50 Cent was arrested in New York City and charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon on December 31st. The twenty-seven-year-old rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, had his SUV parked in a no-standing zone outside the Copacabana nightclub. When police officers stopped the vehicle two weapons were found, a .25-caliber handgun and a .45-caliber pistol. Police said both weapons were loaded. 50 Cent and his four passengers were each charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
The Queens-based rapper had been signed to Columbia Records in 1999, but when his debut album, Power of the Dollar, was heavily bootlegged, the label dropped him. 50 Cent then signed to Eminem's Shady/Aftermath label and appeared on the tracks "Love Me," "Places to Go" and "Wanksta" on the 8 Mile soundtrack.