50 Cent Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

5th September 2016

Fact: Rapper 50 Cent played dress-up on Saturday (03Sep16) as he celebrated his son Sire's fourth birthday. The star shared a photo of himself dressed in full robot costume on Instagram as he joined in with the party's Teen Titans Go! theme. "Lol (laugh out loud) the kid said he want a cyborg I said ok, then he said I want daddy to be cyborg. What !!!" he captioned a shot of father and son. "Ok it ya (sic) birthday I'm a Cyborg." Sire is 50's child with model Daphne Joy.

24th August 2016

Quote: "I knew it was there, but in the original clips, it was darker. It wasn't on, like, a big screen, like a life-sized version... Courtney was like, 'I didn't want to show it to you in the beginning because I didn't think you needed to see it at that point... You just gotta take one for the team'." 50 Cent has calmed down after attacking Power director Courtney Kemp for showing his manhood in a recent episode of the TV drama.

7th January 2016

Fact: R&B star Jason Derulo made his new relationship with 50 Cent's ex Daphne Joy official at the People's Choice Awards on Wednesday night (06Jan16), by attending the prizegiving with her hand in hand, and posing for pictures together on the red carpet. Joy is the mother of 50 Cent's three-year-old son Sire.

26th August 2015

Quote: "Did I forget to turn the lights off? When you've got a 52-room place, when you don't use s**t they break because you didn't use it, so you leave the f**king lights on!" Rapper 50 Cent blames the size of his mansion in Connecticut for the spiralling debts that sparked his bankruptcy filing last month (Jul15).

17th July 2015

Fact: The new issue of health magazine Muscle & Fitness, featuring a pumped-up 50 Cent, hit the streets on the rapper's 40th birthday (06Jul15).

16th July 2015

Quote: "I believe when you hear my voice, you relax." Rapper 50 Cent attempts to make sense of a new study that suggests job searchers perform better at interviews if they listen to his hit IN DA CLUB.

16th July 2015

Quote: "You gotta hold on to her... You're in danger if you get thrown off... I was calling her Gator the whole time." Rap star 50 Cent explains his nickname for ex-girlfriend Chelsea Handler - Gator.

16th July 2015

Quote: "That wasn't gambling, because Floyd don't lose." 50 Cent confirms he bet $1.6 million (£1 million) on pal Floyd Mayweather, Jr. to beat Manny Pacquiao when the two boxers met in Las Vegas in May (15).

16th July 2015

Fact: The photo of 50 Cent standing by a Smart car as a joke response to the concern surrounding the rapper's bankruptcy filing earlier this week (beg13Jul15) was taken by his Southpaw co-star Jake Gyllenhaal.

8th July 2015

Tweet: "What is this some kinda joke? Puffy (Diddy) gave me a life time supply superior ultra premium puffy juice. Now I have bottles all over the place,This guy is crazy." 50 Cent is not impressed after receiving a large delivery of rap rival SEAN '' COMBS' Ciroc vodka in celebration of the In Da Club hitmaker's recent 40th birthday on Sunday (05Jul15). 50 has been busy in recent months promoting his own Effen vodka brand.

22nd June 2015

Fact: Rapper 50 Cent was an unlikely special guest during boy band veterans New Kids On The Block's show at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday (21Jun15), when he joined the group for a rendition of his hit In Da Club. Bandmember Donnie Wahlberg and 50 Cent previously worked together on 2008 crime drama Righteous Kill.

11th June 2015

Quote: "We're not with the Puffy juice...I don't like a lot of things he does, personally. Some of the things that he's done (in the music business). I don't want to make a mess of him... It's about business things we've involved ourselves in." Rapper 50 Cent is not a fan of hip-hop rival SEAN '' COMBS, previously known as Puffy or Puff Daddy.

1st May 2015

Quote: "He did the work and they worked for five months twice a day." Rapper 50 Cent was impressed with Jake Gyllenhaal's work ethic as the actor prepared for his role as a boxer in SOUTHPAW. 50 plays the movie star's manager in the film, which is scheduled for a July (15) release.

11th August 2012

Quote: "Depending on what the episode was or what they had planned for it. I'm excited... I just want to work." Rapper 50 Cent would be open to a guest appearance on hit TV musical Glee.

3rd August 2012

Tweet: "I went threw (through) my hood last nite & gave the little homies 4wheelers & dirt bikes.I remember wanting 1 so bad." Generous rapper 50 Cent hands out gifts to kids in his native Queens, New York.

1st August 2012

Fact: Kanye West and 50 Cent were among the celebrities in attendance at the first Broadway performance of Mike Tyson's new one-man show Undisputed Truth on Tuesday night (31Jul12).

17th July 2012

Quote: "You can call it brave or you can call it marketing, because it was intentional; it wasn't an accident.... Obama is for same-sex marriage. If the president is saying that, then who am I to go the other way?" 50 Cent offers his support to rapper Frank Ocean, who recently revealed his first love was a man - just before the release of his new album Channel Orange.

