As the rap career of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson continues to slowly fizzle into obscurity, the rapper continues to leave his footprints in the movie industry as he is making the transition into also becoming an actor.
Alongside Randall Emmett, Jackson has begun work on his next film, titled “Things Fall Apart”, which was produced and stars the rapper/actor.
The script was penned by 50 and Brian Miller and will be directed by Mario Van Peebles.
Unlike the films “Before I Self Destruct”, “Get Rich Or Die Tryin” or most other films associated with Jackson, this one won’t provide as much focus on the aspect of violence as Jackson will star as a football running back.
Known for his own personal tragedies in life, 50′s character will face his trials in life during his senior year in college.
Under his Cheetah Vision Films banner, the film is set to have production handled under the imprint. Cheetah Vision recently wrapped up “The Gun” which stars Jackson and Val Kilmer.
Clearly becoming more enthusiastic about making film, Jackson spoke with Daily Variety on the process in comparison to making a record.
“You have 90 minutes and 120 pages, compared with three minutes for a song,” Jackson noted. “I’ve become very passionate about making films.”
With films such as “Righteous Kill” and “Home Of The Brave” under his belt in supporting roles and upcoming roles in “Twelve” and “Jekyll and Hyde”, Jackson is surely inching his way out of music and submerging himself behind the silver screen.
As it was reported earlier, rapper Game made the announcement that everything had truly come full circle as he was now rolling with Dr. Dre once again and joined the team of Aftermath Records once again.
Apparently, there are rumors swirling that Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson isn’t sitting too well with having his enemy on the same label as him and has stated that he will not stay on the label now that the West Coast rapper is back.
It’s even been taken as far as saying that he won’t even work with Dre while Game is signed back to the team.
Now, for the record, 50 hasn’t seemed to be in a pleasant relationship with the producer for some time as the years have progressed. On Before I Self Destruct, the rapper pointed out the fact that Dre didn’t do anything when Game betrayed G-Unit on “So Disrespectful”.
It can also be noted that Dre started working with Ashanti, which was once his enemy due to her allegiance with Ja Rule.
Adding more politics, Jackson had already made the statement that he was ready to leave Interscope due to the shady business that he’s had to deal with during his music career. Yayo made that statement that himself and Banks were now free agents, so why not just round it out and lead the G-Unit movement on an independent route?
It seems that may have been true in his sentiments off of his last album because it seems now like the walls are caving in from all sides with no way out. There is, however, nothing wrong with going back to step 1 and starting from scratch.
It’s funny how perception does a full tailspin as a person becomes progressively famous. As an artist continues to get the embrace of the mainstream, especially those in Hip Hop , questions begin to arise as to how they were able to claim that success and there is even speculation that is business being dealt with evils.
Since “D’Evils,” Jay-Z has been heavily scrutinized by many that feel as though he looks at himself as God and as a member of a secret society that is trying to usher in a new world order.
Churches have been the venue for preachers to find “hidden message” within his music such as “Luficer” where he allegedly proclaims, ‘Murder, murder, Jesus, Jesus.
The most recent attack is from a young youth pastor that made the claim that “Empire State of Mind” was telling people that they cannot depend on Jesus to save them.
Even the visual for “Run This Town” was interpreted by some as his imagery for the world once a new order is finally established, if it’s not already in the process.
50 Cent recently spoke with Rolling Stone and made the statement that Jay-Z only looks for his own best interests and has a mentality as though he’s above everyone else.
“He has a king complex, he thinks he’s fucking Jesus, you know what I mean? This J-Hova shit.”
Usually known for his subliminal shots instead of attacking a problem head on, the rapper has finally taken the direct approach to the latest to make the statement that he goes against God.
Back in 2006, hoping to finally dead the allegation, the rapper conducted an interview with radio host Egypt on New York’s Power 105.1 to address the allegations that have been made against him.
At the time, a man known as Craig Lewis of EX Ministries developed a DVD titled, The Truth Behind Hip Hop, labeling Jay as a culprit in working with the devil.
“He should be arrested, seriously. My position is not unlike anyone else who ascends to the top of their field. That comes with the game. But that’s crazy. That might be the craziest one I’ve had.”
Although not a man to find his way into the church to praise, he adds that he still maintains a relationship with God no matter what his particular opinion is on religion.
“Nah, I’m more spiritual that [having] organized religion. I have a personal relationship with God…I believe in karma, I believe in cause and effect…but religion, I have my opinions about religion.”
From throwing up the diamond signs, “symbolizing” pyramids to secret handshakes between himself and Nas to rumors of him being a Freemason, the rapper has been the poster child to what some would perceive as being a hidden evil consuming the Hip Hop world.
