XXL: 50 Cent’s 10 Greatest Moments as KANAN on Power
Since making his acting debut as Marcus “Young Caesar” Greer in the 2005 film Get Rich or Die Tryin’, 50 Cent has remained a constant presence in Hollywood, with appearances in films like Righteous Kill, Den of Thieves, All Things Fall Apart and Southpaw. But his biggest coup is Power, the hit television show on Starz that he stars in and executive produces. The show has become a pop culture staple, adding to Fif’s diverse multimedia empire and giving the viewers something to discuss at the water cooler on Monday mornings.
Cast as Kanan Stark, a hardened ex-con from Queens who is released from prison after serving 10 years behind bars, 50 Cent puts his charisma, charm and penchant for aggression on full display throughout Power’s five seasons. While he’s not the show’s central focus, Kanan has become one of its main attractions, responsible for some memorable quotes and moments. (Even 50’s latest slogan “get the strap” originated in the pages of Power’s script.)
50 Cent has furthered Kanan’s popularity through his music, releasing mixtapes (2015’s The Kanan Tape) and songs (“Get The Strap”) inspired by the character. He even helped to land Kendrick Lamar a cameo spot in the series. It’s all helped to strengthen the show’s hip-hop connection before—SPOILER ALERT—his character was dramatically killed off during the eighth episode of Power’s fifth season.
XXL celebrates the criminal life and times of Kanan Stark by looking back on his 10 most memorable moments from his time on the show.