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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (336 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: 50 Cent Narrator: J. D. Williams Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2005 ISBN: 9780743552257
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Get Rich or Die Tryin'

That's what this book is about -- the good times and the bad times. I wrote this book to explain the world I come from. To a lot of people, I may be too young to reflect on life. And they may be right. But I'd be wasting my blessings if I didn't use the attention I'm getting to shed light on the experiences that have caused me to say the things I say and make the kind of music I make. I want to explain my environment to those who don't come any closer to it than the records they buy or the images they see on television. People who want the truth. Even if they can't handle it, they want it. I let you know that I survived nine bullets not to sell records, but because it's the truth. Every time I sit down for an interview, I'm asked, "Well, 50, how did it feel to get shot nine times?" But those stories don't hold the weight of my pain, or the hope of my experience. It just can't. This is what happened when I was trying to get rich before I died in Southside Queens.

So begins From Pieces to Weight: Once Upon a Time in Southside Queens, a violent and introspective memoir that reveals not only 50's story but the story of a generation of youth faced with hard choices and very little options. A tale of sacrifice, transformation and redemption, but it is also one of hope, determination and the power of self. From Pieces to Weight drips with raw insight, street wisdom, and 50's struggle to survive at all costs...and behold the riches of the American Dream. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cool, hard, and vivid, a minor classic of a genre you might call gangster rap noir. No fluff here. 50 Cent tells the story of his life…with a novelist’s economy.” 

    New York Times

  • “A gripping read.” 

    Time Out New York

  • “Has at its core a compelling brutality.” 

    Q (London)

  • “50 Cent is unflinchingly honest…in this raw, literate memoir…Opinionated, unrepentant, and unabashedly self-promoting, [From Pieces to Weight] celebrates the rapper’s peculiar brand of the American Dream.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jack Huston | 2/14/2014

    " ok so the book is roughly 220 pages, and he doesnt mention anything remotely related to music until around page 150. everything up to that point is purple tops, green tops, work work work, purple tops...good insight into that aspect i suppose but it didnt have the things i love about autobiographies/memoirs. there was very little emotion in there, completely just focused on why he wanted to get money, what he did with it when he got it, etc. in summary i would say its as flat as his music, but that cant be considered a total shock. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesus G | 2/2/2014

    " i think this book is sweet because it was inspiring to me so i would recommend this book to anyone who has big dreams "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eva Leger | 1/25/2014

    " I thought 50's book was great. I have to be honest and say that as much as I am a fan of rap I didn't think I'd like his book but I ended up being very impressed. Not only is it written well but he doesn't seem to be glorifying selling drugs. He tells what his life was like before becoming a star and doesn't focus much on what it's been like afterwards but I'm sure that's being saved for another book. :) I'm definitely going to read Death Before Dishonor now. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes 50. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/23/2014

    " I do enjoy 50 cent. I wanted to hear more about his current life, but perhaps this was written awhile ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darmani | 1/17/2014

    " when did 50cent come out wit a book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karina | 1/3/2014

    " "From Pieces to Weight" by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is one of the best books i have ever read. I loved the way he was honest about his life before he turned into a famous singer. 50 Cent talks about his experiences in southside queens, a city of murderers and drug slangers. The book, as his autobiogarphy, tells the readers about how he was so poor and treated badly. Until one day everything changed.. Curtis Jackson decided to sell drugs and risk his life. If you really think this book sounds amazing i encourage you to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony Cartalemi | 12/8/2013

    " This is a great book. I recommend this book for an older crowd. It is defiently an R rated book. Theres a lot of violence and drugs in this book.it is a great book becuase it really explains what obstacles he faced throughout his life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 11/25/2013

    " an surprising awesome read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheena at Hot Eats and Cool Reads | 10/10/2013

    " I've loved 50 Cent's music since he released Get Rich or Die Tryin so it was very interesting to know what in his life was like before he released the album. I was aware he had been shot 9 times but didn't know the extent of his drug dealing or lifestyle. Very real and very interesting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Man Solo | 10/6/2013

    " Good book, definitely worth checking out "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Akeirah Jordan | 9/15/2013

    " This book is better than the movie! Read it ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 **YoungChri$** | 8/16/2013

    " NIGGA I GET MONEY I GET IT YEAH I RUNN NY "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris | 4/23/2013

    " this is the best book but i think that if you aren't a fan you should still give it a try because it is a good book and until the end or so you never really know its 50 cent if you're not a fan "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brad Mc Innis | 12/3/2012

    " A waste of money, I fall into the hype and thought it was a worth while read. Hardly, anything to make you learn how to get rich or die trying. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Raul | 7/1/2012

    " Braggadocio , but well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keifer | 2/24/2012

    " More interesting than I expected it to be. 50 Cent isn't the greatest writer, but he certainly is a hustler. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meghan | 9/7/2011

    " read this when i was in love with him, enough said. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mr | 8/7/2011

    " remember when everyone was singing in da club? even the massacre was decent. curtis? this is based off of the movie, or the other way around "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 8/4/2011

    " this is about my favorite rapper 50cent it talks about how he go through life and his mom dying. also him getting into the rap game "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Travis | 3/5/2011

    " Listened to the audiobook in one day, and loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Akeirah | 12/9/2010

    " This book is better than the movie! Read it ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D'artagnan | 7/21/2010

    " I knew soon after purchasing a bootleg copy of Get Rich or Die Tryin' on BART that 50 was gonna go down in history. I listened to that disc so many times it was ridiculous. This book fleshes it out very well; ate it up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony | 5/11/2010

    " This is a great book. I recommend this book for an older crowd. It is defiently an R rated book. Theres a lot of violence and drugs in this book.it is a great book becuase it really explains what obstacles he faced throughout his life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Man | 2/5/2010

    " Good book, definitely worth checking out "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 **YoungChri$** | 6/2/2009

    " NIGGA I GET MONEY I GET IT YEAH I RUNN NY "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Henry | 6/2/2009

    " I READ THIS BOOK IT IS GREAT

    "

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About the Author
Author 50 Cent

50 Cent, a.k.a. Curtis J. Jackson III, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, investor, record producer, author, and actor. He has sold more than twenty-six million records worldwide. His debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, was the largest debut in SoundScan history. He also manages a broad business empire and serves on the board of G-Unity Foundation, a nonprofit organization serving low-income youth. His previous bestsellers include his autobiography, From Pieces to Weight, and the motivational guide The 50th Law. He is also the author of Playground, an antibullying book for young adults.

About the Narrator

J.D. Williams is a successful actor with starring roles in the HBO television programs Oz and The Wire. He has also had leading roles or cameo appearances in a number of R&B and hip-hop music videos.