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From Pieces to Weight: Once Upon a Time in Southside Queens

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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 an ...more
Hardcover, 223 pages
Published August 9th 2005 by MTV Books
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Shakale Moore
This book is about how he grew up as a little kid in the Southside Queens. He was talking about how he was blessed because his mother got killed. When he was a little kid. And he wanted nice things because he seen nice things he wanted. And his family couldn’t get for him because they grew all with 6 other kids in the house. So he couldn’t always get what he wanted when he wanted.

So as he was grown up he started selling drugs, but before he start selling he went to go buy a gun first. So when
Bryce Maczko
Mar 18, 2013 Bryce Maczko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot of this book is about a young teenager who lives in the ghedo. His mom is a drug dealer and he lives with his aunts and uncles that are drug addicts. The story moves really quickly and things start to get bad. It was interesting because I listen to 50 cents music and now i had a chance to find out what he was like when he was growing up and all the hardships he went through.

My favorite character was Curtis Jackson (50 cent) because he is the reason i read the book. As a kid he was a ve
Mar 13, 2013 Dima rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a very interesting book. It talks about 50 Cent's life as a kid and teenager. It was a very fast paced book with a lot of action and suspenseful events. Events like a police chase, shootings, and even death. It takes place in Queens New York for the most part.

The story revolves around 50 Cent but other charecters in the book are Red, Brian, Sincere, The Godfather, and Grits and Butter. They are all drug dealers that 50 cent hangs with in his life of drug dealing.

