Why Is 50 Cent Removing His Tattoos

The rapper – whose real name is Curtis Jackson – has begun removing most of his tattoos. Turns out, that ink is causing a problem as he turns his focus to acting, with roles in the upcoming drama Twelve, costarring Chace Crawford, and the football flick Things Fall Apart, due out next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Rapper 50 Cent: So MONEY

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After teaming up with legendary performer Bette Midler on a Queens, N.Y., area community center, rapper 50 Cent stops by MTV’s TRL studios in New York City Wednesday to chat about his other new project: 50 Cent: The Money and the Power, a new reality show debuting on the music network Nov. 6.

50 Cent Reunited with His Son Marquise

50 Cent has been reunited with his son Marquise after claiming the boy’s mother had “kidnapped” him.
The hitmaker recently blasted ex-girlfriend Shaniqua Tompkins for taking off with their 11-year-old child after her New York home was destroyed by a fire in May.

50 Cent recently told Sister 2 Sister magazine, “They done kidnapped my first one (son). My son’s mother got him, holding him hostage.”

But the rapper finally caught up with his son over the weekend after he and his bitter ex agreed on a temporary custody deal.
According to sources, 50 Cent will get to spend 10 days with his son at his sprawling Connecticut home before he leaves the U.S. to film a movie overseas.

50 Cent Sued Taco Bell Corp

50 Cent has made a run for the court order.

The Get Rich or Die Tryin’ rapper sued Taco Bell Corp. Wednesday for “diluting the value of his good name” with a guerilla ad campaign that he says was intended to fool the chalupa-craving masses into thinking he had endorsed the fast-food chain.

Last month, Fiddy’s camp called the gimmick a “sleazy and ill-conceived publicity stunt.”

“Without seeking or obtaining Jackson’s authorization, defendant Taco Bell made him the star and focus of its nationwide advertising campaign by using his name, persona and trademark to promote Taco Bell’s business and products,” stated the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

Fiddy’s beef originated with the restaurant’s “Why Pay More” campaign, a part of which involved Taco Bell suggesting in writing that the hip-hop star, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, change his name to 79, 89 or 99 Cent to help promote its penny-saving deals.

“We know that you adopted the name 50 Cent years ago as a metaphor for change,” the letter read. “We at Taco Bell are also huge advocates for change. We encourage you to ‘Think Outside the Bun’ and hope you accept our offer.”

Meanwhile, the lawsuit alleges that Taco Bell skirted 50 Cent’s usual multimillion-dollar fee for promotional deals and, although he eventually received a copy of the name-change letter, the communiqué was first distributed to the media.

“As Taco Bell intended, many customers believed that 50 Cent had agreed to endorse Taco Bell’s products. Indeed, postings on numerous Internet ‘blogs’ castigated 50 Cent for ‘selling out’ by his apparent endorsement of Taco Bell,” the complaint continued.

50 Cent’s attorney said that his client is seeking about $4 million in damages.

Yum! Brands Inc., which owns the Taco Bell brand, along with KFC, Pizza Hut and several other familiar drive-thru-type establishments, has not commented on the suit. A Taco Bell spokesman said he had not yet seen the documents.

50 Cent Gets To Keep His Lawyer

Shaniqua Tompkins to have him thrown off the case.Tompkins – who the star is battling over a home he owns, and she lived in until it was burned down earlier this year- claimed Kimmel had a conflict of interest, bRapper 50 CENT can keep using his lawyer BRETT KIMMEL after beating a bid from ex-girlfriend ecause she attempted to hire him to represent her during her child support battle with 50 Cent three years ago.But Kimmel and the rapper – who has an eleven year old son, Marquis, with Tompkins – successfully argued the two cases are unrelated and that Kimmel never had an attorney-client relationship with her.

New York judge Carol Edmead has thrown out the bid.50 Cent – real name Curtis Jackson – is attempting to overturn a court decision to freeze insurance money on the New York house.

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Charts: Fiddy Flops, Wayne Reigns

Sorry Fiddy, but your new G-Unit album is more Mr. Freeze than Terminator.

T.O.S. (Terminate on Sight), the rap crew’s first album in five years, managed only a No. 4 bow on sales of 102,000 copies, per Nielsen SoundScan, finishing behind holdovers Lil Wayne, Coldplay and the Camp Rock soundtrack.

Comparing opening weeks, that’s 275,000 fewer copies than 2003’s Beg for Mercy, which had the been the worst opening week numbers for any official Fiddy-led album, and a whopping 855,000 fewer than his last solo disc, 2007’s Curtis.

Ultimately, T.O.S. suffered for lack of a radio hit. The album’s first two singles, “Rider Pt. 2” and “I Like the Way She Do It,” both failed to click. (Young Buck, who left G-Unit earlier this year, appears in the songs, but his parts are cut from the music videos.)

Despite the poor showing for T.O.S., Fiddy will have a chance to redeem himself with his fourth solo album, Before I Self Destruct, expected in time for the holidays.

Meanwhile, at the top of the charts, the positions may have shuffled, but it’s still the same three albums for the third straight week. Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III returned to No. 1 on 156,000 copies; Coldplay’s Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends dropped to No. 2 on 149,000; and the Camp Rock soundtrack stayed put at No. 3, with 116,000.

