Click image to watch 50 Cent’s audition tape for American Gangster
Who could forget the Denzel Washington-starred American Gangster film based on Frank Lucas’ rise to kingpinship? It spawned an album from Jay-Z, and a total of 21 nominations for various awards, including a pair of Academy Awards nominations.
But did you know 50 Cent auditioned for a part in the film? He wanted to play Huey Lucas, brother of Frank (who’s part ultimately went to Chiwetel Ejiofor of current 12 Years A Slave fame) and one of the bosses in the drug empire. Like any other entertaining Fif video, this one came with on-demand tears during Scene 3 of the audition tape, and a random woman reading lines with him. And it wasn’t even all that bad.
File this under classic unreleased Curtis Jackson footage.
Click image to watch 50 Cent Interview On LIVE With Kelly & Michael video
Earlier this morning, 50 Cent stopped by LIVE with Kelly and Michael for a brief interview. In the clip, Fiddy talks about his upcoming film Escape Plan (in theaters worldwide October 18, 2013) with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger citing his character was the softer in the movie, but on set he felt he was tougher than Rambo and Terminator. Before things concluded, he talks about his upcoming television show on Sundance Network entitled “DREAM SCHOOL.”
The new series co-expected produced by filmmaker Oliver Stone, chronicles lives of the young high school drop outs giving them a second chance to graduate. After the jump, you can 50 talking about the new show that will premiere on October 7th at 10pm ET/PT.
This Monday, 50 Cent will launch his new reality series “DREAM SCHOOL” on the Sundance Channel. Co-executive produced by Jamie Oliver, the series centers on trying to break through to teenagers heads about the importance of graduating. Whether they’re pregnant, neglected, bullied or more; they all have one thing in common, being their lives took an unexpected left turn. The show features celebrity teachers in the likes of Oliver Stone, Swizz Beatz, Jeff Corwin and 50 Cent himself, to give students motivation for finishing school and getting their lives back on track. Watch the trailer after the jump, then look for the premire of DREAM SCHOOL this Monday, October 7th at 10pm ET/PT.
Click image to listen to 50 Cent’s Interview With Funkmaster Flex On Hot 97
50 Cent stopped by Hot 97 to talk with Funkmaster Flex about a wide array of topics. He opened up on showing admiration to Kendrick Lamar for challenging the game bringing some aggression back to the game that missing since his run. 50 said fans were expecting him or Jay to respond to K. Dot on the ‘King of NY’ lyric, but the two were obviously in appreciation of the intensity being brought back to the game.
Speaking of Kings, Nas was brought up which 50 briefly mentioned the two ran into each other at SoHo and cleared the air to get good space. The two quickly drew a comparison to 50’s days in the limelight being the no. 1 target which wasn’t so friendly in today’s genre.
Flex cited Meek and Cassidy having that same classic rap battle beef aura, which 50 said he expects all parties involved to better themselves as artist. Things then transitioned to the status of G-Unit currently which he felt disappointed in Lloyd Banks, Young Buck and Tony Yayo not using the same blueprint he did to take over the game seeing potential in all. He says his artist Kidd Kidd has that same intensity to be successful and will promote him the same way he did his prior acts.
Check after the jump to listen to the 30-minute interview with 50 Cent and Flex talking about Hip-Hop, relationship with YMCMB and more.
Click image to watch 50 Cent interview with Rob Markman of MTV.
MTV recently caught up 50 Cent to find out about the status of his upcoming fifth studio album “Street King Immortal.” Highlighted by the album’s most recent single with Kendirck Lamar for “We Up”; Fiddy feels the single didn’t receive that same response he got from previous efforts like we saw on “In Da Club” and “I Get Money.”
He briefly discussed how he has no margin of era to release sub-par to just get it out and has chosen to put the album on hold until he feels the energy is right for the project like he’s had in the past. Money’s obviously not the reason, but with an over-saturation of artist emerging in the game at the highest alarm rate ever; we hope Fif finds that right smash soon rather than later. Watch the interview after the jump.
You are now rocking with 50 Cent! One of the things we’ve enjoyed over the years (that’s somewhat underrated) are 50 Cent’s guest appearances over three different decades. Staying true on his gritty ish’ and even crossing over to the pop world, Fiddy helped create some timeless classic material, helping some of the biggest artists in the game further their career. He was even helped during the his early days.
Establishing his G-Unit brand with Lloyd Banks, Tony-Yayo, and even The Game for a short period, 50 was delivering some solo single worthy efforts to better his roster. But not only G-Unit, there’s a lot of artists that got more than their money’s worth when he stepped into a booth to contribute to a track, making it a hit-single in his prime years.
From Missy Elliot and Ciara to even contributing for recent tracks with 2 Chainz and the HBK Gang; 50 Cent’s been able to have the ability to jump on any record with various artist over the years delivering some classics.
Today, we’re celebrating 50 Cent’s birthday with a “Best of Boo Boo” playlist seen earlier; but also with our favorite features he’s been a part of. Continue after the jump and enjoy some classic cuts from Fiddy.
Today marks the 38th birthday of Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson. While Fiddy has arguably some of the biggest commercial hits ever, we’ve always enjoyed the aggressive oriented tracks he’s assembled over the years. He may have had your Mom’s or girlfriend dancing to some of classic singles; but to us, he’s still “Boo Boo.”
