Not that he’s going to get to keep much of it. As long as 50 Cent still owes $23 million, any cash he comes in contact with pretty much goes straight to his creditors. That most likely includes the $14.5 million he was recently given for settling a malpractice suit.
50 Cent’s malpractice suit began in 2014 when he was sued by headphone makers Sleek Audio. 50 Cent backed out of a headphone deal he had with them, then turned around and released his own suspiciously similar brand of headphones called SMS Audio. Sleek won and was awarded $16 million. 50 Cent filed a malpractice lawsuit against Garvey Schubert Barer, the law firm who represented him in the Sleek Audio trial. Forbes says that 50 Cent claimed GSB assured him he could make his own headphones without getting into legal trouble. He also accused them of getting lazy with their licensing defense and failing to call on technical and damage experts to testify during the trial.
GSB decided to settle with 50 Cent and cut him a settlement check for $14.5 million. I’d say that’s the easiest money 50 Cent has ever made, but that’s not true. 50 Cent has his own line of vodka, and vodka pretty much sells itself as long as there are people who want to get hammered drunk.
50 Cent’s outstanding balance with Sleek Audio is $17.3 million, which makes them 50 Cent’s largest creditor.
50 Cent responded to his settlement in true 50 Cent fashion: by dragging them on Instagram. 50 Cent posted a picture with a caption that read: “I just got 14.5 million back from one Law Firm For malpractice. They fucked up so bad, I don’t think they should be practicing Law.” Maybe his new lawyer told him it’s probably not a good idea to shit on people giving you money, because he yanked it down and replaced it with this.
The only thing 50 Cent loves more than money is to poke at his enemies with a metaphorical stick. I get the feeling that when 50 Cent finally pays back all his creditors, the first thing he’s going to do is film a low-budget local television commercial for Garvey Schubert Barer. “Need a lawyer? Don’t call Garvey Schubert Barer. They’ll fuck up so bad. Take it from me, a semi-professional fuck up.”