John Mayer scored the week’s only other Top 10 bow at No. 5 selling 75,000 copies of his third concert disc, Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles.

Though not a new album, Kid Rock’s Rock N Roll Jesus jumped five spots to No. 7 on 45,000 copies, bringing its 39-week tally to 1.1 million. “All Summer Long,” a major crossover hit for Kid, is driving the album’s upward swing.

Outside the Top 10, there were three other notable bows. Kansas City rapper Tech N9ne sold 36,000 copies of Killer —a twisted homage to Michael Jackson’s Thriller—at No. 12. The Alkaline Trio followed at No. 13, selling 36,000 copies of Agony and Irony. And High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens sold 22,000 copies of her sophomore album, Identified, at No. 23.

Other top debuts included My Chemical Romance’s live Black Parade Is Dead! at No. 22, Relient K’s The Bird and the Bee Sides at No. 25, Los Lonely Boys’ Forgiven at No. 26 and Jim Jones & the Byrd Gang at No. 29 with M.O.B.: The Album.

Overall, sales are down just 1 percent compared to last week but off 13 percent compared to the same week last year when T.I. had a huge debut.

Here’s a recap of the Top 10:

1. Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne
2. Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends, Coldplay
3. Camp Rock soundtrack, various
4. T.O.S. (Terminate on Sight), G-Unit
5. Where the Light Is, John Mayer
6. Now That’s What I Call Music! 28, various
7. Rock N Roll Jesus, Kid Rock
8. Here I Stand, Usher
9. Good Girl Gone Bad, Rihanna
10. Indestructible, Disturbed

50 Cent Restrained, Sues Ex for $20 Million

Welcome to Family Feud: 50 Cent Edition.

It was a busy day for the rapper, who was slapped with a restraining order barring him from coming anywhere near his estanged baby mama but then retaliated with a petition to hold her in contempt of court and—the coup de grâce—a $20 million defamation suit.

A Long Island judge signed off on Shaniqua Tompkins’ order of protection, requiring Fiddy to avoid any contact with his former paramour. Tompkins has maintained the rapper was behind a fire that forced her out of the home they once shared, a charge 50 Cent vehemently disputes.

Additionally, the order stipulates that on the days he’s scheduled to see the couple’s 11-year-old son, Marquise, all pickups and dropoffs must be done “at curbside.” Last, Fiddy (whose real name is Curtis Jackson) must forfeit any and all firearms he owns.

“I will not let this man break me—I won’t,” the 32-year-old Tompkins said in court.

The rapper is in Canada on business and did not attend the hearing.

Fiddy attorney Brett Kimmel called the order “a retaliatory and vindictive move.” In response, his team filed the contempt petition, alleging Tompkins is not living up to the terms of their custody agreement. (View the petition.)

“Ms. Tompkins is refusing to permit my client to have any contact with his son at all, even to the extent of not revealing his location to him. So we’ve asked the judge to order that access be given,” Kimmel told E! News.

Per the petition, Tompkins “made it practically impossible” for the rapper to see his son. Affter the inferno destroyed Marquise’s cell phone, the rap star sent a replacement, but she refused to give it to the youngster, per the court papers.

Kimmel claims Tompkins’ behavior could have damaging effects on Marquise’s welfare. The attorney said that she didn’t need to attend the hearing, but did so anyway, bringing the boy with her and giving media interviews in his presence.

“This was all right there in front of him,” he noted.

50 Cent’s camp also served Tompkins with the defamation suit outside of court. (View the lawsuit.) Kimmel said the rapper opted to take the action because he could no longer stand her accusations that he was behind the suspicious fire that gutted her Long Island home on May 30.

She and Marquise were forced to flee through a second-floor window as the fire spread and were treated for minor injuries along with four other people. Not long afterward, Tompkins told the press that 50 Cent had threatened her in the week prior to the blaze.

Kimmel refuted those allegations before Suffolk County Family Court Judge David Freundlich, leading to some lively sparring with Tompkins’ counsel.

“Mrs. Tompkins is promoting the idea that my client is trying to kill her and her son,” Kimmel told the judge.

“Your honor, are you going to listen to these baseless allegations?” responded Tompkins’ attorney, Paul Catsandonis.

Afterward, Catsandonis told E! News that the fire and legal squabbling has taken a toll on his client and Marquise, who’s caught up in the middle.

“Clearly, [Tompkins] has been traumatized from what’s happened with the fire and now with this defamation lawsuit. [50 Cent] has also made a motion for a visitation order from family court. That’s going to make Marquise a subject of litigation now,” the attorney said.

“Marquise is trying to recover from a traumatic experience—he’s going to have to be interviewed, serve as a witness, and it’s unfortunate. 50 and his camp, they’re the ones who are initiating these things.”

Fiddy has been in a bitter legal battle with Tompkins for sometime now over the $2.4 million residence, which he purchased in January 2007. He even sought to have her and Marquise evicted unless she ponied up $4,500 in rent. That subsequently led Tompkins to fire back with a breach of contract suit, alleging he promised to put the house in her name.

Investigators suspect arson in the blaze but have yet to make any arrests. At the time of the fire, the performer was in Louisiana filming the movie Microwave Park with Sharon Stone and Val Kilmer and is not considered a suspect.

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