16th July 2012

Quote: "I still play the Lotto, but only when it gets really, really big. I just put down one dollar and pick seven numbers. I did used to gamble more until I realised just how crazy that s**t is. I once put $120,000 on one boxing match and I lost so I stopped after that." Rapper 50 Cent is hoping his luck comes up on the lottery.

13th June 2012

Fact: Rap superstar 50 Cent made an unexpected appearance on U.S. home shopping channel Qvc on Tuesday (12Jun12) to sell his new Sync and Street headphone range. The odd TV spot came two days after the hip-hop entrepreneur's sit down chat with Oprah Winfrey at his grandmother's home in New York aired on the multi-media mogul's Own network.

11th June 2012

Quote: "She only sees me one way... She only sees Curtis... I've had to be my grandmother's baby in the house... I'm not even allowed to curse around her." Rapper 50 Cent has to watch his language when he's around his grandmother.

7th June 2012

Tweet: "So today my grand mother said you on oprah now boy you made it (sic)". Rap superstar 50 Cent has finally made his grandma proud after taping an interview with TV titan Oprah Winfrey. The chat will air in the U.S. on Sunday (10Jun12).

6th April 2012

Fact: Rapper-turned-actor 50 Cent is bulking up his movie resume after signing on to star alongside action icons Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone in their new movie. The In Da Club hitmaker joins Jim Caviezel and Amy Ryan on the cast for The Tomb, which is due to hit theatres next summer (13).

25th March 2012

Quote: "I'm always open just to anything in life. Justin Bieber taught me to 'Never say never', so there you go, who knows man?" Hip-hop star The Game learns a life lesson from the teen chart sensation and refuses to rule out a future collaboration with his former rap rival 50 Cent.

8th March 2012

Fact: Rapper 50 Cent will perform his breakthrough album Get Rich Or Die Tryin' in its entirety at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. The show will take place in Austin, Texas on 16 March (12).

12th January 2012

Quote: "They will pay a million dollars for a picture of that baby - trust me." 50 Cent insists little Blue Ivy Carter will make parents Jay Z and Beyonce rich. The rapper poked fun at the rush to get the first baby photo by posting a mock-up of an infant with Jay Z's face on his website.

10th January 2012

Tweet: "I'm sure Jay is the happiest he's ever been in his life. I remember when (my son) Marquise was born I was so happy. I want to have another kid one day." 50 Cent is feeling broody following the news his pal Jay Z became a new dad on Saturday (07Jan12). The rap mogul's wife Beyonce gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy.

28th December 2011

Quote: "I started removing mine. I was afraid I would become a comic book." Rapper 50 Cent has begun laser tattoo removal surgery in a bid to erase some of his ink.

1st December 2011

Fact: Reality TV star and Dj Paul 'PAULY D' DELVECCHIO has signed on to 50 Cent's record label, G-Note. The In Da Club hitmaker spoke out in support of the new partnership on Thursday (01Dec11), telling fans the Jersey Shore star will be a "great addition" to his team.

18th September 2011

Quote: "Alcohol would be the easy way to go. I chose not to because I don't drink. I don't want to promote something I don't use." Rap superstar 50 Cent explains the reason behind the launch of his new energy drink, Street King.

15th September 2011

Fact: Rapper/actor 50 Cent is set to executive produce a new thriller about a real-life serial killer portrayed by John Cusack. Frozen Ground is based on the true story of Robert Hansen, who murdered at least 24 women in three years from 1980. The film, which will also feature Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens, will begin shooting in Alaska next month (Oct11).

12th August 2011

Tweet: "Lunch was especially sweet today cause I met 50 Cent. His smile lit up the room." Goldie Hawn was overjoyed to meet the rapper on Thursday (11Aug11).

7th July 2011

Tweet: "Just in time! Happy birthday to 50 Cent! Hope u had a good one!!" Nicole Scherzinger sends her best wishes to rapper 50 Cent, who turned 36 on Wednesday (06Jul11).

9th May 2011

Quote: "We don't have those kinds of relationships. These people are people I associate with. We are in the same business. We are not necessarily friends. We don't call each other for no reason." 50 Cent is adamant he is not friends with rap rival Jay Z.

28th April 2011

Fact: 50 Cent is making his mark on the internet by launching his own comedy website. The rapper will launch ThisIs50Comedy.com on Thursday (28Apr11).

27th April 2011

Quote: "I was really wanting to date her. Maybe I'll get a chance to do the video and be next to her and see what happens." 50 Cent on why he signed up to rap on Nicole Scherzinger's track Right There.

14th April 2011

Fact: Rap mogul 50 Cent has a grey schnauzer dog called Oprah.

