Why did 50 Cent get shot? 

In 2000, 50 Cent was allegedly shot nine times by kingpin, Kenneth McGriff, for reportedly using McGriff’s criminal past in his music.

Curtis James Jackson III, who is popularly by his rap persona, 50 Cent, is one of the most popular rappers of the early 2000s. 50 Cent’s debut single was the 2003 classic, In Da Club, which was from the album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Both the single and the album would go on to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In light of the success of the album, fascination over the reformed gangster’s lifestyle and his decision to leave that life were put under a microscope.

It was revealed that 50 Cent decided to leave his criminal lifestyle behind after he was shot nine times in 2000. The shooting was an attempted assassination of the rapper-turned-television executive, as he was shot almost everywhere on his body, including the chest, face, arms and legs. The reason for the shooting would be published in 2005, as a previously sealed search warrant affidavit which contained the information was made public.

In the same year, it was also alleged that Darryl Baum was the one who had shot 50 Cent. Moreover, that the attempted assassination was allegedly ordered by former drug kingpin, Kenneth McGriff, because of one of 50 Cent’s songs that detailed his criminal past. After the shooting, the rapper went into hiding as he built his strength and recovered from his wounds. In 2012, 50 Cent was interviewed by Oprah, where he revisited the scene of the crime and stated:

“I knew who did it shortly after. The guy who actually shot me is dead and the guy who paid him to do it got life in jail.” Moreover, he addressed the initial healing process and his state of mind shortly thereafter by stating, “There was a point where I was afraid… and then in the recovery process I got tired of being afraid. The only way to cover those emotions was to be a bit more aggressive. And to be angry about the situation opposed to how I was actually feeling at that point.”