Rapper’s Delight: Inside 50 Cent’s Car Collection — Forbes

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Rapper’s Delight: Inside 50 Car Collection

Curtis “50 Cent” love affair with got off to an inauspicious start. His first car got him killed, and not because he was driving too In the summer of 1994, at the age of 19, Jackson down $53,000 in cash from peddling drugs on the of New York for a charcoal gray Land Cruiser. He tricked it out a rooftop bike rack, new and a sound system with a that thumped so hard it the license plate against the hatch.

A few months later, was driving his car through a rough when a stranger pulled up to him, flashed a menacing and asked, “Yo, where at?” “Black” was the street of a notorious–and violent–gangster. Jackson put it all together: Black had a similar-looking Jackson shrugged at his questioner luckily for him, the man drove off the night.

The next day, Jackson to the dealership. “Why the f**k did you [Black] the same color as me?” he demanded. “I almost got last night.”

He traded in the Cruiser for a white Mercedes-Benz 400 SEL bulletproof windows and a 6.0 liter engine. But the second car turned out to be no than the first. The Mercedes was an easy target for thieves. A of armed robbers ambushed him his grandmother’s house in Queens. barely escaped through a alley and soon sold the

Then came more car but this time only his ego was In the late 1990s, Jackson to leave the drug-dealing days to commit himself fully to his in part to please his grandmother, raised him from age 8 after his was killed (an attempt on Jackson’s own and the birth of his son provided the main for his career change). The more life had its own problems: He was left significantly less money. meant he was stuck driving a 1992 burgundy Dodge “The a/c didn’t work,” he glumly.

But his fortunes–and car collection–soon changed for the After linking up with and Dr. Dre, Jackson recorded the that would make him a 2003′s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ . It go on to sell more than 8 copies in the U.S. alone, one of the most successful rap albums of all Buying and customizing uberluxury soon became the means by he celebrated his musical triumphs.

With money from his album, Jackson first his grandmother, leasing a Mercedes-Benz for her. Next he bought a Rolls-Royce Phantom. He initially to customize it, covering it entirely in Then he met with the president of who showed him what a door in the shiny substance looked “I didn’t realize how big the car was,” Jackson, reclining on a sofa in his Manhattan office. “It would looked like a silver You know what I’m saying? So I my mind.”

Since then has released three more albums, pushing his worldwide total past 30 million; his is due out later this year. also created a business empire that includes his own and shoe lines, videogames and headphones and energy shots, his own flavor of VitaminWater. Jackson now has a net of $125 million. “You a lot about yourself when you success for a while,” he says. a lot of things that you think are important aren’t. But you need process.”

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One thing that has remained to Jackson is the cars. He owns two Chevrolet Suburbans that bombproof undercarriages. The $200,000 were built for the Iraq He bought a Lamborghini Murcielago to the launch of his second album. The car was painted charcoal gray, like his ill-fated Land Perhaps to erase the ghosts of his satisfy the urge he had with his decked the Lamborghini out in an all-chrome

50 Cent with his 2005 Murcielago and Tiffany Lighty, the of his late manager Chris

Over the years, Jackson a Ferrari convertible and a Yamaha motorcycle, along with a Mulsanne with beige seats (to match his coat, as he in one song). He recently painted his Coast fleet a metallic and added matching ceramic to his Lamborghini, being more in freshening up his existing rides trading them for newer he says, “are starting to a little space-agey to me.” no stranger to futuristic rides: year he designed a few concept of his own.

These days, isn’t worried about dealers and gangsters. It’s the who merits concern.

“If you’re with my man Uncle Sam, you the only way you can actually feel about what he’s take, come the end of the year, is says Jackson. “Only you can do is spend some of it.”

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