Why did 50 Cent stop making music? 

50 Cent last released an album in 2014, which is believed to be a result of his antics at the height of his music career and dwindling album sales.

Rapper, 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, was one the most successful rappers of the early 2000s. He managed to maintain his musical popularity well into the 2010s. His debut single was the iconic hip-hop classic, In Da Club. A lead single which was part of the supporting landmark album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’. At the beginning of his career, 50 Cent was lauded as the Queens rapper who survived nine bullets after he was shot in 2000. It was a traumatic experience which led to him denouncing his criminal ways and opting to focus on making it in music.

However, in the years that would follow after his mainstream success, the rapper and his antics would result in the focus being on his behaviour and not his music. The first of these was when he pitted himself against Kanye West, when they were releasing their 2007 albums, Curtis and West’s Graduation. 50 Cent asserted that he would sell more than West in the first week or quit music. Unlike 50’s prediction, West outsold him, resulting in him retracting his statement and losing face within the hip-hop community.

He then faced public backlash for his 2009 antics during his public spat with rival, Rick Ross. First, he posted a video of himself out on a shopping spree with one of Rick Ross’ exes, who is also the mother of one his children. He then leaked Lastonia Leviston’s sex tape, who is Ross’ ex-girlfriend, and the mother of one of his children. As a result of this, he was ordered to pay her due to the damage he caused to her reputation. All these incidences happened while the rapper was already losing money due to some bad business deals he made and his dwindling album sales.

By the time he released his last album, Animal Ambition in 2014, it could be argued that his public and social media antics had overshadowed his musical career. In the year that followed, he would file for bankruptcy, with his representation stating, “This filing for personal bankruptcy protection permits Mr. Jackson to continue his involvement with various business interests and continue his work as an entertainer, while he pursues an orderly reorganization of his financial affairs.”