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It’s been 20 years since 50 Cent dropped his landmark breakthrough album Get Rich or Die Tryin.’ To mark the occasion, the Queens rapper is traveling the world on his Final Lap Tour 2023 , which also sees Busta Rhymes and Jeremih opening for 50 on all of the tour’s North American dates.

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50 Cent’s Final Lap tour started back in July and goes until Sept. 17 before taking off to Europe. If you’re looking to see 50 Cent live before his tour ends, check out our quick guide below, including details on where to buy 50 Cent tour tickets online and what to know about his show.

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Tickets for 50 Cent’s Final Lap tour first went on sale through Ticketmaster , where you can still buy fresh tickets to some shows.

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All of his tour dates in North America are being opened by Busta Rhymes and Jeremih, but attendees at different shows have also been treated to performances from other artists. During the tour’s opening night, Tony Yayo and Uncle Murda took to the stage, and, at a show in Brooklyn, Fif brought out J. Cole, Jadakiss, Flo-Rida, and a few other big names.

In other words, don’t be surprised if your tickets get you more A-list talent than 50 alone.

When Is 50 Cent’s Tour? Final Lap Tour Dates

50 Cent kicked off his Final Lap tour back in July, and he’s putting on shows in North America until Sept. 17’s Detroit stop. Here’s the full list of Final Lap 2023 tour dates:

July 21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Maverik Center July 23 – Denver, CO @ Ball Arena July 25 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – STL July 27 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Music Center July 28 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena July 29 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center July 31 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage Aug. 2 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre Aug. 3 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center Aug. 5 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater Aug. 6 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center Aug. 8 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live Aug. 9 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center Aug. 11 – Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre Aug. 12 – Camden, NJ @ Freedom Mortgage Pavilion Aug. 13 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach Aug. 15 – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Aug. 16 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion Aug. 17 – Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre Aug. 19 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre Aug. 20 – West Palm Beach, FL @ iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre Aug. 22 – Tuscaloosa, AL @ Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Aug. 24 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center Aug. 25 – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion Aug. 27 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater Aug. 29 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre Aug. 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Crypto.com Arena Aug. 31 – Chula Vista, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre Sept. 2 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre Sept. 4 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center Sept. 6 – Ridgefield, WA @ RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater Sept. 7 – Seattle, WA @ Climate Pledge Arena Sept. 8 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena Sept. 10 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome Sept. 11 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place Sept. 13 – Winnipeg, MB @ Canada Life Centre Sept. 15 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center Sept. 16 – Chicago, IL @ United Center Sept. 17 – Detroit, MI @ Pine Knob Music Theatre

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INDIANAPOLIS — Emmy and Grammy award winner 50 Cent will bring "The Final Lap Tour" to Ruoff Music Center this summer.

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is touring in recognition of the 20th anniversary of his Great Rich or Die Tryin' album.

The tour, featuring Busta Rhymes and Jeremih, visits Noblesville on July 27.

Since the release of Get Rich or Die Tryin', 50 Cent has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and become a well-known entrepreneur.

His Sire Spirits brands Branson Cognac and Le Chemin du Roi Champagne will be available at all shows on the tour.

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His song In Da Club made two generations dance. In the 2000s, Eminem and Dr Dre revealed him to the public and he became one of the superstars of rap. 50 Cents, the legendary New York rapper, has since sold over 30 million albums. 

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Presented by curtis "50 cent" jackson's g-unity foundation.

JUST ADDED: Keith Sweat, Fetty Wap, Flo Rida, Jacquees, Jeremih, Kirko Bangz, A Boogie and Rotimi! Toyota Center is excited to host Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s Tycoon Houston Comedy Music Fest presented by the G-Unity Foundation on August 25! In addition to yet to be announced major musical performances, 50 Cent has curated a must-see lineup of sought-after comedians, including B-Simone, Michael Blackson, Bill Bellamy, DC Young Fly, Gary Owen, and D’Lai. This jam-packed night of entertainment will be capped off by a performance by 50 Cent and surprise guest friends. All proceeds will benefit the G-Unity Foundation and the G-Unity Business Lab with the Houston Independent School District. Don’t miss the Tycoon Houston Comedy Music Fest at Toyota Center this August.

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We acknowledge the Wangal as the first Custodians of the land, air and waters now known as Sydney Olympic Park.

We pay respect to all First Nations People and our community Elders past and present.

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of his game-changing debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’.

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Recognised as one of the most talented and prolific music artists of his time, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson rose to fame with his record-shattering debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Since then, he has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and has been awarded the most prestigious accolades. Jackson has leveraged his star power to achieve unparalleled success as an entrepreneur, actor, director, and executive producer.

From Get Rich or Die Tryin’ being one of the fastest-selling albums in history to creating one of the most influential deals in hip-hop with the sale of Vitaminwater, Jackson continues to break records. Currently, he holds the record for the highest-rated premiere of a series ever on Starz with “Power Book II: Ghost.”

Important travel advice

Sydney Olympic Park will be very busy on Saturday night with a combined crowd of more than 100,000 expected in the precinct as other events also take place at neighbouring Accor Stadium and Sydney Showground. 50 Cent ticketholders are urged to leave the car at home and catch transport with extra services running.

Express trains to Olympic Park and regular services to Lidcombe will run frequently before and after the show to get you there and home again.

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Friday 8 December Saturday 9 December

Doors open 17:00 Support acts start 19:00 Main act starts 20:30 Finish 22:45

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  • Qudos Bank Arena is now 100% cashless, please bring your card or phone for payments 
  • No backpacks regardless of size will be permitted.
  • No bags over A5 (20 cm x 15 cm) will be permitted.

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50 CENT TO TELENOR ARENA, JUNE 21 ST , 2022! On June 21 ST , the legendary rapper 50 Cent will come to Norway for an exclusive concert at Telenor Arena.

