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    • In 2008, 50 Cent surprised actor Val Kilmer by composing a song for his children.

    • In 2008, Taco Bell approached 50 cent with an offer to change his name to 79, 89 or 99 Cent, with the idea it would promoted Taco Bell's new value meals. In return, Taco Bell promised to donate $10,000 to a charity of his choice if he also agrees to stop at one of their outlets and rap his order at the drive-thru.

    • 50 Cent bought a 1965 Chevy Impala for his Streets of Blood in Louisiana co-star Val Kilmer. The two share a love of vintage cars.

    • 50 Cent was #83 on BET's Notarized: Top 100 Videos of 2007 for his video "Straight to the Bank".

    • The title of his song "I'll Still Kill" featuring Akon was changed to "I Still Will" because of the violent nature of the name.

    • His third album "Curtis" sold 691,000 copies its first week of release.

    • After vowing to retire from music if Kanye West sold more albums than him, 50 Cent kept his word and canceled his European tour in 2007.

    • His music video for his new single "Follow My Lead" featuring Robin Thicke leaked online August 10, 2007 leaving 50 Cent angry.

    • 50 Cent was voted as #8 of the "Hottest MCs in the Game" right now.

    • In July 2007, it was revealed 50 Cent was suing Traffix Inc, an internet advertising company that created the "Shoot the Rapper" campaign which featured his image, without seeking his permission. 50 Cent claimed the company promoted violence with the advertisement and that he was worried for his safety after the ad displayed the message, "shoot the Rapper and you will win $5,000 or 5 ring tones guaranteed." The lawsuit is for a minimum of $1 million.

    • As of 2007, 50 Cent has appeared in commercials for Vitamin Water.

    • 50 Cent is expected to have an album out September 11, 2007 entitled Curtis.

    • As of February 2007, 50 has a feud with Hip-Hop artist Cam'ron. 50 made some comments about Koch Records and artists on the label being in the "graveyard," meaning major labels would not work with them. Soon after, he released a track entitled "Funeral Music," along with a video in which he disses Cam'ron as a result of the feud.

    • He recorded an album in 1999 titled Power of the Dollar but it was shelved by Columbia Records due to his "legal problems."

    • His favorite actor is Charlie Sheen.

    • 50 was #8 on the annual Forbes magazine Celebrity 100 list in 2006. He was #32 in 2007.

    • He was named among Fade In Magazine's "100 People in Hollywood You Need to Know" in 2005.

    • The three books that 50 Cent has penned are entitled: Death Before Dishonour, Baby Brother and The Ski Mask Way.

    • 50 Cent is to launch his own range of condoms in 2007. He will put his name to a new line of rubber sheaths and has revealed he is to donate a percentage of the profits to a HIV charity.

    • 50 Cent appeared as a guest on The Howard Stern Show on Thursday, January 4, 2007.

    • His first fight in jail was in the showers.

    • He has featured on both Lil Scrappy as well as Ciara's albums.

    • 50 said in "Vibe" magazine that he had a single called P.I.M.P. Pt. 2, that was going to be on his sophomore album The Massacre, but Dr. Dre said, "it wasn't quite that of a hit."

    • 50 Cent has a cousin who also is a rapper that goes by the name, "Two Five." However, Two Five at the moment is not on speaking terms with his cousin and is determined to get a record deal of his own.

    • 50's third album is entitled Curtis and is set to release on September 4, 2007. The first single on the album, "Straight to the Bank," was released in February 2007.

    • His first music video was "Rowdy Rowdy".

    • He recently called Oprah Winfrey an "oreo cookie," stating that she has catered to a middle age group for so long that she in fact became a middle aged white woman.

    • 50 Cent has his own vitamin water called "Formula 50."

    • He has signed on to star opposite Nicholas Cage in the boxing flick The Dance.

    • A judge has dismissed claims by the ex-frontman of rap group "2 Live Crew" that 50 Cent stole the opening line for the 2003 single "In Da Club."

    • His first album, Get Rich or Die Tryin', was certified six times platinum by the RIAA.

    • He created a dance known as the "two step."

    • 50 Cent shares the same birthday, though not the same year as President George W. Bush.

