50 Cent got shot 9 times when he was only 25 years old.
Many of the iconic rappers of our time and age have grown up in poor neighborhoods, have been bullied and have even seen people getting shot right before them because of a variety of reasons. Take Curtis James Jackson III for example, who is now globally known as 50 Cent. Before Eminem and Dr. Dre helped him rise to the top he used to be a teenage drug dealer being raised by his aunt and uncle. His childhood and teenage years weren’t peachy, but things got even worse for the aspiring rapper in his early 20s.
Just a few months before 50 Cent turned 25 years old, he was shot 9 times. It happened in late April 2000 when a gunman attacked him right in front of his grandmother’s home. He was in the back seat of one of his friends’ cars when the shooter came out of another car and fired a total of 9 shots at 50 Cent. He took bullets in his hand, arm, chest, hip, both of his legs and even in the face. He had to be rushed to a hospital alongside his friend, who had received a bullet in one of his hands. The rapper spent two weeks in the hospital and had to use a walker for the upcoming six weeks. It took him almost half a year to recover from the shooting. Nevertheless, the bullet that shot through his left cheek left him with a slightly slurred speech, a swollen tongue and with one less wisdom tooth.
Some theories claim that the shooter was Darryl Baum, a close friend of Mike Tyson and one of his bodyguards. According to official reports, Baum was killed shortly after the shooting.