Support artist: KingSkurkOne (see information below)

Shuttle buses - Transport to / from Telenor Arena 

Separate shuttle buses will be set up to and from Telenor Arena. The buses are clearly marked and run continuously from Langkaia opposite the Opera (right by Oslo S) and directly to Telenor Arena from 4pm until the start of the concert. After the concert, the buses go directly back to Jernbanetorget. When buying tickets in advance via Ticketmaster, it costs NOK 105 return for adults and NOK 55 for children. If you want to buy at the stop, it costs NOK 125, - return for adult and NOK 65, - for children. Only return costs NOK 65 for adults and NOK 35 for children. We recommend buying a ticket in advance! PS. The shuttle bus tickets are only valid on the shuttle buses and are not valid on ordinary scheduled buses.

50 Cent No one can have missed when 50 Cent visited this year's Super Bowl Halftime Show when he played his big hit 'In Da Club'.The show was ranked as the fourth best Super Bowl Halftime Show of all time and artists such as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar also participated in the show. 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, is an award-winning rapper, entrepreneur, actor and producer from Queens, New York. He is known as one of the most talented and productive artists of his time. The Grammy winner 50 Cent broke through big time when he released his record-breaking debut album 'Get Rich or Die Tryin' and has since sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and has been awarded countless prestigious awards. But Jackson has not always had it easy. During his younger days, he had to endure many obstacles that shaped him into the artist he is today. After failing to achieve success with his music in the late 90's, it all turned around and he was signed by Slim Shady himself, Eminem. Eminem had declared his admiration for Jackson in a radio program, and he was not the only one who saw the rapper's potential. A bid began for Jackson, which Eminem won, and he signed 50 Cent with a seven-digit contract in 2002. Despite the success, 50 Cent never forgot where he came from. He also helped his band G-Unit become a successful franchise, made platinum-selling solo albums for the group members and he arranged lucrative deals for the brand and more. Everything for the G-Unit to be big. His first fall came when he lured death shortly after the release of 'How to Rob' where he was stabbed in the Hit Factory studio in Manhattan. Shortly afterwards, his most talked about event occurred. On May 24, 2000, just before the record label Columbia was to release 'Power of the Dollar', 50 Cent was subjected to an assassination attempt. He was shot nine times with a 9 mm pistol while sitting in the passenger seat of a car. One shot went through the cheek and the other through the hand. He also received seven other shots in the legs and thighs and despite this he barely survived. Today, Curtis James Jackson III has managed to build a mega career as a musician, actor, producer, businessman and more. He is recognized for his influence on the hip-hop industry, has been ranked as the third best rapper (after Eminem and Nelly) by Billboard and has also earned his own star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame . Tickets for the concert with 50 Cent in Telenor Arena can be purchased via Ticketmaster.no from 10am, Wednesday March, 30 th , 2022

Support KingSkurkOne KingSkurkOne added color to the capital long before he entered the Norwegian rapeseed scene at the end of 2015. And with spray cans replaced with a completely unique flow and narrator's voice, he has continued to make his clear mark. Most people may know KingSkurkOne from the commercial monster hit Bængshot (2017) or platinum-certified Lil Homie (2018), but what characterizes him best is his distinct rap style and an absolutely enormous productivity and versatility. KingSkurkOne is close to the underground, but comfortable with the fact that he is one of a handful of Norwegian rappers with mainstream success; certified hits, cool festival gigs and full houses at venues such as Rockefeller in Oslo and Samfunnet in Trondheim. The album "Raps, Tags and Traplægs" was named one of the best Norwegian albums of all genres in Klassekampen by 2021 releases and has been praised by critics.

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We highly recommend using our Shuttle Buses or public transport to Telenor Arena.

Food and Drink

During the concert, you will be able to purchase food, drinks and snacks from our kiosks. Our restaurant Spitfire will also be open with an à la carte menu.

There are three hotels in the immediate vicinity of Telenor Arena that offer high-quality rooms at affordable prices.

We highly recommend using public transport to Telenor Arena, which is located only 15-20 minute walk from Lysaker Station, a central link for bus, train and the airport express. There are multiple bus lines operating between the arena, Oslo and the surrounding area. Detailed routes and schedules can be found at www.ruter.no .

Shuttle Buses Shuttle buses will be set up to and from Telenor Arena. The buses are clearly marked and run from Langkaia opposite the Opera (right by Oslo S) and directly to Telenor Arena from 4pm. After the concert, the buses will go directly back to Jernbanetorget. When buying tickets in advance via Ticketmaster , the price for a round trip ticket is NOK 105,- for adults and NOK 55,- for children. If you want to buy at the bus stop, the price is NOK 125,- round trip for adult and NOK 65,- for children. A return ticket from Telenor Arena costs NOK 65,- for adults and NOK 35,- for children. We recommend buying a ticket in advance! PS! The ticket only applies to a dedicated shuttle bus and is not valid on an ordinary scheduled bus.

Parking Telenor Arena offers parking, however driving to the arena is not recommended as queues and traffic incur during concerts and events. If driving is still the transportation of choice, a car park is situated across the road from the arena, as well as at Fornebuporten and IT Fornebu.

I samarbeide med vår cateringleverandør Furset Catering kan vi tilby ett mangfold av konsept og menyer for ditt arrangement. En kombinasjon av flinke kokker og gode råvarer blir magisk, og med faglig stolthet og de beste råvarene, blir det en realitet.

'Restaurantkvalitet' er ikke en bonus, men en god standard på alle våre arrangement og tilstelninger. Målsettingen er alltid den samme: skape smakfulle øyeblikk med det lille ekstra. Vi består av stolte fagpersoner som jobber målrettet med å overgå både smaksløker og forventinger.

Vi bistår også med kompetente hovmestre, servitører og barkeepere.

Vi kan tilby Food Courts, buffeter, sharing menyer eller en mer formell 3-4 retters meny med hvite duker og festoppdekking.

Drikke – Vi har ett bredt utvalg av viner i alle prisklasser og kan bestille det meste dere skulle ha behov for. Barer for drinks, øl og andre drikkevarer kan vi også stille med dersom ønskelig.

