50 Cent, the rapper born Curtis Jackson, has not died, but a number of Twitter users are saying otherwise.
There’s been no mainstream or local news coverage about him dying. If 50 had actually died, it would have been all over news websites.
“Damn that’s crazy Rip 50 cent,” one person tweeted.
Added another, “Damnnnnnnnn. RIP 50 cent.”
However, the “RIP” rumors appeared to have been started as an attempt to spread a long-running joke about the rapper.
“I lost my 2 quarters smh #Rip50Cent,” said one person, referring to the joke. Two quarters makes 50 cents.
50 Cent recently gave a few interviews this week about his recent rift with longtime music partners Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo.
“I think he wanted his independence,” 50 Cent told MTV News on Monday. “[Yayo and Banks are] like my little brothers, so at points I say things that make them uncomfortable. There was one point where you can even say I was a bit insensitive,” he added.
He added that in 2006, Lloyd Banks started feeling uninspired to make music after his father died.
“His father passed away and I was like, ‘All right, he passed away but you can’t just go home and stay home,’ ” he said in the interview.
He also talked about his split with Eminem, saying the parting was amicable.
“It’s impossible to ruin the relationship Eminem and I have built up,” he told the Huffington Post on Monday.
“There’s no way I would say or do anything that would disrespect what he’s done for me. I credit a huge portion of my success to Em because if it wasn’t for him being excited about the project, no one else would have rallied around it. It’s one of those things that if I hated Dr. Dre, I couldn’t say it to anyone because it would bother Em. You understand? He’s my Dre, and Dre is that to him, and so I would just never express it. I have nothing against Dre. I mean, on my record I have a song coming out that’s produced by him.”