updated 08:45 am EDT, Mon June 19, 2006
50 Cent turns to Apple
Hiphop rap star 50 Cent is currently in negotiations with Apple's CEO Steve Jobs to produce a line of affordable home computers to inner-city residents, according to a new report. Referencing a report from Forbes, the popular rapper is negotiating the branding deal with the computer /software giant. "I'm creating a foundation that will be around for a long time, because fame can come and go or get lost in the lifestyle and the splurging," Fifty Cent explained to Forbes. "I never got into it for the music. I got into it for the business." Manager Chris Lighty of Violator management, also working with 50 Cent, said that Jobs "is setting a new standard in the music business.... Let's just say we get each other."
The report says that 50 Cent, who ranked in the top 10 in the Forbes Celebrity Power 100 List, earned almost $41 million dollars--mostly from record sales and branding deals that include a clothing line, a line of sneakers, a video game and his G-Unit line of clothing, which was launched in partnership with Marc Ecko in July 2003.