50 Cent has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and it was quite a ceremony, with appearances from Eminem and Dr Dre and, unexpectedly, a diss at noughties rock band Evanescence.
Curtis Jackson, attended the ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard on Thursday (30 January), where large crowds gathered to watch the milestone moment in Fiddy’s career. Looking especially dapper in a two-piece grey suit and red polo neck jumper, 50 Cent was joined by close friend and Power actress Lala Anthony as he accepted the honour. But he was particularly touched that his old pal Eminem, 47, made the effort to support him and deliver a speech that was, frankly, beautiful.
‘Of all the things I don’t remember about 2002, I have a very clear memory of the first time I met 50,’ Eminem told the audience who cheered along. ‘One of the first things I noticed about 50 was his presence because of it just kind of felt like, he’s gonna be a star… It just seemed like he was the whole package.’ Eminem clearly had a crystal ball at the time as Fiddy went on to become one of the biggest rap stars and music moguls.
The Godzilla rapper continued: ‘Dre and I knew that if something worked on us, it was gonna work on the rest of the world and I’m glad we trusted our instincts… ‘I just wanna say man, I’m here today because this is not only a business partner to me, it’s one of the best friends I’ve ever known in the world.’ Referring to 50’s love of a good argument, Em then joked: ‘I would say that it’s much more fun to be his friend than it is to be his enemy because this guy is f*****g relentless. And he won’t stop. ‘And the same way that he’s relentless in his battles, he’s also relentless in his business. ‘He’s an artist, an entrepreneur, an actor, a director, a producer… he can juggle, he’s great at Scrabble. He pretty much does it all.’ We’re always up for a game of Scrabble, guys.
On more of a personal note, Eminem said: ‘And he’s also helped me through a lot of hard times in my own life and he’s always been there when I needed him. So 50, congrats on your star, man.’ 50 Cent then rocked up to the stage to deliver his own speech and started by crediting Eminem and Dr Dre for propelling his career.