The theme of the s
Oct 22, 2010 Conwaym rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I choice this book because I like biography books and it fun to learn where famous people came from. THe setting is in downtown in the geto. The main character is 50 cent and him growing up with his grandma. Because his mom die when 50 was young.There are a lot of probly he goes through. One of the main one is that he becomes a dealer at a really young age.Ever problem mostly gits resolved because he wants to live better and he has a son.I think it a really good book and if you like learn about ...more
Jan 23, 2009 Jaevon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To me i kind of like reading memoirs becuase sometimes without you even noticing it you can learn from it. to be honest i learned nothing from this memoir i just know that i will never never do any of these things he did in this book. there's a lot more than that. this book was nice though he had a rough life though and still made it.
Jan 08, 2009 Blake rated it liked it
Its way better than the movie. With this book I learned that the streets does not give a shit about you. Now i know why he doesn't try to be friendly with people in the industry. Their his his mentality is like "fxxK you". You cant blame him for being that way. In this world you cant be too friendly.
Jayce Conklin
Jan 30, 2017 Jayce Conklin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a really good book that explains how 50 cent grew up in south side Jamaica queens. Shows how he was raised and the challenges he had over come to get to where he is today. 50 cent explains how to get what you want. Is very inspired by his words
Nov 04, 2008 Briana2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone.
Recommended to Briana2012 by: nobody. the part on the back of book pulled me in.
"50 cent can't right a good book." "Why can't he?" "He's not capable of doing so." "You're wrong, take this book." "Wow! You're right, I just couldn't put the book down. I love this book now." "Told you. So, what made you like it so much?" "Um... 5O Cent. He was extremely funny and things that he said, felt so real to me. The setting. I understood how the surroundings made a total difference. And... How the book began and ended. Step-by-step I read how 50 felt and how and why he switched the gam ...more
Arthurg Ehs
Oct 21, 2013 Arthurg Ehs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an autobiography written by rapper 50 Cent, talking about his life and how he came to success.
Living in the ghetto projects of South Jamaica, Queens, Curtis Jackson (50 Cent), lived through many hardships, such as the death of his mother, through which Curtis learned a lot lessons, good and bad. One of the main ones is that no matter what the outcome will be, you never lose and give up, and never let somebody go unpunished. From the very first time when Curtis was five and the loca
Jacob Gloria
I recommend this book to everyone who likes 50 cent the author who wrote this book or to anyone who likes rap and action this is a very interesting book. I usually don’t like reading but this book wouldn’t let me stop reading and I wanted to know what he did next. This book is about 50 cent when he was a young boy how his mother died but when she was alive she was a drug dealer and when he was young she bought him whatever he wanted. So when she passed away he as a 10 year old boy started drug d ...more
Jordyn Blatt
Nov 03, 2009 Jordyn Blatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anybody who is looking for a thrilling good read should read 50 cents new book, ‘From Pieces to Weight’! Also somebody who wants to explore the ‘American Dream’ through the eyes of mister Curtis Jackson Jr. also known as 50 Cent. He is an infamous rapper who grew up in the ghetto town of Bronx, New York. You will learn that he will almost do anything to survive and make money along the way. I couldn’t set this book down because you never know what he will do next to make some money! He goes anyw ...more
Chris Maatouk
Oct 12, 2011 Chris Maatouk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Curtis James Jackson is a 34 year old Hip Hop artist known as 50 Cent. In the novel, he talks about his life as a child, as a teenager and as an adult also, his decision to switch from his dangerous life of selling drugs to becoming one of today’s best hip hop artist, and the struggle to do so. 50 Cent was raised by his grandparents in New York because his mom had died when he was eight years old. Influenced by the people around him, he decided to become a drug dealer. After being arrested two t ...more
Julio Flores
Sep 21, 2007 Julio Flores rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Curtis Jackson i would like to invite you for dinner at my house. I invite you instead of the other people because your 50 cent and you seem to be a real cool guy. Also i am a loyal fan of your cds to movies to video games to clothes to your book, which i enjoyed really the book and there's not a lot of books i read anymore so when i picked yours out i knew it was going to be good and wor
Kordaye Dean
Sep 27, 2012 Kordaye Dean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Friends
50 cent's book, ‘From Pieces to Weight...' is one off the best books I've read in my life so far. He wrote this book about his hard times going up, even after the murder of his mother when he was 10 years old, and the world he comes from. His purpose for writing this book was to let fans and or readers know his struggling story while growing up in Southside Queens. The impact this book has on his audience is that no matter where they come from or how you grew up, you can still come out to be
Brandon Villarreal
Curtis Jackson as a kid had a rough life his mom would leave him at places, his mom even left him at his grandparents house for a long period of time and his mom would visit during holidays like Christmas. As a teenager he would do bad things like steals things from stores, deal drugs and do drugs, and he was in gangs and gang fights. When he was 5 years old he was playing marbles with some kids for money and one kid made a wrong move, so Curtis started laughing at the kid, and then the kid and ...more
Trey Gershon
Nov 04, 2009 Trey Gershon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Get rich or die tryin" this line from the book is why i kept reading and why he is so successful today. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes 50 cent and would want to know what his life was and is like. my favorite character would have to be 50, because he made it through alot of hard times. my least favorite character would be the big kid that beat him up when he was 8 and the big kid was 11 because that is very mean and is also bullying. He wrote this book to show the reader what g ...more
Blake Orona
My favorite character is 50 Cent as a kid because he had a hard child hood with his mom dyeing when he was a little kid he took it like a g. Why did this author write this book? I thank it was a great story to write about. My least favorite character was his Cynthia because she killed his dog. Which portion of the book captivated my attention was when he would lose a fight and his mom said get your ass back out there and beat some ass before I beat yours. I was not able to predict the end of the ...more
Arturo Morales
Book: 50 Cent From Pieces to Weight
Author : Kris Ex & 50 cent
Book is about how Curtis ( 50 Cent ) struggling living in the streets of the Southside Queens. He did lots of stuff like sell drugs such as crack or cocaine. When his mother was murdered he had to live with his grandparents. his grandparents had 9 children including his mother. Curtis had kept asking his mother fire his dad but but his response was "honey you dont have a father. Im your mama and your daddy. " I chose this book bec
Sarah Freeman
If I could recommend this book to anybody it would be anybody who likes biographies or drug related books. If this book was made into a movie, I would choose the same characters to play the same people. Like how 50 cent is his own character in the book. The author wrote this book to tell about his life to people, his name is Curtis Jackson aka 50 cent. The emotions I felt while reading this book was excitement because of all the intense things that were going on. The main thing that kept me read ...more
Apr 30, 2010 Roberto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is about 50 cents life here he talks about how he grew up in his town. 50 cent got shot 9 times and he survied it 8 bullets went through his body and one hit his jaw he has a hole in his gums because of that bullet. 50 cents mom was always selling drugs to give him a good life allthough she was barely with him she always went to see him at his grandmas house and his mom took him money and so0me times bought him good stuff. one day his mom came to see him and she had a present for him i ...more
Nov 07, 2008 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: older teens/librarians/teachers
This biography, written by well-known rapper 50 Cent, is not so much about the music industry as it is about the street drug industry. 50 Cent makes no apologies for the life he has lead as a drug dealer from the time he was nine years old. He does, however, explain in an eye-opening manner how a child's view of the world around him is formed. His absent mother gave birth to him at 15, sold drugs, and was murdered at 22. The boy, however, only saw the wonderful gifts he received from her drug de ...more
Oct 30, 2014 Nery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book begin Slowly because 50 cent would talk about the things that he did day by day. He would always be doing something bad like selling weed, or coke. The plot was pretty interesting in New York because the place that he lived in with all the violence in his "hood". It talks about his life the minute he was born till he became famous and rich as a rapper.

