50 Cent making moves Outside of Rap

Saturday, March 12, 2011

By Mr. Hollywood
JR Staff Writer

Eight years ago, the world was introduced to 50 Cent, the toughest guy in the rap world. Years before the world discovered who he was, 50 was actually one of the meanest thugs on the streets of New York. He had a gift for rapping and decided to pursue it when his son was born and teamed up with Jam Master Jay.

Jam Master Jay taught 50 Cent a lot of what he knows, but did not show a sense of urgency when releasing his music. Because of this, 50 decided to take matters into his own hands. Soon, 50 Cent began releasing his own music. 50 Cent pitched himself to Columbia Records and was signed.

Things had finally turned around for 50 Cent when he was shot and dropped from Columbia Records. It was then when he founded his own label, G-Unit, and began releasing independent albums. Eminem heard his Guess Who's Back? album and he signed him to Shady Records. Dr. Dre also liked the album and he signed him to Aftermath Entertainment.

Quickly, 50 Cent was the most intimidating figure in the rap game. His Get Rich or Die Tryin' album was a commercial and critical success. Following the success of his album, 50 Cent set up his own deal for G-Unit with Interscope Records. By 2005, 50 Cent had ventured into clothing and films. But, when his career hit a slide, he lost many of his ventures. In 2009, 50 Cent made it clear his relationship with Interscope Records was over and he was soon talking to other labels.

50 Cent established a new film company, Cheetah Vision Films and landed a $200 million deal with Lionsgate Films. During the summer of 2010, he moved G-Unit Records to EMI Records. Last month, he created a new label under G-Unit called G Note Records and he signed Governor. In 2011, 50 Cent will have more ventures on the way. He was able to enter the game as a rapper and now he holds stock in major companies, a board member with H&H Imports.


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