Five years on from the release of his last studio album 'Before I Self Destruct', 50 Cent is releasing a new album 'Animal Ambition' independently. But where's 50 been for the last half a decade? If you thought he was taking some time off, you were wrong. This is what he's been doing...
50 Cent made 18 exclusive tracks for video game '50 Cent: Blood On The Sand' – the game revolves around 50 Cent and other members of G-Unit going after a terrorist that stole their diamonds. That same year 50 also voiced a character in 'Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.'
We all know of the success 50 had with his vitamin water, but in between albums 50 Cent brought a new drink product to the market called 'Street King'. He teamed up with Pure Growth Partners to launch an energy drink and try to combat world hunger. For every purchase of Street King, a portion of the sales goes to charity.
In September 2011, 50 Cent continued his ongoing feud with Game on the song 'Love, Hate, Love'. Game responded on his Twitter, saying he was going to diss him back after his tour was finished; "I'm on tour doin shows but as soon as @avanterose find a studio for me i'm killin yo.."
In 2011 50 Cent founded SMS Audio, a consumer electronics company focusing mainly on headphones. That same year 50 acquired Kono Audio, and while the headphones are still selling, this year 50 Cent had to pay out a remarkably large sum when he lost a lawsuit filed against the company.
If you thought 50 Cent had given up on music because it had been THAT long, you were so wrong. 50 was just having disagreements with his record label, and put out two self-released mixtapes including this 2011 one titled 'The Big 10,' which has 12 completely new tracks on.
In his 2011 film 'Things Fall Apart' 50 plated a football player diagnosed with cancer. For the roll he dropped from 215 to 160 pounds after going on a liquid diet and spending large amounts of time in the gym. (Picture: Twitter)
In May 2011 50 Cent and Ja Rule finally squashed their ongoing feud, with Ja Rule claiming: "I'm cool. We ain't beefing no more. We'll never collaborate. That's just what it is. You don't have to be at war with somebody, but it's also kind of like U.S. and another country that they may not get along with. We don't gotta go to war, but we're not friends either.
Always the entrepreneur, in 2012 50 Cent went down a different route when he had a book entitled 'Playground' published. Unliked his other book which are autobiographical, 'Playground' is a novel about a bully, written from he own experience of being "the school bully".
'The Lost Tape' was released through the record company in May 2012 as a promo for his fifth studio album 'Street King Immortal' (which never came). It features big names Eminem, Snoop Dogg, 2 Chainz, newly signed Kidd Kidd and loads more.
50 Cent was involved in a car accident in New York in June 2012 when a truck hit his car almost causing it to flip over. 50 apparently suffered from neck and back injuries, but was OK
50's fifth studio album 'Street King Immortal' was supposed to be released during the summer of 2012, then November 2012… And then it wasn't happening at all, mainly due to disagreements with his label Interscope Records. As a result a self-released mixtape would come instead…
When his friend and 'Righteous Kill' co-star Robert DeNiro called in favour, 50 couldn't refuse, so last year he appeared alongside DeNiro, Michael Douglas and Morgan Freeman and in the comedy 'Last Vegas,' playing himself. Picture: Getty
50 Cent bagged another role in Hollywood in the 2013 film 'The Frozen Ground', based on the real-life 1980s Alaskan hunt for serial killer Robert Hansen. 50 played Pimp Clate Johnson, the film also starred Jake Nicholas Cage and John Cusack.
The second self-released mixtape 50's put out in the last five years is called '5 (Murder By Numbers).' Originally set to be his fifth studio album, due to disagreements with his then label Interscope Records he release it as a digital-only album himself in the summer of 2012.
In 2013 50 expanded his acting career by starring in 'Escape Plan' alongside Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He plays a computer wizard and Stallone's right hand man in the film. Picture: Rex
After 12 years it was time for 50 to leave Interscope following many disputes with the label. Although he still owed them one album, 50 told AllHipHop.com; "They value our friendship to the point that they would never want [to jeopardize] it over that little bit of money." In June 50 Cent will release 'Animal Ambition,' with 'Street King Immortal' following later this year.