Rapper 50 Cent isn’t known for being soft. After all, he famously survived being shot nine times. When Fif isn’t busy showing off his wads of cash, and kicking it with his best friend, boxer Floyd Mayweather he’s actually doing some good.
Recently ABC News followed 50 Cent — born Curtis Jackson — to a refugee camp in Somalia where he fed hungry children in support of the United Nations World Food Program. Initially the United Nations had no interest in 50 Cent’s money because of his violent lyrics. However, 50 Cent pledged to feed one billion meals to African children over the next two and a half years via his brand Street King; so far he has fed 3.5 million. Each bottle of 50 Cent’s Street King energy drink purchased provides one meal for an impoverished child.
50 Cent is committed to change and growth that will actually benefit others. He’s moving ahead, and doesn’t care if his audience is not prepared to follow suit.
“I want to be more, not just as an artist but as a person. My legacy… what’s left behind,” 50 told a skeptical ABC News of his humanitarian efforts. “This is the next chapter of my life. I don’t care if my audience is prepared to move forward with me. They may not necessarily be growing at the same pace.”
VIDEO : 50 Cent – Hip Hop Humanitarian
Those who are immersed in the world of hip hop are well aware of the altruistic nature of many rappers. Ludacris, Jay-Z, Diddy, Eminem, Kanye West, and several other “bad boy” rappers have given their name, time, and most of all money to help others in their communities, and elsewhere.
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Photo by AP Photo/World Food Programme, Rose Ogola