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50 Cent Celebrates Walk of Fame Ceremony with Dr. Dre and Eminem

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By Ben Robinson III

As an entertainer there can be no denying that Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson is an astute businessman, a talented lyricist/actor and the GOAT when it comes to keeping celebrity beef going. The man is pretty much a walking master class in the art of shade, though after Kobe Bryant's tragic death this past weekend he has vowed to change his ways. However, shade aside, he has definitely solidified his place within the greatest success stories of the past twenty years.

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Bursting onto the scene back in 2003 with the classic hip hop release Get Rich Or Die Tryin' 50 immediately struck a chord with fans that loved his style and his flow. But one thing 50 is specifically known for was his ability to say what he wanted without caring about what anyone thought (a trait he still carries to this day). And with two of hip hop's biggest influencers behind him, Dr. Dre and Eminem, he came equipped with a strong team that had his back.

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As a matter of fact it was Eminem, a protege of Dr. Dre, who discovered 50 after listening to his 2002 mixtape Guess Who's Back? It lead to 50's endorsed introduction to the music world and what followed next was a string of hits including 'P.I.M.P', 'Many Men', 'Candy Shop' and a song that will forever turn any and every party out, 'In da Club', which can still get people moving and reciting lyrics no matter when or where it's played.

Now after countless hits and the successful run of the popular Starz series Power (which he executive produced and also starred as the most beloved villain Kanan Stark) Hollywood Life reports that 50 is now a member of the Hollywood Walk of Fame club. Eminem was on hand and had nothing but good things to say about his friend and mentee.

“I have a clear memory of the first time I met 50. One of the things I noticed when he first walked into the room was his presence,” Em reflected on their 2002 meeting. “The way he carried himself, he just seemed like he was going to be a star."

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"The swagger, everything…the charisma and the personality — everything matched the intensity of his music,” he continued, dubbing his first album — which went eight times Platinum — a classic. “I’m here today because he’s not only a business partner to me, this is one of the best friends I’ve known in the world…He’s always been there when I needed him.”

50 also added his words of praise for his mentors, shouting out Dre specifically during this momentous occasion.

“I don’t think my career would have been what it was without [their] support,” 50 Cent said in his own speech. “Dre is a mentor for the whole squad. He was a mentor for the whole squad because he could guide us in different ways without even him knowing it.”

Check out a clip from 50's acceptance speech below. But be warned, it's 50 at his finest.

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