50 fantasizes robbing the era’s biggest of rapper and singers; many of his targets clapped back (and 50 appreciated the publicity!)

Although he’s fully famous now, 50 still engages in “beef marketing” (e.g. a blatantly corporate scheme with Kanye West and silly jabs at Jadakiss and Fat Joe)

Two excellent commentaries on the song:
- From Combat Jack
- From Trackmasters

And as said in Beef (2003):

50 Cent’s “How To Rob” mocked a new phenomenon. An MC dissing dozens of artists, who take his threats seriously and his disses personally.

This single off 50’s first (unreleased) album Power of the Dollar came out in 1999 and made him almost famous.