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I gotta give my top 10: Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, T.I., 50, Fat Joe, Kanye, Ludacris, [Juelz] Santana, Yung Joc, Young Dro.

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hy He's Hot
Just a few weeks ago, more people were calling 50 a hot mess rather than a hot MC. He had put out three singles from his forthcoming album Curtis, "Fully Loaded Clip," "Amusement Park" and "Straight to the Bank," and the general perception was that he pushed back the album's release date because of the underwhelming reception the records received. Then there was that performance at the BET Awards, where he walked through the crowd instead of rapping the first verse of "Amusement Park." And we're not even going to talk about the performance of the last three albums from his G-Unit label.

So why does 50 make our list despite all of this? Well, as we've found out over the years, you can never count out Curtis Jackson. He'll find a way to come out on top. His newest record, "I Get Money," is the hardest song in the streets right now: a relentless loop of classic hip-hop lyrics by Audio Two, a grizzly bassline and believably brash lyrics said in a harmonic flow. Speaking of getting money, while a lot of rappers need ringtones and club dates to eat, 50 became millions and millions richer with the sale of Glaceau Vitamin Water. He owned a stake in the company and even had a flavor named after him.


While the South Queens, New York, native stayed in the forefront of his business, he also kept on top of battling. When Cam'ron tried to son him on New York radio station Hot 97, 50 responded with not just a dis record, but a low-budget video that went straight to YouTube. Others like Cam himself and Scott Storch followed the trend. When Killa Cam responded and dissed with his hilarious "Courtesy Curtis" campaign, 50 turned that into a marketing strategy for his album, hoping he'll be able to laugh straight to the bank again. Cam hasn't been heard from since he went back on YouTube threatening to get at 50 again on June 1 — that was in May.

And don't forget: 50's star status is still growing. Just about everything he does or says is a major headline — like having a topless Ciara fondle his bare muscles in her video. There aren't too many rappers these days who can draw crowds all over the world, let alone bring out Sue Storm herself — Jessica Alba — onstage with them (yes: the footage is all over the Net).

Co-Signer: Common
"50's definitely got his own style. His voice — I like that he's got some type of swagger and humor to what he does and he still rhymes raw. He has cleverness to what he does. He's what you call a good song maker too. Not only do you feel like 50 loves to rap, but you feel like this dude is making good songs. His hooks are catchy. For me, that was one of the things I had to develop. You could be a dope MC, [but] if your songs ain't coming out to the level that people want, they not gonna pay attention to you."

Blistering Ballistics
"I took quarter water, sold it in bottles for 2 bucks/ Coca-Cola came and bought it for billions, what the f---?/ Have a baby by me, baby, be a millionaire/ I write the check before the baby comes, who the f--- cares/ I'm stanky rich!" ("I Get Money")

Hot Streak

  • Albums

  • Curtis (due September 11)

  • Selected Mixtapes

  • N/A

  • Singles

  • "She Wants It" (featuring Justin Timberlake)

  • Street Bangers

  • "I Get Money," "Funeral Music"

  • Key Guest Appearances

  • Ciara's "Can't Leave 'Em Alone," Young Buck's "Hold On"

  • Business Ventures

  • Stake in Glaceau Vitamin Water (sold to Coca-Cola in May for $4.1 billion), CEO of G-Unit Records

  • Tours

  • No official tours, but he has been doing spot concerts all over the world.


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