When 50 Cent burst onto the scene in the early 2000’s, a major aspect of his allure was his shooting. It was highly publicized that the G-Unit head honcho was shot nine times by boyfriend of Lil’ Kim and bodyguard of Mike Tyson Daryl “Hommo” Baum in 2000. The ordeal was solidified on “Many Men,” one of the most memorable tracks off his debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’. However, after a recent Instagram spat 50 had with his son’s mother, Shaniqua Thompson, Fiddy’s claims have been called into question.
The social media battle started with 50 posting an old pic with his son, Marquise, with whom he’s fallen out publicly. In the now-deleted post, Fif wrote, “This kid is gonna hate his mother when he realize what she did to him. He has to make it on his own like I did.”
In response, Thompson wrote a lengthy expose, claiming 50 was only shot five times, not nine, among other things. She claims 50 didn’t want to draw any similarities to the late Tupac, who was shot five times in 1994 at Quad Studios in a Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond-orchestrated assault:
“When you post something and delete it shows how much Of a coward you are !! @50cent I know you and know your tactics! I appreciate it ,because the judge will get to see how much of a bully you are. Take accountability for your actions! You don’t have a relationship with my child because you choose not to, you want to bully him, threaten him and talk about his mother in a disparaging manner. I don’t try to mentally abuse my son like you do! I don’t talk about you, your actions speaks themselves. Who threatens to shoot their son on Instagram ? I don’t have to talk about you, again your actions speaks for themselves !Bitter? About what ? I left you!!! I know longer wanted a relationship with you! You’re a fraud and you’re upset I know it ! You created this fictitious character and you try to discredit me because I know the real! I know you made up you got shot 9 times and it was actually 5 because you didn’t want to be compared to Tupac! Remember I was there! I went with you to the police percent to get an order of protection out if Ja Rule, irvGotti and his brother Chris . So please stop! I know you are jealous because, Marquise has a mother that actually cares and loves him and you never had that. You always lived with your Grandparents even when your Mom was alive! I’m not one to ruin someones grandiose idea of themselves but keep my name out your mouth! I will keep posting Boo vs. 50 cent facts I have receipts! #CB4 you are not God, maybe to others but not me!!!”
HipHopDX points out two interviews where 50 was shaky on his story about being shot:
In an interview with Oprah published in 2012, when 50 Cent is asked if he felt the first or the ninth shot, he says that he doesn’t realize his legs were broken and when he shows where he’s shot. He does not count nine wounds. In a 2009 interview with allhiphop, 50 Cent stops counting his wounds at six and says, “I don’t remember.”
Would it change anything if 50 was truly shot five times instead of nine? Who knows. Being shot five times in one sitting and surviving isn’t easy. Also, the music is still classic. View the Instagram posts and interviews below and be the judge: