I took quarter water sold it in bottles for 2 bucks
Coca-Cola came and bought it for billions, what the fuck?

from 50 Cent – I Get Money Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Venture capital history lesson kids:

50 Cent formed an investment vehicle that took a 10% stake in Glaceau.

Said vehicle received its 10% stake in exchange for 50’s endorsing Vitamin Water (and subsequently allowing Glaceau to create the grape-flavored “Formula 50” around him).

After The Coca-Cola Company bought Glaceau for $4.1 billion, 50’s investment vehicle received a $400 million paycheck and 50 himself retained over $100 million after taxes.

100 million? Now, that’s gettin' money.

In the hood a “quarter water” was a lil' juice 6 or 8 oz plastic bottle of flavored water. It was affordable for kids in the urban areas as it costs a mere 25 cents. I think it was manufactured by Sunny Dew. And it came in various flavors (colors).

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