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There are three large hotels in the immediate vicinity of Telenor Arena that offer a high standard of accommodation with reasonable prices.

  • Scandic Fornebu – 1,5 km from the arena with 334 rooms.
  • Radisson Blu Park Hotel – only 300 meters from the arena with 251 rooms.
  • Quality Hotel Expo – across the street from the arena with 301 rooms.

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In Conversation: Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson

Every record label once wanted what he had (and was afraid of it). now all of hollywood wants it too..

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Inform someone that 50 Cent is currently the executive producer of dozens of shows across close to ten networks, then watch their brains fall into slight disrepair as they try to match the larger-than-life image of the muscle-bound, tight-jawed, bulletproof-vest-wearing party MC of their past with the image of one of the most prolific people working in Hollywood.

But for Curtis Jackson, there is nothing to match up. The gripping storyteller and strategic villain figures out where money is made and he makes it. Born in Queens in 1975 to a 15-year-old mother, he came into a very specific set of skills necessary to thrive under cutthroat capitalism. His mother, Sabrina, whom he once described as “man-tough,” was a street-level dealer who plied him with jewelry before she died under mysterious circumstances when he was 8. He went to live with his loving grandparents, where he played good boy at home while rising as a hustler on the streets. By the time he was in his late teens, he had two luxury cars, guns, gear, and a small army of employees — but no easy way out.

Providence arrived when Run-D.M.C.’s DJ Jam Master Jay, while working as a producer in the ’90s, taught 50 how to make songs and connected him to the music industry. That led to a deal with Columbia Records — one that famously fell apart when Jackson narrowly survived being shot nine times outside his grandmother’s house in 2000 shortly before his debut album, Power of the Dollar, was set to be released. A bullet to the jaw gave him a distinct tight-lipped slur, making every word he rapped sound like a threat. His label unceremoniously dropped him, but his street legend approached superhero status. He immediately flooded the market with a series of self-made mixtapes, peddling his tale of riches and woes and building both an audience and a mystique. Those tapes landed him a new record deal in 2002 with Eminem ’s company, Shady Records , and his first studio release, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, became one of the biggest-selling debuts in hip-hop history and the soundtrack at weddings, clubs, and birthday parties for the next 20 years. He has since released five studio albums, founded two film-and-television production companies, and kept himself in the news, for better or worse, by beefing with everyone from Ja Rule to Oprah to Vanderpump Rules star Randall Emmett .

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He transferred to TV the drug sagas he told and sold on his records, and in the mid-2010s, he co-created the show Power for Starz with writer and producer Courtney Kemp; he also launched BMF, the scripted Starz series based on the real-life Black organized-crime outfit run by two Detroit brothers. And he’s got a slate of projects in various stages of development that seems to expand by the week. In 2022, his relationship with Starz soured , and by February 2023, he had inked a new television deal with Fox and later bashed his former network for passing on his upcoming shows. (Starz declined to comment on this story.) “I’m aggressive enough that I like to take my spot,” he told me during the first of our two lengthy conversations in May, reflecting on his early career from his home in Houston, “rather than waiting for people to give it to me.” Jackson had just opened up sales for his Final Lap tour in the fall, which he claims will be his last as a rapper. He told me he sold 600,000 tickets in seven days.

I hear you’re in Texas these days? Yeah, I stay out here. I like it, man. Houston is cool. The night stuff, it’s got all the different places you can go out to eat. It’s decent. You know what? Miami is such a party place for me that I didn’t see it as a place I want to live. I would go have a good time; now, I gotta get away from that.

Do you party less now at 47 than you used to when you were younger? At one point, my core audience was in college. They’re going out, they’re partying as often as possible. And you’re hot with the music culture at that point; you’re the theme music to their life. It’s so difficult to get people to agree on things. You’ve got Democrats, you’ve got Republicans. It’s very rare that you can get these people to agree on stuff. And one thing within entertainment culture is when it works, it feels like magic because the music comes on and they can agree to have a good time.

Now, my core audience is grown. They’re at home, they’re not going out to the nightclub as often. They’re having that drink that they would have on premise in the privacy of their home. They have wine cellars because they don’t want to party with the kids. We’re in a different place in our life. I’m able to reach my core now through television — same storytelling formats but have them tune in to me on the tube instead of in music.

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Have you always thought of yourself as making music that people would vibe to in that way? Or was that something you learned over time? I hustled my way into the music business. When I met Jam Master Jay,1 I already had a 400 SE Benz. I was right at the peak point of what you could have in my neighborhood selling drugs. I started telling him I wanted to rap. Then he gave me a tape with beats, and I went and wrote to it. He was like, “Yo, where the hook?” I’m like, “It’s right there.” He’s like, “That ain’t a hook.” And he taught me how to count bars. I was forced to write the chorus multiple times before I could rap. Because in Jam Master Jay’s head, he was like, Anybody can rap. You’ve got to get the song structure together. Some guys could come up with punch lines and it’s lyrical, but they can’t necessarily write a song to save their lives. Their music is so much better than everybody else’s that nobody buys it. But the money is in writing the right songs. So that was way more important to me for my entire career.

I think if you’re in the music business, if you put business in front of music, you’re handling things the right way. The music is important. But when you focus on the business instead of the music, you can actually keep the money. You can effectively live the way you want to live.

Did you apprentice with anyone else to learn the business side of things? When I was at Columbia Records — and I specifically point to Columbia because it was a real record company — I was with Jam Master Jay. It was called JMJ Records. And we would develop the artists and then he would sell them off to Def Jam or whatever. Like Onyx or these other guys. Now, when I’m at Columbia Records, I’m finally interacting with the structure. People registered me as an artist. I was basically an intern. I was in publicity with Yvette Gayle; I was in the art department with Julian Alexander. I was with everybody in that building that was important to how a project comes together.

But after I got shot, Columbia Records stopped answering the phone.

I wouldn’t have known how to navigate that or what to do next if I hadn’t spent that much time around the building.