14th April 2011

Quote: "I want to get with Kanye on this album. See if we can come up with something." Rapper 50 Cent has put any bitter feelings towards Kanye West behind him after the Stronger hitmaker beat him to the top of the U.S. albums chart in 2007. West's Graduation trumped 50's Curtis project when they were released on the same day.

14th April 2011

Quote: "We're friends. I don't speak to her as much as I did." Rapper 50 Cent admits he and comedienne Chelsea Handler have cooled their relationship since rumours of a romance emerged late last year (10).

13th April 2011

Quote: "You can spin the globe and stop it wherever you want and say 50 Cent, and they know the material." Rap superstar 50 Cent is a household name around the world.

28th March 2011

Fact: Rapper/actor 50 Cent is re-teaming with Hollywood veteran Robert De Niro in tough new cop drama, Freelancers. The In Da Club hitmaker, who plays a rogue cop in the upcoming film, previously worked with the Raging Bull legend on 2008's Righteous Kill.

15th March 2011

Quote: "I said, 'Hey, Curtis, what did you do with your day off?' And I was shocked at his response, which was, 'I went to see that Harry Potter s**t.' And then he let me know how beautiful the cinematography was, so 50 is more than meets the eye." Ryan Phillippe was impressed with his Setup co-star 50 Cent.

10th March 2011

Quote: "I understand the significance in the transformation and the weightloss process, but it's my performance in the actual film that I hope will be impressive." 50 Cent on his 50 pound (22.6 kilogram) weightloss for his new movie Things Fall Apart, in which he plays a dreadlocked, emaciated American football star.

10th February 2011

Fact: Rapper 50 Cent has a Yorkshire Terrier called Oprah.

10th February 2011

Quote: "There, I'm still Curtis, so they'll say, 'Go shovel the snow, boy!' It makes you don't wanna go home every now and again." Rapper 50 Cent on visiting his relatives in Queens, New York during the winter months.

18th November 2010

Quote: "There's an extra bedroom in the house that he'll stay in when he comes to town." Eminem likes to make pal 50 Cent feel at home.

17th October 2010

Tweet: "It bugs me out to hear people say they want old 50 music. It's like asking a painter to paint the same picture over and over." Rapper 50 Cent is growing tired of criticism of his more recent musical offerings.

2nd August 2010

Quote: "It really wasn't awkward. I'm extremely comfortable with my sexuality, especially when there are, like, attractive women involved. And this film will be around longer than my a** will be. So I just want to make sure my a** is in good condition when people take a look at it." 50 Cent was confident disrobing for his nude scene in upcoming movie, TWELVE.

7th July 2010

Quote: "Puffy wants to be the hot b**ch in the group... You know how an ugly b**ch always has pretty friends? That's how he's built his group. He wants to be the hot b**ch in the group. He wants to make sure he gets all the attention." 50 Cent takes aim at fellow rapper Sean Combs.

4th June 2010

Quote: "I only saw a picture of it and when I spoke to him on the phone last week he said he had gained most of it back. But it's crazy - that's dedication." Eminem was impressed when his pal 50 Cent shed 54 pounds (24 kilograms) for his role in new movie THINGS FALL APART.

5th April 2010

Quote: "I like that I sleep in Mike Tyson's old bedroom. That's a legendary place to get a little nap." 50 Cent loves owning ex-boxing champ MIKE TYSON's former house.

18th February 2010

Quote: "I spend $20,000 (£12,500) a week on security. My home is surrounded by cameras. I need surveillance not only to look out for me but also to protect me. You get all these crazy lawsuits and I need cameras to check on things.” Rapper 50 Cent on the high price of protecting his assets.

1st February 2010

Quote: "I am single. Not ready to mingle, but I'm ready to take my time when the time is right. I am single and I am focused." R&B singer Ciara, who was most recently linked to rap superstar 50 Cent, doesn't want to rush into romance.

28th January 2010

Quote: "He's the best, he's great. He has adult conversations. He reminds me that I need to grow up sometime!" Rapper/actor 50 Cent enjoyed working with movie director Joel Schumacher on his new drama TWELVE.

28th January 2010

Quote: "We've got really tough competition now. Now I got competition from Susan Boyle! I think it's the age. People around 40 are in that age group who are still conditioned to buying CDs. The younger kids are on the computer, they'll download it." Rap superstar 50 Cent has his own theory about the success of the Scottish singing sensation.

24th January 2010

Quote: "Cheryl has a great sound and a great look and is somebody I'd be interested in working with. I can also introduce her to some of the biggest names in hip-hop. Dido became well-known in the U.S. after appearing on Eminem's album. The same could happen for Cheryl." 50 Cent is keen to help British singer Cheryl Cole launch her career in America.

14th January 2010

Quote: "I don’t really think it’ll ever be enough. I used to equate success with my finances because I didn’t have anything, and when you don’t have any money, it seems money is the answer to all your problems. Then you get money, and you realise that you’ve got a whole new set of problems." Super-rich rapper 50 Cent has realised wealth doesn't always make you happy.

