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Film: No Love for 50 Cent in "Things Fall Apart" Dispute

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50 Cent has been very involved in Africa lately. Last week we wrote that he will donate a portion of his beverage sales to hungry African children. This week, he’s involved in a heated legal dispute with the Chinua Achebe Foundation over the proposed title of a new biopic that he wrote and stars in (trailer for the film above). 50 planned to name his film Things Fall Apart, which the foundation saw as an infringement on Achebe’s key African novel of the same title. When the film’s producers offered the foundation $1 million for the title, they scoffed and told the producers: “the novel with the said title was first produced in 1958 (17 years before 50Cent was born)… and will not be sold for even One Billion Dollars.”

Dang. That’s rough. Especially because The Root’s Grammy Award winning album, Things Fall Apart was given the thumbs up by Achebe. So what is it about 50 that Achebe doesn’t like? Is it because you can find him in the club with a pocket full of bud? Probably.

We wish 50 luck with the reported new title of the film, All Things Fall Apart, putting 50 all in the clear.

 

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ProVerb’s Memoir Is A Huge Slap In The Face To South African Hip-Hop

In his memoir, one of South Africa's revered lyricists ProVerb and his co-author compromise his rich story with trite motivational talk.

The Book of Proverb

ProVerb has had a strange relationship with the SA hip-hop scene. Albeit being one of the most gifted lyricists the country has ever seen, he has grown to flow less and hustle more. Despite this, his name still comes up when the greatest (South) African rappers of all time are mentioned. MTV Base placed him as the 7th in their list of the greatest SA MCs of all time in 2018 for example.

The rapper-turned-media personality dedicates a paragraph of his memoir, The Book of Proverb, to explaining his complicated relationship with hip-hop. "Although I built my brand as a hip-hop artist, I never enjoyed full support or success from it," he writes. "Music is and always will remain a pass ion, but it stopped being viable when it stopped making business sense to me. If I was given more support, I might continue, but for now, I'll focus on my other hustles."

On the cover of the book which was released towards the end of 2020 by Penguin, Verb is wearing a charcoal blazer and sporting a white ball cap, so one can be forgiven for getting into it expecting both sides of his story. This memoir, however, is too vague to be a worthy read if you aren't necessarily reading to get motivated but to be simply informed and inspired.

While a few of The Book of ProVerb's chapters touch on his rap career, most of the book is about ProVerb the man, personality and businessman. Not so much one of the country's finest lyricists. This omission is a huge slap in the face for his fans and SA hip-hop fans in general.

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