That’s when you started releasing mixtapes. That was one photo shoot for a bunch of mixtapes. That was one day we had a green throwback, a red, white, blue throwback. And we mixed all of that shit up and took one batch of photos that was the covers of all of those tapes. I had a Columbia Records fake bar code behind the CDs to make them feel like something worth stealing so the bootleggers would bootleg it and rip it for us. That’s how it got through the neighborhood. But if I hadn’t spent time with Julian, I wouldn’t have known to do that.

That’s amazing. If you’re saying there’s no plan B, then you got to say no stone’s unturned. You got to look and say, I’m going to make sure the highest possible probability of me having success here is where I put myself before we actually go.

When did you first realize that trolling people who had audiences was a way for you to get on? Because I first heard of you from “How to Rob,” and to me that shit was audacious — so audacious that you couldn’t help but gain everyone’s attention. That’s desperation, to be honest with you.

You always think you ready before you’re ready. You always feel like, I have it, this is it. And it’s just about someone recognizing it. And you’re not necessarily ready at that point. In 2000, I performed on the Cash Money Ruff Ryders tour before they opened the curtain. Before the show started, I was in front of the fucking curtain. I would tell Yay [Tony Yayo], “We do it the same way whether there’s ten people or 10,000 people because if we can get ten people to fuck with us … There’s no plan B, bro. This has got to work.”

Following Tupac’s and Biggie’s passing, artists were avoiding actually saying another artist’s name. At that point, they were going to that extreme to continue to compete but through subliminally saying it instead of saying it outright. I’m approaching the release date for Power of the Dollar ; there’s no momentum, and we’re just getting closer and closer to the date. And I’m like, Yo, I got to do something. And I did “ How to Rob. ”

It wasn’t until that point that I made the relationship with Nas. He heard it and was like, “Yo, who is that ?” Next thing you know, I was on the Nastradamus tour in 1999. And they’re kinda figuring out “Who is he?” They know I’m from Southside Jamaica and all that, but they would see my temperament was more like an additional security person. They was like, “Oh, he ready to pop. He don’t care where he at.”

But these are circumstances I’m under in South Jamaica anyway. Look, worst-case scenario, everything that happens to me happens to me anyway. So when I get involved in music culture and all of those beefs that stood out in the beginning, it’s coming from home. It’s coming from my neighborhood. I would’ve been subjected to that even if there was no music. That’s where we’re at. That’s what it is there.

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I think that’s what people find so fascinating. You seem to have the temperament of somebody who would be on security, and yet you are this prolific creative businessperson who also creates within the realm of storytelling and art. It’s a unique combination. What makes you so successful at making television? You didn’t come out of USC; your dad wasn’t a producer or whatever. You just figured this out. Tell me how. I had an interaction with the movie producer Avi Lerner. One of the unwritten laws of power is to appear not to need anything because everybody will do you a favor when you don’t need it. And when I met him as a successful artist, and in a financial place that I didn’t need one thing from him, and because I was interested in what he had developed as a business, he was excited by my interest. He offered probably more than the average person. I appreciate and love him for it too. Because obviously he helped me understand Hollywood.

I made over 20 movies through Cheetah Vision, financed with $200 million from people I met while traveling who wanted to invest in film production. And then we broke that money into ten pictures. We sold domestic rights to Lionsgate; international territories we sold separately afterward. And because of the way we kept the budgets, we made profits. I got paid almost $10 million on each one of those films. So I paid myself to learn how to participate on those projects.

You could see that for Lionsgate, they’re looking for Chad Stahelski to deliver with — what’s the joint? It’s the biggest one they’ve got over there. Damn, I can’t think of it. It’s with Keanu Reeves.

John Wick ? Yep. You can see the blockbusters on the schedule. They count on those to make money. The other things, that’s “found,” or surprise, money for them.

And your stuff was making found money. Right. Avi was selling The Expendables without a frame of film shot. They were selling the territories off. They knew it was on genre, it’s an action film, it has Stallone in it, has this and that. And they’ve got a poster and that ain’t even his picture from his photo shoot. And they’re selling the territory. And I’m like, “Oh, so you know how much money you going to make back off the movie and what’s at risk and what’s not at risk anymore?” And it changed my whole perspective on the film business when I could see it as a business instead of it being just such a great creative idea.

Tell me about Power. The jumping-off point of a club owner who has two sides and wants to go legit, then all the troubles that come from that — where did that idea come from? Was that you? Was that Courtney Kemp? The club-owner piece, that’s from Courtney. That’s the creative side of it. I would download things to her about the Southside and she would listen. It got to a point where it didn’t even feel like an interview. Then she would say, “Stop. What was that?” and write it down.

Initially, we pitched Power to everybody and they passed. I had time to reapproach the script and the project. When I was doing it, I recorded six songs because I knew the main character, Ghost, and his arc so well. And when we went back to reboot the pitch, we’d play a minute and 30 seconds of a song, stop, and Courtney would talk about a piece of the character. It’s so different from what they were hearing in any other pitch because you don’t have someone there as experienced or as successful in music — exclusive music that is fit for the show.

And the drug dealer making it to the top of the drug trade or feeling like he’s at the top of his neighborhood, it’s a universal theme. I felt that way myself. On the corner I was on, I was the biggest thing there. It’s not as big as it connects with in the actual show, but the feeling is universal in that people felt that all over the place. When you saw people in the environment that I’m from having nicer things, they was involved in something. You make it to the top of the drug trade, and there ain’t no old-folks’ home for drug dealers. It’s just the federal penitentiary.

I was basically making Menace 2 Society. I just took the character O-Dog that was young, Black, and didn’t give a fuck, and I made him white.

You mean Tommy? Yeah. He is the realest dude in the show. And then my character, Kanan, comes home from jail in season two, and all I want is my business back. I’m a complete monster and bad guy to them because I focus. Whenever you focus, any extreme discipline is ruthless. If a person is extremely focused, they’re ruthless because you can get in the way and you will get knocked out of the way for them to accomplish what they’re after. Like, the district attorney’s office is fucking ruthless. They don’t necessarily have compassion for human life; they start to see each one of these cases like it’s just a case. And it’s ruthless because of what it does to the person.