    • Vivica A. Fox's romance with 50 Cent came to an end -- Trouble between the pair reportedly started at the Monaco's World Music Awards with Fox furious with the amount of female attention the rap superstar was getting.

    • He is the first performer to place at least four songs in the Top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 since the Beatles in 1964.

    • 50 sued a Philadelphia automobile dealer with a $1 million lawsuit, claiming the business used his name and likeness without permission.

    • Billboards advertising 50 Cent's film Get Rich Or Die Tryin', were to be removed in Los Angeles communities, following complaints that they glorify gun violence.

    • 50 lashed out at fellow hip-hop star Kanye West for accusing U.S. President George W. Bush of racism in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

    • His boxing name was "BooBoo."

    • He was recently offered a peace treaty by his rival, The Game, to end the problems they had. He has yet to answer. However as of recently, The Game stated that, "the treaty was only offered for one day."

    • September 8, 2006, 50 was arrested. 50 was not booked but was given four summonses: one for driving with an expired permit, one for driving an unregistered vehicle, a Lamborghini, one for driving without insurance and one for an unsafe lane change. He was released and is due to appear in court at a unspecified later date.

    • 50 Cent is set to appear on Ciara's sophomore album entitled "The Evolution" in a highly anticipated track called "Dope Boyz."

    • 50 Cent's third album, as said by 50 Cent himself, will be entitled, Before I Self Destruct and is rumored to be released on March 20, 2007.

    • He was voted #8 on VH1's "100 Hottest Hotties."

    • 50 Cent appeared on an episode of The Simpsons entitled "Pranksta Rap" in February 2005.

    • 50 Cent has appeared as a guest on "Jimmy Kimmel Live", "The View", "Live with Regis & Kelly", "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", "Late Show with David Letterman", "106 & Park Top 10 Live", "Howard Stern," and "Saturday Night Live".

    • He recorded the track "Piggy Bank" on his album "The Massacre" and attacked Jadakiss and Fat Joe for their association with Ja Rule.

    • 50 Cent's break out hit single "Wanksta" reached #14 on the U.S. Hot 100. "In Da Club", "21 Questions" and "Candy Shop" all reached #1 and "Window Shopper" has been as high as #2.

    • Some of his Grammy nominations include: Best Rap Album (twice) for "The Massacre" and "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group (3 times) for "Hate It or Love It," "Encore" and "Magic Stick," Best Rap Solo Performance for "Disco Inferno," Best Rap Song (3 times) for "Candy Shop," "Hate It or Love It" and "In Da Club," Best New Artist in 2004 and Best Male Rap Solo Performance for "In Da Club."

    • He released a memoir about his life up to his success entitled "From Pieces to Weight: Once Upon a Time in Southside Queens"; the book was released on August 9, 2005. There are other books planned for release sometime in 2007.

    • He has a video game called "50 Cent: Bulletproof", which is available on the PS2, Xbox, and PSP.

    • After the release of "Beg For Mercy" from his group G-Unit, he teamed up with Reebok to release his own G-Unit Sneakers and clothing line.

    • 50 Cent bought former boxer Mike Tyson's house in Farmington, Connecticut and as of 2006 lives there.

    • Since starting G-Unit as of 2006 he has signed three different artists including Mobb Deep, Ma$e, and M.O.P.

    • 50 Cent is on the cover of the December 2005 issue of GQ.

    • His album The Massacre was originally titled St. Valentine's Day Massacre and set for a February 15 release date, but due to halted production of CD, it was set back to March 8th of 2005.

    • 50 cent will be having a movie called "Get Rich, or Die Tryin" in 2005 based on his life an how became to be a star.

    • He has a new video for the remix to the song "Outta Control" which features Mobb Deep.

    • 50 Cent's SUV is bulletproof... and is also bombproof.

    • A three man security detail isn't enough to protect 50 Cent. He wears a bullet-proof vest religiously, as does both members of his G-Unit crew.

    • 50 first received mainstream press in November 2002, when police questioned him in the days following the murder of Jam Master Jay.

    • His first single for Aftermath, "Wanksta," first appeared on the 8 Mile soundtrack. 50 Cent once said that Ja Rule was the inspiration for "Wanksta."

