The Truth About The Assassination Plot Against 50 Cent

50 Cent gained fame and admiration with his gritty Horatio Algier story, turning the pages of his life into lyrics. But to paraphrase his hit song "21 Questions," not everyone has loved 50 "like a fat kid love cake." Luckily, hate can taste like icing when you're on top. In his 2005 collaboration with the Game, "Hate It or Love It," which he co-wrote and co-rapped, 50 proclaims: "Hate it or love it, the underdog's on top. And I'm gon' shine, homie, until my heart stop."

Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff hated 50 Cent so much that he allegedly attempted to make his heart stop. Billboard describes McGriff as a "crack kingpin," so federal investigators probably had way more than 21 questions to ask him. Presumably, those queries included, "Why not just sell cake, which is like crack for fat kids, except tastier and not illegal?" More importantly, "On a scale of crack to cake — cake being the highest — how much did you hate 50 Cent when you tried to have the musician murdered?"

McGriff the criminal dog

Proving that truth in advertising isn't all it's cracked up to be, Kenneth McGriff enlisted help from employees of the rap label Murder Inc. to murder 50 Cent, per the Guardian. Why? In the 2000 song "Ghetto Koran (Forgive Me)" 50 recalls selling crack as a kid but also describes the crimes of McGriff, who ran a gang called the Supreme Team. 50 refers to McGriff as "Preme" (short for "Supreme") and describes him as the respected "businessman" while characterizing Preme's partner, Prince, as a "killer." He also references killings.

Federal agents allege that McGriff was supremely pissed and orchestrated the 2000 shooting of 50 Cent — yes that one where he got shot nine times. He obviously survived, and supposedly so did McGriff's desire to kill him. Though, he never got the job done, Biography writes that he was convicted of using a hitman to murder two rival gangsters. He was additionally found guilty of racketeering, drug trafficking, and not being nearly as Supreme as he thought he was. He received a life sentence.