In a new interview, 50 Cent (real name Curtis Jackson) has disclosed the astronomical fee he gets paid to perform live shows.
50 was talking to Billboard for their cover story and took part in a wide-ranging discussion which provided a fascinating insight into his business-savvy mind. The rapper discussed how he’s adapted to the times, matured alongside his audience, and opened up about the standard price he gets paid to perform live.
When asked about the contract he was locked into for early live shows by Master P, and how that compares with his rate today, Jackson revealed: “I think he gave me like $80,000, and now I’m getting like $900,000, $1million. The coolest thing we create in America is celebrities. If you see LeBron [James’] fan base internationally, you’ll argue, ‘Why is he staying here?’ He’s that big internationally. For the most part, I can’t speak for everybody, but the international side of the game is different.”
The musician also explained why he’s decided against releasing new music since 2015 despite touring across the world. Jackson explained: “I get the attention that I want from music when I want it. I just went out and toured 45 countries, and everywhere was sold out. That made me want to offer new music that I could integrate into everything now. I’ve done what I wanted to do in the [sales] capacity. I’ve sold over 35 million records. Not singles — albums.”
Previously, Jackson explained how the music he’s working on needs to be suitable for his fans who once danced to his songs in the club when they were younger. “Now, those people are 43 years old,” he commented (via HipHop DX). “They’re having that drink that they would have on premises at the night club, they’re having at home now. They meet the person that they’re hanging out with somewhere else, not in the nightlife. Cuz their kids are partying there.”
Meanwhile, in a recent Instagram post, the rapper reflected on his friendship with Eminem and Dr Dre.