26th December 2009

Quote: "Easy stuff like D'Angelo, Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke. Ne-Yo - he's lighthearted and not offensive. And a little Christmas music - I think Run DMC did a Christmas album, so did Snoop (Dogg)." Rapper 50 Cent reveals his festive playlist.

22nd December 2009

Quote: "I want to date a blind woman so she can see me exactly the way I want her to." 50 Cent reveals his ideal woman.

16th December 2009

Quote: "For me... two cups is over the limit. After one beer, you're drunk, technically." 50 Cent has a low alcohol tolerance.

16th December 2009

Quote: "I'd be Brad Pitt. Go sleep with Angelina and come back." 50 Cent would love to swap lives with BRAD PITT for a day.

16th December 2009

Quote: "That sounds funny but if you tell them Susan moves 700,000 units in the first week... We might not need to do the video, but we could do a song." 50 Cent is serious about a planned duet with Susan Boyle.

16th December 2009

Quote: "I remember one time I was in the park with my mom... and there was this kid and he was throwing a ball and he was with his father and I said, 'Who's that?' She said, 'That's his dad,' and I said, 'Well, why don't I got no dad (sic)?' She said, 'Because you're special. You were born through immaculate conception, like Jesus.'" 50 Cent's mum made the rapper feel OK about not knowing his father.

15th December 2009

Quote: "Thirteen women and no condom! He's a gambling man. He don't care. I'd hate to see him at the craps table." 50 Cent on golfer Tiger Woods' alleged dislike of sexual protection.

8th December 2009

Quote: "The easiest place to be tough is in front of the keyboard. I want to punch some of them in the face." 50 Cent can't keep from reading comments made about him on the internet.

7th December 2009

Quote: "Susan Boyle is hot right now. I got to get her on a track, for real. We'd make a hit. I'd love to take her clubbing, show her around my world." Rapper 50 Cent is eyeing a collaboration with the Scottish singing sensation.

1st December 2009

Fact: Rapper 50 Cent put on an extra-raunchy show in Cologne, Germany on Sunday night (30Nov09) - by performing in a nightclub at Europe's largest brothel.

20th November 2009

Quote: "It's not based on that, but if it's entertaining... then we can say it's about that." 50 Cent is coy about reports the woman who betrays his character in semi-autobiographical film Before I Self Destruct is based on his ex, actress VIVICA A.FOX

20th November 2009

Quote: "The kids were like, 'What are you doing here?'" Rapper 50 Cent was a surprise on the red carpet at the recent THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON premiere in Los Angeles.

20th November 2009

Quote: "It was amazing... You should have seen what it was before I edited it. It was crazy. I said, 'This is porn'." 50 Cent on the risque love scenes in his new film BEFORE I SELF DESTRUCT, which has been released as a companion DVD with his new album of the same name.

18th November 2009

Quote: "As for any future collaborations or rapping, you never know!" Robert De Niro refuses to rule out a music career with new pal 50 Cent.

15th November 2009

Quote: "When I met her, I thought I was high - until my grandmother saw me in photographs and saw Bette Midler. She said, 'Baby, you made it! You're doing good.' " 50 Cent's grandmother approves of the rapper's odd friendship with BETTE MIDLER.

6th November 2009

Quote: "53 per cent of the people that get married get divorced." 50 Cent has no plans to get married because the statistics don't support happy unions.

5th November 2009

Fact: Rapper 50 Cent's new cologne, Power, features hints of black pepper, coriander and oak-moss. It hits stores on Friday (06Nov09).

2nd November 2009

Fact: Las Vegas is the place to be on New Year's Eve (31Dec09) if you're a 50 Cent or Black Eyed Peas fan - the rapper will be hosting an end-of-the-year party at Sin City's Pure nightclub, while the Peas will perform at a rival Hogmanay bash at the late DJ-AM's venue LAX.

29th October 2009

Quote: "Jessica Alba would be my perfect co-star - what man wouldn't want to do a romantic movie with her?" 50 Cent on his ideal leading lady.

25th October 2009

Quote: "I spend more time here than anywhere else apart from the States so it makes sense. I don't get all the tea-drinking though." Rapper 50 Cent is house-hunting in London.

19th October 2009

Fact: R&B beauty Kelly Rowland is playing 50 Cent's love interest in the rapper's new video for BABY BY ME. The promo will also feature NE-YO.

4th October 2009

Quote: "I think it's sad and I think that nobody in any genre of music should accommodate homophobia." Lady GaGa takes aim at 50 Cent for comments he made about her ill-fated Fame Kills tour with Kanye West. 50 referred to the dates as "the gay tour". The shows were scrapped last week (ends02Oct09) to allow embattled West to take some time away from showbusiness.

