50 Cent

<b> <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id=" PECLB001776" title="50 Cent" href="/topic/entertainment/music/50-cent-PECLB001776.topic">50 Cent</a></b><br>
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<b>The glory days:</b> 2003's "In da Club" is still stuck in our heads, a dance hit that introduced the world to the drug-dealer-turned-rapper-turned-gunshot-wound-survivor.<br>
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<b>Troubled times:</b> Sure, critics didn't love the movie "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," but you don't retaliate by doing <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2008/10/before_i_self_destruct_trailer.html"> a coming-of-age drama that goes straight to DVD</a>. You don't <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2008/11/50_cent_album_pushed_back_to_0.html">delay your album</a>. You don't do a combo-pack of said album with said DVD. And you certainly do not fake retirement. (I won't even get into stooping to do bland MTV reality shows like "50 Cent: The Money and the Power," and hawking vitamin water.)<br>
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<b>Bailout plan:</b> Retire for real, or follow <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id=" PECLB002580" title="Jay-Z" href="/topic/entertainment/music/jay-z-PECLB002580.topic">Jay-Z</a>'s example. And give up all of your extracurricular activities that have nothing to do with music. Or just give us "In da Club" Part 2  and all is forgiven.
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50 Cent

The glory days: 2003's "In da Club" is still stuck in our heads, a dance hit that introduced the world to the drug-dealer-turned-rapper-turned-gunshot-wound-survivor.

Troubled times: Sure, critics didn't love the movie "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," but you don't retaliate by doing a coming-of-age drama that goes straight to DVD. You don't delay your album. You don't do a combo-pack of said album with said DVD. And you certainly do not fake retirement. (I won't even get into stooping to do bland MTV reality shows like "50 Cent: The Money and the Power," and hawking vitamin water.)

Bailout plan: Retire for real, or follow Jay-Z's example. And give up all of your extracurricular activities that have nothing to do with music. Or just give us "In da Club" Part 2 and all is forgiven.

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