymore? Do we all need something ‘ethnic’ in our blood these days?

                    • Epsilonicus

                      It aint that.

                      The issue is that many of those groups were not considered “White” for the longest. It is a holdover from that. For example the Italians were not considered white until Post WW2. So you still have many older Irish folks who don’t trust other Europeans of any ilk and still behave if they are treated as “other”. They remembered when they weren’t allowed to fully assimilate into white American culture. I know some Italian people (very old) who will tell you they not white and never will be white. They are Italian.

                    • Lol@ being white when its convenient.

                    • nillalatte

                      LOL… European ancestry is considered ‘white.’ You could view the European Union as sort of an indicator of which countries are considered ‘white’ and then include Russia. However, I caution you, even doing that, there are still mixed ethnicities in each country.

                      For example, Malta. Malta is an ethnically diverse country. The language is a mixture of many different languages, including Arabic due to Islamic empire from ~700-1100 AD. And, Spain, while considered Hispanic, is also considered ‘white.’ See why I use quotes around ‘white’ a lot?

                      You’ll hear ‘white’ people, including myself, give you the ethnic origins of their ancestry because these are different groups/tribes, and though they are generally ‘white’ in complexion, they are very different in culture. So, it’s kind of a homage to represent all of the ancestral traits of who a person is I suppose.

                    • LadyIbaka

                      Having some ‘ethnic’ is the new cool. White too plain boo.

                    • LadyIbaka

                      Girrrl, lissen…if the cops are out shooting, and I’m her best friend, guess what I die, she lives forevermore. She white.

                    • nillalatte

                      LOL… crazy! Lissen I have a topic. The title, “Making the case for Black folks to cultivate white friendships.” I did a draft just to see what I could come up with based on what folks have contributed here over time. See, I could use this and say you need a white friend to stand between you and the cops! :P lmao…

                    • LadyIbaka

                      You ma pippoz!! So, you’ll be the one to separate me from meeting Jesus prematurely.

                    • nillalatte

                      I got chu! ;) lmao

                    • LadyIbaka

                      We been riding together in this VSB bish for a minute, sooo I wouldn’t expect anything less from you.

                    • Epsilonicus

                      Depends on where you at. You both might get shot if you in the right location lol. Or wrong one

                    • LadyIbaka

                      Eps, wrong/right location doesn’t matter. Skin color is all that matters nowadays. I’ont even know why this Dolezel character was dying to be black. It ain’t the time. It never was/is.

                • LadyIbaka

                  It is “exotic”. White is its basic form.

                • Epsilonicus

                  White people dont consider the Kardashians white. Remember, race isnt fact, its arbitrary

          • oh Kanye…since he became Kanye Kardashian I have no idea what music he put out

            • Courtney Wheeler

              I would purposely defend the album “Yeezus” just to piss my co-workers off.

    • Siante

      “In general being petty is a rather unattractive quality, but on a man its just unforgivably unattractive.”

      Especially if that man is already unforgivably unattractive.

      • lmaooooo. see its weird…sometimes I feel that way….then other times im like hey Curtis

        • Siante

          Lol, he’s cool from the neck down – so yeah, I’ll give u that. but even he knows he does not have the face to miss a day at the gym.

          • your one liners are gold. that was hilarious. I may have to find you on twitter lol

            • Siante

              Aww, thanks lol, & u just reminded me, I need to get me a twitter account & get in on all this black twitter goodness b4 MTV misappropriates it & kills it dead smh, Lol

              • Epsilonicus

                Too late. I think Washington Post has a beat reporter covering Black Twitter smh

                • PhlyyPhree

                  I don’t doubt this. At all

                • Siante

                  Wait, so are ya’ll saying it’s been dead? I missed it? Smh lol *shrugs*

                  • Epsilonicus

                    I am just saying it might get a little different now that someone is “reporting” on it.

              • PhlyyPhree

                Wayyyyy too late. MTV, Vh1, most major news outlets, most MINOR news outlets have been mining black twitter for a while now. But go head and get your shine on

                • Siante

                  Lol!

        • LadyIbaka

          You better rebuke that devil that has you at ‘Hey Curtis’. Ain’t nothing hey about him other than his six packs. Talk directly to them, not him.

  • h.h.h.
  • Dcetstyle

    On this here very website, I publicly embraced my petty and I stand by it. But there is a difference between petty and malicious. And that’s what 50 is. He is the Victor Newman of hip hop(I am Gen X, shoot me) but nowhere near as hot. Yes I laugh at his antics but would never want to be in his circle.

    • Lea Thrace

      alladis!

      And I am so here for the Victor reference.

      • Dcetstyle

        Victor is and will always be the real Dark Knight.

    • That girl MEL!

      Same reason Lloyd Banks STAYS silent. He is the Memphis Bleek of 50’s crew; he knows his role.

      • Lloyd can spit though.

      • LadyIbaka

        He foiiiine. Although I need hearing devices and translator to decipher what he is saying. I like how chill he is.

      • lol yup

    • miss t-lee

      We see you Gen X.

    • LadyIbaka

      Yo, Vic had swag! Is he alive?! Because he was like 90 years on the show.

      • PhlyyPhree

        Believe it or not, Victor Newman is STILL very much alive and still causing havoc in Genoa City

        • LadyIbaka

          Say what?!?! I don’t even know the last time I watched that show. I loved him with his original wife. They were sooo cute together.

          • Dcetstyle

            Victor and Nikki are together, and for real, their chemistry is off the chain still.
            The kind of chemistry that Ghost and Angela wish they had. See what I did there????

            I still watch Y&R with my gran. Everything is still the same in Genoa City.

    • amina

      annnnd this is why I love VSB. Victor Newman references tossed in with memph bleek and llyod banks! it warms my soul!

  • cakes_and_pies

    50 is a dramatic b****h whose antics remind me of the like Alexis Carrington from Dynasty.

    • miss t-lee

      YASSSSSS.
      Great comparison.

  • The thing about Fiddy is that he comes from a long line of petty motherf*ckers. I’ve never met him, but I’m dealt with a lot of his family and close associates. They’re the type of people who will air out your car for cutting them off in traffic, and them get upset when they get arrested. This is his MO. He knows of no limit to his pettiness because I swear his ancestors were owned by Tom and Richard Petty’s ancestors where they were forced to farm barren f*ck fields.

    This is just what he does.

    • Lea Thrace

      “He knows of no limit to his pettiness because I swear his ancestors were owned by Tom and Richard Petty’s ancestors where they were forced to farm barren f*ck fields.”

      This right here? This is just the greatest turn of phrase I have seen yet today.

      You the real MVP!

      • PhlyyPhree

        RIght??? Barren F*ck fields…. I can’t wait to use that somewhere

    • cakes_and_pies

      If you portray yourself in your own show as petty, you’re hitting Petty Levert levels.

      • Tom Petty …check
        Richard Petty. ..check
        But Petty Levert tho?!…priceless.

    • Asiyah

      He needs to be lobotomized.

  • Simone_was_taken

    With the exception of Cheslea Handler.

  • Animate

    I’m just waiting for Ghost to “take care of” Cain (is it King? WTF is 50’s character’s name on Power?)

    • Chocolate Guest

      Kanaan

      • Epsilonicus

        I get the feeling though that Kanaan is not much of a stretch from who 50 realy is.

        • Sigma_Since 93

          And the intro is fire

  • blogdiz

    50 cents is the absolute definition of a mitch , He only has strength for certain folks though he sure remained quiet when Chelsea Handler (allegedly )called him a N*gger when they were breaking up

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