People feeling that he has the ability to fire Charlamagne Tha God and keep Chris Brown from performing are all indications of the fact that some look at Hov as having the power to have complete control over what goes on in music.
Jay-Z doesn’t stand alone as being under fire of devil worship as rappers such as Snoop Dogg, Bone Thugs and DMX have allegedly negotiated with the force of darkness in order to make it in the music world.
Religion, an aspect of life meant to instill some sense of hope and a desire for a better life has been heavily misconstrued as time had progressed. How can a person find belief in something when others are so quick to shun the idea of individual beliefs and opinions?
Condemning an artist’s success to embracing evil is what causes such a separation throughout the country and the world.
Lack of understanding and an unwillingness to comprehend difference is a weak trait to have an feed to others
As Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson lets the gas tank leak and adds fuel to the fire with Beanie Sigel and Jay-Z, the rapper also has to fight his own battles as his issues with Rick Ross and Triple Cs are far from being a memory.
Recently, Rick Ross spoke on the sales of 50 Cent’s latest offering, Before I Self Destruct, which sold close to 160,000 copies in its first week. After viewing what appear to be disappointing numbers for an artist with such a caliber as 50, Ross proclaimed that he was able to bury the G-Unit general.
Never willing to let any punch slip through, Jackson revealed news through an interview with DJ Whoo Kid about how Ross tried to take a play from his book when he contacted Tia and tried to find a means to get at 50′s baby’s mother.
“They actually, indirectly, tried to contact my son’s mom. They would have only shown up somewhere for me to have them shot at that point.”
The rapper continued to flex his muscle by stating that the rap game doesn’t take away from his past and the fact that he could quickly slip back into the mentality that raised him when he was without a deal and did not have the fame and fortune that he rests on now.
“Then we gonna stop rappin and start doing the shit. If they think that ain’t real, then they should try it. That’s just that. I tell them, constantly, don’t expect me not to go where I come from. That’s gonna be nice and comfy for me so you gonna have to figure out how to adjust your shit. My car is already bulletproof. Everything is already in order for that.”
He also added that with all of the heat coming his way, he finds it interesting how everyone is fully aware of where he rests his head at, but nobody bothers to come knock at the door and come in.
“While we getting ready to go through those circumstances, and I don’t live in Connecticut, that’s just the house, and that one got motion sensors and cameras all kind of sh*t, so go ahead. Why everybody got my address and ain’t nobody stopping by? Get busy then. I done said everything that I can think of.”
Referring to himself as a Hip Hop president, Jackson stated that there are consequences for all actions and that every shot fired will be fired back.
“I’m like Obama. The president gotta kiss hands and shake babies. You can kill the president. It’s hard to get away with it. So I use my resources. I ain’t even worried about it, it’s too late for that.”
As the page turns, the story only gets better between 50 Cent and all of his enemies in the rap world. Hopefully things can remain on wax and the chapters will only be told through a story and not spill out onto the streets.
50 Cent has settled his legal battle with fast food chain Taco Bell after accusing the company of using his name in an advertising campaign without his permission.
The In Da Club hit-maker, real name Curtis Jackson, filed suit against company bosses in July, 2008, alleging the promo was “diluting the value of his good name” by using it in conjunction with their 79-89-99 Cent Why Pay More campaign. He claimed the ad campaign suggested he was endorsing the franchise. Taco Bell executives even offered to make a $10,000 donation to a charity of 50 Cent’s choice if he agreed to change his name for one day.
In an open letter published a month before 50 Cent took Taco Bell to court, bosses stipulated he must visit one of the chain’s restaurants and rap his order at the drive-thru window – using a new moniker: 79 Cent, 89 Cent or 99 Cent.
Nevertheless, 50 Cent was not amused by the marketing ploy and took legal action against Taco Bell, seeking $1 million in damages.
However, the dispute has now been settled out of court, according to Bloomberg.
Results of the financial deal remain confidential, but the rapper’s lawyer, Peter Raymond, declared on Monday that “both parties are satisfied” with the outcome.
50 Cent’s movie company Cheeta Vision Films has inked a deal with Action Jackson Films to produce and finance 3-5 major films a year. The first planned movie is titled The Gun which was written by 50 himself. The movie will start 50 Cent and Val Kilmer (Batman, The Doors, Heat). Shooting will begin next month in Grand Rapids, Michigan with Jesse Terro directing.
The topics stay familiar to 50 with The Gun revolving around friends who are involved in the underground world of gun dealing. The Gun is the first of three feature movies that 50 has already written. “When you write a song, you need to say it in three minutes or it is overkill, but I like creating stories and going in depth with characters,” 50 and Cheetah Vision’s next project after The Gun will be a familiar drama, Jekyll and Hyde which will star Forest Whitaker.