14th July 2009

Quote: "What kind of person would be upset at what position they fall when they're on the Forbes list. That person would be a complete idiot." Rapper 50 Cent is not bitter about losing his 2008 title as Hip-Hop's Cash King on Forbes magazine's new survey. JAY-Z topped the 2009 poll with $35 million (£23.3 million), while the IN DA CLUB hitmaker trailed in fourth place with $20 million (£13.3 million).

16th June 2009

Fact: 50 Cent is set for a starring role in hit U.S. show ENTOURAGE. The rap superstar filmed his cameo in Los Angeles at the weekend (13-14Jun09).

26th May 2009

Fact: Rapper-turned-actor 50 Cent has become a police informant - for his new movie CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE. The film, about corrupt police officers, also stars CSI: MIAMI's Adam Rodriguez and American Pie star Chris Klein.

21st May 2009

Quote: "Me and Bette (collaborating) would be really hot. But I'd need to make something new for her. For the right song, we'd definitely get together." Rapper 50 Cent is taking his pal Bette Midler's offer of a duet seriously.

24th April 2009

Fact: Rap entrepreneur 50 Cent will share the secrets to his success in a new book entitled THE 50TH LAW. The tome is co-written by Robert Greene, the author of The 48 Laws Of Power, and will hit stores in September (09).

12th April 2009

Fact: Rick Ross has stepped up his hip-hop rivalry with 50 Cent - he's enlisted three of the rapper's former enemies for a new record. The Hustlin' star's upcoming track Mafia Music features The Game, Ja Rule and Fat Joe - three rappers 50 Cent has feuded with in the past.

17th March 2009

Fact: Rapper 50 Cent is teaming up with Fall Out Boy for the rockers forthcoming BELIEVERS NEVER DIE PART DEUX tour. The Candy Shop hitmaker will share a stage with the band for five dates of their U.S. tour, which kicks off in Dallas in April (09).

4th March 2009

Quote: "It was great to watch her spin out of control because it makes the average person feel better." Rapper 50 Cent on Britney Spears' public breakdown.

21st January 2009

Quote: "It's almost actually done. I went to Detroit to mix my song, I GET IT IN, with Dr. Dre, and Eminem is currently mixing his album right now. It won’t be more than maybe two weeks before they start trying to figure out when they will start scheduling the release of his actual project." 50 Cent on pal Eminem's much-anticipated comeback album, RELAPSE.

17th January 2009

Fact: After a slow start on Thursday (15Jan09), the Sundance Film Festival in Utah is shaping up to be the place to be this weekend - Mariah Carey, Spike Lee, Dominic Monaghan, John Cleese, Christie Brinkley, 50 Cent, Cuba Gooding JR, and rap mogul Russell Simmons have all been spotted around town, dressed in their finest winter wear.

15th January 2009

Fact: Rapper 50 Cent's new videogame, BLOOD ON THE SAND, was inspired by Leonardo Dicaprio film BLOOD DIAMOND.

10th November 2008

Quote: "I don’t know where he is but I know his production is still good... SCOTT is going to be OK. I’ve got a hit record that’ll pay the bills." 50 Cent insists his new album, which was produced by troubled producer Scott Storch, will help him sort out his financial woes.

9th November 2008

Fact: Aerosmith will play their first ever show in Venezuelan capital Caracas when they headline the Solid Fest festival in February (09). Rapper 50 Cent and Simple Plan are also on the bill.

29th October 2008

Quote: "One of the contestants aspired to be a rap artist, and he wrote his name on his shirt every day. I thought that was a smart idea. He wanted the $100,000 (GBP62,317) to invest in himself." Rap mogul 50 Cent refused to shun potential proteges while searching for the next big business boss on his forthcoming MTV reality show THE MONEY AND THE POWER.

24th October 2008

Fact: Rapper 50 Cent is donating flowers to the Curtis Jackson Community Garden in New York. The star's G-Unity Foundation granted more than $300,000 (GBP176,000) for the outdoor children's learning garden which was named in his honour.

15th October 2008

Fact: 50 Cent's mentors Eminem and Dr. Dre have given the rap superstar a boost by guesting on his new album. The rap heavyweights have both recorded tracks with 50 for his Before I Self Destruct album, which will hit stores on 9 December (08).

29th September 2008

Fact: Rap superstar 50 Cent will play his first concert in Chile next month (30Oct08) when he performs for fans at the Movistar Arena in Santiago.

25th September 2008

Quote: "Around 200. It's a collection, though, so I don't wear them all!" Rapper/actor 50 Cent on his vast sneaker collection.

25th September 2008

Quote: "Generally, the demographic entertained by the art form is more youth-driven. I'm sure they're aware of it." Rapper/actor 50 Cent wonders if his RIGHTEOUS KILL co-stars Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are hip-hop fans.

10th September 2008

Quote: "He do got style to him (sic). He'd be able to do it even though he's got a little age on him... I'd call him Bobby Rhythm." 50 Cent feels sure his RIGHTEOUS KILL co-star Robert De Niro would make a good rapper.