Did you know from the beginning that you were going to expand Power into almost a Marvel-type universe in character spinoffs and crossovers, or did that occur to you as the show progressed? Around season four or five, we started really thinking about spinoffs and then by the time we got to season six, Courtney had taken my name off the show’s marketing. It was needed the entire time for promotions and stuff like that, but by the time we reached that point, she started to see herself more like she was like Shonda Rimes or someone else and then it was like, “I wrote this.”

It felt like, Okay, you forgot the beginning part where you didn’t have the information to write it. You understand? Now when you look, and you see I have 30 shows across ten different networks, and there’s no announcement of any new project from her, it might have something to do with the direction. Because the talent is all in there. She has what it takes to make hits all day. But you still didn’t have no announcement, so it means she’s not identifying what direction to write in.

What do you think about the writers strike happening now? I hope it doesn’t last. What it did to me immediately was it made me focus on the non-scripted side of production. I sold three unscripted projects as soon as people started hearing about the possibility of a strike. The last time, it lasted for about a hundred days, a little over three months. If it extends to that point now, I don’t know. I don’t see it as a positive thing for the writers that I know that have established overall deals. You see so many people reducing staff and expenses that it would be an opportunity to pull out of those deals. Courtney’s in that position. I believe those projects will get dropped.

You broke into this field from a rap perspective and were maybe not even taken seriously as a TV person. Did you — Look, I took a major pay cut, too.

Tell me about that. There’s no one that could come and tell me to take $17,000 to act and executive produce and make music. I gave them the theme song for Power. I gave them the things that connected, hopefully, in a different way for it. You see what I’m saying? All those things for $17,000 per episode? I get paid more to go to the nightclub and wave. But I wanted to make the show. I wanted to make it so bad. When I was talking to executive producer Mark Canton in the beginning, I was like, Nah, I got to be like this.

You said everybody passed on it. Starz was kind of the last house on the block. Can you tell me who passed on it and why? What kind of feedback did you get when people passed? All of them. We went through all of the premium channels.

You’re talking HBO, Showtime? HBO, Showtime, Paramount, Hulu. We went to all these organizations in the early stages. They probably had something else they felt was similar, or it wasn’t what they was looking for. I’m sure now they wish they didn’t pass on it.

And then every two years, it felt like we was auditioning for a major carrier. It’s time to renegotiate, and it would be an issue. So for me at that point, really what it is, is racism. Because the project is a success, but the platforms are not necessarily acknowledging things that have diversity connected to them. I’m outperforming a lot of the shows that they had in the award-show ceremony, and they’re not putting the work in the awards show, even to watch it lose.

Or to acknowledge it as a contender. I kept going to go see the Hollywood Foreign Press people, and after the third time, I’m like, I don’t have time to meet these people again. To me, they’re a bunch of weirdos. I don’t care about them. At that point, I turn into the rapper 50 Cent.

Sounds like you have to do a fair amount of code-switching, and everybody’s code-switch plan is different. What have you learned about how to alter your approach? There’s points where I feel like the alien in the world, in where I come from versus what’s actually happening. Let’s say you’re being sued for a ridiculous amount of money, and nobody wants to budge because of how much money they believe you have at the present moment. You’re sitting there thinking, I could really leave, and for $5,000, I can kill who I want. You know what I’m saying? This is really not a maybe. I’m sure! When I got shot nine times, that was $5,000. Because that’s where I’m from. Even they missed — if you went at them and you missed, they wouldn’t show up to court next time.

Do you feel people in the business are intimidated by you? And if they are, does that perception give you a certain advantage that you can use strategically? Well, you know what? I think at points, they’d be afraid of me saying things exactly the way they are. Because they say the right thing instead of exactly what they’re experiencing or what’s going on.

Look. New York City, you know what you learn right away to do? Say “no.” It’s very easy. “No. I’m not going to do that. I’m not fucking with you on that.” They don’t know how to say “no” in Hollywood because they don’t want you to remember them as the person who told them “no” when you could be next, when you could turn into the next thing. The project that you’ve been reading for and you’re ready to perform? You find out you’re not going to be in that project anymore when it starts, not because they called you and told you, “I liked you. I really wanted to work with you, but they made a different choice.”

I see a lot of similarities — but I’m not saying it’s the same — with the way Ice Cube transitioned from the music business to starting a production company. What sort of influence did that have on you? I’m wondering if you watched the way he moved and learned from it. Yeah. I watch all of them. These guys are a blueprint. They’ve done it in film, which is even harder. Television is not easy to crack, but when you do, you’re the guy. The success in music is music. In film, you’ve got a hit film. That doesn’t mean anything for television. You have to have more than a show that works. You have to have consistency.

I did The Oath in 2018. Sony Crackle liked that, and I had the No. 1 show on Sony while I had the No. 1 show on Starz. And it wasn’t a high-paying production, but I knew I could get the audience interested in something different with the success I was already having with Power. It’s just because of one hit. In our culture, how often is a guy a one-hit wonder? When I’m at a point in television where I have one hit, I just want another one. I need another one.

We know American viewers are obsessed with money, power, and violence, but why do you think people love your content specifically? They know it exists. You see the results of it in the news all the time. The good bad guys are the bad guys that you saw on the biggest platforms in entertainment: The Sopranos, The Godfather.

There’s a word that represents intelligence that’s used within criminal activity, and that word is organized. When you say “organized crime,” the only thing you can think of is white Italian Americans. You don’t think of any triad organizations. You don’t think of any Russians. You don’t think of any other culture, African Americans, anything.

Matter of fact, if they say, “He was making a lot of money,” they’ll call him a kingpin or a gang leader if he’s African American. Because calling him organized would mean he’s intelligent. Right? When you start to show culturally how things change, the different people that are involved in this world, it opens it up.

