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50 Cent Relives Troubled Past In Emotional New Single ‘9 Shots’ — Listen

Fri, August 14, 2015 12:38pm EDT by 1 Comment

50 Cent is back! His hot new track ‘9 Shots’ is far from joyous, but it stands for all the important events in his life. 50 may have been shot 9 times, but that’s not what defined him.

Before 50 Cent, 40, became the superstar rapper we all know today, he had an extremely troubled past — including the 2000 incident that left him with nine bullet holes. That’s what served as the inspiration, and core, for his new single, “9 Shots,” which chronicles nine painful moments in his life. He premiered the song in New York City on Wednesday, August 12.

50 has always been open about the story of his past battles, including his miraculous recovery from nine bullet wounds. Remember when he used to wear a kevlar vest every time he performed on stage? There was a definite reason, guys. On August 12, he premiered the song that he calls a “metaphor for nine painful moments.”

The song uses nine gun blasts to signify those moments; the song that 50 calls “a little more personal” than his previous stuff, talks about the loss of his mother and living in poverty, among other things. Take a look at these lyrics:

Fifty, fifty
Fifty, fifty
Fifty, fifty
Ferrari, Ferrari
Ferrari, Ferrari
Ferrari, Ferrari
Shooter, shooter
Shooter, shooter

I was innocent then, I ain’t do no wrong
She said, “you mommy little man,” I said, “yep, uh huh”
She was everything to me, when she came, I just lit up
Sunday morning I was so sharp, all did up
It was welfare hustlin’, they killed her for that
The first shot, bullet wound in my back
I’m fucked up, look at my sneakers, I’m fucked up
Now I’m on my own, mommy gone
Sam said, “you a young boy, why your clothes look so old?
You don’t need fish, little nigga, you need a pole
You don’t need no new kicks, you need an O”
Chop that, bag it, get right back at it
That touched me, it hit me in my heart
I’m a hustler, homie, you was giving me my start
I am what I am, Sabrina’s only baby
Practicing in the mirror, pulling out my .380
Oh man, I fucked up nana gonna kill me
Whenever shit can go wrong it always will
See, seven grams of cocaine, three grams of dope
Saint Mary medallion hanging from my rope
Try to punk me and my gun smoke
Look, I’m outta control, my gun go
Off like it’s legal, call the cops, you need to
Give ‘em my description, I ain’t bullshittin’
My high school sweetheart love didn’t last long
Niggas start flashing that bread and she was gone
That hurt me like the bullet in my calf then
My next girl was a pain in the ass
I got two shots left, in case niggas try to get me
That’s nine shots, we just call it fifty

Mama said the Lord gon’ bless us
Mama said, mama said
Mama said the Lord gon’ bless us
Then in came the landlord, beef, and the stresses
Mama said the Lord gon’ bless us
Mama said, mama said
Mama said the Lord gon’ bless us
The dope bought the shit the food stamps couldn’t get us
Mama said the Lord gon’ bless us
That’s what mama said, that’s what mama said

Though 50 has talked about his shooting in his earlier lyrics, this is definitely a different take. It’s an emotional ballad that reveals the most raw wounds in his life; though he’s reached fame, he hasn’t forgotten his past. 50 got us excited by teasing a new album too! “I’ve been moving around, doing Effen activations. So, I’ve been in a lot of nightclubs and it’s been inspiring me to do different music,” he said. “So, y’all [are going to] hear some different things from me.” Yes! 50’s next album, SKI, doesn’t have a release date yet, but we’re waiting with bated breath to hear when we can snag a copy.

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— Samantha Wilson