50 Cent is one of the most iconic rappers of his generation. With a career spanning nearly two decades at this point, it’s clear that he’s made his mark on hip hop music. And although it might be a bit uncomfortable to think about sometimes, considering one’s legacy can sometimes warrant questions about what one wants to do even after life has ended.
Of course, this wasn’t exactly what 50 Cent had in mind when he was considering the songs on the “soundtrack of his life” for an interview with NME. However, he still was willing to reveal to them what song he’d want played at his funeral. And, as you might expect, it isn’t your average funeral music.
The song 50 Cent picked for his funeral music? ‘Hypnotize’ by The Notorious B.I.G. Of this selection, he said, “I’d just want everyone to have as much of a party as possible. We’re only here for a moment, life is fast, man. And the only thing that really counts is how many happy moments you can get out of it. Obviously, on one level, what I’m doing with my music and my company matters, but in another way, it doesn’t matter at all. When I’m gone, I’m gone. Whatever.”
The sentiment of wanting a party to celebrate life rather than mourn loss isn’t a new one, but playing a song like Biggie’s ‘Hypnotize’ brings that idea to another level entirely.
Aside from the song being an upbeat bop, there’s also something fitting about using a Biggie song. After all, 50 Cent is a fellow East Coast rapper, so it’s likely that a choice like this would pay tribute to his roots rather nicely, in addition to serving as a mood lifter. Whether he’s entirely serious about this, we obviously won’t know for a while. However, from the looks of it, he seems pretty dead-set. The song is also featured on Biggie’s album Life After Death, which is exceptionally fitting considering the title. The album was actually released just sixteen days after Biggie’s passing, making it his second and last album.
If you want to listen to the song 50 Cent wants to be playing at his funeral, you can find it down below. Who knows? Maybe he’ll be the one pioneering a trend of upbeat funeral songs for years to come.