And it’s the time period also: Raising Kanan, that’s the golden era. I know that from the early ’80s back into the ’90s, it was hustlers! And this is just in that period. The drugs, of course. They’re going to give you for five grams of crack what they would give you for 500 grams of cocaine because it’s okay for it to be in the party in the bathroom in Hollywood, but it’s not okay for them to have it in the neighborhood. That is the angle that was put on even the drug trade at that point.

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So if you can show how it operated, you saw success. A portion of it that was captured the best was in The Wire : “I want my corners.” This is the lowest level of the business, fighting over the corners and territory. The hustler in Marlo versus Avon. But the average viewer loved that because they hadn’t seen anything that represents what happens in the culture.

Then when you get to Ghost and Power, it’s bigger, broader. Who did you know who was staying in a condo like that in downtown Manhattan? He wears a suit every day, mixing in with the businesspeople when he’s walking in, figuring out how to do things on a different level.

The story we hear about your decisions is always that they pay off. You bet on yourself with Power ; Power pays off big time. Even with Vitamin Water in the early aughts — at a time when every other rapper was investing in spirits, how did you know to go in that direction? You know what’s ill? In that time period, my instincts guided me toward water versus spirits. I didn’t drink. At that point, I was zero alcohol involvement. I always saw those things as a distraction, even smoking weed. We don’t have nothing, and you want me to just let the money go up in smoke?! I’d rather not smoke weed with you, and I still have the money in my pocket. Maybe get something to eat later on. It was simple for me to not involve that. Growing up in the household that I was in, alcoholism was serious. It starts casually, becomes extreme, and everybody is just kind of hit by it.

Just looking at things and not understanding why they’re the way they are sparked interest and ideas. I may walk down the grocery aisle, see a gallon of spring water for $2.69, and then I walk farther down, and there’s a gallon of spring water for 59 cents. And I’m like, So I wouldn’t know whether that was Poland Spring if it was in two different glasses. Yo. I want to sell water. This was before I knew Vitamin Water existed. But I knew I could charge $1.50 extra per piece and it wouldn’t even matter. I could get in the middle of that, come in at a dollar and change, and see what happens.

We found out it was a privately owned company in Queens, and I’m already running around making more money than — look, you got to imagine how rich you are when you’re making about $32 million running around on tour. From where I was at? Think about the transition. I stopped feeling the financial transactions. The money that was physically around me didn’t even count. The money that counts is at the accountant’s office. When I say “How much?” and I’m looking at the monthly, it’s all black-and-white. It’s not green. So if I do the deal with Vitamin Water, I don’t really need the money up front. The big money, on the back end when they sell it, I need to participate in that. And it changed the way artists look at deal structures. Because until those stages, they were not looking to do deals like that. They was looking for how much they could get an advance right quick, get the shot, and go from there.

Have you had investments that didn’t work? Yeah, a lot of times. I remember — what was it called, Frigo, the underwear company? I lost that. You don’t even remember. They had a pattern for you to put your package inside the underwear and keep you from rubbing against yourself. They had cooling fabrics and stuff that they had got technology for. And it was super-high end. So everybody would be into it as premium because it’s in Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. But that company was just mismanaged.

I saw a TMZ report about you teaming up with Shaq and Kenya Barris to talk about buying BET . Well, yeah. I’ll entertain the idea. I think BET is Tyler Perry’s network. He’s done enough work there to dominate that. And not even only dominate — I don’t think they’ve explored what it would be like not having a Tyler. And he’s created enough content that if they didn’t sell the company to him, he could go across the street and say, “I’m going to start my own.”

So when there’s a bidding type of situation, they’ll come to me because they know I have four of the top shows in African American households. And Starz is not — I don’t know if you could say it’s a whole network if you’re putting it up against BET. Because they got the limited side, they got the BET Plus, the BET Studios, all of this shit. Starz is just that platform. And now, being spun away from Lionsgate, it’s like, Where’s the studio? I believe you’ll be watching content from Starz on another network in this climate with the way things are. And I’m only comfortable saying that because their board members have said it.

But BET, though, I do like. It’s something to explore.

I understand you’re doing some unscripted stuff; you’ve got documentaries in the works. Do you see yourself branching out into other genres? Family-friendly sitcoms? Comedies? Out of the 30 pieces across ten different networks that I have, three are comedies. But I’m a drama guy. I like the dramas and shit.

That’s fair of you to say. Why so many networks? In this climate, I don’t want to be directly connected to one spot unless I’m having the ability to put all my ideas on that. So obviously, Starz couldn’t actually handle how much I’m producing. I haven’t delivered one failure of a production to them. Even the show inspired by Isaac Wright Jr., For Life , was pitched to Starz before I was able to take it to ABC. And when they said “no,” the business had said “yes” to me so many times that their “no” didn’t mean anything.

You’ll start to see me do all genres. It’s not whether I would write it because I’m not going to write it. It’s whether I would identify with it being good and the right thing for that platform.

It feels to me you almost see it as a mission on some level, outside of just making money, to kind of get our culture up. I bring in talent that they wouldn’t necessarily bring in. It wouldn’t happen on other platforms. The hottest one would just be there as a cameo. You think the new artists right now don’t look and say, “I want to do film and television,” because they see me in film and television? Hell, yeah. They look early.

When I was in that position, I wasn’t ready to do that. Like, we committed to one film. Eminem did 8 Mile and never wanted to do that shit again because he wasn’t in control of it. It’s like, What the fuck am I doing this for? The director’s screaming at me, this guy’s telling me I got to read this. I got to know these lines by tomorrow. All of this other stuff, and you’re going, Nah, the music part: Not only does it pay off, but it’s fun. Because guess who the boss is there: me. Creatively, I’m the boss. Moving into another setting, there are so many moving parts, so many people involved. It gets gossipy, it gets messy, all kinds of crazy.

