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Here's What 50 Cent Said About Entrepreneurship Today

It wasn't much. But it was entertaining.

Curtis James Jackson III, better known as Grammy Award-winning musician 50 Cent, took to Reddit to answer questions in the site's Ask Me Anything format. In doing so, he billed himself not only as a rapper, but also as an entrepreneur.

(That's not a stretch: He started his own record label, as well as two film-production companies, and several corporate partnerships created a vitamin drink, a body spray, and a condom line.)

His advice to would-be entrepreneurs was, well, concise. That doesn't mean it was without gems.

Redditor B33kz asked: "…is there any advice you would give someone who wants to start their own brand or company?"

50 Cent answered: "because of the internet do it independently. you have access to things we didnt. i had to hustle bootlegers."

BitCoinBoxer asked: Hey man, what made you want to accept Bitcoin payment for your new album?

50 Cent answered: "stay with times. technology is what's changing the business gotta get with it. I take money no matter if its coins or dollars" 

And…that's that.

My interpretation of the advice is: Work hard. Don't fear change. Don't turn down money.

Seems sensible enough.

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Last updated: Jun 3, 2014

CHRISTINE LAGORIO-CHAFKIN | Staff Writer | Senior Writer

Christine Lagorio-Chafkin is a writer, editor, and reporter whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Village Voice, and The Believer, among other publications. She is a senior writer at Inc.

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