    • After a label bidding war, 50 Cent signed with Eminem's Shady/ Aftermath for a reported amount of $1 million.

    • After Columbia released him, 50 Cent started selling his music straight to bootleggers. Many or the covers of his bootleg CDs feature 50 Cent brandishing some sort of firearm. These bootlegs gained him many fans, including Eminem, who, on a Los Angeles radio show, declared 50 Cent his favorite rapper.

    • That's not a dimple on 50 Cent's left cheek. It's a bullet wound. He bares the scars from nine different gunshot wounds.

    • He was allegedly stabbed during a recording-studio scuffle with Ja Rule's posse.

    • According to 50 Cent, beef started with Ja Rule and Murder Inc. when Ja Rule was robbed by a neighborhood acquaintance of 50 Cent's.

    • The shooter of 50 Cent was shot 9 times and died, but it was not known who did the shooting.

    • In the spring of 2000, 50 Cent was shot in the face, hand and legs by a man with a nine millimeter at close range. He survived a total of nine bullets.

    • Jay-Z, the late Big Punisher, Sticky Fingaz, Ghostface Killah and most recently Fat Joe, Jadakiss, The Game and Nas have all replied to 50 Cent's dissing songs.

    • In the summer of 1999, his first single was released. It was the comedic, and now classic, single "How To Rob," which jokes about jacking the hottest music celebrities of that time, including Mariah Carey, Master P, Timbaland and Jay-Z.

    • This is what 50 Cent says he did with the remaining $5,000: "I bought crack cocaine with it. How else you gonna provide for yourself? I did thirty-six songs in eighteen days for Columbia. Then I had eight months go by with no work going on."

    • With the Columbia deal, he received a $65,000 advance. $50,000 went to Jam Master Jay and $10,000 went to an attorney.

    • In just over two weeks, he recorded thirty-six songs, some of which ended up on his Columbia debut LP Power of a Dollar, deemed by Blaze Magazine as a classic.

    • After catching the attention of the Trackmasters, in 1999 50 Cent signed a deal with Columbia Records for $250,000.

    • Of the late Jam Master Jay, 50 Cent says, "Jay taught me about bars, Jay taught me how to write hooks and what was the purpose. And Jay taught me how to write and make rap records. He made me want to really rap and do this."

    • His big opportunity came in the form of the late Jam Master Jay, who signed 50 Cent to his JMJ label in 1996.

    • His crack operation grew to gross over $5,000 a day, but he saw rap as a way to get out of the game and performed rhymes at parties.

    • 50 Cent's first arrest happened at his high school when he was busted in gym class for the hidden crack vials in his sneakers.

    • He entered the "family business" and began selling crack cocaine when he was just twelve.

    • Once while performing at a concert 50 cent was stuck in the head with a water bottle prompting him, and members of his group G-unit, to dive into the audience looking for the thrower.

    • 50 cent was shot 9 times in front of his grandmother's house and rumours started he went back to selling crack.

    • He has been stabbed and put in jail numerous times in 2000.

    • 50 cent was an orphaned child.

    • While sitting in a car in Queens in May of 2000, 50 Cent was shot in the face, hands and legs, but he managed to survive.

    • He bought former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson's Farmington, Conn., mansion for $4.1 million. The house is approximately 50,000 square feet, has 52 rooms, and was bought by Tyson for $2.7 million in 1996. The house includes five Jacuzzis, 25 full baths.

    • 50 cent neither drinks alcohol nor smokes.

    • 50 cent used to be a boxer.

    • He grew up in the same area of Queens, New York as actor Dwayne Winstead's cousin Ted Witherspoon.

    • His mother was killed at the age of 23. She was a hustler, 50 Cent was only 8 years old at the time.

    • His debut album "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" was the highest debut ever with 872,000 copies sold in the first week.

    • 50 Cent has a son: Marquise, nicknamed 25 Cent.

    • 50 is currently working on a movie called "Get Rich or Die Tryin" which should be released by the beginning of 06. He is also working on the soundtrack called Get Rich or Die Tryin:The Soundtrack

    • 50 Cent will be coming out with a movie about his life and about how he became a rapper in the music business.