Yeah, but all these shows, they really do help codify our culture. Instead of it just being street knowledge or knowledge we pass to one another, putting it on television, putting it in a documentary, really makes it part of collective history. It enters us into American history. Is that a goal for you? It’s important to me not only to do what you just said but to be the gateway for the younger artists. For them to come to me when they decide, Yeah, I want to do some acting. I want to do this. It’s a talent to see talent in people. Not everyone has that. They may be talented themselves in one way and even in multiple ways. I like to be the person to position other people. I like to give them a job. I knew Omari Hardwick was Ghost. I knew BMF  ’s Lil Meech could be who he is now. I got the animated show with Nicki Minaj on Amazon. Like, these things happen. She’s different because she’s from the crib. It’s like it’s a female version of me. When she go loopy, it’s a different version of the same loopy you see from me.

Even Kendrick Lamar, he said he wanted to do some acting. It took me a year to get that right. He was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for it. That means it was done right. It wasn’t a show that we just put rappers in. Now there’s no place in television that doesn’t have respect for his work. He’s going to work wherever he wants following that. So if there was any questions about him prior to this, they’re gone.

And then you look at Mary J. Blige. The kids, they hear ’90s music the way we hear Motown: They do not understand. They’ll look at Mary like she’s … Monet. Because they’re seeing her in Power Book II and they don’t know why we love her. They just know the performances. They just know “I saw that” and “She got some kids that’ll kill me. She got kids my age that’s on the shit!”

What do you think your true essence is? What would be true about you no matter where you came up? If you were born on a farm in India, if you were in a suburb outside Phoenix, what do you think would still be there? Aspiration is at my core.

Even if I was brought up in a whole nother scenario, I would still have interest in living on the highest level. And then whichever path is to that would make sense to me. I’d join a gang right now if it was a successful gang. I can’t find one successful story of gangs. Do you know what a successful gang is to me?

What? A sorority. Go to fucking college. Get in the sorority and let them be your family. You know what I’m saying?

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50 Cent Speaks Out On Chicago Gun Violence: "This Gotta Stop"

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50 Cent reacted to the tragic news from the weekend on Instagram.

50 Cent spoke out against gun violence in the city of Chicago with a post on Instagram, on Monday, while sharing a report that six people were fatally shot over the weekend. In the caption, he added: “Come on now, this gotta stop, this ain’t gangster, this is just crazy.” ABC7 Chicago reports that the number of deaths has since risen to seven.

"Imagine what 47 billion dollars could do in a place like Chicago instead of sending to Ukraine," one user wrote in the comments. Another called out 50 directly: "Decades of Hip Hop music glorifying this activity has consequences. You influenced an entire generation to act this way and make it seem 'cool.'" One fan tried a more productive approach: "Bro it would be Powerful to have you join in on helping us stop this violence in Chicago. I work for the Institute For Nonviolence Chicago as the Austin Outreach Supervisor. We know a lot of these young men will be willing to listen to you."

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Lil Durk previously addressed the concerns about gun violence in his hometown during an interview on MSNBC in November. After former President Donald Trump commented on the situation during a speech, Durk argued that there's "violence everywhere" and people single out Chicago to fit a narrative. "I really don't pay it no mind, 'cause there's violence everywhere," Durk stated at the time. "Every city had their moment with the [murder] rates. If you look up right now who got the [highest murder rate] right now, I betcha it ain't Chicago. That's why I really don't comment on it, because every city will have its day [with the murder rates]."

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Check out 50's post about gun violence in Chicago above. Be on the lookout for further updates on 50 Cent on HotNewHipHop .

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What is a rap beef and what is the history of it in California?

(FOX40.COM) — Rap beefs have been around for decades and although they are nothing new, the ongoing feud between rappers Kendrick Lamar and Drake has sparked renewed interest in musical altercations. 

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What is a rap beef?

A rap beef can be defined as a feud between rappers who create songs that’s primary purpose is to verbally attack each other. The songs are known as diss tracks and can be a display of lyrical superiority for artists – and entertainment heaven for fans.  

What are some popular rap beefs in California?

While multiple reports credit New York as being the home-state to rap beef, California rappers have chimed into their fair share of popular wars of words. 

Ice Cube vs. N.W.A

The late 1980s feud beef between Ice Cube and his former group, NWA, was a legendary rap beef with roots in California. N.W.A originated in 1987 with some hip-hop icons such as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, MC Ren, DJ Yella, and Arabian Prince. Most of the members grew up together in Compton. 

Tensions rose when Ice Cube left the group because of disagreements about money, according to americansongwriter.com . In an interview with Thrasher Magazine, Ice Cube said he would “rather be broke than be in a major group and not be getting paid right.” 

His departure from N.W.A led to a rivalry between him and his former group mates and the 1991 release of what is still considered to be one of the greatest diss records of all time, “No Vaseline.” 

2pac vs. Biggy

Tupac Shukar (2pac) vs. Christopher Wallace (Notorious B.I.G or Biggy) is remembered by many to be the greatest , and most tragic, rap beef of all time. Tupac, 24, was signed to a California-based label, and Biggie, 25, was from New York. The two went back and forth through their music from 1994-1996. 

They started off as collaborators, but a beef was sparked after 2pac was ambushed and wounded at a New York City recording studio in 1994. He alleged that Biggy and P. Diddy were responsible for it, according to the Associated Press . Several legendary diss tracks stemmed from their feud such as “Who Shot Ya,” by Biggie and “Hit em Up,” by 2pac. 

The West Coast vs. East Coast rivalry ended in September of 1996 when 2pac was gunned down in Las Vegas. Six months later, Biggy would suffer the same fate when he was fatally shot in Los Angeles . Their deaths were a blow to the hip-hop world, and although it has been almost 30 years, many fans of the genre agree there’s a void in the rap industry that still resonates today.  

