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Rap rival named as 50 Cent's attempted killer

There is no bigger name in gangsta rap than 50 Cent, the former crack dealer who survived nine bullets to become one of the bestselling names in American music.

Now one of the most notorious mysteries in the music industry has apparently been solved after the man who wanted the singer dead has been named during a New York court case.

The shooting of 50 Cent - real name Curtis Jackson - in a Queens neighbourhood in May, 2000, and his seemingly miraculous survival has become rap folklore. He always claimed the man who shot him was a low-level drug dealer who himself died three weeks later. But court testimony last week revealed that he was targeted by a three-man hit squad after he wrote a disparaging song about brutal drug lord Kenneth McGriff, aka Supreme.
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