Bad Boys Gone Good
Jay Z said once a good girl’s gone bad she’s gone forever, but that’s not so true for men. Some of our favorite celebrity bad boys have turned around their hardcore images over their careers, showing us that not every man has to be a bad boy for life and making us love them even more than when they first came on the scene. Check out how some of the entertainment industry’s most famous men went from good to bad and good again—for good.
A lot of people have forgotten Sean Carter’s “Big Pimpin” days when he said he’d never give his heart to a woman—especially after he officially gave it to Beyonce four years ago. Now, he’s nearly in the running for daddy of the year after expressing joy over his new baby girl Blue Ivy in the song “Glory.” Jay Z didn’t always have Obama on the text or lunch with mayor Bloomberg, though, back in the day he sold drugs, caught a case for a club stabbing, was involved in beef with Nas, and literally had about 99 problems. But that’s all behind him now as he focuses on his wife, daughter, and running the rap game the legit way. Kudos to Jigga.
Fiddy still has his moments but it’s clear he’s not the same gangsta from Southside Jamaica, Queens who survived nine gunshots back in 2000. Dissing rap for entrepreneurship, Curtis Jackson has consistently been named one of hip hop’s biggest cash kings due to his endorsement deal with Vitamin Water, acting, and 50-Cent-themed videogames, books, clothes, and more. He also has a much better head on his shoulders than when he first came in the game—minus a few rants here and there. Fans were concerned 50 might be suicidal when he recently tweeted he didn’t think he was going to live much longer, but the business mogul said all he meant was people need to think about what legacy they’re going to leave behind after they die, saying, “I want to be more than a guy who was able to create a few cool songs or was able to memorize the lines and have a decent performance in film projects. I want to be someone who impacts a lot of people's lives in a positive way, so I'm a little more conscious of the things I'm doing in business to try and give back and make a difference." We see the difference 50.
T.I. is a bit of a slow learner, but the important thing is he learned. Even after making his 10-year relationship with Tiny official in 2010, he still couldn’t stay out of trouble—or jail. But all is forgiven when we watch the proud father of six parent his kids and cater to his wife on “T.I. and Tiny’s Family Hustle.” Clifford puts his kids before his career, making sure that he attends his boys’ games; supports Tiny’s daughter with her music career; and stays in the loop on everything going on in the Harris house (i.e. no secrets). T.I. may have started out a rubber band man, but he’s looking more like a family man now.
Mekhi usually plays a bad boy in his movie roles and his real life persona didn’t appear to be too far off at one point. Mekhi had to do some serious damage control after he was exposed as a cheater by his ex-wife, actress Malinda Williams, and on top of that he basically blamed Malinda for the reason he stepped out of their marriage. Since then, we’ve seen a softer side of Mekhi as a father to his son with Malinda and another son with fiancé Oni Souratha, and he’s also taken his acting to a new platform—Broadway to be exact—making his stage debut in Alicia Keys’ “Stickfly.” In this role he plays an educated rich man, which is a nice change from the roughneck he’s used to being. Hopefully art is imitating life in his case.
Luda’s always had southern hospitality but he’s traded having h**s in different area codes as a rapper to being a one-woman man, building a business empire as a restaurateur. “Chicken and Beer” is the name of Ludacris’ second album, but he also turned the idea into a successful restaurant franchise in his hometown and he’ll soon bring the spot to Hartsfield-Jackson International airport in Atlanta this year. After being bit by the acting bug, Christopher Bridges is also flexing his parenting muscle as an entrepreneur, launching the educational website Karma’s world with his 10-year-old daughter last year. We also love that he’s got a beautiful med student as a girlfriend which he has her by his side at every event. It’s nice to hear good things about Luda by “Word of Mouf” now.