50 Cent Retraces His Civil War Roots in VH1 Rock Doc 'The Origin of Me'
Vh1 aims to put NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are??" to shame with their continuing series of Vh1 Rock Docs. How? By focusing on 50 Cent's ancestry, of course.
"The Origin of Me" will debut on Vh1 on May 23rd and will follow the famous rapper as he uncovers his past. There's no time for the kind of fluff we see in some of these other celebrity genealogy docs: Fiddy, it turns out, has ancestors who were faced with the "Redshirts," the band that eventually led to the KKK.
It's a whole new level of music storytelling for Vh1 Rock Docs, which have already won an Emmy for its tales of the lives of famous faces in the music industry.
And considering that America is soon to hit the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the themes of slavery and the brutality that came with it in the South Carolinan lives of 50 Cent's ancestors is timely and poignant.
Personally, I'm just dying to see how Fiddy reacts to all this. Are we going to see some emotional outbursts? Anger? Tears? The inspiration for a new song with a little more introspection than "Candy Shop?"
Tune in to Vh1 at 9:00pm on Monday, May 23rd to watch "The Origin of Me." You'll also be able to watch it online after it airs. In the meantime, check out this preview video as 50 Cent tours an old South Carolina house packed with Confederate memorabilia: