In 2003, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ released to widespread critical acclaim, introducing audiences to 50 Cent, being lauded as one of the best albums of the 2000s by several publications. Fans began to invest in the rapper’s story, real name Curtis Jackson, as bits and pieces would come to life through his music and through headlines. Many rappers tell tales of violent upbringings, struggles, and difficulty throughout, and while some have been accused of fabrication or exaggeration, that can’t be said for the “In The Club” rapper.
Three years prior to Jackson becoming the world-renowned hit-making rapper, an attempt was taken out on his life outside of his grandmother’s home in Jamaica, Queens, resulting in him being sh*t nine times. The May 24th, 2000 incident resulted in injuries to his hand, arm, hip, both legs, chest, and face, which resulted in a dimple scar and slur that is often heard in his music.
Fif has spoken on the incident a few times. He addressed the incident on the third single off of his debut album called Many Men while the song’s music video was a reenactment of the event featuring Mekhi Phifer playing the role of the hitman. He also spoke on it in his autobiography From Pieces to Weight: Once Upon A Time in Southside Queens.
The Power mogul also gave an interview in 2014 where he opened up more, saying that it left him feeling “afraid and uncomfortable”. “After the actual [incident], I went through a portion of me actually being afraid because I was hurt physically,” he said. “I was hurt bad. I was afraid and uncomfortable with being afraid and the only time I wasn’t afraid is when I was actively involved in actually looking for somebody connected to it.”
After sustaining the injuries, the rapper would have to undergo surgery. Three years later, the doctor that performed the surgery filed a suit against the rapper for unpaid medical bills. Dr. Nader Paksima says more than $32,500 was outstanding after the rapper turned up at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens, New York, on 24 May 2000 “with multiple wounds”.
“Despite repeated requests for payment to date, the sum of $32,511.87… remains due and owing,” said Dr Paksima’s lawyer Christopher D Galiardo. “My client provided very good medical care, and he [50 Cent] is in a position to pay for a very valuable service.”
It’s been years since the suit, and 50 is just now responding to it. In true petty fashion, he shared a photo to his Instagram that claimed he skipped out on the $32,000 hospital bill and said it was a “fact”.
“See how they make me out to be the bad guy no matter what.” he disputes in the caption. “Boy it’s a good thing I learned not to care what people think of me. I didn’t get on till 03, the doctor came back looking for 32G’s. I said man, get the f— outta here before you get shot. LOL.”