30th July 2008

Fact: Fans of 50 Cent can now smell as good as the rapper - he's released a new bodyspray for Right Guard, called Pure 50.

30th July 2008

Quote: "I call it smackab**chf**kaho music. I'm not a b**ch or a ho, so I can't really identify with it." Rapper/singer Estelle doesn't listen to music by hip-hop stars like 50 Cent.

9th July 2008

Fact: 50 Cent is to be honoured in his native Queens, New York - a neighbourhood park is to be named after the star.

8th July 2008

Quote: "I love that guy. He's one rapper who actually has something to say, who doesn't sing the same stupid s**t about (being) up in the club with the money and the champagne and all that." Tommy Lee has high praise for BATTLEGROUND EARTH co-host Ludacris, while taking aim at 50 Cent.

7th July 2008

Quote: "I was a bike courier for one day. I was in a drug-treatment program and they made me ride a bike in Manhattan, delivering packages. That s**t was scary." 50 Cent on his life before rap success.

7th July 2008

Quote: "They'll give me $60,000 (GBP30,000) just to do a walk-through. Why would I show up for free?" Rapper 50 Cent refuses to go to nightclubs.

3rd July 2008

Quote: "Listen, he just did a show and only 20 people showed up. If that's not an indication that what you're doing is a mistake, I don't know what is." 50 Cent hits out former G-UNIT member Young Buck for his inability to pull in the crowds.

17th April 2008

Quote: "My next house is gonna be really small, a regular house with real people (neighbours)." Rapper 50 Cent insists he's tired of living in boxer Mike Tyson's sprawling Connecticut mansion.

29th March 2008

Fact: Rap rivals 50 Cent and Fat Joe both make appearances on LL Cool J's new album.

6th March 2008

Fact: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. has adopted 50 Cent's I GET MONEY as his official entrance music for his much-hyped Wrestlemania XXIV fight with WWE star the BIG SHOW at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida on 30 April (08).

12th February 2008

Fact: Actress-turned-singer Lindsay Lohan will be working with R+B hitmaker NE-YO on her new album - the follow-up to her 2005 sophomore release A LITTLE MORE PERSONAL. The Mean Girls star is also rumoured to be working with rapper 50 Cent for her latest music project.

5th February 2008

Fact: Robert De Niro is set for his first front cover on urban magazine Vibe - he'll appear alongside RIGHTEOUS KILL co-star 50 Cent on the front of the upcoming issue of the publication.

5th February 2008

Quote: "I could hang out with Robert on Thursdays and Fridays. His celebrity is so strong that I get a chance to feel like a normal person for a little bit." 50 Cent on his new best pal ROBERT DE NIRO.

5th February 2008

Quote: "You should always expect me to be better than the guys you consider to be average artists. I don't think there's nothing (sic) average about me as far as the opportunities or how far I would go." Rapper 50 Cent doesn't believe in modesty.

3rd February 2008

Fact: Rapper 50 Cent has wagered $10,000 (GBP5,000) that underdogs New York Giants will beat the New England Patriots in Sunday's (03Feb08) Super Bowl.

2nd February 2008

Fact: Superproducer Timbaland has been named the U.K.'s biggest selling singles artist of 2007. Combined sales of his hit songs THE WAY I ARE with Keri Hilson, APOLOGIZE with OneRepublic, GIVE IT TO ME featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake, and AYO TECHNOLOGY with Timberlake and 50 Cent have exceeded 1 million units.

10th December 2007

Quote: "I want pretty girls around all the time. They make signing worthwhile... especially when they want those parts signed. I want to sign that, not albums." Rapper 50 Cent prefers autographing ladies' body parts than his hit CDs.

3rd December 2007

Fact: Rapper 50 Cent's $18 million (GBP9 million) Connecticut estate boasts 35 bathrooms - almost twice as many as the 19 bedrooms.

17th November 2007

Quote: "We went to the firing range together a couple of times. He was a much better shot than I thought he would be. I was impressed." Rapper-turned-actor 50 Cent admired Robert De Niro's shooting skills during preparation for the pair's upcoming movie RIGHTEOUS KILL.

9th November 2007

Quote: "He thinks I'm a superhero." 50 Cent's son worships his dad.

24th October 2007

Quote: "Nas sucks. It's nonsense, man. That's a stupid name. It doesn't make sense. Why would you title it that?" 50 Cent slams rap peer Nas over his plans to title his next album NIGGA.

4th October 2007

Quote: "Stay focused, keep your family close to you and don't date rappers." Actress VIVICA A. Fox on her rules for life. The Kill Bill star famously romanced 50 Cent.

21st September 2007

Fact: 50 Cent has refuted reports he is to retire from the music industry - he's just rescheduled his cancelled British tour for November (07). The In Da Club rapper initially pulled out of a number of planned promotional gigs after his chart defeat by rival Kanye West in the U.S. and U.K. album charts.

