It’s been a while since rapper 50 Cent, Curtis Jackson, has actually…uh…rapped. His biggest (and really only) hit “In da Club” was released when George Dubya was still in office. He’s tried his hand at acting, with roles in Setup and All Things Fall Apart, which didn’t exactly work out. So now it seems Fiddy is spending his free time as a defendant-slash-fledgling-comedian.
Back in the day, 50 was rolling in the dough. In addition to his music career, he held down endorsements with Reebok, Vitaminwater, and Right Guard. In all, he racked up $300 million in two years. But the process of getting rich or dying trying may have gone to 50’s head, because he made it rain in everyone’s bank account but his own. And in July 2014, he filed for bankruptcy.
So what happened? His longstanding feud with Rick Ross sure kicked off his downfall. Bad blood between the two rappers came to a head last summer after 50 posted a sex tape of Ross’ babymama. She sued 50 and was awarded $7 million. Then there’s the $17 million 50 owes Sleek Audio for biting the company’s headphone design.
50 claims he’s now $28 million in debt. Somebody wasn’t balancing his checkbook!
All of this brings us to the circus 50 Cent is creating of his bankruptcy case, in which he’s basically causing Judge Ann Nevins to have major agida. He’ll show up in court, claim to be destitute, then post photos like this on Instagram:
But this one was probably the breaking point for Judge Nevins, which came with the caption, “For some reason people love me. I went to court today and all I felt was love. They asked me about money. I said I ain’t got none, but if you want some M&M’s here ya go.”
Well, Ladybird’s had just about enough. She waved her finger at 50 Cent during their last meetup, saying: “There is nothing funny going on here. This is all very serious business. I am not trying to impede on anyone’s right to exercise free speech. But I would appreciate it if we can keep the tone of this case very serious. You have all been advised. This is not funny.”
Sorry, your honor, we’re going to have to enter a motion to disagree.