The Game vs. 50 Cent

The war of words between Jayceon Taylor (The Game) and Curtis Jackson (50 Cent) is one of the longest and most notorious hip-hop beefs in history. This was another West Side vs. East Side battle with The Game being from Compton and 50 Cent from New York. According to BET.com, their beef officially started in 2005 when 50 Cent went on the Hot 97 radio show and announced that The Game, who was signed to his label, was getting kicked off.  

In response, The Game showed up to the radio building to confront 50 Cent but was blocked by security from going inside, according to complex.com . The outdoor altercation led to a shootout between the two sides and one person from The Game’s camp was injured.  

Following the incident, 50 Cent did several interviews where he took jabs at The Game. He accused The Game of being an exotic dancer with no street credit and a host of other things. In response, The Game launched a campaign called G-Unot, a mockery of 50 Cent’s label and brand, G-Unit. It also birthed a nearly 15-minute iconic diss track by The Game, 300 Bars and Running.  

The beef lasted for several years, until The Game publicly apologized in 2016 during a show in Los Angeles, according to XXL.com . However, it was seemingly reignited in 2022 when The Game called 50 Cent a profane name on stage.  

Kendrick Lamar vs. Drake

2024 is the current host of one of the wildest rap beefs in recent years – Kendrick Lamar vs. Drake. Their animosity toward each other goes back to 2013 when Kendrick Lamar included a line in a song that said he wanted to murder Drake and other popular rappers when it came to music, according to KTLA .  

At the time, Lamar claimed the bar was figurative and friendly competition, but fast forward over a decade later and things between the two are far from friendly. Over the last several weeks nearly 10 diss tracks have been dropped between the two rappers. From allegations of domestic violence and child abuse to plastic surgery and more – the limits of disrespect toward each other have been endless. On May 3 alone, four songs were released within 24 hours which has had fans on the edge of their seats to see what will happen next.  

Do rappers start beef for publicity or monetary gain?

Although there has not been any hard evidence of staged rap beefs recorded, it cannot be denied that music labels benefit from the extra sales and streams garnered from music feuds.  

For example, Drake is signed to Universal Music Group . Kendrick Lamar is signed to his own label call pgLang . pgLang is a partner of  Interscope Records which is owned by Universal Music Group. Essentially, the two are label brothers under Universal – and most of their recently released diss tracks are available for consumption on YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify and SoundCloud.

With all the extra focus on their ongoing beef, Universal Music Group is most likely swimming in a pool of new revenue from the unprecedented number of diss tracks dropped and streamed from their artist’s rap beef. 

In fact, the Kendrick Lamar and Drake beef has been so successful that several of their new releases are in the top 20 of Billboard’s top 100 songs , and Kendrick Lamar recently broke Drake’s 2021 Spotify record for most streams in one day – over 6 million streams.

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Famous for his mega hits In Da Club, P.I.M.P. and Candy Shop , did he dominate the hiphop scene in the early 2000’s with his music. In 2003 alone he receives over 35 prizes for his single and later launched album Get Rich or Die Tryin'. For press the album is known as the example when it comes to 'the perfect debute album’.

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50 Cent Hits New Career High: Bags Coveted Entrepreneurial Award

50 Cent has reached a new career milestone, after being presented with a coveted, entrepreneurial award.

Soon after unveiling his latest business venture — a new G-Unit studio in Shreveport, Louisiana — the business magnate is praised for his multifaceted achievements in music, entertainment, and beyond, at The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship  (NFTE) 2024 Entrepreneurial Spirits Awards Gala.

A video via This Is 50 on Instagram , captures the New York rapper’s entrance at the gala, accompanied by the instrumental of his classic 2003 hit single “P.I.M.P.”

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In the clip. Fif can be seen accepting the Entrepreneurial Leadership Award by none other than Power Book IV: Force  star Joseph Sikora.

“I do want to say thank you to all of the teachers, all of the mentors and all of the volunteers to support  G-Unit  to this point, because without them, the organization won’t be as successful as it is,” said 50 Cent during his acceptance speech.

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Last month, 50 Cent got the royal treatment with his very own day in Shreveport, Louisiana. Mayor Tom Arceneaux handed him the keys to the city during the mid-April shindig, topping off the celebration following his big studio news.

“Ladies, gentlemen, Mayor Tom Arceneaux and the wonderful people of Shreveport, it is an honor for me to stand before you here today,” 50 Cent said during the event. “As someone who’s always believed in the transformative power of music, film and television, I’m really excited to show you the expansion of film and television through G-Unit Studios right here in Shreveport.”

Formerly speaking of his new space, Fifty shared : “As someone who has always believed in the transformative power of music, film, and television, I’m beyond excited to introduce the expansion of my G-Unit Film & Television through the launch of G-Unit Studios right here in Shreveport.”

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50 cent calls for an end to gun violence in chicago following deadly weekend: “this gotta stop”.

"This ain't gangster, this is just crazy."

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50 Cent has called for an end to gun violence in Chicago after the city suffered a rash of violence that left seven dead this past weekend.

On Monday (May 6), the Queens native took to Instagram to react to the recent uptick in gun-related crimes in the midwestern ctiy, as there were at least 31 shooting victims between Friday (May 3) and Monday (May 6), with ABC7 Chicago  reporting a death toll of seven.

“Come on now, this gotta stop,” Fif captioned a post sharing a screenshot of an X post reporting on the violence. “This ain’t gangster, this is just crazy.” 

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The violence in Chicago has been a hot topic not only within Hip-Hop, but across the nation as a whole, with the likes of Donald Trump decrying the city’s crime rate, as the former U.S. President did last year. “What’s going on in Chicago?,” Trump asked in a clip that subsequently went viral. “I said the other day, what the hell is going on?”

Chicago rapper Lil Durk later rejected Trump’s negative apprasial of the city, reasoning that crime occurs globally and is not isolated to his hometown. “I really don’t pay it no mind because it’s violence everywhere,” the 31-year-old told MSNBC’s Ari Melber of the negative stigma surrounding the Chi.

“You can get self-defense everywhere, you can kill anywhere, you can stab anywhere, you can choke anywhere, you can kidnap anywhere.”

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