20th September 2007

Quote: "To be a champion, you've got to take out a champion." Rapper Kanye West praises rival 50 Cent for his career success. The GOLD DIGGER star beat 50 CENT to the top of the charts after the pair went head-to-head by releasing their albums, GRADUATION and CURTIS respectively, on the same day (11Sep07).

20th September 2007

Fact: Rapper Kanye West celebrated his chart victory over rival 50 Cent at GQ magazine's 50th anniversary party on Tuesday night (18Sep07), partying with Beyonce, SHAWN 'JAY-Z' CARTER and Sean Combs. West's new album Graduation beat 50 Cent's Curtis to the top of the U.S. and U.K. charts after they were released on the same day (11Sep07).

17th September 2007

Quote: "I wish I was that other guy in the video with JUSTIN (TIMBERLAKE). That video hurt me." Kanye West is impressed with rap rival 50 Cent's AYO TECHNOLOGY collaboration with Timberlake.

17th September 2007

Fact: Rapper 50 Cent ordered a bucket of fried chicken, assorted candy and "a hot tea set up" as his backstage rider at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (09Sep07).

16th September 2007

Quote: "West Side Story, CHURCH FOR THUGS, HIGHER, SPECIAL, HOW WE DO and HATE IT OR LOVE IT were records that were left on the side because I knew they were still hit records, so I kept them. Then that project came along and I was like, 'Here's your life!'" 50 Cent claims songs he gave to rap rival The Game for his breakthrough album THE DOCUMENTARY were cast-offs.

15th September 2007

Quote: "He's scared to death. He's terrified. He was on a box too because he's smaller than me." 50 Cent on his Rolling Stone magazine cover face-off with rap rival Kanye West.

15th September 2007

Fact: 50 Cent performed a cover version of rap rival Kanye West's GOLD DIGGER as part of the first of five New York concerts at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan on Thursday night (13Sep07). The rapper will perform five shows in each of the Big Apple's five boroughs to promote his new album CURTIS.

14th September 2007

Quote: "Hypothetically, if I came in under Kanye West, I would release a new album every time Def Jam had a priority. I would release a record verses every one of their top priorities." 50 Cent plans to mount a continuous rap rivalry if he is beaten to the top of the charts by the Gold Digger star. 50 and West both released their new albums, Curtis and Graduation respectively, in the U.S. on Tuesday (11Sep07).

13th September 2007

Quote: "I just don't like Kanye West to the end of this week. After I'm number one we can be friends again." 50 Cent on his week-long 'rivalry' with West. Both rappers released new albums on Tuesday (11Sep07).

12th September 2007

Quote: "He's massive. I just think we can create something that you haven't heard from me." 50 Cent on his hopes to record with British pop star Robbie Williams.

12th September 2007

Quote: "MTV doesn't need him... I don't think he can (boycott MTV)." 50 Cent fears rap rival Kanye West's threat to boycott MTV is a mistake.

12th September 2007

Quote: "I sell way more records than Kanye West, and I generate way more interest than Kanye West. They think they can match us up, but they'll find out when that week goes by and the sales come back. This is no rivalry." 50 Cent remains confident he'll beat rap rival West to the top of the album charts when the pair's new albums are released on Tuesday (11Sep07).

11th September 2007

Quote: "I was like, 'Please do not fall.' I was, like, nervous for her. When I saw the rehearsals, she put on a great show. When she got there the energy's a little different." Rapper 50 Cent on his caught-on-camera shocked expression during Britney Spears' critically-mauled MTV Video Music Awards.

5th September 2007

Quote: "I'm King Kong. Kanye is human. Humans run when they see King Kong, because they're scared." 50 Cent is convinced he'll win the upcoming rap chart battle with Kanye West. Both release new albums next Tuesday (11Sep07).

5th September 2007

Quote: "I'll try selling some soap next." Rapper 50 Cent is convinced he will succeed in anything he sets his mind to after making millions through his clothing line, Vitamin Water venture and publishing company.

4th September 2007

Quote: "I don't have it on now 'cos the truck is bulletproof... I've got a little bit more money now." Rapper 50 Cent no longer wears a bulletproof vest.

25th August 2007

Fact: 50 Cent, former DESTINY'S CHILD star Kelly Rowland and rocker Perry Farrell have teamed up to record a new college football theme for U.S. sports network ESPN.

23rd August 2007

Quote: "We're the f**king JIM MORRISONs, we're the f**king KURT COBAINs of this." Rapper Kanye West claims he and 50 Cent are already as legendary as the late The Doors and Nirvana frontmen.

22nd August 2007

Quote: "He should be terrified. What do I do? Do I send flowers? Do I send my condolences?" 50 Cent is certain his album will outsell Kanye West's LP in a chart showdown next month (Sept07).

21st August 2007

Quote: "I'd have the same child by a different woman." Rapper 50 Cent on his fatherhood regrets.