    • Questions & Answers With 50 Cent:
      Q: How'd You Come Up in The Game?:
      A: I was introduced to Jam Master Jay by a friend of mine and he gave me my first shot to get on a record. But the Tour Schedule for Run-D.M.C. became so hectic that he couldn't concentrate on me. I moved forward and ended up meeting Corey Rooney and got a record deal at Columbia. He was Jennifer Lopez executive producer, that's how I met her. My first album came out in 99. But I got shot, and dropped from Columbia Records. I had to figure out how to market myself. So I spent a few months out of town to heal up and everything. When I came back down I started working the mixtape circuit. I tried to have a song on every mixtape on the street. I wasn't in a hurry cause it would have been my 3rd record deal and I wanted to be successful the Third time around.
      Q: How'd You Come up with the G-Unit Concept?:
      A: G-Unit stands for Guerilla Unit. I didn't use Guerilla because that group had that Video Out. Remember that cartoon? So I used G-Unit Instead. It was 6 of us at one point. Myself, Yayo, Sha Money & 2 other guys. Lloyd was too young at the time.
      Q: What's Your Favorite Song off 'Beg for Mercy'?/Why?:
      A: My favorite song is 'Smile'. It's cause I put together the kind of record that I feel will give Banks a big start. I enjoy the whole record, but I feel like it'll set up his career and now he can go to the material that he has.
      Q: What's Your Favorite Song of all time?/Why?:
      A: In Da Club.. It was just me lighting it up and have some fun. I made the Record in 30 minutes, me and Dre. After it was done it became so big. It's my biggest record to date. Other then that, I like the Marshall Mathers LP, I listen to it all the time and try to get it. He did something that people identified with, that's why the love him so much. That's what I want to do.
      Q: Who were your influences growing up?:
      A: Run-D.M.C., KRS-1, Rakim was Hot.
      Q: What Made You Want to be a Rapper?:
      A: I always loved the music. It wasn't until I thought about it and it was time to make a different decision in the route of my life. My son was on his way, so I had to do something different. I couldn't afford to be back and forth in jail.
      Q: What Artist and/or Producer Would You Like to Work with?:
      A: I'd like to work with Steve Wonder as artist or producer cause he can do both. I've worked with a lot of people so its hard to say. Also, Prince, if I can get him to do something like his older material.
      Q: What other Album, aside from 'Beg For Mercy', are you anticipating this year?:
      A: Lloyd Banks Album March 9th, his album is coming. Eminem is gonna put out a new album. I heard some of it and its crazy. I'm excited to hear that record.
      Q: What's your Most Memorable Moment Since Everything Jumped Off In The Past Year?:
      A: The first week sales on 'Get Rich or Die Tryin'. I acceded everyone's expectations at that point. I was in ATL for the NBA all star weekend at when I found out.
      Q: What do you do in your free time when you have it?:
      A: Write Music or just at the crib going through beats. I work all the time. I'm listening to music that they (other members of G-Unit) made that I haven't listened to yet. I try to get in the Gym. You are limited to what you can do with your training while on the road.
      Q: What's the Difference between performing Here in the US and Abroad?:
      A: Overseas.. they're both cool, I enjoy them both. Everyone knows the words here, so that's when I get the momentum. Overseas, they try to learn the music and the words. Their energy is higher than the states at times.

    • G-Unit Records consists of: 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, Olivia, Spider Loc, Mobb Deep, M.O.P., Ma$e, Young Hot Rod and DJ Whoo Kid.

    • Some of his top music videos include:

      "In Da Club": Dr.Dre, Xzibit and Eminem, "21 Questions": Meagan Good, Nate Dogg and Tyson Beckford, "P.I.M.P": Snoop Dogg, "Many Men", "Candy Shop": Olivia, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck & Lil Scrappy and has appeared on Lloyd Banks: "I'm So Fly", "Karma", "On Fire", Young Buck: "Shorty Wanna Ride", "Let Me In" and "Look At Me Now/Bonafide Hustler", Eminem: "Like Toy Soldiers" and The Game: "How We Do" and "Hate It Or Love It".

