March 27, 2014


50 Cent Almost Shot a Beyonce Video Before Literally Getting Shot

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Mike Coppola/Getty Images

In a recent New York Magazine profile, the newly-independent 50 Cent waxed nostalgic about his pre-fame hustle to the top. While talking about his shelved 2000 debut album Power of the Dollar, 50 revealed he almost shot a music video with Beyonce in the late '90s before literally being shot.

"Me and Beyoncé had a song called 'Thug Love' which I recorded in ’98, and that was the next single on schedule for me to actually shoot the video," 50 said of his heavily-bootlegged Destiny's Child collaboration. "It was on schedule right before I got shot, so we never actually created the visual."

The video wasn't the only thing derailed by the shooting—the Queens rapper has long maintained Columbia dropped him and scrapped his debut album because of his injuries.

"Being dropped by my record label hurt more than being shot," he said in a 2009 interview. "I had just signed to Columbia Records and they dropped me because of the shooting. I could deal with every bullet wound but I can't take that."

Nearly a decade after his aborted video shoot with Destiny's Child, 50 Cent told a radio interviewer he would love to marry Beyonce and "avoid wearing condoms and have a really big family." 

How romantic! Maybe in the long run, Beyonce was the one who dodged a bullet. Listen to "Thug Love" below.