The average person wouldn’t put famine relief and 50 Cent in the same sentence. The rap artist, entrepreneur, and occasional actor, is primarily known for churning out hit songs, and for his “beefs” with various other artists. Not to mention surviving nine gunshots at close range.
He has also become one of the rap world’s most successful business people. He currently has a net worth of $260 million. His rocky road to success is the stuff of legends.
Though he now owns property in multiple cities, and controls a veritable entertainment and retail empire, his rough early years in the business still somewhat overshadow what he has managed to build. Consequently, famine relief and 50 Cent have very little chance of being paired up in anyone’s mind.
However, they should be. Here’s how a rapper, who was at one point “blacklisted” from the US recording industry, has gone on to become a successful artist, businessperson, and interestingly, philanthropist. Still can’t quite wrap your head around 50 Cent and famine relief? Well, get used to it, because 50 Cent has plans…
50 Cent with children in Somalia
However, in 2011, he suddenly shifted his focus to philanthropic activities. While he’d donated large amounts to various charities off and on over the years, 2011 was the first year that he took greater initiative.
He helped launch Street King energy drink, in collaboration with Pure Growth Partners. Every time a bottle of Street King is purchased, a portion of the money goes towards feeding a child who would otherwise not have access to enough food.
The project arose out of 50 Cent’s pledge to feed one billion people in Africa between 2011 and 2016. The SK Energy Shot, as it is now known, was ranked the #1 energy drink by Product of the Year in both 2013 and 2014.
The company is, by all accounts, a success, and has reportedly provided millions of meals to needy children at this point….
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