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‘Prison-yard tactics’: 50 Cent put toys in socks as playground weapons

Rapper 50 Cent’s mother used to stuff toys in socks for him to use as weapons to defend himself against bullies at school.

50 Cent - Toys

50 Cent © Bang Showbiz

Rap star 50 Cent has recalled his mother turning to some prison-yard tactics to help defend her son.

50 Cent’s mother used to stuff toys in socks for him to use as weapons.

The 46-year-old rap star — who was shot nine times in 2000 — has revealed that his mother turned to some prison-yard tactics in order to help her son to defend himself at school.

50 Cent more afraid of his mother than his bullies

The In da Club hitmaker — who features the idea in his new show, Power Book III: Raising Kanan — shared:

“[There’s a scene] from the first episode where [titular character] Kanan gets beat up and he goes back in the house and his mother puts the toys in the socks.

“That really happened; that was from my life.”

50 Cent — whose real name is Curtis Jackson — was born and raised in New York City. And the rapper admits he was more afraid of his own mother — who died in a fire when he was just eight — than he was of the bullies at school.

He told the New York Post newspaper’s Page Six column:

“I got bumped around a lot in the park but I was more afraid of my mom than the people I got bumped around [by] because I could not escape her. She, being a single mom at that point – she was everything.”

Drug dealer and single mom

The rapper’s mother, Sabrina, worked as a drug dealer, and he still has vivid memories of her resilience.

He said:

“She was my mom and my dad and she was tough so I didn’t know when it was OK to be emotional and when it wasn’t.

“She would look at me on the floor [when he was upset] and say, ‘Get up – what you over there crying for acting like a little girl [for].’

“She would get mad at you and you say, ‘Oh s*** – it’s not OK to be hurt this time.’ OK, so let me get up. So she determined when she should be soft and when she should be firm.”