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About The Music
When it comes to the film's soundtrack, Jackson makes clear that the film's plot drove the music and not the other way around. "This is a film first; then, we have music in it,” he says. "I didn't want to make a movie that interrupted the plot for a music video. The music supports the plot.”

When he was not in front of the camera, Jackson was out in the mobile recording studio, writing the songs for the film's soundtracks. "I had everything I needed in there,” he enthuses, admitting that the studio had more bells and whistles than the one he uses at home. "I work with the bare necessities, so the mobile studio was great! I liked it better than my hotel room; in fact, I was probably there more than my hotel room,” he says, only half-jokingly.

Jackson made the music as he moved through the film. "Once I had my direction, I knew where I wanted to go,” he says, referring to his creative collaboration with Sheridan; ~ just came together.

Jackson admits he's drew on the vulnerability of his character Marcus for his writing in this case and that it made him more willing to say things he wouldn't normally say. "I wrote the songs in character,” he says. "I'm definitely more vulnerable as Marcus than I am as 50 Cent.”

Jackson notes that the storytelling in these songs is markedly different from that in his other music. "It's a totally different process from making my other records,” he says. "I had to make the music to complement the scenes in the film, but I couldn't write lyrics that will tip off the audience about what's to come.

Despite the difference in style, Jackson approached it as he would any new album. "And you know,” he says with characteristic confidence, "I expect the soundtrack to debut at number one, just like my albums do.”

"‘Get Rich or Die Tryin” is about the evolution of a kid who thinks he has no alternative but to go and stand on the corner and be an entrepreneur, says Sheridan. "And it's the change from that into being a rapper. Probably what you get on-screen, first impression, is what 50 is deep down: a hard, tough survivor. But I think that having survived what he's been through, he's also capable of playing with life, being playful, and living each moment as if it's his last.”

"Even if you're not a hip-hop fan,” says lovine, " you should come see this movie because it's about a culture — it's about the drive of a child, the drive of a man, the drive of a community, of a nation.”

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