7th August 2007

Quote: "With 50's album dropping, and my album dropping on the same day - everybody wins because you get a lot of good music at the same time." Kanye West insists there's no rivalry between him and 50 Cent, even though the rappers are releasing their new albums on the same day next month (Sep07).

3rd August 2007

Quote: "Prior to GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN', this was the largest asset in my family. It's worth about $250,000. Now I got cars in my yard that cost $400,000... I own five other houses." 50 Cent on his changing fortunes after returning to the house where he grew up for a recent XXL magazine article.

31st July 2007

Quote: "I think it's great, I think it's a fantastic day for hip-hop, especially retail. I know they're loving it. You're driving people to the store. We love it, we think it's a fantastic thing." JAY-Z is looking forward to 11 September (07), when Kanye West and 50 Cent release new albums on the same day.

20th July 2007

Fact: R+B star Ciara and 50 Cent are set to send temperatures soaring with the sexiest video of the summer, CAN'T LEAVE 'EM ALONE. Sexy Ciara shows the rap superstar her 'Goodies' in the steamy promo, which feature the couple stripped to the waist and embracing.

16th July 2007

Quote: "This is gonna be a very unusual album. I think people are gonna be pleasantly surprised. This has nothing to do with anything I've been doing for quite a while. I'm gonna give the world my feelings on the state of hip-hop." Veteran rapper LL Cool J on his new album, produced by 50 Cent.

9th July 2007

Quote: "A shrink would probably mess me up. They confuse you even more." Rapper 50 Cent refuses to go to a therapist despite his rocky childhood.

25th June 2007

Quote: "It's weird, people associate me with gun violence, when I was the one who got shot. I haven't ever shot anybody." 50 Cent dismisses his reputation as a gunman.

22nd June 2007

Fact: Rapper 50 Cent will play a drug dealer in crime drama RIGHTEOUS KILL, which reunites Oscar winners Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.

26th May 2007

Fact: 50 Cent is to show off his classical skills in a new TV ad for energy drink Vitamin Water. The rapper will be seen relieving a symphony orchestra conductor of his duties, and leading musicians through a rendition of his breakthrough hit In Da Club.

8th May 2007

Quote: "We met somewhere in the middle. It was somewhere like a bulletproof designer necktie." Pop superstar Justin Timberlake explains how his upcoming, secretly-titled collaboration with hip-hop tough guy 50 Cent sounds.

7th May 2007

Fact: Rapper 50 Cent will pay his boxer friend FLOYD MAYWEATHER $1 million (GBP500,000) after betting he won the WBC super welterweight championship on Saturday night (05May07).

24th April 2007

Fact: 50 Cent is getting real on his new album - the project will be called CURTIS, the rapper's actual first name. Dr. Dre, Eminem and Timbaland will produce tracks on the album, while Eminem, Akon, Justin Timberlake and Mary J. Blige will be among the stars making guest appearances.

19th March 2007

Fact: Outkast star BIG BOI has sold pedigree pitbull terriers he breeds at his Pitfall Kennels to Usher, Serena Williams, 50 Cent and boxer ROY JONES JR.

22nd February 2007

Quote: "She's crazy. Why would she do that?" 50 Cent doesn't approve of Britney Spears' new bald look.

29th January 2007

Quote: "There's just one number one spot in hip-hop and everyone's fighting for it. When it becomes tragic like Tupac (SHAKUR) and BIGGIE (NOTORIOUS B.I.G.), that's bad. I'm not shooting at 50 and he's not shooting at me." The Game insists his rap war with 50 Cent won't end in tragedy.

23rd December 2006

Fact: IN DA CLUB rapper 50 Cent owns over 300 pairs of shoes.

26th September 2006

Quote: "When you have problems in hip-hop, I think a lot of artists don't handle it the right way. We're all men... We handle it man to man and see what's really good. Me and him we talked. There's no problem. We're great." Rap mogul Sean Combs confirms he and 50 Cent have sorted out their issues.

4th September 2006

Quote: "The British definitely have a better appreciation for breasts." 50 Cent considers deferring to England.

1st September 2006

Quote: "I usually don't get the trophies I'm supposed to get but my cheques are always on time and I appreciate it." Rapper 50 Cent at the MTV Video Music Awards.

1st September 2006

Quote: "I usually don't get the trophies I'm supposed to get but my cheques are always on time and I appreciate it." Rapper 50 Cent at the MTV Video Music Awards.

22nd August 2006

Quote: "I'll do anything for him. He can call me right now and say, 'Let me borrow $20 million.' And I'll give it to him." 50 Cent on his friendship with EMINEM.

4th August 2006

Fact: 50 Cent's one-time movie lover Joy Bryant has joined Molly Sims and 2003 MISS UNIVERSE AMELIA VEGA to front a new TV ad campaign for make-up giants Cover Girl.

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