Curtis James Jackson that’s the rapper now 50 cent they remind me of me because he would always be doing something to achieve his goal t
Dec 08, 2013 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hear a lot of people diss on 50 cent AKA as Curtis Jackson without realizing the kind of person he is. You could definitely get the wrong picture of 50 cent by just listening to his music.

The facts are, 50 cent came from nothing and became successful selling crack in his early years. He soon realized that he couldn't hussle forever without ending up in jail or dead. So he made the transition into making music to pay for his bills. It was tough at first, there was no guarantee of success. But
Aug 28, 2012 Okal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book, 50 Cent shows a vulnerable, human side far removed from his public persona, though glimpses of his bravado still show. His candid discussions about his mother, including intimations about her sexuality - "She had this one friend named Tammy who would always be around, so one time I asked my grandmother, 'Why does Ma always come around with Tammy?' My grandmother said, 'That's something you should ask your mother about.'" - which was unexpected considering the homophobia prevalent i ...more
Dominique Stith
Feb 06, 2009 Dominique Stith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes 50 Cent. 50 cent is my favorite character because he is tell is life and how hard it is to live in the hood. I really don't have a least favorite character. 50 wanted to write this book because he want other people to feel what he has been though. I haven't read the whole book yet so I would say so far that the 1st chapter is really catching my attention. What kept me reading this book is the 50 explians his life very well. I haven't got to the end ...more
Guy James
Sep 24, 2010 Guy James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last year I read "From Pieces to Weight: Once Upon a Time in South Side Queens" This was my favorite and from what I think, the best book i've read my freshmen year of high school. The book is mostly about Curtis "50 Cent" Jacksons' past. The struggles and hardships he went through to get to where he is now. I think its an amazing story of rags to riches. I would recommend this book to many others. The book can be used for motivation, inspiration and just something good to read. No matter where ...more
Apr 23, 2008 Karina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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 ama ...more
Jack Huston
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 t ...more
Feb 18, 2009 Drew is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition

1- Someone who wants to be famous rap artist.
2- 50 cent.
3- The guy that shot him 9 times who is still unknown.
4- 50 cent wrote this biography to tell his story about his life and how he got where he is now.
5- His perspective of life and death captivated my attention because I have similar believes
6- Because I always wanted to now the whole big deal with him.
7- Yes
8- The actual people that were written about because it is an biography.
9- Dreariness, revenge, and completion.
10- “Get rich, or die
Eva Leger
Dec 02, 2008 Eva Leger rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 50 fans
Recommended to Eva by: myself
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 ...more
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