    • Discography: Power Of The Dollar (Sep 12, 2000), Guess Who's Back (May 21, 2002), 50 Cent In The Future (June 1, 2002), No Mercy, No Fear (Aug 1, 2002), Get Rich or Die Tryin' (Feb 6, 2003), The New Breed (Apr 15, 2003), Beg For Mercy (Nov 14, 2003) (G-Unit), The Massacre (March 3, 2005), Get Rich or Die Tryin' (Soundtrack) (Nov 8, 2005).

  • Quotes

    • 50 Cent: Rappers are like fighters. They condition themselves to be the best.

    • 50 Cent: I, when I was just a kid, savored my skittles to ensure the luscious flavor.

    • 50 Cent (declaring he would quit performing if Kanye West sold more albums than him): Let's raise the stakes. If Kanye West sells more records than 50 Cent on September 11, I'll no longer perform music. I'll write music and work with my other artists, but I won't put out any more solo albums. They would like to see Kanye West give me a problem because I've worked myself into a space where I've become the favorite. Everybody roots for the underdog when he goes against the favorite.

    • 50 Cent (on launching his own range of condoms): The kids become immune when you constantly beat them over the head, 'Read a book, read a book.' We have to be a little more creative about it. It's the same with safe sex. As opposed to being part of a safe sex campaign, I'm going to make condoms and donate a part of the proceeds to HIV awareness.

    • 50 Cent: I had sex for the first time when I was 12-years-old with a grown-ass woman. Like, 22. She wasn't really attractive. I was a big 12-year-old though. I had no idea what I was doing, but I was ready!

    • 50 Cent: A lot of kids join the Army to get a college education. That's why they do it, and they get sent into these horrible situations.

    • 50 Cent: A man becomes as attractive as an attractive woman when he becomes successful and is publicly noted. Power's an aphrodisiac.

    • 50 Cent: I think it's easier for the general public to embrace me in a negative way. You have people who already have a perception of me that says I'm a bad person.

    • 50 Cent (about his feuds with all of his adversaries): If they keep comin' at me, I'll just keep responding back until they don't exist anymore. I got the time and energy to ruin what is left of their careers, if they want to do that.

    • 50 Cent: I don't display emotions. I have every feeling that everyone else has but I've developed ways to suppress them. Anger is one of my most comfortable feelings.

    • 50 Cent: In my neighborhood if you're too aggressive, you intimidate someone, they kill you. Or if you decide to be emotional and you start crying, you're a victim. You know, the kid in the schoolyard that doesn't want to fight always leaves with a black eye. You have to find a way to stay in the middle, somewhere where people just don't mess with you because they know that you don't have a problem with it if it goes there.

    • 50 Cent: In Hollywood they say there's no business like show business in the hood they say there's no business like ho business.

    • 50 Cent: You shouldn't throw stones if you live in a glass house and if you got a glass jaw, you should watch yo mouth: cause I'll break yo face.

    • 50 Cent: I'm the type to swallow my blood 'fore I swallow my pride.

    • 50 Cent: Everyone else is just mad 'cause I came from the bottom wthout them.

    • 50 Cent: I'm a trackstar running thru life, chasing my dream.

    • 50 Cent: The only thing that I'm scared of is not livin' up to the expectations of Dr. Dre and Eminem.

    • 50 Cent: Where did 'Pac get killed? That passenger seat. Where did Biggie get killed? That passenger seat. Where did 50 Cent get shot? The backseat, but still in the car, shooters are comfortable shooting in vehicles so I've got a bulletproof vehicle.

    • 50 Cent: Don't much good come from me, but my music is a gift given from God so I'm gonna use it.

    • 50 Cent: Your first reaction is to move and then the shots is going off and you jumping around the backseat. I was scared the whole time. Ain't nobody gonna tell you they ain't scared in that situation. It's a hit, man. You supposed to die in that situation. They're not playing.

    • 50 Cent: Eminem is so talented it becomes annoying. Everytime we go to the studio, he's got something new to play and it's like "Oh man, I gotta have something new to play, too."

    • 50 Cent: I don't get worked up or excited about situations I can't control because it's not in my power, so I might appear crazy to some people.

    • 50 Cent: To me, rappers are liars until I see that their actions coincide with what they said through the music. Me, I put my situations down and I make fun of them.

    • 50 Cent: I'm not in control of these situations and I feel like to be upset or down about something I can't control is just being weak and wasting energy.