Boo Boo is the grimey street cat from Queens, that use to bully cats for money and take anything they had on their person at the time. He used that same formula during his Get Rich or Die Tryin’ days to solidify himself in the game as the rapper nobody wanted to fuck with. On today’s playlist, we’ve kept it strictly to his streets records, spanning across his albums and even a few mixtapes.
Continue after the jump, as we pay homage to them classic Fiddy cuts he supplied us with for the last decade and change.
Nearly a year removed since we’ve seen Southside Jamaica’s finest Tony Yayo on the solo tip things last being “Sex, Drugs, & Hip-Hop.” Now the G-Unit capo is ready to transcend into the “Godfather Of The Ghetto” with his newest release we have here. The project has features from the likes of 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Kidd Kidd, Raheem Davaughn, Twista, and Ron Browz; with a variety of sounds ranging from your classic G-Unit street shit to even some tracks for the ladies. After the jump, you can view the complete 15-track tracklistings for some of that pure ratchetness only seen by the Guerilla Unit.
This year’s 2013 NFL Draft starts Thursday, April 25th at 8pm ET, returning to a prime-time slot on ESPN for the opening round, live from Radio City Music Hall in NYC. Rapper 50 Cent has been picked for the NFL Player Selection Meeting official commercial, performing his latest single “We Up.”
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, the 2012 third round pick who led Seattle to a NFC Divisional Playoff game as a rookie, will appear in and voice ESPN’s NFL Draft opening tease. The open will also feature multi-platinum recording artist 50 Cent and English rock band The Heavy performing the group’s hit “How You Like Me Now.” The music of both 50 Cent and The Heavy will also be paired with photos and video of more than 115 prospects — taken during the NFL Scouting Combine in March – throughout ESPN’s draft telecast.
The big elephant in the room is obviously the Kansas City Chiefs drafting Offensive-Tackle Luke Joekel, but the questions remain for this year’s draft pool, and where the others in the elite class will end up. The NFL Network is airing their “Path to the Draft” series each weeknight at 6pm ET/PT, which you should tune into for the latest developments heading into this year’s draft.
50 Cent was the latest guest on Larry King’s ‘Larry King Now’ and no topic goes untouched this go around. Fif and Larry sit down and discuss the usual topics like what Curtis has been up to over the past year, some of the business deals he’s made over his career, not ever wanting to know who is father was, the concept behind Street King,SMS Audio, “Formula 50″, and as they dive into his future you get a pretty good look at the business mind 50 Cent has created over the years.
Larry King recently interviewed 50 Cent about a number of things, including his relationship status, role models in business, and more. In the clips below, 50 Cent touches on his family (specifically his mother and father), saying that he has no intention on ever meeting his Pops any time soon. He also tells Larry King how he landed his deal with Vitamin Water after one day discovering it at a Los Angeles gym.
Watch two clips from their interview after the cut.
It’s been seven years to the day since Detroit hip-hop would change forever…
DeShaun “Big Proof” Holton was the upholstery of Detroit hip-hop. The glue that kept everything held together in the 313. That cement was seemingly broken one early morning on April 11, 2006. At the young age of 32, DeShaun Holton was taken from us all. The hip-hop community lost one of it’s biggest and strongest supporters, providers, and pioneers. Many years have passed and many records have dropped, but the feeling once there seems to be a bit different since that eerie night. Quite frankly, if you ask anybody from or around Detroit, April 11th always seems to be just as grey as it is today.
Some people will know Proof from the tabloids that circulated following his much too early passing. Many more will know Proof for who he was and what he meant to the city of Detroit. Regardless, Proof will always be known for the music he created for himself, for others, for the city of Detroit, and for hip-hop. From I Miss The Hip Hop Shop to Searching For Jerry Garcia, today we count down some of those records.
Click image to watch 50 Cent “Music Is My Sport” video.
For the next episode of “VEVO originals,” 50 Cent goes into discussing his passion for music after being a recording artist for over 15 years. With the recent launch of his SMS boxing promotions, he compares it to the music game in a sense of being trained, disciplined and stay focused to succeed when you hit the ring with no teammates. Like most athletes, the sport they decide to play opens doors for other opportunities after their career is over as in comparison, 50’s used music for opportunities he would’ve never seen before having a successful career which is why it’s his sport.
Stay tuned for Fiddy’s return to the ring with his upcoming album fifth studio album “Street King Immortal” coming later this year.
Retaining his crown as the wealthiest hip-hop artist alive, P. Diddy is number 1 once again, topping the 2013 list of rappers with the largest bank accounts. With his record label Bad Boy Records releasing MGK’s “Lace Up” and the long-awaited debut album from French Montana “Excuse My French”, the 20+ year vet has remained one of the top heavyweights in the industry. The face of the popular Ciroc vodka brand, has been a cash-cow over the past few years.
1. Sean “Diddy” Combs ($580 million) 2. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter ($475 million) 3. Andre “Dr. Dre” Young ($350 million) 4. Bryan “Birdman” Williams ($150 million) 5. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson ($125 million)
Landing in at number 2 was the Jiggman, who had a successful year touring the world with Kanye West and Hit-Boy, continuing their “Niggas In Paris” wave from 2011 into 2012, as well as Jay’s run for the official opening of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. An interesting note is the $80 million dollar increase Dr. Dre acquired this year in comparison to last year, obviously due to his Beats By Dre headphone collection as well as the first album under Aftermath in over 2 years, Kendrick Lamar’s debut opus, “good kid, m.A.A.d city.”